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E-waste levels surge 20% in 5 years – U.N.

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:03 PM

According to the report, Asia generated the greatest volume of e-waste in 2019, with 24.9 million tonnes

Villar’s realty group begins cutting 53 pine trees in Baguio

Jun 26, 2020 - 7:58 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources gives Vista Residences Inc a special private land timber permit during the pandemic

VISTA Residences Inc starts cutting old growth pine trees behind the presidential mansion while Baguio City awaits Malacañang action on the LGU’s proposed moratorium on tree cutting. Photo courtesy of Jo An Jaja Marquez

Proposed increase in Boracay environmental fees needs further study–provincial board

Jun 21, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The Aklan Sangguniang Panlalawigan says that all Aklanons and non-resident workers in Boracay Island should be exempted from paying the environmental fee

Passengers line up to pay various fees going to Boracay Island. File photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

[OPINION] When we're scared to share: Thoughts from an environmental advocate

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'They were already able to red-tag us without the bill, how much more so if it's passed?'

Flying bubble makers could save world from starvation

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:21 AM

A Japanese scientist successfully demonstrates that soap bubbles can be used to pollinate fruit-bearing plants

NGO accuses France of starting Mozambique 'climate bomb'

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'French machinations are forcing yet another African country into dependency on fossil fuels...in the name of the economic interests of French energy industrials and bankers,' says NGO Friends of the Earth

Aussie scientists turn to drones to protect sea turtles

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Stunning drone footage released by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation shows thousands of turtles swimming in the crystal blue ocean

TURTLES. Green turtles swim near the world’s largest green turtle rookery on Raine Island, a remote vegetated coral cay situated 620 km northwest of Cairns. Photo by Great Barrier Reef Foundation/AFP

Russia says 'years' needed to clean up Arctic spill

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The spill of over 21,000 tons of fuel takes place after a fuel reservoir collapsed last month at a power plant

SPILL. This handout photograph taken and released by the Marine Rescue Service of Russia on June 3, 2020, shows a large diesel spill in the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk. Photo by Marine Rescue Service/AFP

Hundreds of wild animals being sold on Facebook recovered in Bacolod

Jun 10, 2020 - 8:47 AM

Three poachers are caught in an entrapment operation while they tried to sell 300 animals – some vulnerable species – for P150,000

The north Philippine temple pit viper recovered from suspected wildlife traders. Photo courtesy of CENRO Bago

Putin declares state of emergency over Siberian fuel spill

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:06 AM

The accident is the second largest in modern Russian history in terms of volume, World Wildlife Fund expert Alexei Knizhnikov says

SPILL. This handout photograph taken and released by the Marine Rescue Service of Russia on June 3, 2020, shows a large diesel spill in the Ambarnaya River outside Norilsk. Photo by Marine Rescue Service/AFP

Ecuador's Amazon communities sue over oil spill

May 06, 2020 - 10:38 AM

'The families living on the river banks are lacking food and no longer know where to find water to drink, or with which to bathe,' says Marcia Andi, a Kichwa and leader of the Mushuk Llacta community

RIVER. Members of the Siekopai indigenous nation stand along the banks of the Aguarico River in the community of Waiya in Ecuador, on April 16, 2020 during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Amazon Frontline/AFP

300 PH scientists, conservationists call for 'a culture of care for nature'

Apr 20, 2020 - 3:49 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 'Make nature a priority,' Philippine leaders told in an open letter from 300 scientists, conservationists ahead of Earth Day 2020

[ANALYSIS] Incineration of coronavirus wastes will worsen the situation

Apr 10, 2020 - 3:42 PM

Much of health care wastes are single-use materials such as disposable gloves, gowns, face masks, and IV bags, which are mostly plastics made from fossil fuels. When burned, they release toxic substances.

Jun Factoran: Leadership and legacy in DENR

Apr 05, 2020 - 7:16 PM

'His eyes lit up whenever we talked about his time in government when he felt there was nobility in serving the public,' writes Marites Vitug

EX-DENR CHIEF. Former environment secretary Fulgencio 'Jun' Factoran Jr (center). Photo by Rick Rocamora

Metro-wide cleanup, disinfection, and public health investment against coronavirus needed

Mar 14, 2020 - 10:59 PM

'Mobilizing 40,000 health personnel instead of 40,000 police personnel for the community quarantines would have been the logical thing to do,' says the Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment (KPNE)

Firetrucks belonging to Manila's NDRRMO went around public markets in Manila to conduct its Oplan Wisik. Spraying disinfectant solutions and sprinkled into densely populated areas in Manila as additional precautionary measure to help arrest the spread of the covid19 virus in the city. March 11, 2020    Photo by Gerard V. Carreon

DENR reminds Cebu LGUs to check hazard maps for landslide prone areas

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Over 250 barangays in Cebu province are in landslide prone areas. The geosciences bureau reminds LGUs to prepare for the rainy season.

RESCUE OPS. File photo by Cebu Provincial Governement

Amazon, African forests turning from CO2 sink to source – study

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The rate of forest decline varies throughout the world, with the Amazon's absorption ability dropping far faster than the tropical forests of sub-Saharan Africa

AMAZON. View of the Amazon jungle. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

DENR removes barbed wire blocking reforestation site in Masungi Georeserve

Mar 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

Masungi Georeserve celebrates the development, calling it the 'best World Wildlife Day gift for nature'

Photos from Masungi Georeserve and Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Environment group lauds VFA termination, cites toxic waste U.S. troops left behind

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Ending the key military pact with the US is the first step towards exacting justice for thousands of Filipinos whose health suffered because of the hazardous waste the US military left behind in its former bases, says Kalikasan

ENVIRONMENT HAZARD. The activist group Kalikasan lauds the termination of the Philippines' Visiting Forces Agreement with the US, which allowed for military exercises that were an environment hazard, the group says. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Crackdown on environmental defenders 'may lead to P1-T ecological damage yearly'

Feb 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

The Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment submits to the United Nations its own report on the human rights situation under the Duterte administration

DEFEND THE DEFENDERS. The Philippines is the most dangerous country to be an environmental activist, according to the latest report of international nongovernmental organization Global Witness. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

G20 funds fossil fuels $30 billion a year under the radar – analysis

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:19 PM

The export credit agencies of G20 countries currently provide more than 10 times more state-backed finance to oil, gas, and coal projects abroad than they do to renewable energy schemes

Greta Thunberg says climate demands 'completely ignored' at Davos

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'We had a few demands (coming into the World Economic Forum). Of course these demands have been completely ignored. We expected nothing less,' the teenage climate activist said.

GRETA AT DAVOS. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) marches during a 'Friday for future' youth demonstration in a street of Davos on January 24, 2020 on the sideline of the World Economic Forum annual meeting. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

DENR, Customs officials face charges over Canada trash

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:55 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation says the officials violated the anti-graft law and the law prohibiting the importation of hazardous wastes

GOOD RIDDANCE. The MV Bavaria, the container vessel hired to ship back the 69 container vans loaded with trash from Canada, is given a "send-off" by Greenpeace activists on bancas in Subic Bay. Photo from Greenpeace

Global natural resource consumption tops 100 billion tons for first time

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Wealthy nations, the authors note, consume 10 times more resources per person than in the developing world, and produce far more waste

LOST FOREST COVER. Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/Shutterstock.com

Japan's rising political star Koizumi and celebrity wife welcome baby boy

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:52 PM

Shinjiro Koizumi, a potential future Japanese prime minister according to some opinion polls, say he and his wife Christel Takigawa are now parents of a baby boy

Combined photo shows Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi (L) and his wife TV personality Christel Takigawa. (For editorial use only) (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE)(Kyodo)

U.N. warns of 'much extreme weather' ahead after hottest decade on record

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:33 AM

Scientists stress the urgent need to do more to counter the warming trend

HEAT WAVE. This file photo is a general view of a lake running dry on a hot summer day near Ajmer on June 2, 2019. Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. Photo by Himanshu Sharma/AFP

Unlike Boracay, Baguio won’t be closed to tourists during rehab period

Jan 11, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The rehabilitation of Baguio will start with the 3 T's: trees, traffic, and tourism

SUMMER CAPITAL. Baguio City. Photos by Mau Victa

2019 is 2nd hottest year on record – EU

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Average temperature in 2019 was only a few hundredths of a degree below the 2016 level

Bangladesh court orders government to ban single-use plastics

Jan 06, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Pollution from single-use plastics is a major problem in Bangladesh, where nearly 170 million people live in a tiny sliver of low-lying land crisscrossed by hundreds of rivers and tributaries

SINGLE-USE. A laborer arranges plastic bags used to carry industrial chemicals to dry next to the Buriganga river in Dhaka on November 21, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Climate change: 6 positive news stories from 2019

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Countries like Costa Rica offer us promising examples of the 'possible'

GREEN ENERGY. Hydroelectric power has helped Costa Rica ditch fossil fuels. John E Anderson / Shutterstock

German fireworks sales fizzle on climate anxiety

Dec 27, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Germany's fireworks festivities release some 5,000 tons of fine particulate matter into the air on a single night – equivalent to about two months of road traffic, according to a federal environment agency

The year the world woke up to the climate emergency

Dec 27, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Although scientists have warned for decades about the risk to humanity and Earth posed by unfettered burning of fossil fuels, in 2019 their message seems to have finally hit home

A participant walks past a wall showing a quote by Indian pacifist Mahatma Gandhi at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition centre, in Madrid, on December 13, 2019. - The preservation of Earth's pristine wildernesses and oceans, long treated as a separate issue to curbing climate change, is taking on more importance as scientists say they really need to go hand in hand. While the focus at COP25 in Madrid these past two weeks has been on climate change and the growing urgency to cut greenhouse gas emissions, organisers have made an effort to put the natural environment into the mix. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

WATCH: Top animal stories of 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 3:55 PM

A video looks back at how animals fared in the 2019

MARIAM. This file picture taken on May 24, 2019 shows Mariam the dugong as she is cared for by park officials and veterinarians from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre on Libong island, Trang province in southern Thailand. Photo by Sirachai Arunrugstichai/AFP

Hotter, faster, pricier: 10 records in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:59 PM

A look back at 10 new records in the year about to end

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (white jersey) celebrates after busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12 2019 in Vienna. - Kipchoge holds the men's world record for the distance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018. He tried in May 2017 to break the two-hour barrier, running on the Monza National Autodrome racing circuit in Italy, failing narrowly in 2hr 00min 25sec. (Photo by HERBERT NEUBAUER / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT

[OPINION] Plastikang polisiya

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Nakalulungkot na tayong nagrereklamo tungkol sa lumalalang basura ay siya ring nagpaplastikan sa implementasyon ng polisiyang makakalutas sana sa nasabing problema

Number of environmental defenders killed increases to 49 in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Farmers and agricultural workers remain the most targeted, representing 63% of deaths

Solving climate crisis requires leadership – Bloomberg

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Beating climate change won't require a miracle, it won't require limitless resources, it will require leadership and common sense,' says Michael Bloomberg

LEADERSHIP. Child environmental activist from India, Licypriya Kangujam (L) and Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg slap hands during the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition center, in Madrid, on December 10, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

10 haikus for the planet we failed

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Our dying planet, remembered in Japanese poetry

EU to miss 2020 green goals – agency

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:32 PM

'While most of the 2020 targets will not be achieved, especially those on biodiversity, there is still a chance to meet the longer-term goals and objectives for 2030 and 2050,' the European Environment Agency says

Slash emissions now or face climate disaster, U.N. warns

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:28 AM

'We are not running out of time – we are already out of time,' says Alden Meyer, director of policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists

COA finds gov't on losing end of DENR property sale

Nov 17, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Department of Environment and Natural Resources' sale of property at Eastwood 'favored the buyer' and caused a P31-million loss to the government

India's top court orders halt to stubble burning as Delhi chokes

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:53 PM

India's Supreme Court says the capital's residents are 'losing precious years' of their lives, adding 'people are dying, this just cannot happen in a civilized country'

AIR POLLUTION. A volunteer from civil defense displays a placard after the local government ordered half of the city's private cars to be taken off the road based on an odd-even registration plate system to help reduce air pollution, in New Delhi on November 4, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Climate-fueled flooding to imperil 300 million by 2050

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Destructive storm surges fueled by increasingly powerful cyclones and rising seas will hit Asia hardest, according to scientists

EU countries need better recycling – report

Oct 29, 2019 - 1:36 PM

'The EU must find circular and climate-friendly ways of managing its plastic waste e.g. by increasing reuse and recycling,' the European Environment Agency says in a statement

Forest ranger killed in Nueva Ecija

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:38 PM

Ronaldo Corpuz, a community environment and natural resources officer in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, is the 3rd environmental worker killed in 2019

Pope Francis demands 'predators' stop plundering the Earth

Oct 27, 2019 - 7:21 PM

'The mistakes of the past were not enough to stop the plundering of other persons and the inflicting of wounds on our brothers and sisters and on our sister earth: we have seen it in the scarred face of the Amazon region,' Pope Francis says

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds an altar candle as he arrives to preside over the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Kaliwa Dam project earns environmental clearance despite alleged violations

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:06 PM

Indigenous communities are disappointed due to alleged violations in completing or fulfilling procedural requirements for the environmental compliance certificate of the Kaliwa Dam project

PROTESTING. Groups protest the Kaliwa Dam project in front of the DENR office. Photo courtesy of Stop Kaliwa Dam Network

Trudeau environment policy disappoints young Canada activists

Oct 20, 2019 - 11:24 AM

For activists, Justin Trudeau, who was a symbol of hope when he took office in 2015, is no longer a change agent but the man who didn't do enough for the environment

CRITICISM. In this file photo taken on August 26, 2019 Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses media representatives at a press conference in Biarritz, south-west France, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

[OPINION] Planting a lot of trees will make money for cities

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:30 AM

What if we plant our trees in clusters, or line a kilometer with just one species, a sunny yellow tree for instance, in the tradition of the cherry blossoms? Wouldn’t that look amazing?

CHERRY BLOSSOMS. Cherry blossoms from the Tidal Basin area in Washington DC, USA. Photo by Nicolas Raymond from Bethesda, Maryland, USA/CC BY 2.0

‘Global effort needed to save migratory birds’

Oct 09, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Environment secretary Roy Cimatu gives call to action during opening of East Asian-Australasian Flyway Congress

SAVE MIGRATORY BIRDS. DENR Undersecretary Jim Sampulna, local officials and participants of the 2nd East Asian-Australasian Flyway Congress at L’ Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City on Tuesday, October 8./Marchel Espina Photo