environmental laws - updates

Rappler's latest stories on environmental laws


[OPINION] Can you make every day Earth Day?

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

When I decided to be a lawyer, I wanted to uphold truth and justice at all costs, working hard to fight not only for my countrymen and the motherland, but for Mother Nature as well.

5 governors commit to protect Visayan Sea

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:11 PM

The agreement seeks to restore, conserve, and protect the Visayan Sea's marine biodiversity

CONTINUING EFFORT. Officials of the provinces covered by the Visayan Sea during the 10th Visayan Sea Summit in Oton, Iloilo on Friday, September 28. Photo courtesy of Maria Elena San Jose

Sombrero Island in Masbate closed to tourists

Apr 07, 2018 - 11:29 PM

San Pascual Mayor Zacarina Lazaro cites non-compliance to environmental laws and operating without a permit as reasons for the closure

Volkswagen, Flint point to weakness in US environmental protections

Jan 31, 2016 - 2:51 PM

The two scandals follow similar patterns: government regulators missed a serious violation of environmental laws and only found out from members of the public

CITY IN CRISIS. The Flint River backdropped by the city skyline on January 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/AFP

Congress urged to pass 3 'green' bills before election hype

Jun 05, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Bills like the National Land Use Bill certified as urgent by President Aquino need to be passed before lawmakers become distracted by the 2016 elections say green groups

GREEN BILLS. Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr joins environmental and youth groups calling for the passage of 3 'green' bills on June 5, World Environment Day 2015. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH police among Asia's best in enforcing environmental laws

May 24, 2015 - 2:09 PM

The Maritime Group of the Philippine National Police is among the 8 organizations in the region recognized for efforts against violations of fisheries and wildlife laws

PH needs to involve public in environment decisions – study

May 22, 2015 - 6:02 PM

The Philippines ranks 40th out of 70 countries in an index that scores countries on how well their laws allow citizens to question environmentally critical projects

GREEN CAUSE. Residents and students in Aborlan, Palawan protest a proposed coal plant of DMCI Power Corporation on September 30, 2013. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

Legarda vows to block waste incineration in the Senate

Jan 07, 2015 - 5:42 PM

The promise comes at a time when lawmakers and government agencies are touting waste burning as the solution to unmanageable garbage in Philippine cities

Lawmaker downplays environmental impact of emergency powers

Dec 11, 2014 - 6:11 PM

House energy panel chair Reynaldo Umali answers criticisms that the House approved special powers for President Benigno Aquino III would only facilitate the establishment of more plants and not solve any power crisis

PH ethnic groups want bill recognizing conservation rights

Oct 23, 2014 - 12:38 PM

They say existing laws on conservation do not address new concerns on preserving ecologically important sites that are also sacred to the IPs

Fighting for China's environment, one court case at a time

Sep 02, 2014 - 10:35 PM

Magsaysay awardee Wang Canfa an environmental lawyer in Beijing says his group s work of challenging companies that cause pollution is something the Philippines can do more easily

China pollution arrests rise as Beijing pushes green agenda

Jun 12, 2014 - 10:47 PM

The official Xinhua news agency says 200 people have been arrested and more than 3 500 companies and workshops shut down for environmental violations

POLLUTED. Parts of plastic mannequins are dumped along with garbage at a dump site near the cooling towers and chimney of a power plant in a rural area of Shanghai City, China, on June 5, 2014. Photo by Wu Hong/ EPA

China toughens environment law to target polluters

Apr 25, 2014 - 8:12 AM

Sixty percent of underground water in China is too polluted to drink directly according to state media underlining the country s grave environmental problems

Earth Day in CDO: Protest staged vs coal power plants

Apr 23, 2014 - 6:45 PM

Why choose coal always? We in Mindanao are blessed with hydro resources as well as solar sources that can be developed? says a bishop protester

WHY NOT HYDRO? Demonstrators denounce the construction of coal power plants in Northern Mindanao when the region is rich in hydrothermal energy resources. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler.com