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Rappler's latest stories on environmental protection


Groups push for stronger legal protection for the environment

Jul 23, 2019 - 11:49 AM

The rights of nature seeks to provide legal rights to the environment and recognize it as a rights-bearing entity

NATURE HAS RIGHTS. The groups call for the recognition and passage of 'Rights of Nature Law' on July 22, 2019. Photo by Kale Luaton, PMPI

Trump administration moves to relax coal pollution rules

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:27 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency's new Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule would allow states the flexibility to set their own standards for performance at existing coal-fired power plants, rather than follow a single federal standard

TRUMP AND COAL. US President Donald Trump tours US Steel's Granite City Works steel mill in Granite City, Illinois on July 26, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Bantay Dagat members help protect Albay ecotourism destination

Mar 04, 2018 - 6:25 PM

These guardians of the sea ensure no fishermen would encroach in a 135-hectare marine reserve and fish sanctuary

Photo by Rhaydz Barcia /Rappler

El Nido crackdown on erring establishments begins

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:23 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Nieves Rosento says the degrading water quality in the town’s public beach remains a problem

VIOLATION. Environmental authorities vow to remove illegal structures built on shoreline easement zone in El Nido. Photo by Keith S. Anthony Fabro/Rappler

U.S. environment chief signs draft rollback on Obama climate plan

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) was a campaign promise by President Donald Trump and follows his decision in June to withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement

No sign of dangerous toxicity at Texas blast site: environment agency

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:27 AM

This information indicates that there are no concentrations of concern for toxic materials reported at this time the Environmental Protection Agency says in a statement

CROSBY ROADBLOCKS. A roadblock is seen after a chemical plant operated by the Arkema Group had an explosion during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 31, 2017 in Crosby, Texas. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Local, foreign volunteers help revive coral reefs in Albay Gulf

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Local and foreign divers band together to regenerate corals and build artificial reefs in Albay

Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Tagbanua to Nickelodeon: 'We don't need an underwater theme park in Coron'

Jul 28, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Coron Island is a natural paradise It doesn’t need to be developed into a man made paradise says Armil Pe Abella a Tagbanua

PRISTINE LAKE. Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan, one of the most spectacular lakes in the world. File photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

Environment groups file case vs DENR, DOE over coal plants proliferation

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:14 PM

The petitioners asks the Supreme Court to compel the two government agencies to do what laws require of them in regulating coal fired power plants

FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Several individuals and environmental groups bring their anti-coal struggle to the Supreme Court. All photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Trump moves to roll back Obama climate measures

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:10 AM

UPDATED Some experts and environmental groups warn Trump s order could be the opening salvo of an effort to undermine internationally agreed targets under the Paris Climate Accord

EPA HQ. A view of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. U.S. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to roll back Obama clean power plan

Mar 27, 2017 - 8:19 AM

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt says rolling back Obama s 2015 Clean Power Plan will bring back coal jobs

Trump hits State Department in 'hard power' budget blueprint

Mar 16, 2017 - 12:20 PM

3rd UPDATE An alarmed United Nations warn against abrupt funding cuts that would undermine its longer term reform efforts

AMERICAN AID. In this file photo, a USAID officer watches as a US military C-17 cargo plane taxis to a stop at Kathmandu's international airport on May 3, 2015. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Trump rushes to control communication of U.S. agencies

Jan 25, 2017 - 9:42 AM

Press Secretary Spicer: I don t think it s any surprise that when there s an administration turnover that we re going to review the policies

US President Donald Trump during a reception with Congressional leaders on January 23, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

QC gov't appeals closure of Payatas landfill

Jan 21, 2017 - 6:41 PM

But an environmentalist group says the the national government has already given too many extensions to the Quezon City government

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy – experts

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:52 AM

Donald Trump could enact sweeping changes to environmental policy in the beginning days of his administration with far reaching effects both in the United States and around the world

Climate activists rally, to urge politicians to stand against climate denial and hate, January 9, 2017 in New York. Don Emmert/AFP

Scientists fear the worst under a Trump presidency

Nov 16, 2016 - 11:39 AM

Donald Trump is seen by many as the most hostile to science of any American president in history

ENEMIES OF SCIENCE? In this file photo, Republican president-elect Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech as Vice president-elect Mike Pence looks on during his election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 in New York City. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Prince Albert II of Monaco to visit PH next week

Mar 30, 2016 - 7:01 PM

The Philippine itinerary of the visiting monarch a known advocate of stronger marine environmental protection includes a trip to Palawan and the Tubbataha Reefs National Park

PH VISIT. Prince Albert II of Monaco will visit the Philippines in early April. File photo by Etienne Laurent/Pool/EPA

6 million Americans have lead-tainted water in homes, schools – report

Mar 17, 2016 - 10:46 PM

Tainted water is supplied to hundreds of daycare centers and schools the report from the USA Today says

WATER CRISIS. An undated handout made available on 16 January 2016 by the US Army National Guard shows Master Sgt. Brandon Post and Staff Sgt. Stephen Robel assist carrying water as part of Michigan National Guard support to water distribution mission in Flint, Michigan. US Army National Guard photo by Spc. Eric Bandy/EPA

VW says wrongfooted by US going public on emissions

Mar 07, 2016 - 10:09 PM

Embattled German automaker Volkswagen believed it could clear up emissions cheating allegations with US authorities amicably and was caught off guard by them going public instead

VW. The logo of German car maker Volkswagen is seen on the wheel cap of a vintage VW beetle car at a workshop in Usseln, western Germany, on November 4, 2015. Photo by DPA / Uwe Zucchi / Germany Out / AFP

Climate deal will live on, despite US blow – experts

Feb 13, 2016 - 4:44 PM

The US Supreme Court temporarily freezes the EPA s Clean Power Plan which is at the heart of Washington s commitments under the Paris Agreement

US CLIMATE POLICY. Smoke stacks of the Ravenswood Generating Station, which uses natural gas, fuel oil and kerosene to power its boilers, in Long Island City, New York, USA, 03 August 2015. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA

Ombudsman to probe 600 local execs for illegal dump sites

Feb 10, 2016 - 12:32 PM

The Environmental Management Bureau has identified and submitted the list of 350 LGUs with recurring and blatant violations of open dump sites to the Ombudsman

OPEN DUMP SITE. Many local government units in the Philippines have yet to comply with the Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. File photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Beijing's second red alert issued due to choking smog

Dec 19, 2015 - 8:56 PM

The capital s environmental bureau orders factories to close and pulls half of all private cars off the streets as bad air floods into the city for the third airpocalypse of the month

HAZY HORIZONS. A view of a hazy horizon along a main road in Beijing, China, 19 December 2015. Rolex dela Pena/EPA

US House blocks carbon emission rules, Obama set to veto

Dec 02, 2015 - 7:33 AM

Many conservatives deny climate change is a result of human industry and agriculture

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at ODCE in Paris, France, December 1, 2015. Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Scandal-hit Volkswagen names Porsche boss new CEO

Sep 26, 2015 - 10:38 AM

Calling the cheating a moral and policy disaster the company s supervisory board chief Berthold Huber says the group is now looking to Matthias Mueller who knows the company and its brands to tackle the crisis

NEW CEO. Matthias Mueller, new chief executive of Volkswagen AG, attends a press conference at the VW factory in in Wolfsburg, Germany, September 25, 2015. Photo by Ole Spata/EPA

Toxic spill from Colorado mine creeps through US southwest

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:11 AM

The spill prompts states of emergency to be declared in Colorado New Mexico and the vast Navajo Nation reservation that straddles state lines

TOXIC RIVER. A handout image dated August 5, 2015 and released August 11, 2015 buy the US Environmental Protection Agency showing soil and surroundings colored in a yellowish color at sampling point GKMSW07, below Gold King Mine after an EPA team working to investigate and address contamination at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County, Colorado, unexpectedly triggered a large release of mine waste water into the upper portions of Cement Creek. Environmental Protection Agency/Handout/EPA

In Batangas, a battle against coal

May 27, 2015 - 11:45 AM

If companies like JG Summit truly believe in securing energy independence for this country then dirty dirty coal has got to go

Mima Mendoza and Tony La Viña

Making rice cultivation more eco-friendly

May 07, 2015 - 6:07 PM

The United Nations Development Programme UNDP suggests a holistic approach in addressing the climate related problems in agriculture

Steam powers Mondelēz Philippines’ manufacturing plant

Mar 07, 2015 - 10:02 AM

The use of the biomass boiler results in electricity savings comparable to the average annual consumption of a million households

Young Pinoys urged to prepare for disasters

Jul 14, 2014 - 3:34 PM

The key is disaster risk reduction and environmental protection Everyone particularly the Filipino youth must always prepare for the worst and plan for the above normal

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT. A Tanay Mountaineer member gives basic first aid training to barangay residents. Photo from TM.

Building blocks missing for 2015 climate pact – ministers

Jun 07, 2014 - 11:20 AM

The Paris agreement is meant to set the cap on years of haggling among the 195 parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

A photo taken on October 31, 2013 in Haubourdin, northern France shows smoke from a factory. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

US plans 30% cuts in power carbon emissions

Jun 02, 2014 - 11:34 PM

The move comes amid mounting signs of climate change A UN panel of scientists warned in April that polluters needed to act urgently to avoid increased droughts storms and coastline destruction

CLIMATE CHANGE. Power plants account for some 40% of US emissions of carbon dioxide, the most common greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. File photo of power plants in China by How Hwee Young/EPA

Taiwan hails first US cabinet-level visit for 14 years

Apr 14, 2014 - 8:31 PM

Taiwan President Ma Ying jeou hailed the trip of EPA administrator Gina McCarthy as important for bilateral ties with Washington

IN TAIWAN. Gina McCarthy (C), the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, gestures while visiting the National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

US plans first cabinet visit to Taiwan in 14 years

Apr 13, 2014 - 12:59 PM

The trip would be the first by a cabinet level US official to Taiwan since 2000 when then US president Bill Clinton sent transportation secretary Rodney Slater

US Supreme Court to weigh emissions rule

Feb 23, 2014 - 10:12 AM

The US Supreme Court will weigh efforts by President Barack Obama s administration to regulate greenhouse gases

The US Supreme Court in Washington DC, USA, 18 June 2012. EPA/Michael Reynolds

SC stops Quezon City garbage fee collection

Feb 06, 2014 - 6:54 PM

Acting on a resident s complaint the High Court stops an ordinance imposing garbage fee of P100 to P500 on every household in the city

CITY TRASH. The Quezon City government spent around P775 million to collect garbage last 2013. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

'No excuse not to pursue fine for Tubbataha damage'

Jan 16, 2014 - 5:03 PM

A pending Supreme Court case is no excuse for the PH government not to demand compensation from the US for the Tubbataha grounding

GROUNDED SHIP. On January 17, 2013, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

Obama lays out national plan to fight climate change

Jun 26, 2013 - 7:49 AM

Obama: As a president as a father and as an American I am here to say we need to act

CLIMATE SPEECH. US President Barack Obama delivers a speech on climate change at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, June 25, 2013. White House video frame grab

Obama to propose 'national plan' on climate change

Jun 25, 2013 - 9:37 PM

UPDATE Obama will bypass climate change skeptics in the US Congress and order tough new rules to curb carbon emissions

US President Barack Obama speaks in an online message posted at the White House official website June 22, 2013. Frame grab courtesy of the White House

The wild, unspoiled beauty of Danjugan Island

Aug 13, 2012 - 8:44 PM

It is nature s perfect getaway and classroom

GIANT CLAMS IN DANJUGAN. A few reach up to almost one meter in diameter. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang