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New record: 2nd otter species in PH spotted in Tawi-Tawi

May 30, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Otter specialists say the otters recently seen in Turtle Islands are of a species never before recorded in the Philippines

River Otters in Turtle Islands. Photo from Turtle Islands Municipal Police Station

Groups step up effort to save critically endangered species in Western Visayas

Jun 29, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Groups map out a conservation plan to help save critically endangered species in the region from extinction

SAVE ME. The Visayan spotted dear is among the critically endangered species in Western Visayas. Photo courtesy of Talarak Foundation

Climate change threatens half World Heritage sites' glaciers – report

May 01, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Authors of a new study 'predict glacier extinction by 2100 under a high emission scenario in 21 of the 46 natural World Heritage sites where glaciers are currently found'

DENR to public: Report establishments selling tawilis

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The DENR Calabarzon says selling and catching of tawilis is prohibited during the closed season

Taal lake photo courtesy of DENR

San Marino brand stops making canned tawilis

Jan 26, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The canned goods brand also says it has 'depletion plans' for affected stocks of its San Marino Premium Tawilis product, like donating it to charitable institutions

Sardinella tawilis. Photo by Zeus Llanto/Rappler

PH's Masungi Georeserve wins prestigious UN, IUCN award for innovation in nature conservation

Nov 21, 2018 - 3:21 PM

The local conservation project protects a geological heritage comprising the Masungi karst landscape and its rich biodiversity in Baras, Rizal

UN Environment hits 'terrorist' tag on Filipino IP advocates

Mar 18, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'These charges must be dropped immediately,' says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim

TERRORIST TAG. The UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli Corpuz, is included in the Philippine government's list of terrorists, along with CPP members. File photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

Bangladesh hopes to rekindle passion to save rare crocodiles

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:05 PM

To save the nearly extinct gharials or fish eating crocodiles conservationists bring together a male and a female hoping they will mate

A 36-year-old female Gharial crocodile is released in the zoo of Bangladesh's northeastern city of Rajshahi o August 13, 2017. Bangladeshi conservationists introduced two rare river-dwelling crocodiles to potential mates Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to save the critically-endangered species from extinction. A 36-year-old female gharial -- a fish-eating crocodile once native to rivers across the Indian subcontinent -- was brought from a zoo in northeast Bangladesh to the capital Dhaka, where it is hoped she will mate with an older male to repopulate the species.   / AFP PHOTO / -

Tiny plastic particles from clothing, tires clogging oceans – report

Feb 22, 2017 - 8:53 AM

IUCN found that in many developed countries in North America and Europe tiny plastic particles are in fact a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic waste

Image courtesy NOAA

Cheetahs 'sprinting' towards extinction – wildlife study

Dec 27, 2016 - 10:45 PM

A new study estimates that just 7 100 cheetahs remain in the wild occupying just 9 of the territory they once lived in

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 18, 2016 shows a captive cheetah licking her sibling in an enclosure at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Otjiwarongo, Namibia, on February 18, 2016. Cheetahs are "sprinting" to extinction due to habitat loss and other forms of human impact, according to a new study out at the end of December 2016 which called for urgent action to save the world's fastest land animals. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Giraffes 'threatened with extinction'

Dec 08, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The population of the world s tallest land mammal drops to below 100 000 in 2015 mainly due to habitat loss and illegal hunting the International Union for the Conservation of Nature IUCN reported

THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION. A Cape giraffe, or South African giraffe, is seen in an enclosure at the Giza zoo in Cairo on November 23, 2016. File photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/ AFP

African elephants 'suffer worst decline in 25 years'

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Poaching takes a dramatic toll on the elephant population in Africa with just around 415 000 elephants left

Elephants roam through trees and low bush on Septemebr 19, 2016 at the Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province, South Africa.    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES 2016) conference will kick off in Johannesburg on September 24, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Envi groups: Declare 'marine peace park' in South China Sea

Sep 07, 2016 - 1:37 PM

The motion filed with the International Union for Conservation of Nature recommends the suspension of the exploitation of natural resources in the disputed sea

Reclamation activities in Gaven Reef as of December 12, 2014. Image courtesy Department of National Defense

Life-altering science moves fast, sparking debate

Sep 06, 2016 - 4:51 PM

Scientific techniques that can wipe out invasive species or alter mosquitoes ability to carry disease are pushing ahead raising concerns about the ethics of permanently changing the natural world

Warming oceans are 'sick,' global scientists warn

Sep 06, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Global warming is making the oceans sicker than ever before spreading disease among animals and humans and threatening food security across the planet a report says

A general view shows Turtle Beach during a tour by US President Barack Obama of Midway Atoll in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean on September 1, 2016. Saul Loeb/AFP

Giant pandas no longer 'endangered' in China – officials

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:12 AM

The improvement for the giant panda Ailuropoda melanoleuca is announced as part of an update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN Red List

WE'RE SAFE! Giant panda Mei Xiang(L) and her cub Bei Bei play in their enclosure August 24, 2016 at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

World nears 2020 goal of restoring degraded forests

Sep 04, 2016 - 10:32 AM

A total of 36 governments organizations and companies have now committed to the Bonn Challenge to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020

A re-emerging forest. Photo from Kalikasan PNE

Japan hatches penguin chicks using artificial insemination

May 25, 2016 - 11:30 PM

After 4 years of experiments scientists are successfully able to use artificial insemination for the rare Humboldt penguin

This handout picture taken on April 17, 2016 and released on May 25, 2016 by the Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum shows a baby Humboldt penguin which was bred through artificial insemination in Yamaguchi prefecture. The Japanese aquarium said on May 25 it has successfully hatched two Humboldt penguin babies via artificial insemination, the first time in the world for the endangered penguin spices. / AFP PHOTO / SHIMONOSEKI MARINE SCIENCE MUSEUM KAIKYOKAN / STR / --EDITORS--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SHIMONOSEKI MARINE SCIENCE MUSEUM KAIKYOKAN" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS -DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

WATCH: Jane Goodall speaks for animals at UN climate summit

Dec 10, 2015 - 10:30 PM

The most famous animal scientist on Earth gives voice to other living creatures facing destruction if humanity fails to curb climate change

THEIR SPOKESWOMAN. Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall speaks in behalf of animals threatened by climate change at COP21 in Paris. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Over half of world's primates on brink of extinction – experts

Nov 24, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Species long known to be at risk have been joined on the most endangered list for the first time by the Philippine tarsier and the Lavasoa Mountains dwarf lemur from Madagascar

Lion among 23,000 species threatened with extinction – conservationists

Jun 23, 2015 - 10:41 AM

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature hails some clear advances in saving endangered species but warns those successes has been overshadowed by declines in a range of species

ON THE PROWL. A male lion at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve outside Johannesburg, South Africa, November 27, 2008. Gernot Hensel/EPA

10 animals threatened by climate change

Jun 05, 2015 - 8:47 AM

On World Environment Day meet 10 animals your grandkids will likely never set eyes on if humanity does nothing to curb climate change

World parks congress ends, urges more ocean protection

Nov 19, 2014 - 1:37 PM

The World Parks Congress with representatives from 160 nations outlines a pathway for achieving a global target to protect at least 17 of land and 10 of oceans by 2020

PEEK-A-BOO. This photo taken on September 22, 2014 shows fish looking out from the coral of the Great Barrier Reef. William West/AFP

Growing food demand threatens more species – IUCN

Nov 17, 2014 - 1:30 PM

IUCN: We urgently need to impose strict limits on harvesting and take appropriate measures to protect habitats

A girl looks at Pacific bluefin tunas swimming in an aquarium in Tokyo, Japan, 27 June 2013. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Fight to save endangered Indus dolphins, turtles

Nov 04, 2014 - 3:46 PM

Conservationists are fighting to save the Indus dolphin as well as the river s black spotted turtle

ENDANGERED. In this photograph taken on September 13, 2014, a blind dolphin swims along the Indus river in the southern Pakistani city of Sukkur. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP

Planet of the dying apes: experts sound alarm over shrinking habitats

Jun 26, 2014 - 8:00 AM

Experts predict that at the current rate human development will have impacted 90 of the apes habitat in Africa and 99 in Asia by 2030

Cebu police seize half ton of shark meat

Jun 14, 2014 - 6:57 PM

The meat to be used as ingredients for tempura and fish balls comes from thresher sharks a vulnerable species

THRESHER SHARK. A species listed as "vulnerable" by the IUCN. Photo by Steve De Neef

UN Security Council declares war on ivory poachers, traffickers

Feb 03, 2014 - 2:53 PM

Two resolutions adopted by the council last week state that the trade in illegal wildlife is fueling conflicts in the region and bankrolling organized crime

CRUSHED. The face of a crushed confiscated ivory trinket, estimated by US wildlife officials to be from around 2,000 elephants, is crushed at the National Wildlife Property Repository, Denver, Colorado, USA, 14 November 2013. Alex Hofford/EPA

Critically-endangered dugong found dead in Palawan

Dec 20, 2013 - 8:37 PM

It s the second time this year a sea mammal is found dead in Palawan its final stronghold in the country

THREATENED. An adult male dugong is found dead in Busuanga, Palawan, reportedly after getting entangled in ropes in a seaweed farm. Photo courtesy of DENR-PAWB

African, Asian nations vow crackdown on illegal ivory trade

Dec 04, 2013 - 7:31 AM

Among those who agreed to the measures were key elephant nations such as Gabon Kenya Niger and Zambia transit countries Vietnam Philippines and Malaysia and ivory destination states including China and Thailand

CRUSHING CRIME. A road roller destroys elephant tusks that have been seized from illegal shipments since 2009 and are kept in storage at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PAWB-DENR) in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of EPA

Nearly 21,000 species 'at risk of extinction'

Jul 02, 2013 - 10:14 AM

The IUCN update says 20 934 species are currently listed as threatened with extinction compared with 20 219 last October

THREATENED. A photo made available 09 June 2013 shows Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) at the Baquerizo Moreno Port, in Galapagos, Ecuador 03 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Jose Jacome

Mt Etna, Rajasthan forts among new World Heritage sites

Jun 21, 2013 - 9:37 PM

Other entrants into the coveted list include the Mountains of the Pamirs in Tajikistan and China s Tianshan range in a move hailed by conservationists

WORLD HERITAGE SITE. A file picture dated 05 January 2012 shows a cloud of hot ash erupting from the summit of Mount Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily Island, Italy. Photo by Franco Cufari/EPA

400 species added to threatened 'Red List'

Oct 17, 2012 - 4:03 PM

Over 400 plants and animals were added Wednesday October 17 to the Red List of species threatened with extinction the authors of a new report said