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Duterte rejects call to lift ban on open-pit mining, calls mining...

By Rosemarie A. Zamora President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, Nov. 21 has rejected the recommendation to lift the ban on open-pit mining. “Ayaw ko because...

DENR to use drones to monitor emissions

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources is set to use drones to monitor emission levels in industrial areas to curb air pollution from...

Rich nations far behind on $100-billion climate pledge — study

PARIS -- Wealthy countries are falling well short of their pledge to provide $100 billion a year to developing countries by 2020 as part...

Deadly heat from climate change may hit slums hardest

MIAMI -- With sheet metal roofs, concrete floors, poor ventilation, and spotty electricity, crowded urban slums in Africa can expect to get even hotter...

Underwater photography shootout

THE STAGE is set for the world’s largest underwater macro photography shootout and it is happening in the Philippines. Dubbed as the “World Cup of...

Climbing Australia’s giant red rock Uluru banned

CLIMBING the world’s largest monolith Uluru was banned Wednesday amid concerns it was becoming a “theme park,” undermining the giant red rock’s deep cultural...

DENR turns over P153M for waste management in Calabarzon

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has allocated funds to finance its continuing ecological waste management project in the Calabarzon Region, composed...

Forest fires stoke record loss in world tree cover

OSLO -- Forest fires in Brazil and Indonesia contributed to a record loss in global tree cover in 2016, equivalent to the size of...

A chance Amazon encounter, then a tribe’s near extinction

WAIAPI, BRAZIL -- Tzako Waiapi remembers perfectly the day he first stumbled across white men while hunting in the Amazon rainforest: within months nearly...

Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple ancient Egypt

PARIS — Sun-choking debris cast off by volcanoes more than 2,000 years ago starved headwaters feeding the Nile river and hastened the downfall of...

Massacre fears spark race to save rare Australia parrot

SYDNEY — Critically endangered Swift Parrots are under threat from squirrel-like sugar gliders in a battle for space in Australia’s ancient forests, scientists said...

Planting the seeds of hope

HOPE LITERALLY grows in Pantar, Lanao del Norte, as concerned organizations and government agencies have banded together to teach halal organic farming to families...

Shipping risks rise as Antarctic ice hits record low

SYDNEY — Sea ice cover in Antarctica dropped to a record low this year, scientists said Wednesday, as they warned the frozen continent’s unpredictable...

Climate change and hurricanes: Do we need a smoking gun?

PARIS -- Many climate scientists are convinced that mega-storms Harvey and Irma -- which left scores dead and caused massive economic losses -- were...

Chile’s Easter Island declares huge marine protection zone

LA SERENA, CHILE — Indigenous people who live on Chile’s Easter Island far out in the Pacific have voted to create a vast marine...

Scientists expose true extent of cuckoo’s cunning

PARIS — The common cuckoo, notorious for evading parental duty by hiding her eggs in the nests of other brooding birds, is even more...

Sea Shepherd pulls plug on Japan whale hunt

SYDNEY – Activist group Sea Shepherd on Tuesday pulled the plug on its annual campaign to disrupt Japanese whaling, saying it can no longer...

Mexico helped push vaquita porpoise to brink of extinction – activists

MEXICO CITY – Mexican fishing authorities have boycotted the effort to save the critically endangered vaquita marina porpoise, environmentalists said Monday, calling them “accomplices”...

Fiona the baby hippo, or how animals go viral

WASHINGTON – First, Bao Bao and Bei Bei the pandas made a splash at the National Zoo in Washington. Then, April the Giraffe wowed...

‘Missing link’ bolsters bold theory on dino evolution

PARIS — An oddball, vegetarian dinosaur with the silhouette of a flesh-ripping velociraptor, whose fossilized remains were unearthed in southern Chile 13 years ago,...

Coal plants might be even more toxic than we thought

By Eric Roston, Bloomberg SCIENTISTS studying the aftermath of a massive coal-ash spill in North Carolina have discovered a byproduct of the fossil fuel that...

Dutch students grow their own biodegradable car

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS -- What’s made of sugar, can carry four people, and travel at 50 miles (80 km) per hour? A biodegradable car, whose...

Small odds of reaching 2°C

PARIS — There is a 5% chance of limiting average global warming to under 2°C (3.6° Fahrenheit), the target set in the 2015 climate-rescue...

Other planets may never be as hospitable as Earth

PARIS — Scientists dealt a blow Monday to the quest for organisms inhabiting worlds besides Earth, saying our planet was unusual in its ability...

Earth’s 2017 resource ‘budget’ spent by next week — report

PARIS -- Humanity will have used up its allowance of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air for all of 2017 by...

Scientists dim sunlight, suck up carbon dioxide to cool planet

OSLO -- Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the...

Duterte plans to increase taxes on mining

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said that he eyes an increase in taxes paid by mining companies. During a speech at a conference...

World’s northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

TOKYO -- Bleaching has damaged the world’s northernmost coral reef in Japan, a researcher said Tuesday, the latest example of a global phenomenon scientists...

Study throw dog domestication theories to the wolves

PARIS -- From the tiny chihuahua to the massive Saint Bernard, domestic dogs today trace their roots to a single group of wolves that...

New study reveals how frogs flourished after dinosaurs croaked

MIAMI — A massive asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago created room for frogs to colonize the Earth, said...

Are asteroids humanity’s ‘greatest challenge’?

PARIS -- Throughout its 4.5-billion-year history, Earth has been repeatedly pummeled by space rocks that have caused anything from an innocuous splash in the...

UN chief: Save the oceans to avert ‘global catastrophe’

UNITED NATIONS (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres recently urged countries to put aside national gain to save the oceans and avert a “global catastrophe”...

In the name of conservation: eavesdropping on fish sex

SCIENTISTS recently unveiled a unique new method for counting stocks of threatened fish — eavesdropping on their love calls when the fish gather in...

From trash to treasure

STUDENTS from three leading fashion schools in the country joined the Aboitiz Foundation’s recent Green Fashion Revolution, a fashion design competition that challenges participants...

Humans threaten crucial ‘fossil’ groundwater: study

VIENNA — Human activity risks contaminating pristine water locked underground for millennia and long thought impervious to pollution, said a study Tuesday that warned...

More Antarctic protections urged on World Penguin Day

SYDNEY — The world needs to do more to protect the Antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists warned Tuesday, as they marked World Penguin...

Sulphur-powered giant shipworm unearthed in Philippines

AN ENORMOUS black worm that lives in the mud of the sea floor and survives on the remnants of noxious gases digested by bacteria...

Key leopard population ‘crashing’

PARIS — The leopard population in a region of South Africa once thick with the big cats is crashing, and could be wiped out...

Strike force: world’s most venomous scorpion in action

PARIS — The world’s most lethal scorpion, the death stalker, has been caught on high-speed camera for the first time lashing out with its...

Hope for elephants as ivory prices fall: conservation group

NAIROBI — The price of ivory has fallen by nearly two-thirds in the last three years, according to research conducted in China and published...

Planet protection plans: participate, pledge, preserve

ON MARCH 25, everyone is encouraged to participate in turning off their lights for just an hour — from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m....

Florida eco-friendly town opens for business

PUNTA GORDA — With a farm-to-table restaurant, driverless shuttles, homes built with the latest green techniques and a massive solar farm to offset energy...

Curbing pollution can prevent 3M Chinese deaths a year: study

PARIS — China can avoid three million premature deaths each year if it slashes a type of fine particle air pollution to UN recommended...

Humans threaten crucial ‘fossil’ groundwater: study

VIENNA — Human activity risks contaminating pristine water locked underground for millennia and long thought impervious to pollution, said a study Tuesday that warned...

More Antarctic protections urged on World Penguin Day

SYDNEY -- The world needs to do more to protect the Antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists warned Tuesday, as they marked World Penguin...