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DENR to resume issuance of tenural instrument for protected areas

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) lifts the suspension on the issuance of special use agreement for protected areas (SAPA) after a...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay resorts face endless problems (1998)

By Eduardo L. Jalbuna ILOILO CITY - The famed island of Boracay may have survived the coliform contamination controversy last year, but the nearly year-old financial...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay developers not worried over contamination controversy (1997)

By Annie Ruth C. Sabangan The three biggest property developers on Boracay Island said they are not threatened by the publicized report of the Department...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay resorts brace for less tourist arrivals (1997)

The Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) Region 6 director Edwin G. Trompeta recently warned of a decline in visitor arrivals in Boracay Island due to...

Boracay rehab masterplan to include other islands — DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be updating the master plan for Boracay to include the neighboring islands in the Northern...

Fashion and environment: an uncomfortable fit for designer Stella McCartney

LONDON — The booming fashion industry is medieval in its approach to manufacturing and needs to modernize in order to radically cut the damage...

DENR orders 75 business owners to demolish illegal structures in Coron

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo, Reporter THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in a statement on Friday, April 20, said it has ordered...

DENR gives Coron business owners 30 days to remove structures built...

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it is giving 75 business owners 30 days to remove their structures built on the...

Palace insists ‘no new casino’ in Boracay; PAGCOR permits China firm...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter "No new casino will rise in Boracay," Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. said on Wednesday, April 11, despite...

DENR approves over 3,000 land titling applications for public school sites

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently approved more than 3,000 special patents for public schools in collaboration with the Department of...

Fridays Boracay operator estimates P45.5-million revenue loss from island shutdown

The operator of Fridays Boracay Beach Resort will take a hit following the “impulsive” decision of the government to close the island for rehabilitation,...

Duterte mulls turning Boracay into ‘land reform area’ for farmers

President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on Monday, April 9, that the controversial Boracay island may be subject to land reform coverage. The President made his...

Study that will show Boracay’s ‘carrying capacity’ out end of April

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be releasing a study on the carrying capacity of Boracay island by the end of April. Designated...

PAL, Cebu Pacific, Airasia announce flight changes on impending Boracay closure

The three major carriers in the country have shifted their focus on flights to and from Boracay, to other island destinations following the impending...

Duterte approves six-month closure of Boracay starting April 26

By Arjay L. Balinbin PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of the Interior...

DENR calls for more investments in ‘green infrastructure’

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources called for both the public and private sectors to invest in "green infrastructure". In a statement on Tuesday,...

PCCI calls for government to reconsider plan to shut down Boracay

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has called on the government to hear out stakeholders before finalizing its shutdown on Boracay establishments. In...

DENR to draft management plans for other tourist spots

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will come up with management plans for other tourist sites in the country to avoid the...

House committee on tourism backs temporary closure of Boracay

The House committee on tourism expressed support in the proposed temporary closure of Boracay as following its own inquiry into the woes of the...

Lawmakers say closing Boracay for a year will do more harm...

Senators on Friday, March 16, expressed their dismay over the recommendation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Interior and...

DENR chief warns Boracay establishments not connected to sewer lines

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called for the local government unit in Aklan to strictly enforce the legislation that requires both...

Binay calls for evaluation of LGUs in ‘island destinations’

Senator Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay on Thursday, March 8, wants an inventory of the country's tourism island destinations to check the local government...

DENR mulls forming task force to enforce wildlife protection laws

The Department of Environment and Natural Resource (DENR) is mulling over the formation of a separate bureau to strictly enforce wildlife and environmental laws...

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...