(Reuters) – The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America. A number of cities and counties in California and other U.S. states, including Hawaii’s Maui County, have made it illegal for grocery stores to pack purchases in plastic. But at the state level, opposition from plastic bag […]
(Reuters) – Wildlife authorities in Florida caught a man who killed and ate 15 gopher tortoises and planned to slaughter 11 more of the threatened reptiles, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said a tip-off led an officer to woods in Citrus County on Florida’s west coast where he found tire tracks and shells dumped on the ground. Returning the next day, he found a container holding 11 […]
London’s iconic clock tower known internationally as “Big Ben” gets a much-needed clean up.
The Department of Public Works and Highways reminded their personnel to put into consideration the preservation of historical sites and structures in the implementation of the department’s projects. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said that historical sites and structures should be protected because of their value to the country’s history and heritage. He added that preservation of historical sites should be considered from the feasibilty study and planning phase to avoid delays during the construction period. […]
Secretary Ramon Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) called on all primary schools in the Philippines to make chemical safety a top priority as he sounded the alarm about the potential health risks of mercury and lead to schoolchildren. He made the statement at the launch of the “Lead and Mercury Safe Schools for Bright and Healthy Children” campaign by the DENR and the European Union (EU) held at Commonwealth Elementary […]
Text and photos by J Kahlil Bohol Panopio | Haribon Foundation We received a report last February that there was a recent sighting of a juvenile Philippine eagle in the Mingan Mountains of Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. This led to the formation of a team to validate the sighting and document the presence of Philippine Eagles in the area. Figure 1. The Mingan Montains in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija where its lowland dipterocarp forest is a habitat […]
As the environment month of June comes to a close, the Haribon Foundation enjoins the whole country and the international community in celebrating the discovery and validation of the presence of a pair of adult Philippine Eagles and one juvenile in Mt. Mingan straddling the provinces of Nueva Ecija and the inclusion of the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wild life Sanctuary on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage List. These two […]
June 25 is designated as Philippine Arbor Day, a day for planting trees and ornamental plants and other form or relevant activities to promote a healthier ecosystem. Arbor Day is a holiday where individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. It originated in Nebraska City in the United States in 1872. Proclamation No. 643, s. 2004, declared June 25 as Philippines Arbor Day. It calls for the active participation of all government agencies, including […]
African elephants at risk of extinction after more than 20,000 African elephants killed for their ivory in 2013, a U.N.-linked wildlife conservation agency says.
(Reuters) – Global warming is causing trillions of dollars of damage to coral reefs, aggravating risks to tropical small island states threatened by rising sea levels, a U.N. report said on Thursday. The rise in sea levels off some islands in the Western Pacific was four times the global average, with gains of 1.2 cms (0.5 inch) a year from 1993 to 2012, due to shifts in winds and currents, said the United Nations’ Environment […]
(Reuters) – Climate changes that have made Montana streams much warmer over the last 30 years are helping invasive trout push their native cousins toward extinction, researchers said on Tuesday, saying study is an example of reducing biodiversity. The study led by ecologists with the U.S. Geological Survey links warming streams and reduced spring flows in the Flathead River basin in western Montana and Canada to a sharp rise in interbreeding between rainbow trout introduced […]
Activists raise lawsuit in Japan to bring attention to the annual dolphin drive hunt in the town of Taiji. Dennis Lu reports from Japan