Florida man caught killing, and eating, threatened tortoises

  (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 […]

DPWH Personnel urged to respect historical sites

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. […]

DENR warns on dangers of mercury and lead, urges schools to prioritize chemical safety

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 […]

The search for Philippine Eagles of the Mingan Mountains

 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 […]

Hope for the Philippine Eagle and the Forests

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 […]

Government-led tree cutting hounds Philippine Arbor Day

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 […]

Global warming damages corals vital to small islands: UN

(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 […]

Climate changes push native Montana trout toward extinction: study

(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 […]