Environment

Full Cycle Mariculture Solution to Declining Grouper Stocks

MAY 14 (WWF) — “Don’t fall into that fish pen,” warns Daryl Dandal, an offshore cage warden. “It has two giant groupers. Both are larger than you.” I nod and tiptoe through a network of planks above the glittering waters of Taytay in Palawan, Philippines. Here lie about 2000 fish cages, where various species of grouper are grown to feed a ballooning export trade. For the Philippines, this is the center of the LRFFT: the […]

WWF: West Philippine Sea in Rough Waters

THE dredging of coral reefs to build artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea has alarmed conservation group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). In April 2013, poaching vessel F/V Min Long Yu destroyed 3902 square meters of seabed in the Tubbataha Reefs. Ongoing reclamation in a half-dozen reefs has now obliterated 1.2 million square meters – 310 times the damage wrought on Tubbataha. Mechanical dredgers which cut, crush and compact corals have also stirred […]

Giant egg from extinct bird up for auction

APRIL 30 (Reuters) — Believed to be more than 400 years old and nearly 200 times the size of a chicken egg, an extremely rare elephant bird egg will be auctioned in London this week, with an estimated price tag of up to $76,000. The egg, over 30 centimeters (11.81 inches) high, was laid by the now extinct elephant bird, a giant flightless bird indigenous to Madagascar, according to auction house Sotheby’s. The bird, believed […]

NASA spacecraft spots possible ice cap on Pluto

APRIL 30 (Reuters) — National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has spotted surface features on the icy world, including a possible polar cap, images released on Wednesday show. With 60 million miles (97 million km) left to go before its July 14, 2015, encounter, New Horizons already has been able to make out surprising light and dark patches on the surface of Pluto, which is currently more than 32 times farther away from […]

Animal Cruelty Month

What is Animal Cruelty? Cruelty to animals, also called animal abuse or animal neglect, is the human infliction of suffering or harm upon animals, for purposes other than self-defense or survival. More narrowly, it can be the causing of harm or suffering for specific gain, such as killing animals for food or for their fur; opinions differ about the extent of cruelty associated with a given method of slaughter. Cruelty to animals sometimes encompasses inflicting […]

EU issues a green card to the Philippines on illegal fishing

The European Union has revoked the warning yellow card issued to the Philippines in June 2014 regarding measures to fight illegal fishing. The EU acknowledges Philippines’ efforts to partner up with us in fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Since an official dialogue started, the Philippines embarked on a series of reforms to upgrade its fisheries governance and successfully aligned it to international law. Achievements made by the Philippines include the adoption of a new […]

Earth Day 2015 at CCP

The Cultural Center of the Philippines celebrates Earth Day on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the CCP Liwasang Kalikasan, with the theme “Luntiang Lungsod, Luntiang Sining” (Green City, Green Arts). Liwasang Kalikasan will be transformed into an “Eco-Village”, a theme park that offers fun and educational activities, performances, exhibits, and interactive activities in the entire park. Earth Day starts with an early morning fitness entitled Zayaw sa Kalikasan (2-hour Zumba Fitness) led by TV-event host-dance […]

PHL, Germany strengthen ties for climate protection

Typhoon Yolanda became the turning point in the climate change agenda as many of our kababayans have been adversely affected by its devastation. To address this need to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Philippine government had stepped up its efforts for public awareness and disaster risk mitigation through the Climate Change Commission. Sec. Lucille Sering, Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson, said that the results-based monitoring system that they had implemented not only provided […]

Philippines Observes Earth Hour with 170 Countries

Proving that no individual action on climate change is too small and that no collective vision is too big, WWF’s Earth Hour kicked-off at 8:30PM last night with celebrations in over 7000 hubs across 170 countries. The Quezon City Memorial Circle hosted the Philippines’ main event. Clad in glow-in-the-dark costumes, thousands danced and celebrated climate change solutions in one of the country’s largest Zumba® gatherings. The ninth edition of Earth Hour crossed 24 time zones […]

Archaeologists find ruins of possible Nazi hideout deep in Argentine jungle

Deep in Argentina’s lush northern jungle, archaeologists have discovered the ruins of what may have originally been a Nazi safe haven. Researchers from the University of Buenos Aires decided to investigate the site, located near the Paraguay border in the province of Misiones, where local legend has it that Adolf Hitlers’s private secretary, Martin Bormann once lived. The archaeologists dismissed Bormann’s residency as untrue, saying Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests on a skeleton found in Berlin […]

Scientists collect data from giant Stingray

Footage shot on (March 6) during the making of wildlife program Ocean Mysteries, shows scientists examining a Giant Whiptail Stingray found in the Mae Klong River, Thailand. The creature measures over fourteen feet long, eight feet wide and weighed over eight hundred pounds. According to wildlife presenter Jeff Corwin, the ray may be the largest freshwater fish ever captured. “So we’re here in this incredible river system in Thailand. I’m with my good friend Dr […]