New Lease on Light: Earth Hour to Deploy Solar Lamps in Palawan

“This lamp contains crude oil,” says fisherman Joys Dominguez while raising a grimy, soot-caked gin bottle. We are inside a hut in Beton, an island community in Northern Palawan. Night has settled and our world is pitch-black, save for what the flickering flames illuminate. Outside is the sea and above it, a sea of stars. Around 15 million Filipinos lack regular access to electricity. Beton and its 300 fisherfolk families are no different, relying on […]

Wanted: homes for wild animals as Mexico bans them from circuses

Mexico is searching for homes for at least 2,000 tigers, elephants, giraffes, zebras and other exotic beasts that will soon be banned from the country’s circuses. Circus owners are worried about the fate of their animals, which they say are too expensive to keep once the ban kicks in, while government and zoo officials are grappling with myriad difficulties in relocating animals raised to perform tricks under the big top. The prohibition does not take […]

Stranded sea lion pups inundate animal rescue centers

California sea lions – mainly pups – are turning up stranded and starved on Southern California beaches in record numbers this year, leaving experts worried that this winter may be the worst season ever documented for the marine mammals. The precise cause is not clear, but scientists believe the sea lions are suffering from a scarcity of natural prey that force nursing mothers to venture farther out to sea for food, leaving their young behind […]

Rare white lion cub born at Brazil zoo

A rare white lion cub has been born in a zoo in southern Brazil, the first for the Latin American nation. Two-month-old female cub Clara is reportedly in good health. She was rejected by her mother shortly after giving birth but zookeepers at Beto Carrero World in Santa Catarina have been feeding the adorable cub every few hours a diet of goats’ milk mixed with essential vitamins. For the time being, Clara is in a […]

NASA confirms ocean on Jupiter moon, raising prospects for life

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have confirmed that the Jupiter-orbiting moon Ganymede has an ocean beneath its icy surface, raising the prospects for life, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Thursday (March 12). Scientists estimate the ocean is 60 miles (100 km) thick, 10 times deeper than Earth’s oceans, and is buried under a 95-mile (150-km) crust of mostly ice. The finding resolves a mystery about the largest moon in the solar system […]

Electrifying secrets behind killer eels

Researchers have started to unravel the mysteries of how eels hunt, shock, and kill their prey. The findings come at the end of a nine-month study of the way in which the electric eel uses high-voltage electrical discharges to locate and incapacitate its prey. Vanderbilt University biologist Ken Catania, who led the research, says eels may just be one of the most fascinating killers on the planet. The predator has the ability to discharge as […]

RP Power Grid Can Accommodate 500 MW of Additional Wind, Says Study

Adding 500 MW of wind power to the national grid will have no negative impacts on Philippine grid operations, reveals a 2013 World Bank and Australia AusAid report on the Grid Impact of Variable Renewable Energy (VRE) for the Philippines. “Despite wind’s variable nature, 500 MW can easily be integrated without the risk of blackouts or interruptions,” explains WWF-Philippines Climate Change Unit Head Atty. Gia Ibay. “A country’s national grid should have a power reserve […]

Skeletal horse sculpture unveiled at Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth

A giant, skeletal, riderless, horse created by the German-American artist Hans Haacke has been installed on the fourth plinth at London’s Trafalgar Square on Thursday (March 5). Unveiled by the city’s mayor, Boris Johnson, “Gift Horse” was inspired by the equestrian statue of William IV, for which the plinth was originally intended. The horse sculpture is fitted with an electronic ribbon which displays a live ticker of the London Stock Exchange, asserting the place’s significance […]

Korean steel plant turns cow dung into green energy

A steel plant in South Korea has managed to improve energy efficiency and lower fuel cost by turning cow dung into a source of green energy to power its production. Cow dung, traditionally used as a fertilizer, is now being collected and used to produce biofuel that is greener and more efficient than traditional fuels like coal. Seoul-based Hyundai Steel has developed a new method to use cow dung as an auxiliary fuel for steel […]

China to strengthen law enforcement, enhance environmental laws

China will strengthen enforcement of new environmental laws, Chen Jining, China’s new minister of environmental protection said at a press conference in Beijing on Monday. The minister promised that his first mission is to improve the environment in accordance with environmental laws, in reply to a question about some environmental departments failing to abide by the law. “In the past, environmental laws were enforced leniently by some departments. Failing to abide by the law has […]

Guian residents hope Hollande’s visit will highlight impact of extreme weather events

(Reuters) — As residents in the Philippine town of Guiuan, which faces the Pacific Ocean in the Eastern Samar Province, prepare for the French President’s visit, they are hopeful it will highlight the impact of extreme weather upon local communities. Francois Hollande, who is in the Philippines for a two-day state visit, will be heading to the coastal community in Guiuan to meet villagers and renew his call to action on climate change. The massive Typhoon […]

The Orchid Show blooms in New York City

Hot pink, sunlit yellow and snow white are just some of the brilliantly colored orchids on display at The New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx. The garden debuted its annual winter show called “The Orchid Show: Chandeliers” for the media yesterday. Offering a respite from New York’s cold, snowy, gray winter weather, the indoor display features thousands of orchids inside the glasshouse of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. “This is the 13th annual orchid […]