Environment

Climate Change

President Aquino leads the proposal for a legally binding commitment to reduce carbon emissions. He said that the Philippines will be the leading voice representing small countries who were usually the victim of climate change. According to the President, one of the decisive contributions is the European commitment, in particular, France, which will host a climate change disruption summit next year. There has been ongoing talks in the United Nations, were industrialized nations were asked […]

Increasing abnormalities in Mayon

There is a marked increase on the abnormal activity of Mayon Volcano in the past 24 hours. According to a PHIVOLCS report, a total of 245 rockfall events have been recorded. Authorities have increased their efforts on evacuating residents living near the said volcano.

Mayon Volcano on Alert Level 3

PHIVOLCS raised Mayon Volcano to Alert Level 3 as it continues to register volcanic activity. PHIVOLCS added that they recorded a rockfall event in the said volcano. Low-level volcanic earthquakes were also recorded, indicating volcanic gas activity. Due to the abnormalities shown by the volcano, PHIVOLCS raised the 6 kilometer-radius permanent danger zone as well as the 7 km-radius extended danger zone in the southeast part of the volcano due to threats of rockfall, landslide […]

DOT Prepares for 2015 “Visit the Philippines” year

The Department of Tourism had just announced that 2015 will be “Visit the Philippines” year. DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. said that they have been preparing for the conferences for eco-tourism since early this year, coinciding with the APEC Ministereal Meetings and Leaders’ Summit. More than 2 million international tourist have visited the country from January until June this year.  The DOT is expecting the number to double by year- end.  More than half of […]

CO2 surge drove greenhouse gas levels to new high in 2013, World Meteorological Organization says

(Reuters) — Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse hit a record in 2013 as carbon dioxide concentrations grew at the fastest rate since reliable global records began, the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday (September 9). The volume of carbon dioxide, or CO2, the primary greenhouse gas emitted by human activities, was 396.0 parts per million (ppm) in 2013, 2.9 ppm higher than in 2012, the largest year-to-year increase since 1984, when reliable global records began. The second […]

Singapore to use state-of-the-art farming tech to produce more veggies

Scientists at an indoor produce farm in Singapore are using cutting edge technology to reduce growing times and costs. The Panasonic lab-farm is one of the projects in the works to increase the capability of the small island state, which currently imports more than 95 percent of their produce, to grow their own vegetables.  Phoebe de Guzman reports from Singapore.

California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

(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 […]

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. […]