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. [youtube id=”zVMt8mss1Rc”]

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. […]

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 […]