Youth tapped to help in wildlife conservation

IN BOLSTERING the fight against wildlife crime, Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Dir. Theresa Mundita Lim has asked for the assistance of the youth noting that their involvement would help ensure and safeguard the country’s wildlife.

“Such youth involvement is essential as the Philippines is among the world's 17 megadiverse countries but is also among biodiversity hotspots on Earth,” noted (BMB) " Lim said.

“Raise your voices, pursue your role and be proud to be part of the network of environment and wildlife conservationists," she urged the youth in a message during the agency's celebration of UN's annual World Wildlife Day…

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Senate formalizes PH entry to Paris Climate accord

AFTER describing the signed Paris Agreement document as very important for the country, Senator Loren Legarda has declared that she will sponsor the measure at the Senate to pave the way for the formal inclusion of the Philippines as a signatory to the climate accord.

To recall, President Rodrigo Duterte earlier vowed to dump the agreement citing the rich countries’ penchant to dictate on poor countries like the Philippines on what they should do to address global warming and climate change.

President Duterte was adamant because he knew that the richest countries are the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG)…

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Phl is world’s most calamity-reactive country

TIME and again, urban planners like Felino Palafox Jr. have warned about the structural soundness of many buildings and estates in the country, principally those located within the fault lines. 

He keeps submitting volumes (by the hundred items) of recommendations to presidents-- past and present-- in the hope that they would adopt most, if not all, of them for the sake of present and future generations.

Palafox, and his kind, are being scorned as being “prophets of doom” or “pessimists” even being suspected of pushing their own advocacies/ services (for some profits) as the ultimate objective.

But Palafox never…

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Lopez insists on green industries

By Tracy Cabrera

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Regina Lopez is insisting that turning areas previously damaged by mining operations into ecological zones is a better alternative than what mining operators can offer to improve the lives of the people in affected provinces.

She even dared her critics to give her just 18 months and she can develop the areas the miners previously occupied into ecological zones that “can create more jobs than mining their mining operations”.

“Give me a year and a half, maximum two years. They’ve been there for 77 years . . . A green economy can create more jobs…

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A vertical ‘forest’ to solve air pollution in MM

By Tracy Cabrera

AIR quality situation in the National Capital Region (NCR) in the first quarter of 2015 was even worse than it was at the end of last year, according to data from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB).

In a presentation at a health forum, DENR-EMB assistant director Eva Ocfemia said that the air pollutant concentration in the National Capital Region reached 130 micrograms per normal cubic meter (µg/Ncm) in terms of total suspended particulates (TSP), up from 106 µg/Ncm at year’s end in 2014. 

The maximum safe level of air pollutant…

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