Should environmental refugees be granted asylum status?

UNITED NATIONS—The 1951 United Nations convention on political refugees—which never foresaw the phenomenon of climate change—permits refugee status only if one “has a well-founded...

109 NGOs raise alarm over attacks against environmental defenders

A total of 109 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 22 countries have expressed concern over the worsening human-rights situation in the Philippines—the third-deadliest country in...

UPLB, Searca host intl meet on human ecology

The first international conference on human ecology in Asia was held in the Philippines. It focused on global practices, initiatives and possibilities that contribute...

Investments in low-carbon bldgs in PHL could reach $2B in...

The International Finance Corp. (IFC) of the World Bank group on Monday said investment opportunities in low-carbon buildings in the country could reach $2...

Combating climate change? Fight land degradation–UNCCD chief

BONN, Germany—Land restoration is not a “glamorous subject even when you give all the numbers,” admitted Monique Barbut, the executive secretary of United Nations...

Lopez, green groups: “Taxing coal will end country’s coal addiction.”

Former environment secretary Gina Lopez and other environment and renewable energy advocates expressed support for the P300 tax to be levied on coal. "I am...

At climate summit, 2 global energy alliances emerge

BONN, Germany—As the summit of governments, known as 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) reached its conclusion in Bonn, Germany, last weekend, two...

Reviving a river for ecotourism

What was once a silted river has been given a new lease on life and has become a showcase of how ecotourism can help...

How green is your office?

More and more office buildings are being constructed across the Philippines these days as the property market continues to boom. However, many are unaware...

Laguna school wins intl award for education, sustainable devt

An elementary school that is a pilot site of the School and Home Gardens program led by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate...

Playing with dugong ‘Aban’ in Calauit

A few weekends back, this reporter finally met the elusive but beautiful dugong, or sea cow, a vulnerable species that’s almost endangered in Calauit,...

Hopes high for the conservation of hornbills on Panay, Negros

PANDAN, Antique—Hopes are high for the conservation of both writhed-billed hornbills and the Visayan tarictic hornbills in Pandan, Antique. Rhea Santillan of the Philippine Initiative...

From brown to green: DENR battles environmental issues through biotech

As the research bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) conducts various researches to...

2 Asean Heritage Parks declared in Indonesia

The Kepulauan Seribu National Park (KSNP) and Wakatobi National Park (WNP) of Indonesia joined the growing network of Asean Heritage Parks (AHPs). AHPs are...

Calls mounting for end to Mexico’s capture of endangered porpoise

MEXICO CITY—Calls are mounting for the Mexican government and international experts to stop an operation to capture and enclose the few remaining vaquita porpoises,...

Climate-change summit a step further, but where to?

ROME—The United Nations Climate Change Summit in Bonn is a step further, most experts say. Fine, but toward what? On the one hand, the organizers—the ...

Tribe rejects plan to build tram, hotel in Grand Canyon

Legislation to build an aerial tram to take paying visitors to a riverside boardwalk in the Grand Canyon has been voted down by the...

Soil erosion causes concern in Aklan

KALIBO, Aklan—Various national and local government agencies in the province are bracing for the worsening problem of soil erosion and other environmental problems along...

Cooking to fight climate change

By Paloma Duran | Inter Press Service UNITED NATIONS—What you eat doesn’t only affect your own health—it also affects our planet’s health. From deciding which...

Tech giants get low marks for environment impact

SEOUL, South Korea—The environmental group Greenpeace issued a report on Tuesday giving technology titans—including Samsung Electronics, Amazon and Huawei—low marks for their environmental impact. Many...