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Ocean 100: Profits from world’s seas dominated by 100 companies

Just 100 companies account for most of the profits from the world’s seas, researchers said on Wednesday, calling on them to help save the oceans from over-fishing, rising temperatures, and pollution.

Bank lending to plastics industry faces scrutiny as pollution concerns mount

LONDON — Banks have provided $1.7 trillion of finance to 40 companies in the plastics supply chain without imposing any requirements to tackle plastic pollution pouring into the world’s rivers and oceans, according to a report published on Thursday.

Drawing inspiration from plants to solve design problems

By Patricia Mirasol Plants have already solved a lot of the questions we ask ourselves how to solve. In a Business of Design Walk session...

Megaprojects flagged as Trojan horse to develop remaining rainforests

KUALA LUMPUR — A rise in huge, opaque infrastructure and mining projects threatens to destroy and open up the world’s last remaining rainforests to development, researchers warned on Thursday.

Coronavirus poses threat to climate-change campaigns — David Attenborough

NEW YORK — British broadcaster and leading naturalist Sir David Attenborough said on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic threatens the fight against climate change...

Surge in natural disasters takes heavy human and economic toll —...

Philippines among countries with highest number of disaster events GENEVA — Extreme weather events have increased dramatically in the past 20 years, taking a heavy...

Pull investments from companies not committed to environment, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday urged people to pull investments from companies that are not committed to protecting the environment, adding his...

Plastic pandemic: COVID-19 trashed the recycling dream

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a rush for plastic.

In SUVs and on planes, richest 1% drive climate-heating emissions

LONDON — Prone to frequent flying, a passion for SUVs and big spending, the richest 1% of the world’s population produced twice as many planet-heating emissions as the poorest half of humanity over the last quarter-century, researchers said on Monday.

Myanmar’s upcycling monk leads push to cut plastic waste

YANGON — When a prominent Buddhist monk in Myanmar noticed a surge in plastic waste generated by residents in his Yangon neighborhood during the...

US EPA to propose first-ever airplane emissions standards, sources say

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to announce on Wednesday the first proposed US emissions standards for commercial aircraft, officials briefed on the matter said.

Vegetables shouldn’t be garnish, they should be the main course

by Patricia B. Mirasol Sustainable diets can reduce food loss and waste, said chefs and experts in a recent discussion about sustainability in the hospitality...

Burger King’s climate solution is a limited-supply Whopper

Burger King will begin selling Whoppers sourced from cows that belch out less methane as the fast-food industry grapples with a questionable sustainability record.

Cow burps, leaky pipelines put Earth on high-end warming track

Global emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas multiple times more potent than CO2, rose by 9% in the decade through 2017, putting Earth on a track to warm by more than 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, according to an international study scheduled to be released Wednesday.

Fixing the food system through ‘responsible consumption’

The existing three-step linear food system—food production, marketing, and consumption—is dysfunctional. Consumers are at the core of this food system and their behavior thus influences its outcome. For the system to be fixed, a fourth step—waste management—and circularity need to be established.

Does it pay to protect nature? A new study weighs in

LONDON — With Earth’s wildlife now facing an extinction crisis, a group of economists and scientists is hoping to persuade governments that it pays to protect nature.

Bicycles are pushing aside cars on Europe’s city streets

Bikes are increasingly muscling aside cars on Europe’s city streets, as the coronavirus accelerates a shift toward pedal power.

An epidemic of contaminated waste is following the coronavirus

The world is struggling to deal with the spread of another medical problem created by the coronavirus — a deluge of contaminated waste. During the...

Reusable cups, bags safe to use during COVID-19, Greenpeace says

Reusable products are safe to use even during the coronavirus pandemic as long as basic hygiene practices are employed, according to Greenpeace USA Inc.

5 ways car owners can be friendlier to the environment

Text and photo by Wee Gamboa I know what you’re thinking: Cars are polluters of Mother Nature, so environmental awareness and mobility don’t make a...

A new mural on marine life decorates the Paseo underpass

IT WAS late one evening when a young woman, along with two friends, was walking through the Paseo de Roxas underpass in Makati on her way home after a long day at work. Mural artist A.G. Saño was painting at the steps of the underpass when she recognized him. She happened to have been a participant at his art and environmental engagement talks at a university in Camarines Sur, Bicol some years before. He then asked the woman and her friends if they were interested in helping him paint the mural. Mr. Saño said that “it is innate among our group to have strangers engage if they want to paint.

Earth Hour focuses on plastics

PULLING the plug when devices are not in use, avoiding the use of disposable utensils, and recycling and upcycling materials are only a few of the many ways to practice sustainable living.

Cutting your commute could save the planet 214M tons of CO2:...

A new argument for flexible work arrangements: saving the environment.

China Bank raises $150M via maiden green bond issue

CHINA Banking Corp. (China Bank) has issued $150 million in green bonds to fund climate change mitigation projects.

How can the business leaders of tomorrow, save the planet today

Highlights from the National Sustainability Summit for Millennials and Gen Zs

To address inflation, DoE issues order that will bring back Euro...

The Department of Energy (DoE) has issued a directive to oil companies to start selling Euro 2 diesel even ahead of the Environment department's...

DENR, GTI to identify sustainable solutions for Boracay

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and global initiative group Greening the Islands (GTI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a project on sustainable use of island resources amid the government’s ongoing rehabilitation in Boracay.

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

Wellington, New Zealand -- New Zealand became the latest country Friday to outlaw single-use plastic shopping bags, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying they...

Record 207 environmental activists killed last year

Paris, France -- More than 200 environmental activists were murdered last year as government-sponsored killings linked to lucrative projects by vast agriculture multinationals soared,...

Saving the Pasig River through an arts program

A NUMBER OF arts activities are scheduled in six cities of Metro Manila until December as an initiative to raise awareness of the need to rehabilitate the Pasig River.

More illegally connected pipes uncovered in Boracay’s drainage system

Boracay Island Water Co., Inc. has plugged 36 more illegally connected pipes to the island's drainage system, its parent firm said on Wednesday, June...

DENR to resume issuance of tenural instrument for protected areas

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) lifts the suspension on the issuance of special use agreement for protected areas (SAPA) after a...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay resorts face endless problems (1998)

By Eduardo L. Jalbuna ILOILO CITY - The famed island of Boracay may have survived the coliform contamination controversy last year, but the nearly year-old financial...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay developers not worried over contamination controversy (1997)

By Annie Ruth C. Sabangan The three biggest property developers on Boracay Island said they are not threatened by the publicized report of the Department...

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Boracay resorts brace for less tourist arrivals (1997)

The Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) Region 6 director Edwin G. Trompeta recently warned of a decline in visitor arrivals in Boracay Island due to...

Boracay rehab masterplan to include other islands — DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be updating the master plan for Boracay to include the neighboring islands in the Northern...

Fashion and environment: an uncomfortable fit for designer Stella McCartney

LONDON — The booming fashion industry is medieval in its approach to manufacturing and needs to modernize in order to radically cut the damage...

DENR orders 75 business owners to demolish illegal structures in Coron

By Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo, Reporter THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in a statement on Friday, April 20, said it has ordered...

DENR gives Coron business owners 30 days to remove structures built...

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it is giving 75 business owners 30 days to remove their structures built on the...

Palace insists ‘no new casino’ in Boracay; PAGCOR permits China firm...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter "No new casino will rise in Boracay," Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque, Jr. said on Wednesday, April 11, despite...

DENR approves over 3,000 land titling applications for public school sites

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently approved more than 3,000 special patents for public schools in collaboration with the Department of...

Fridays Boracay operator estimates P45.5-million revenue loss from island shutdown

The operator of Fridays Boracay Beach Resort will take a hit following the “impulsive” decision of the government to close the island for rehabilitation,...

Duterte mulls turning Boracay into ‘land reform area’ for farmers

President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on Monday, April 9, that the controversial Boracay island may be subject to land reform coverage. The President made his...

Study that will show Boracay’s ‘carrying capacity’ out end of April

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be releasing a study on the carrying capacity of Boracay island by the end of April. Designated...

PAL, Cebu Pacific, Airasia announce flight changes on impending Boracay closure

The three major carriers in the country have shifted their focus on flights to and from Boracay, to other island destinations following the impending...