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Asian fungus kills European salamanders, could spread

An aquatic salamander   PHOTO BY S UZANNE COLLINS, CENTER FOR NORTH AMERICAN HERPETOLOGY

A fungus from Asia has killed off large numbers of salamanders and newts in Belgium and The Netherlands and risks reaching North America unless the exotic pet trade is stopped, researchers said Thursday.

Posted: October 31st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Coast Guard sets probe of oil leak at Sual power plant

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sual coal power plant

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday said it was issuing an inspection apprehension report (IAR) to the operator of a coal-fired power plant here for the oil leak in one of its facilities that may have contaminated Cabalitian Bay.

Posted: October 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Pope delivers mini-encyclical on poor, environment

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Pope Francis delivered an off-the-cuff, mini-encyclical on the rights of the poor, the injustices of unemployment, and the need for environmental protection Tuesday, saying he’s not preaching communism but the Gospel.

Posted: October 29th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘Cemetiquette’: Do’s, don’t’s on Nov. 1 and 2

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THOU SHALT NOT BE A PIG  Zero waste advocates wearing pig face masks with garbage on their bodies issue 10 commandments to guide their conduct in the cemetery and show respect for their beloved dead. Miss Philippines Earth beauties do the “Zombasura dance” with members of EcoWaste Coalition.  JOAN BONDOC

People trooping to cemeteries this weekend to mark All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day should study their “Cemetiquette” so they would not litter the graveyards with their garbage.

Posted: October 29th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Study says lapu-lapu ‘threatened’ species

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LAPU-LAPU COUNTRY There are at least 27 lapu-lapu
(grouper) species in the Philippines, of which six are “vulnerable”
or “near-threatened.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The expensive lapu-lapu (grouper) that we export to Hong Kong may be good business, but the traders may be signing the death papers of an already threatened species, according to molecular biologists.

Posted: October 21st, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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