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Typhoon ‘Glenda’ leaves 20 dead

POWER CONSUMERS’ CALVARY    An electric post is toppled at the height of Typhoon “Glenda” (international name: Rammasun) in Noveleta, Cavite province. The typhoon led to power outages affecting a total of 13.5 million people in Luzon, including Metro Manila, and the Visayas.  EDWIN BACASMAS

Typhoon “Glenda” dealt Metro Manila only a glancing blow of about three hours Wednesday, but it was enough to shut down the capital, leave the megacity a shambles and without power, and take at least 20 lives.

Posted: July 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Lawmaker faces P50,000 fine for forest project

Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. is facing a P50,000 fine from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) for developing a property in the Mount Santo Tomas watershed here without an environmental compliance certificate (ECC).

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Scientists seek Mt. Cleopatra protection

LAST FRONTIER  Batak tribesmen guide wildlife experts on their trek to the peak of Mt. Cleopatra, part of an intact forest land sprawling over some 30,000 hectares on the northern edge of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. Scientists and conservationists have called on the government to declare Cleopatra a national park because of its varied ecosystems and habitats for endangered and threatened species.  JONAH VAN BEIJNEN/CONTRIBUTOR

For a biologist like Kyra Hoevenaars, who has lived and studied the wildlife and forests of Palawan province for years, Mount Cleopatra is a special place. “Almost everything that you will find there, especially the mammals, they don’t exist anywhere else in the world,” Hoevenaars told the Inquirer.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Environment groups to ‘retake’ road project

SITE where at least 700 trees were felled for a road project attributed to Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. JP ALIPIO/CONTRIBUTOR

Two groups of environmentalists on Wednesday said they would “retake” what they called an illegal road project initiated by Baguio Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr. inside the Mt. Sto. Tomas watershed to plant saplings and replace more than 700 trees that were destroyed in the area.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Villar urges wider ban on use of plastic bags

Plastic Bag On Environment

Sen. Cynthia Villar on Sunday said more places should consider banning plastic for commercial use, after several Metro Manila cities reported their success in doing away with the ubiquitous product.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »