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Truck, train collide in US; 1 dead, 2 dozen hurt

An emergency responder works to gain access to a passenger car that flipped on its side after a truck carrying logs down Cheat Mountain on U.S. Route 250 crashed into the train taking passengers on a scenic tour in rural Randolph County, W.Va., on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. AP

Authorities say a logging truck collided with a train taking passengers on a tour of fall foliage in the West Virginia mountains, killing one person and injuring 24 people Friday.

Posted: October 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Tough days for mining, logging

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The provincial government of Romblon has adopted an environmental ordinance that imposes strict limitations on mining and logging in the resource-rich province.

Posted: March 21st, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Aerial search leads to hot logs

CAMP PACIANO RIZAL, Laguna—An anti-illegal logging task force recovered 5,321 board feet of illegally cut hardwood valued at nearly P270,000, following an aerial search in Kalayaan and Cavinti towns in Laguna.   The municipalities, tagged as logging “hot spots,” serve as the transshipment points of illegal wood products from Quezon province.   Isidro Mercado, Laguna [...]

Posted: February 19th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Pantabangan ‘buried twice over’

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DEADLY COMBINATION. A combination of logging and an insistence on building frail concrete bridges leads to the destruction of the Baogo Bridge in Caraga, Davao Oriental, which connects the towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston that were hardest hit by Typhoon “Pablo.” NICO ALCONABA/INQUIRER MINDANAO

When the government submerged Pantabangan town in Nueva Ecija in 1973 to create a lake that fed what was touted then to be the second largest dam in Asia, more than 1,300 residents yielded to the plan and rebuilt the town on a mountaintop.

Posted: January 8th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

DENR exec’s murder tied to logging

A senator and environment officials expressed outrage over the murder of environment officer Alfredo Almueda, linking his killing to the continued defiance of logging operators of an executive order (EO) issued by President Benigno Aquino.

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

2 environment execs downplay suspicions logging worsened ‘Pablo’

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This handout photo released by the Philippine National Police shows police search around toppled tree trunks caused by powerful typhoon Pablo (Bopha) in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. Two high-ranking environment officials in Southern Mindanao downplayed suspicions that illegal logging and mining activities exacerbated the impact of the typhoon in the hardest-hit provinces of Compostela Valley province and Davao Oriental.  AP/PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE PIO, LEONITO NAVALES

Two high-ranking environment officials in Southern Mindanao downplayed suspicions that illegal logging and mining activities exacerbated the impact of typhoon “Pablo” in the hardest-hit provinces of Compostela Valley province and Davao Oriental.

Posted: December 11th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Mining, logging contributed to Philippine disaster – experts

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Unchecked illegal gold mining and decades of indiscriminate logging contributed to the high death toll in the Philippines’ worst natural disaster this year, officials and experts said.

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Illegal mining, logging blamed for high death toll in Compostela Valley

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Environment and natural resources officials attributed on Thursday the high number of casualties in several Compostela Valley towns to unheeded government warnings on typhoon Pablo, emphasizing that illegal logging and illegal mining were to blame for the devastation.

Posted: December 6th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Log ban falls hard on wood workers

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While illegal loggers feast on forests left vulnerable by corruption and weak enforcement of the government’s moratorium on logging operations, thousands of wood industry workers throughout the Caraga region face the adversities of joblessness.

Posted: November 17th, 2012 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Total log ban’s aftermath hits hard on wood industry workers

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While illegal loggers feast on forests left vulnerable by corruption and weak enforcement of the government’s moratorium on logging operations, thousands of wood industry workers throughout Caraga Region must face the adversities of joblessness.

Posted: November 4th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Soldiers escalate operations vs illegal loggers

Attempts to defy President Benigno Aquino’s order to stop logging in natural forests continue.

Posted: October 13th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Thousands losing livelihood in gov’t drive vs illegal logging

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SOLDIERS guard the hauling of seized logs during a recent operation in Lanao del Norte against logging syndicates. RICHEL UMEL/INQUIRER MINDANAO

About half a million Filipinos are losing their jobs in Mindanao as a consequence of the government’s drive against illegal loggers, and many of them may turn to crime, according to the embattled head of the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.

Posted: September 13th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Paje calls for bringing military into campaign vs illegal logging

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Environment Secretary Ramon Paje  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje wants to deploy the military in the campaign against illegal loggers in the countryside, noting the increasing danger to forest rangers, some 20 of whom have been killed in the line of duty since 2010.

Posted: July 27th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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