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COP26 is Earth’s last best hope vs. climate change

LOCSINL This is the world’s last-ditch effort to save the planet

The ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference 26 (COP26) is the “last best hope” of Earth in the face of human-induced climate change, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said as he joined urgent calls to finalize the Paris Agreement rulebook.”This is the world’s… Read More

ANTI-POLLUTION: Writ of Kalikasan vs. plastic use

Suit seeking implementation of ban on plastics filed before SC

MANILA – A petition seeking to compel government action to ban non-biodegradable and recycle plastics was filed before the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday.In a 101-page suit, the petitioners led by Oceana Philippines, Inc. and Sergio Osmeña III sought a writ of kalikasan and a writ of… Read More

DENR studies possible lifting of ban on open-pit mining

 June 17, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is still studying the possible lifting of the ban on open-pit mining, Malacañang said on Thursday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that Executive Order No. 130, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on… Read More


Mati Bay in Davao Oriental is among coastal areas in seven provinces that are positive for red tide, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said on Friday. 

The other affected areas are the coastal waters of Dauis and Tagbilaran City in Bohol; Tambobo Bay, Siaton in Negros Oriental; Daram Island, and Zumarraga, Cambututay, Irong-irong, San Pedro, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar; Calubian, Carigara and Ormoc Bays, and Cancabato Bay, Tacloban City, Leyte; Balite Bay, Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte; and Lianga and Bislig Bays in Surigao del Sur.

BFAR said latest results inthecoastal areas indicated paralytic shellfish poison (PSP), or the toxin that causes red tide, is beyond the regulatory limit.

BFAR warned that all types of shellfish and “alamang” (tiny shrimp) gathered from said areas are unsafe for human consumption.

Fish, squids, regular shrimps, and crabs are safe to eat provided that they are fresh and washed thoroughly.

Internal organs such as gills and intestines must also be removed before cooking.

Eating shellfish products with red tide can cause death. Early symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning include tingling of the lips and tongue, which may begin within minutes of eating poisonous shellfish or may take an hour or two to develop. (PNA)


Curbing plastic pollution via ban on single-use plastics

 April 22, 2021

MANILA – Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Thursday called for direct and tangible actions to curb plastic pollution, such as a ban on harmful and unnecessary single-use plastic products.Velasco made the call as the world celebrates Earth Day amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, which… Read More


Environmental coalition promotes alternative strategy vs. solid waste

 April 15, 2021

MANILA – Public interest network EcoWaste Coalition is advocating a shift in the way the country addresses its problem on solid waste.”Shift focus from end-of-pipe solutions in waste disposal to waste recovery and reduction instead,” EcoWaste national coordinator Aileen Lucero urged the… Read More

DENR eyes more biodegradable waste recovery nationwide

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is seeking the increased recovery of biodegradable wastes by local government units nationwide. The DENR already began coordinating with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) regarding such matter as… Read More

Closure awaits sanitary landfills operating as open dumps

MANILA–Some erring sanitary landfills in the country risk getting entangled in the crackdown the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is conducting against open dumpsites nationwide. “We’ll shut down sanitary landfills operating as open dumps,” said DENR Undersecretary Benny… Read More

International Coastal Cleanup Day, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is encouraging the public to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day on Saturday from their own homes.In a Facebook post on Friday, the agency said that the ICC Day is the largest volunteer effort in the… Read More

Coastal Cleanup Day: A Real Pick-Me-Up - Heal the Bay