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“Nobody is blameless for the sordid state of the Philippine forests,” forestry expert Adolfo Revilla said.

People’s organizations tapped to conserve protected forest and marine resource areas in Palawan’s provincial capital are set to become sustainable ecotourism enterprises with a little help from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

LONDON – More than 28,000 species of plants around the world have a medical use but poor documentation means people are not making the most of the health benefits, according to a survey released on Thursday.

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The Philippines will seek to develop satellite communications technology capability when it launches into space its second Filipino – designed and constructed microsatellite, Diwata-2, by the middle of 2018.

Victor Hugo would be appalled to see the ravages inflicted by time, pollution and weather on his beloved Notre Dame, the soaring cathedral that adorns the heart of Paris.

An urgent call for Congress to create an independent disaster authority that will handle the task of risk reduction and reconstruction and recovery efforts is being pushed anew.

President Duterte has failed to address various environmental issues as no clear policy agenda and concrete actions have been implemented a year into his term, a network of green groups said.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will step up its air quality monitoring following the recent petition it received on the impacts of coal-fired power plants.

The Philippine forest landscape has degenerated to the point that the country has become a heavy importer of logs and other wood products.

Science Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said he can only listen with awe and a tinge of envy at the hundreds of billions being allocated for infrastructure while S&T and research and development on agriculture and aquatic resources get only a fraction of the pie.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has urged member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to collectively work together to make urbanization as environmentally sustainable as possible.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will pour an initial P9 million on research and development on capabilities to extract rare earth elements (REEs) from the country’s nickel laterites.

 The Philippines emphasized the urgency of addressing climate change and its adverse impacts on labor productivity, working conditions, and occupational safety and health.