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‘Sordid Chapter’ Ends As Philippines Sends Back Canada’s Trash

By Merrit Kennedy/npr.org – Shipping containers of Canadian trash have moldered in the Philippines for years, in a situation so irksome to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that he threatened to personally sail it back to Canadian waters. Now, much of the trash that arrived in 2013 and 2014 is on Read more »

Southeast Asia became dumping ground for plastic waste – study

By Anna Gabriela A. Mogato/rappler.com – Countries, especially Southeast Asian nations, without policies banning imports of plastic waste are at risk of being toxic dumpsites, according to the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). A report released Tuesday, April 23, showed plastic waste from highly-industrialized nations are rerouted to developing Read more »

Boracay Set to Ban Tourists for Six Months During Island ‘Rehabilitation’

By Cynthia Drescher/cntraveler.com – Our readers love Boracay, an island in the Philippines that has the kind of powdery white beaches and see-your-feet-clear water that inspires island cliches. It topped our Readers’ Choice Awards list of best islands in the world in 2017. Unfortunately, the tiny stretch of sand—just under Read more »

Boracay: the good, bad and ugly sides to Philippine island for tourists

By Tim Pile/scmp.com The good Boracay residents must feel like they’ve won the lottery. In 2017, the Philippines’ alpha resort generated revenue in excess of US$1.08 billion, a figure predicted to spike even higher in 2018, assuming President Rodrigo Duterte allows the island to stay open (see The Bad). Last Read more »

Luzon has greatest concentration of unique mammals

By Janvic Mateo/The Philippine Star – Twenty-eight unique species of mammals have been discovered in Luzon, according to a research project that touted the Philippines’ largest island as having the “greatest concentration” of unique mammals in the world. A study published recently in sthe cientific journal Frontiers of Biogeography bared Read more »

Mindanao plants 3M trees in an hour, challenges world record

By Karlos Manlupig/rappler.com – Thousands of residents from all walks of life across Mindanao traversed hills and crossed rivers at dawn Friday, September 26, for two missions: help the environment and bag a world record. The “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW” campaign seeks to plant 4.6 million trees across Mindanao covering a Read more »

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