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East Asia seen to experience violent typhoons

Paris  – China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Koreas will experience more violent typhoons under climate change, said researchers, presenting evidence for a recent rise in storm intensity caused by ocean warming. Scientists have struggled to identify changes in the intensity and frequency of typhoons over the northwest Pacific ocean – never mind trying to pinpoint a role for global warming. Contradictory trends emerge from records such as the Joint Typhoon Warming Center and the Japan Meteorological Agency – the two most widely-used data sets in typhoon research, according to the US-based study authors Wei Mei and Shang-Ping Xie. They have now corrected the available data for differences in methodology and discovered a single, clear trend. “Over the past 37 years, typhoons that strike east and southeast Asia have intensified by 12-15 percent,” they wrote …

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Asia-Pacific developing nations’ wind power capacity seen to double in 10 years

By Leslie D. Venzon, Philippine News Agency JEJU ISLAND, S. Korea, Sept. 10 -- Annual power capacity from wind is expected to more than double by 2025 in the Asia Pacific region as more developing countries, including the Philippines, tend to adopt such power resource. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), noted that most of this growth would take place in Japan, Australia, and India. “The challenge is how to make renewable energy sources spread out more evenly across regions and within regions,” he said during the Asian Regional Policy Dialogue. The dialogue was one of the major events at the Global Green Growth Week 2016, which was organized by the GGGI from Sept. 5 to 9. Yudhoyono said the world was …

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DENR apprehends 12 trucks with illegallyextracted mineral ore

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region-1 (DENR-1) Task Force swooped down and intercepted twelve ten-wheeler trucks loaded with illegally extracted mineral oreon September 1, 2016. The Task Force, led by DENR-1 regional director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. together with local police headed by Police Sr. Insp. Dennis Cabigat, intercepted the trucks at barangay Poblacion in Dasol, Pangasinan while on their way to barangay Barlo. Cabigat said the truck drivers immediately stopped and gave no resistance when policemen – who were then conducting Operation “Tokhang” – flagged them down. One of the drivers, who requested not to be named, said they will be paid R1,000 after delivering the mineral ore to a processing plant in Dasol. Moreno revealed that the mineral ore with a total volume of 3,000 metric tons were extracted from Cordon, …

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Albay town goes ‘green’ to protect tourism sites

Sto. Domingo, Albay – This Albaytown has revived its municipal ordinances aimed at protecting its tourism sites. On Sunday the town launched the “Bayong Day,” a free distribution of “bayong” for market goers as an intention to strengthen the Anti-Plastic Ordinance. Mayor Herbie Aguas said, at least 200 pieces of bayong were given to residents to be utilized as shopping bags. “The purpose is to lessen or even stop the use of plastic  bags during market days. Waste plastic bags are washed away by floods especially during rainy days,” Aguas said. He added that the town is abundant of karagumoy (ChlorophoraExcelsa, also known as pandan), the raw material for making bayong and mats. Weaving is a thriving industry in some villages in the province. “Aside from the regulation of plastic use, we also gave livelihood …

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Alexandra Costeau: ‘The choices we make impact our oceans’

Alexandra Cousteau was introduced to the ocean at an early age. She was only three months old when she was brought to her first expedition. She was seven, when her grandfather taught her to dive. More than being a Cousteau, Alexandra’s whole being is connected to the ocean as she had navigated its wonders, witnessed its diversity, and its abundance throughout her life. The ocean has always been her way of life. Alexandra said she’d never seen her expeditions as a profession. “I never felt pressured to do this. It was just as much a way of life as a career choice,” she said, “I never really thought of it as a resumé, I just grew up with this.” Unfortunately, the world does not share the same love the Cousteaus have for the …

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Community turns up to help rehabilitate mangrove

A mangrove planting activity was held last June at Palina Greenbelt Ecopark in Barangay Cagay, participated by volunteers from Shell Culasi depot, Shell Lapus terminal, Shell Roxas station, Roxas City local government unit, and Shell’s implementing partner, the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). “This project will keep this place clean and green,” said Belinda Garrido, coastal resource management coordinator in Roxas City. She added that the project will contribute to the sustainability of coastal resources, given that mangroves are pollution filters. Moreover, the thick root frameworks of mangrove forests trap sediments streaming down waterways, sustaining the coastline and warding off erosion from waves and storms. Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC), through the Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI), donated R1 million to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) for mangrove and beach …

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Lawmaker pursues delineation of forestborders

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur – A lawmaker has proposed a bill pursuing the delineation and proper identification of the country’s forestlands for preservation and protection. Senator Loren Legarda cited that the absence of clear demarcation on the ground by concrete monuments and other visible signs, the majority of those who live within the forestlands are not even aware that they are violating a law that declares clearing and farming in forestlands. Without the boundaries, she said people utilize the forestlands and its resources in an unsustainable and destructive manner. “At present, the government relies on the land classification maps and cadastral survey maps of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the initiatives of local government units (LGUs) in identifying the forestlands and agricultural lands. However, despite these efforts, unscrupulous individuals …

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UNICEF celebrates World Water Week

UNICEF Water, through its twitter account @UNICEFwater, shared a photo from boys in Sudan. The message is clear: Water is Life! Meanwhile, UNICEF Philippines shared a photo with a caption that reads, "With clean water, there is time for fun!"  

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Obama plans to quadruple Hawaii marine protected area

Washington – The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world’s largest marine protected area. Obama’s proclamation will quadruple in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will contain some 582,578 square miles, more than twice the size of Texas. Obama will travel to the monument next week to mark the designation and cite the need to protect public lands and waters from climate change. The designation bans commercial fishing and any new mining, as is the case within the existing monument. Recreational fishing will be allowed through a permit, as will be scientific research and the removal of fish and other resources for Native Hawaiian cultural practices. Some fishing groups …

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Mussels disappearing from New England waters, scientists say

Portland, Maine – New England is running out of mussels. The Gulf of Maine’s once strong population of wild blue mussels is disappearing, scientists say. A study led by marine ecologists at the University of California at Irvine found the numbers along the gulf coastline have declined by more than 60 percent over the last 40 years. Once covering as much as two-thirds of the gulf’s intertidal zone, mussels now cover less than 15 percent. “It would be like losing a forest,” said biologist Cascade Sorte, who with her colleagues at the university conducted the study and recently published their findings in the Global Change Biology journal. The Gulf of Maine stretches from Cape Cod to Canada and is a key marine environment and important to commercial fishing. Blue mussels are used in seafood …

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