What happened to Waddy?

Locally called Lampasut by Tagbanuas; Lumba-lumba by Tagalogs and Visayans, this unusual-looking dolphin got its name from the Ayeyarwady River (also called Irrawaddy River) in Myanmar. First identified by Sir Richard Owen in 1866, Irrawaddy dolphins usually travel in pods of six or fewer, but can group together up to 25 individuals when they fish…

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‘Contain the Contaminated’: Laguna Lake’s state of emergency

Due to increasing temperature, typhoons have frequented Luzon in the recent years and have affected areas near Laguna De Bay. This has caused an increase in the water level. The effects of climate change go beyond heavy rainfall. It can also damage ecosystems that service livelihood and human-wellbeing. Typhoons have been frequenting Luzon in recent…

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How El Niño affected a family’s farm

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – Back in March 2018, Renal Advincula and his family faced a huge tragedy due to El Niño at their farm in Barangay Claudio Salgado, Sitio Pandan, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. El Niño is a climate pattern caused by the interaction of the ocean and the atmosphere. The rise of oceanic temperature commonly…

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Subic authorities address forest reserve threats

The Subic Watershed Forest Reserve (SWFR) in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) was classified as a Global Key Biodiversity Area (Global KBA) in the World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas developed by the Key Biodiversity Areas Partnership last 2020. As a Global KBA, it is considered as one of the most ecologically important places…

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Green Island in Roxas, Palawan receives own sustainable water system

A Reverse-Osmosis Water Station was recently finished in the Green Island of Roxas, Palawan, quenching the residents’ long standing need for affordable drinking water. The reverse-osmosis system works by filtering particles and waste from seawater, turning it into safe drinking water. The project, spearheaded by the Provincial government, aims to establish a community-based sustainable water…

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Treasures buried in the white sand of Long Beach, Palawan

The longest white beach in the Philippines, Long Beach in San Vicente, Palawan, is approximately 14.7 kilometers of natural white sand and few rocky cliffs. In the past, coconut leaves and empty husk of the coconut are the primary garbage buried in the sand or scattered along the shoreline. Those trash are classified as biodegradable…

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