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Amlan Zoo: Paradise for animals


Amlan, a sleepy fourth class municipality in Negros Oriental that has offered to take Cebu City Zoo’s animals once it will be closed, apparently is more than qualified to make that offer. Amlan, which is just a 30-minute ride north of Dumaguete City, operates one of the country’s best public zoos, the Dreamland Nature and […]

Posted: October 23rd, 2016 in Environment,Headlines | Read More »

Looking for the freshwater goby

The  Sicyopus cebuensis used to thrive in Cebu rivers. (seriouslyfish.com)

Cebu  fish  no longer found in Naga river; candidate for extinct species Small fish  that used to thrive in clean rivers of  the City of Naga in south Cebu are feared to have become extinct, conservation advocates said. The Sicyopus cebuensis, a freshwater goby endemic to the Naga River Basin, is being considered for inclusion […]

Posted: December 18th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

Stingrays seized in Mandaue

Emy Omana of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force inventories the stingrays confiscated from a stall in the Mandaue City public market. (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA)

The Cebu Provincial Anti-Illegal Fishing Task Force confiscated 49  stingrays after a surprise inspection at a wet market in barangay Centro, Mandaue City yesterday. Marcelo Go, task force head, said a pile of stingrays was displayed  at  the stall owned by  Ely Hontilla at 2:45 a.m. yesterday. “She’s been selling these for a long time […]

Posted: December 11th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

Fishers protect, earn from mangroves


ANY lingering trauma over Supertyphoon Yolanda is overshadowed by the thrill of a scenic boat ride through a mangrove forest that survived one of the most destructive typhoons in the country. A blue-feathered long-beaked migratory bird perched on the branch of a “bakhaw” and some wild ducks greeted visitors at the start of the cruise. […]

Posted: December 11th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

Warming to deprive us of oxygen — study


Paris, France — Global warming has triggered an array of apocalyptic scenarios for future generations, from worsening drought, storms and floods to melted ice sheets and rising seas. Now a new study, published Tuesday and coinciding with the UN climate talks in Paris, adds to the grim tableau: the risk that warming at the far […]

Posted: December 3rd, 2015 in AFP,Environment | Read More »

Rare spotted deer, wild pig

Prince Alfred's spotted deer (Rusa alfredi). (PBCFI WEBSITE)

Conservation group to reintroduce both species in the wild in Central Cebu The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is helping efforts  to reintroduce the Visayan spotted deer and Visayan warty pig in Cebu next year. The Visayan or Prince Alfred’s spotted deer (Rusa alfredi) and the Visayan warty pig (Sus cebifrons) are already extinct […]

Posted: November 19th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

DENR-7 seeks custody of felled trees

One of the trees cut in Toledo City estimated to be over a century old.

AFTER 982 trees were found illegally cut down in a private lot in Toledo city, who will keep the felled trees? Renewable energy developer SunAsia Energy, Inc. should turn over the  trees  cut down in the Baltao property to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7, an official said. “Our custodian will be […]

Posted: November 13th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

Mandaue to designate 1st bicycle lane in Cebu


MANDAUE City will open in two weeks the first bicycle lane in Cebu to help ease traffic congestion. Architect Florentino Nimor, Jr., city planning officer, said one of the four lanes of  S.B. Cabahug St. –  the two-meter left inner lane from City Hall to the “bagsakan center” near Pacific Mall – will be designated  […]

Posted: November 13th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

Stronger penalties eyed to stop illegal fishing

Boxes of fish caught through dynamite fishing are seized by provincial authorities in this July 2011 file photo.

Stronger penalties and strict enforcement of the amended Fisheries Code are seen as the best solution to the problem on illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing. This was the consensus reached among 300 participants of the National Summit on Participatory Governance Towards Sustainable Fishing last Oct. 28 in Manila.   They signed a “Katipunan Declaration on […]

Posted: November 6th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »

Water problem exists, drought or not


Former Cebu governor Emilio “Lito” Osmeña has declined Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama’s offer for him to serve as the city’s “El Niño crisis manager.” But drought or not next year,  Cebu City and its environs are already facing a severe water supply and distribution problem, said Osmeña. The 77-year-old real estate developer said the […]

Posted: October 29th, 2015 in Environment | Read More »