OSLOB, Philippines: The effortless glide of the whale shark is a spectacular sight. Close to the surface of the water, the spotted skin of each passing giant shimmers in the refracting sunlight.A fleeting glimpse of the world’s biggest fish - a rare and mysterious creature - would be special. In Oslob, though, a small fishing village in the central Philippines, they appear in a procession.On this day, some 15 sharks, most of them male juveniles, have made their way into the so-called “interaction zone”. About 2,000 people will join them, and for five hours the sharks will perform lap after lap along their underwater catwalk.These are hungry beasts, constant feeders being lured from their wild hunting grounds. They raise their colossal mouths to the surface, searching out the slow-moving feeding boats and scoffing the handfuls of food being tossed their way.Orbiting their calmness is the chaos of hundreds of snorkellers, scuba divers and boat passengers. … [Read more...] about Whale shark selfies in the Philippines’ seaside ‘theme park’: A tourist experience that’s out of control?
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"Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, please repatriate your garbage: it stinks." That's the message from activists in the Philippines and Canada as thousands of tonnes of malodorous household waste continue to rot away on Manila and Subic docks. The pressure mounted this week when an array of Canadian and international environmental groups threw their support behind the EcoWaste Coalition of the Philippines, a local network leading the fight against foreign waste. The campaign is the latest attempt to break years of deadlock over 77 remaining shipping containers full of reeking garbage that started arriving illicitly from Vancouver, British Columbia in 2013 - and have been decaying in shipyard limbo ever since. "The dumping of Canadian waste in the Philippines is immoral and illegal," wrote Aileen Lucero, the national coordinator of EcoWaste, in an open letter to Trudeau on January 30. "The scandal has dragged on for five years without resolution, despite promises from the Canadian … [Read more...] about Canadian garbage dumped and left to rot in the Philippines
Philippines has highest number of killed environmental defenders in Asia MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines recorded the highest number of killed environmental defenders in the Asian region with 48 deaths in 2017, latest report from an international organization showed. International non-government organization The Global Witness has reported that 48 individuals were killed in the country last year, a majority related to agribusiness. Last year was considered the worst year on record globally with 207 land and environmental activists killed across 22 countries, or about four deaths a week. Brazil recorded the highest with 57. “There is a huge rise in killings linked to consumer products. Brutal attacks on those defending their land from destructive agriculture – such as land grabs for palm oil, used in household goods like soap and coffee – are on the rise,” the report said. In the Philippines, particularly, The … [Read more...] about Philippines has highest number of killed environmental defenders in Asia
SOCHI, Russia — Being one of a handful of Southeast Asian countries planning to invest in nuclear power, the Philippines facing hurdles to taking a collective national position on whether the country really needs it. The Philippines, with a population of more than 100 million people spread over 7,000 islands, aims to double its power generation capacity by 2030 to prevent major power failures experienced during the energy crisis in the 1990s. But resorting to nuclear power to solve energy gap, according to Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) Director Carlo Arcilla, remains a political issue in the country. Arcilla, a geoscientist and geotechnical engineering expert, was in Sochi, Russia to attend the 10th Atomexpo International Forum, a key exhibition event in Russian nuclear industry, organized by Russia’s State Nuclear Energy Corp. (Rosatom). PNRI, which serves as the country's regulatory body for nuclear and radioactive … [Read more...] about Can nuclear power solve energy gap in the Philippines? Scientist explains
BORACAY, Philippines: The name Boracay comes from two words in the indigenous Inati language, so it is said. ‘Bora’, meaning bubble, and ‘buka’y, meaning sand. “This story has become one of the few remaining links for the younger generation to their ancestors”, is the label placed on a bar of unembellished fruit soap the Ati people, the first inhabitants of Boracay, make to try to forge a living.It is a name still befitting the Philippines’ tropical jewel, an island that inspires awe from its millions of visitors, lured by its sparkling sands and shimmering sea.Boracay is a remarkable place, a rare earthly creation. And from the distant days of the Ati’s pioneering days on its shores, the island’s magic has been held deep in their collective spirit.“Boracay before, for the Ati, was very beautiful,” said Delsa Justo, the chieftain of the Ati community. “You can see trees everywhere. Our movement is not limited. … [Read more...] about ‘Dirt on the white sand’: Boracay’s first dwellers left in the wake of rampant development