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COP27 outcome ‘best ever,’ but fight for climate justice far from over

Climate expert Tony La Viña summed up the outcome of the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt in this way: the best ever for not only climate justice advocates but fossil producers, too.  “COP27 is the biggest victory ever for climate justice advocates in the last 30 years,” La Viña, associate director...

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Digging for clues to Abra’s earthquakes

Last Oct. 25 at about 11 p.m., my earthquake alert app sounded while I was finalizing the visual material for my presentation at NIGSCON 2022 in two days. I would be discussing the magnitude-7 temblor that struck the province of Abra three months ago at the annual conference of the University of the Philippines’ National...

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Dolphin discovery hints at unexplored biodiversity-rich marine habitat

A rare Irrawaddy dolphin found dead in the waters of Calabanga, Camarines Sur, has suggested to scientists a rich marine biodiversity corridor yet to be discovered and explored in the eastern side of the Philippines. Named “Calab” by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine Marine Mammals Stranding Network (PMMSN), the...

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Macquarie to invest $1.2B in Asia’s largest floating solar plant in Laguna Lake

Singapore-based Macquarie Capital has committed to invest at least $1.2 billion in the Philippines to build a 1,300- megawatt (MW) floating solar plant on Laguna Lake, touted to be the biggest of its kind in Asia. The investment firm signed a letter of intent during the state visit of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in...

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Smallest rafflesia blooms reveal some family secrets

Most likely, the world has heard about the awesome rafflesia bloom, its rarity and inherent malodorous turnoff. But Filipino scientists are keen on further unlocking the mystery and meaning of the plant’s parasitic existence.       Nearly half, or 13, of the more than 30 rafflesia species currently identified and all endemic to Southeast Asia are found...

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Abra quake was less destructive but a complex seismic event

A magnitude-7 earthquake has long been associated with a nightmarish aftermath: massive devastation and hundreds of deaths. But more than two weeks after one such temblor jolted Abra province and its vicinity last July 27, disaster response officials reported only 11 fatalities so far and a little over P2 billion in damage to infrastructure and...

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Landslides in Leyte: Why the threat persists

BAYBAY CITY—Virginia Queza remembers sharply the Day of the Landslide, for that was when she lost her husband, house and almost everything else she had. “I kept shouting for help while we were deeply covered with mud, surrounded by dead bodies. My husband was still alive. But all my pleas were ignored,” Queza, 60, recalled,...

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Landslides in Leyte: Pain, grief stifle hope to rebuild lives

BAYBAY CITY—Almost every passing day, Rolando Tagnipez lights a candle before an image of his son on a made-to-order tarp installed in his house. The ritual reminds him of his loved one whose whereabouts he has surrendered to nature’s will. “They have not found the body of my son, together with those of his wife...

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Fear and trembling in Abra

Like any other tragedy, the earthquake struck when no one expected it. “It was a sunny morning,” Carla Manganteng, 29, told CoverStory by phone from Lagangilang, Abra. “I was in my neighbor’s house when suddenly the ground shook so violently. We immediately called everyone, told them to run outside, to a nearby open area.”  Lagangilang...

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Among the garbage in raging waters

Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry/And I will sing a lullaby… — “Golden Slumbers” by the Beatles Two girls were killed in the flash floods on July 15-16, according to the initial reports. Like many an afternoon in the metro in this warm season, dark sky and distant thunder heralded the rain that steadily became...