Overcrowding, garbage, water pollution —these are just some of the environmental issues facing Boracay, the Philippines' top tourist destination. Local experts share their ideas for how to save the ailing tourist hotspot, which is paying the price of its success.
A team of environmental scientists recently penned an article about the potential issues with environmental impact assessments or EIAs as an effort to give planners and engineers the data for more environmentally sensitive development.
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Coral reefs in the Asia-Pacific have been deluged with an estimated 11.1 billion pieces of plastic waste, increasing the risk of coral disease more than 20-fold says Cornell University researcher Joleah Lamb.
Many policymakers have yet to recognize that biodiversity loss is just as serious a threat as rising sea levels and extreme weather events, says Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research strategic director Robert Watson.
Nature gives us a lot: water, timber, minerals, biodiversity, food, clean air. But the perception that natural capital is endless and free leads to overuse and under-investment – and we constantly hear that there's not enough money to invest in the environment. A recent conference asked how we can shake the piggy bank to give something back to nature.
Banning the bag has been the war cry of the environmentally conscious for years, but doing so is but the first step to protecting the environment. Queensland University of Technology's Gary Mortimer explains why.
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Experts say that if fragmented sections of forest are linked in the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania and the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, it could significantly increase the odds in favor of ensuring species survival – and it’s a financially safe bet.
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At the 2017 World Economic Forum, former US Vice President Al Gore criticised the development of coal-fueled power plants near the world’s largest mangrove forest while Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina defended the projects.
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Hong Kong government’s three-step plan to ban ivory trade by 2021 received the go-ahead from the Chief Executive in Council, and the legislature amendments will be tabled before the Legislative Council in the first half of 2017.
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Non-profit groups WildAid and African Wildlife Foundation have released a video containing undercover footage, exposing ivory laundering in Hong Kong and the loopholes in its regulations on smuggled tusks.
This study report under the coordination of Conservation International (CI-Brazil), recommends that companies should understand and incorporate into their decision making process, the economic value of biodiversity and ecosystems services ...
The Philippines' promising economic outlook is being threatened by the adverse impacts of climate change. Being one of the most susceptible countries to changes in climatic conditions and natural disasters ...