By DJ Yap
, Tarra Quismundo
Almost a year after an American warship ran aground on an atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, the US government has yet to pay the fine imposed by the Philippines for the damage to the environment.
Nature and man together cooked up the disaster in the Philippines.
Geography, meteorology, poverty, shoddy construction, a booming population and, to a much lesser degree, climate change combine to make the Philippines the nation most vulnerable to killer typhoons, according to several scientific studies.
By DJ Yap
The Philippines has moved a step closer toward issuing a total ban on mercury as Environment Secretary Ramon Paje signs Thursday the historic Minamata Convention at a United Nations conference in Japan.
In commemoration of Coral Triangle Day last June 9, the US Embassy in Manila has announced the visit of eminent American marine biologist Dr. Nancy Knowlton of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History on June 17-22 under the auspices of the Department of State’s US Speaker Program.
By Jocelyn R. Uy
The 12 Chinese nationals arrested for alleged poaching at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in April will not be deported until after their case has been terminated or they have served their sentence, according to the Bureau of Immigration.