STOPPING MINING OPERATIONS. Residents of Santa Cruz town in Zambales stop hauling trucks from getting out of a mining site. File photo by Randy Datu/ Rappler The appeal is submitted by Concerned Citizens of Sta. Cruz, Zambales (CCOS) and other Peoples’ Organizations in the area who are protesting the mining companies for allegedly causing harm to the environment and their livelihood
IBA, ZAMBALES (Oct. 4, 2017) — The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Zambales heard the appeal of the residents of the Candelaria and Santa Cruz municipalities to finally cancel the permits of the 4 mining companies operating there.
Continue reading Residents urge Zambales gov’t to stop provincial mining operations The Seventh of September reserve in Rondônia, Brazil where a huge diamond reserve was discovered in 2016. Photograph: Craig Stennett/Alamy Stock Photo Family rivalry and Brazil’s Catholic church helped miners devastate an indigenous territory that was once a leader in the fight against deforestation
September 27, 2017 — The Paiter-Suruí are a tribe of roughly 1,400 people, uncontacted until 1969, who live in the Amazon forest on the border between the Brazilian states of Rondônia and Mato Grosso.
Continue reading How diamonds and a bitter feud led to the destruction of an Amazon reserve Brazil’s Renca reserve is roughly the size of Switzerland and home to some of the world’s richest biodiversity. Photograph: Fabio Nascimento/Greenpeace Campaigners welcome U-turn on Renca reserve but threat still exists as Brazil president has close ties to mining industry
September 26, 2017 — Amazon conservation groups have hailed a victory as the Brazilian government announced a U-turn on plans to open up swaths of the the world’s biggest forest to mining corporations.
Continue reading Brazil backtracks on plan to open up Amazon forest to mining PEOPLE’S SONA. Members of the Lumad from Mindanao join a protest march during President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2nd SONA on July 24, 2017. Photo by Anjie de Silva/Rappler ‘Change did not happen,’ an indigenous peoples’ group says
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — Protests from all over the country and from different sectors of society greeted the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Continue reading Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte’s SONA 2017 Image by Rappler.com An environment official says the filing of the complaint is based on Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu’s instruction to not let Ipilan Nickel Corporation ‘off the hook’
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 14, 2017) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday, July 14, filed a criminal complaint against Ipilan Nickel Corporation (INC) for its “massive indiscriminate tree cutting” in Brooke’s Point, Palawan despite the cancellation of its environmental compliance certificate (ECC).
Continue reading DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting Image by Rappler.com At least 28 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines in 2016, according to environmental monitor Global Witness
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 13, 2017) — At least 28 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines – the highest number in Asia for the 4th straight year, according to the latest report by environmental monitor Global Witness.
Continue reading PH still deadliest country in Asia for environmental defenders – report Activists call for justice in the case of Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres, who was killed last year. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images Activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders are dying violently at the rate of about four a week, with a growing sense around the world that ‘anyone can kill environmental defenders without repercussions’
July 13, 2017 — Last year was the most perilous ever for people defending their community’s land, natural resources or wildlife, with new research showing that environmental defenders are being
Continue reading Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally ‘THE PUNISHER.’ President Duterte again uses colorful threats to ensure mining companies pay for damage wrought by their operations. Presidential photo President Rodrigo Duterte says the ‘mining impasse’ is one problem he needs to solve after the Marawi crisis is over
MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 12, 2017) — Former environment secretary Gina Lopez may be out of government but President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, July 12, appeared raring to continue some of her mining reforms.
Continue reading Duterte wants miners to pay for damage to farms, fishponds Image by Rappler.com President Duterte has inherited problems from past administrations. He must lead us away from ecological apocalypse by being bold and visionary
June 30, 2017 — It has been an exciting year for the environment and for climate change under President Duterte. Whether change for the better has come and progress will be finally made in these two important areas of our national life is, however, still uncertain.
Continue reading Environment and climate change: Duterte owns the problems now ‘NO COMMENT.’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Mario Luis Jacinto talks to reporters on May 10, 2017. Screenshot by Rappler Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Mario Luis Jacinto says they will ‘definitely stick to the implementation of the applicable laws, rules, and regulations’ on mining
MANILA, Philippines (May 11, 2017) — Former environment secretary Gina Lopez has one last message for Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Director Mario Luis Jacinto.
Continue reading Gina Lopez to MGB chief: Don’t allow irresponsible mining or ‘I’ll shoot you’