Have extra 600php or 14USD cash from your monthly budget? Instead of spending it on clothes that you might only wear once or shoes that’re going to be out of season the next month, help a child grow up and live the life s/he deserves.
There used to be nine subspecies of tiger, but three are now extinct.
The final Bali tiger is thought to have been seen back in 1937, the last-remaining Caspian tiger was found in the 1950s, and the Javan tiger went extinct sometime in the ‘80s. The six subspecies that have survived include: the Bengal tiger, the Indochinese tiger, the Malayan tiger, the Sumatran tiger, the Siberian tiger, and the South China tiger. Between 1998 and 2000, nearly 20% of the Sumatran tiger population was killed! The South China subspecies is also listed among the 10 most endangered animals in the world. Interestingly, the Siberian tiger has recently been discovered as genetically identical with the extinct Caspian variety, meaning that human intervention over the past century is the only reason we ever thought they were different! (source)
PHILIPPINES—So I went out to grab a hot cup of coffee at a nearby Starbucks and saw a new sign near the cashier saying “Smoking inside and outside the facility is not allowed”. That made my day. Not only will people live healthier now but the environment can benefit a lot from this new law.
Section five of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (Republic Act 9211) clearly states that carrying of any lighted tobacco product in public vehicles, schools, health centers, elevators, cinemas, malls and in places where fire hazards are present is punishable by law — let’s say a good 500-1500PHP on your first offense or a couple of hours of community service, and the rate doubles when you’re brave enough to get caught again. Smoking is also banned in facilities where minors are present.
I asked a barista at Starbucks if the sales were stable, sad to say it wasn’t. The number of people who usually go to the facility during the morning and evening have now decreased, but i was pretty proud of Starbucks holding their ground. It goes to show that there are people out there who still care.
I once engaged in that disgusting habit but now that it’s been a while since I had my last, I don’t intend to light another one up. I now live a healthier life and my body’s in great condition. So why go back to something that’ll shorten my blissful stay here?
SAN FRANCISCO – The Philippines took center stage at the California Academy of Sciences last Thursday, as scientist unveiled more than 300 species discovered in the archipelago during their recent exhibition.
Dr. Meg Burke, director of education at the California Academy of Sciences, said that all the scientists and educators were excited about the new discoveries.
"We saw animals and plants that nobody else have ever studied before. Nobody had given them a name. It’s a thrill of discovery," said Burke.
For seven weeks, more than 30 scientists from the California Academy of Sciences and more than 2 dozen colleagues from the Philippines conducted the most comprehensive scientific survey effort ever done in the country – documenting both terrestrial and marine life forms.
Dozens of new insects and spiders, deep-sea armored corals, ornate sea pens, bizarre new sea urchins and sea stars, a shrimp-eating swell shark and over 50 colorful new sea slugs were discovered.
These new discoveries will be confirmed and described in the next few months.
"The Philippines is one of the most diverse areas in the world. Biologists did not know that until we discovered the triangle between Indonesia, Philippines and New Guinea — that is the most diverse biological region in the world," said curator Gary Williams.
Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim also graced the exhibit.
"The event has attracted so many people," Lim said. He added that there were around 2,000 guests looking at the new species discovered in the Philippines.
"What better way to attract possible tourists in the Philippines?" he added.
For some Filipino-Americans, the exhibit was an eye-opening experience.
"It does help to have a better idea or concept of what makes us, us," said Dingding Salgado.
This expedition to the Philippines means more than just discovering the beauty and richness of the country. It is a call to protect the environment, not just for this generation, but for generations to come.
Batad, in Northern Luzon Philippines, is in the top 5 of my favorite places on earth. I wanted to share with you some beautiful scenery I saw during a visit there. The only way to get here is a a long overnight bus up from Manila, then a tricycle ride up to the saddle of the road, which is a path in many places. From there a trusted guide will lead you down narrow winding paths for a few hours until you walk out of the jungle and a pure gem will lie in front of you.
MANDATORY REMINDER from CNN: NASA reports that by the next 10 months, earth gets hotter by 4 degrees from now. Himalayan glaciers are melting @ rapid rate. Our climate is changing drastically & it's getting worse. We must help fight Global Warming by doing the ff steps: 1. Plant more trees, 2. Don't waste water, 3. Use cloth bag & don't burn plastic.
This is not true. However, don’t let this stop you from doing the right thing.
When Salwa Hosseini, 20, was arrested at a protest in Tahrir Square, she was forced to strip naked in front of photograph-snapping male soldiers. Then, she and the other female prisoners underwent “virginity tests.” If their tests came up negative, they would be savagely beaten and arrested for prostitution.
According to Amnesty International, “virginity tests” can be considered a form of torture and sexual assault when they are inflicted by force. Last week, a senior Egyptian general affirmed the hostile nature of these practices, arguing, “They weren’t virgins in the first place.”
Female protesters in Egypt should not be punished and sexually tortured for standing up for their beliefs. Tell the governing Egyptian Military Council that these human rights violations cannot continue.
The river is made of hydrogen sulfide. As hydrogen sulfide is much denser than water, it stays at the bottom and creates its own river. However, hydrogen sulfide is classified as a level 4 in the MSDS, and is very dangerous. Definitely not something you want to go take a dip in.
MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA—Two decades from now, half of the Philippines’ energy needs will rely on renewable energy as the country aims to increase by threefold power generated by “green” energy sources, President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday.
“We aim to achieve 50 percent sustainable renewable energy by 2030 so that we will not be relying too much on coal and fossil fuels that have fluctuating prices and limited supply,” Aquino during the launch and turnover of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP) from the Department of Energy (DoE).
Aquino noted that his administration will prioritize the electrification of “off-grid” areas such as Kalinga and Bukidnon provinces, and other remote villages through renewable energy sources such as hydroelectric, biomass and geothermal plants.
“At this age, progress should be inclusive and there should be no child who cannot afford to study at home at night because there is no electricity in their community,” said Aquino.
In remote villages in Mindoro province, most families rely on bunker fuel for light and average cost of power is P25 per kilowatt house (kWh), which is significantly higher than prices from conventional electricity resources at P5 per kWh, based on statistics from the DoE.
To mitigate the impact of climate change and to curb the reliance on fossil fuels, it makes sense for the country to invest in renewable energy, costs of which are expected to decrease over time.
Present costs of renewable energy are as follows: P6 per kWh for mini hydro, P7 per kWh for biomass, P10.95 per kWh for wind, P17.95 per kWh for solar, and P17.65 per kWh for ocean resources. “Mature” renewable energy sources such as geothermal and large hydroelectric plants average at P6 to P7 per kWh.
Under the NREP, the Philippines is being groomed to become the top producer of geothermal energy, double the capacity of hydroelectric plants and expand the percentage of biomass, wind, ocean and solar resources, said DoE secretary Jose Rene Almendras.
Through the development of renewable energy, Almendras said the country can increase its energy sufficiency by threefold from the current 27.5 percent.
DoE will also implement a national database for solar, tidal and wind, which are intermittent resources that are not continuously available all throughout the day. For example, solar energy is at its peak during daytime but cannot be harnessed at night
Wind, solar and ocean or tidal wave energy require huge capital outlay and are intermittent resources so they are eyed as secondary or complementary green energy sources by government and the private sector partners.
Under the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 9153 or the Renewable Energy Act, the country’s renewable energy supply will have an incremental increase of one percent each year.
Presently, 34 percent or about 5,000 MW of the country’s power supply is from renewable energy sources. This means it will take at least two decades for the country to use renewable energy for 54 percent (15,300MW) in the energy mix, according to Department of Energy undersecretary Jose Layug Jr.
“There is high interest among foreign and local investors given that DoE already processed 227 renewable energy, another 80 pending for approval by July and 150 more for further feasibility study,” Layug said in an interview.
The government strategy is to tap foreign and local investors to finance and build these renewable energy plants to offset huge capital outlay. The investors are eyed to pass on the feed-in tariffs for technology development to consumers via local distribution partners, said Layug.
There are pending petitions to the National Renewable Energy Board to set the feed-in tariffs for renewable energy consumers at P10.65 per kWh.
Over time, Layug said renewable energy will reach grid parity and will be as cheap, if not cheaper, as energy produced by coal-fired power plants.
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