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Typhoon Butchoy (Nepartak) gains strength on north-western track

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said at 5am today that Typhoon Butchoy is gaining strength as it continues its north-west track towards the northern Philippines. The typhoon is said be have maximum sustained wind speeds of 185kph, with gusts reaching 220kph. Typhoon Butchoy (international name Nepartak) was last tracked on Tuesday…



Tropical Depression AMBO Heading for Aurora

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression ‘Ambo’ has maintained its strength and is headed towards Aurora province. PAGASA said to expect ‘Ambo’ to make landfall at Aurora on Monday. The tropical storm is expected to weaken as it comes onshore. As of Sunday the cyclone’s center was located approximately 140 kilometers…


Lighting Up Communities and Faces with SALt Lamps

MANILA, Philippines – A young women, a small, if not unique invention, and the faces of the Philippines light-up in another way. Aisa Mijeno did just that, she invented the Sustainable Alternative Lighting lamp, often referred to as the SALt lamp. Mijeno’s 2011 trip to a tribe in the northern…



Duterte Tells Mining Companies to ‘Shape Up’

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte warned mining companies to “shape up”, as he signaled he would prefer ownership of mining assets to be left to local investors. He also said the incoming government may rewrite rules to limit environmental degradation in the sector. Duterte, who assumes office…


Global Warming Worsens as Record Temps Go Extreme Throughout the World

MANILA, Philippines – Six months after 195 nations vowed tougher action to curb global warming, the problem has only grown worse, with higher accumulations of greenhouse gas emissions, record worldwide temperatures and widespread coral bleaching from hotter ocean waters. On top of that, a new United Nations report documents increased pollution levels for the world’s cities. The primary greenhouse gas…