Villar pushes for new, expanded protected areas

SENATOR Cynthia A. Villar is pushing for the passage of several bills that will create new protected areas and expand declared sites to remove the Philippines’ tag as a biodiversity “hotspot” where ecosystems are under serious threat by human activities.     “Hotspots are also considered to be significantly threatened due to man-made exploitation and by climate […]

China stations permanent ‘rescue forces’ on Spratly artificial islands

CHINA has placed permanent rescue forces and maritime authorities on its artificial islands in the South China Sea, according to state-owned China Central Television. Its flying squadron and maritime rescue and administration staff would be stationed at Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratlys to boost rescue operations, says the media report. This […]