US launches P1-B biodiversity project in PH

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — The United States government announced Tuesday a five-year biodiversity project worth PHP1.1 billion or around USD22 million to combat environmental crimes and help the country sustainably manage its natural resources. The Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) project, to be implemented by RTI International, is funded by the […]

12.08.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

Gatchalian urges transparency in study of nuclear energy

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday urged the inter-agency committee assigned to study the possible use of nuclear energy to proceed with utmost transparency to the public, saying that nuclear power is a ‘risky’ business. On Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte formed the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee to study the possibility […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News ·

DA confirms bird flu in Pampanga egg farm

MANILA, July 29 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) on Wednesday confirmed the detection of a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) strain, specifically A(H5N6), in a poultry layer or egg-producing farm in San Luis, Pampanga. Using the “one health approach,” the DA-BAI — in tandem with the DA […]

29.07.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News ·

Mt. Bulusan shows signs of potential eruption — Phivolcs

LEGAZPI CITY, July 24 (Mabuhay) — The series of tremors that have been rocking Mt. Bulusan in Sorsogon and the bulging at its edifice are apparent signs that the volcano’s state of restlessness is rising. April Dominguiano, resident volcanologist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in the province, in an interview on […]

24.07.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News ·

DENR promotes plant-based diet to fight climate change

MANILA, July 13 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Saturday urged Filipinos to help fight climate change by switching to plant-based diet, which has been shown to reduce the ecological footprint of human food consumption. In a press release, the DENR, through its Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), has launched a […]

14.07.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News ·

Bulusan alert level remains ‘normal’ despite volcanic activities

MANILA, July 6 (Mabuhay) — Bulusan Volcano is still under normal behavior despite volcanic activities observed in the last 24 hours, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato Solidum Jr. said Sunday. Solidum said seismicity, ground deformation and sulfur dioxide are within background levels, and it has only been in the past two […]

07.07.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News ·

Kanlaon Volcano’s quakes show no sign yet of magma rising — Solidum

MANILA, June 25 (Mabuhay) — Recent earthquakes in Kanlaon Volcano on Negros Island do not indicate that magma is rising from beneath its edifice to the main crater, the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. PHIVOLCS Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr. said the  recent earthquakes were recorded only at the base […]

25.06.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News ·
PH industrialization possible under Paris Accord — senator

PH industrialization possible under Paris Accord — senator

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippines does not have to turn its back on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change to pursue development, Sen. Loren Legarda said Monday. Legarda was responding to President Duterte’s earlier statement that he would not honor the pact, a treaty for which the previous administration vigorously campaigned, as it might inhibit […]

02.08.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Duterte has prerogative not to honor climate change pact: Drilon

Duterte has prerogative not to honor climate change pact: Drilon

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Rodrigo Duterte has the power not to honor the international agreement on reducing carbon emissions that the previous administration had ratified, outgoing Senate President Franklin Drilon said Tuesday. Drilon, a Liberal Party stalwart, said Duterte is well within his right not to honor the Paris Agreement on climate change because he […]

20.07.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Many everyday common chemicals are endangering child brain development says new report

Many everyday common chemicals are endangering child brain development says new report

A new report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives is calling for more attention to be paid to the growing evidence that exposure to many everyday common chemicals are causing harm to children’s brain development. Dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children’s health advocates have expressed their concern in the paper that these chemicals are disrupting […]

03.07.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness ·
Many Eligible For Prop. 47 Relief Still Need to Apply

Many Eligible For Prop. 47 Relief Still Need to Apply

Viji Sundaram OAKLAND, Calif. – California’s Prop. 47 allows many individuals to change certain felonies into misdemeanors on their criminal records – but less than a quarter of those eligible have submitted their requests, and the window of opportunity could expire next year. Eighteen months into Prop. 47’s enactment, the state has received some 211,000 […]

22.06.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Legal Matters, Services ·
Group finds ‘high concentrations’ of cancer-causing chemical in school supplies

Group finds ‘high concentrations’ of cancer-causing chemical in school supplies

MANILA, May 24 (Mabuhay) – An environment watchdog on Tuesday unveiled a list of school supplies that tested positive for toxic phthalates, a cancer-causing chemical. The EcoWaste Coalition collected samples from retail outlets in Divisoria, Quiapo and Cubao, which the group submitted to testing firm SGS Philippines. The retrieved samples were made from polyvinyl chloride […]

24.05.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Bright light can affect metabolism and insulin resistance

Bright light can affect metabolism and insulin resistance

New research has found further evidence to support the beneficial effects of sunlight on health, finding that exposure to bright light could affect your metabolism and aid weight loss. The recent study out of Northwestern University in the US, builds on the university’s previous research into the effect of light on metabolism and weight loss. In their […]

24.05.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness ·
SCE launches Charge Ready Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot Program

SCE launches Charge Ready Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot Program

Hundreds of stations to be added for area employees, customers, residents and students ROSEMEAD, Calif., May 16, 2016 — Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready program will bring representatives of local businesses and other organizations together on Wednesday in Irwindale to learn how they can take part in the pilot program that will add as many as 1,500 […]

17.05.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Local News, Motoring, Science & Technology, Services ·
Trucking firm owner pleads guilty to dumping 11,000 gallons of waste soap into San Gabriel River

Trucking firm owner pleads guilty to dumping 11,000 gallons of waste soap into San Gabriel River

LOS ANGELES – A man who ran a trucking company in Sante Fe Springs has pled guilty to dumping 11,000 gallons of waste water and soap into a tributary of the San Gabriel River in Santa Fe Springs, California. David Lee Flury, the 61 year old owner and operator of the Flury Industries, Inc., a waste-hauling […]

10.05.2016 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Residents continue saving water efforts in state

Residents continue saving water efforts in state

SACRAMENTO   – Californians sharpened their water saving efforts in March, conserving 24.3 percent compared to the amount used in March 2013 – double February’s savings and evidence that residents and businesses remain concerned about the persistent drought now in its fifth year. Statewide cumulative savings from June 2015 to March 2016 totaled 23.9 percent compared […]

05.05.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Local News ·
Drought-stricken Zamboanga get water supply from Red Cross

Drought-stricken Zamboanga get water supply from Red Cross

MANILA  (PNA) – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to provide water resources in drought-affected areas in Zamboanga City through its water production site and water distribution using its water tankers. As of April 22, PRC has distributed 716,950 liters of water from the water production site located in Abong Abong, Upper Pasonanca and through […]

28.04.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Five natural superstars for green cleaning

Five natural superstars for green cleaning

With Earth Day in the spotlight April 22, you might be looking for a greener way to keep your home clean. As well as reducing exposure to synthetic chemical components, DIY products are great money-savers. To get started making your own cleaning products, stock up on these five key ingredients: white vinegar, household soap, bicarbonate […]

17.04.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
‘Pista’y Dayat’ to kick off April 22 with beach party

‘Pista’y Dayat’ to kick off April 22 with beach party

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, April 12 (PNA) – People attending the annual Pista’y Dayat (sea festival) of the province of Pangasinan will be welcomed through a beach party when this year’s revelry starts on April 22 at the Capitol beachfront here. Dubbed as “I Love Pangasinan” beach rave concert/party, the kickoff concert at night will be preceded […]

12.04.2016 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Philippine News ·
Commission asks next President to take bold steps to combat climate change

Commission asks next President to take bold steps to combat climate change

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – The Climate Change Commission (CCC) wants those running for office in the May elections, especially presidential aspirants, to include in their agenda steps to combat climate change and its far-reaching effects on food security, health, livelihood, and poverty. Vice chairperson of the CCC, Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman, said on Saturday that environmental […]

22.03.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Give Mother Earth a break, switch off power for one hour, says Climate Change Commission

Give Mother Earth a break, switch off power for one hour, says Climate Change Commission

MANILA, Mar 18 (Mabuhay) — Even Mother Earth needs some time off. Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman made the statement as he appealed to the country to observe on Saturday (March 19) between 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm the annual Earth Hour awareness campaign celebrated across the globe. “Nature has been working hard […]

18.03.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Obamas to headline South by Southwest festival

Obamas to headline South by Southwest festival

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were announced Wednesday as headliners of South by Southwest, the celebrated showcase of cutting-edge technology and music. Obama will be the first sitting president to appear at the closely watched annual conference in Austin, Texas, famous for providing early exposure to platforms such as Twitter, Foursquare […]

Californians save 1.1-M acre-feet of water

Californians save 1.1-M acre-feet of water

Residents urged to stay focused on conservation SACRAMENTO – For the first time since June, California just missed Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent water conservation mandate in January, as urban water suppliers reported a cumulative savings of 24.8 percent for the eight months since mandatory conservation began. With more than 1.1 million acre-feet […]

01.03.2016 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
DiCaprio wins best actor Oscar for ‘The Revenant’

DiCaprio wins best actor Oscar for ‘The Revenant’

Hollywood A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio finally bagged Oscars gold on Sunday for his grueling star turn in “The Revenant,” 22 years after his first Academy Award nomination. DiCaprio edged out Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Matt Damon (“The Martian”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) to take the best actor statuette. DiCaprio won a […]

28.02.2016 · Filled under: Entertainment, Environment, Film, Hollywood Stars ·
Detection of gravitational waves would open new window on universe

Detection of gravitational waves would open new window on universe

By Jean-Louis Santini Washington, United States | AFP |   − The first-ever detection of gravitational waves, which scientists could announce Thursday, would open a new window on the universe and its most violent phenomena. Scientists will hold a press conference Thursday to discuss the latest in their hunt for these waves, whose existence Albert Einstein predicted in his theory […]

16.02.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Science & Technology, U.S. News ·

CARE launches California Council on Carpet Recycling

18-member advisory group to give voice to diverse stakeholders Sacramento, CA  – The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has announced the formation of the California Council on Carpet Recycling (Carpet Council), an 18-member advisory group, selected to provide guidance to CARE on California’s carpet recycling efforts. The Council represents diverse stakeholders from across the state […]

12.02.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness, Services ·
Glendale Water and Power ranked among most reliable utilities

Glendale Water and Power ranked among most reliable utilities

GLENDALE, California – PA Consulting Group recently ranked Glendale Water and Power (GWP) as one of the most reliable utilities in the Nation.  In their System Reliability, Restoration, and Response Report (SR3), PA Consulting Group evaluated outages for 100 publicly-owned utilities (POUs) and 136 investor owned utilities (IOUs) nationwide, taking into account system outage duration, […]

07.01.2016 · Filled under: Environment, Services ·

New York, Washington bask in warm winter weather records

New York, United States | AFP |   Shorts instead of scarves: New York City and the Washington area shattered or matched warm weather records Sunday for December 13, less than two weeks before the usually chilly Christmas holiday. In New York City, some people headed out in light summer clothes to revel in midday temperatures in Central Park […]

18.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Holidays, U.S. News ·
‘Nona’ kills man, leaves trail of destruction in Northern Samar

‘Nona’ kills man, leaves trail of destruction in Northern Samar

TACLOBAN CITY  (Mabuhay) – Typhoon Nona left Northern Samar with at least one dead, after it unleashed its wrath on Monday that caused widespread power outages and communication network paralysis. The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) identified the casualty as Pascual Ancente Jr., 31, of Allen Northern Samar. The victim died due […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·

Urgent aid needed to fight ‘super’ El Nino: Oxfam

Sydney, Australia | AFP   – Droughts, erratic rains and frosts brought by a super-charged El Nino are severely impacting the Pacific, with Papua New Guinea worst hit, aid group Oxfam said in a report Monday. Calling for an urgent up-scaling in relief to save lives, the charity said 4.7 million people faced hunger, poverty and disease in the […]

16.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, World News ·
Algae toxin may erase sea lion memory: study

Algae toxin may erase sea lion memory: study

(San Francisco-AFP) – A toxin in algae may be erasing the memory of sea lions, which wash ashore by the hundreds each year off the coast of California, disoriented and suffering seizures, scientists said Monday. Known as domoic acid, the substance is produced naturally by marine algae, but can harm sea lions’ ability to navigate […]

14.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness ·
Don’t fall for utility bill scams this Holiday Season

Don’t fall for utility bill scams this Holiday Season

With more than 16,000 SCE customers victimized since January 2014, the utility recently partnered with local law enforcement and AARP  By Caroline Aoyagi-Stom, Southern California Edison@SCE_CarolineA When Jinza Teriyaki restaurant owner John Lee, 40, answered the phone at his business six months ago, the suspicious caller identified himself as a Southern CaliforniaEdison representative and asked for immediate payment or […]

07.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Services ·
Joshua Tree National Park to offer free admission

Joshua Tree National Park to offer free admission

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and wants everyone to celebrate!  All national parks, including Joshua Tree National Park will waive entrance fees on 16 special days in 2016. The 16 entrance fee-free days for 2016 will be: January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day April 16-24 – National Park Week August […]

07.12.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
World’s top nature photos to be projected onto St Peter’s

World’s top nature photos to be projected onto St Peter’s

(Vatican City-AFP) – Images by some of the world’s greatest environmental photographers will be projected onto Saint Peter’s Basilica next week in solidarity with the climate change talks in Paris, the Vatican said Friday. From Brazilian Sebastiao Salgado to France’s Yann Arthus Bertrand and Britain’s Steve McCurry, photographers with a passion for the natural world […]

05.12.2015 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Environment ·
Britain’s Prince Charles frets about future of French cheese

Britain’s Prince Charles frets about future of French cheese

(Paris-AFP) – Britain’s Prince Charles said Monday he feared for the very existence of traditional French cheeses as he received a prize in Paris for his long-term commitment to organic farming. Having spoken earlier at the opening of the key UN climate talks outside Paris, the heir to the throne was awarded the Francois Rabelais […]

02.12.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining, International Stars ·
Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Le Bourget, France | AFP |   – If mankind fails to curtail global warming, we will have to deal with fallout ranging from massive refugee crises and submerged cities to scorching heatwaves and drought, scientists say. Starting Monday, 195 nations are huddled in Paris to negotiate a climate rescue pact to rein in the […]

02.12.2015 · Filled under: Environment, World News ·
Thousands march on climate change in Manila, Brisbane

Thousands march on climate change in Manila, Brisbane

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Saturday 11/28/2015 – Thousands turned out for climate change marches in Manila and Brisbane Saturday, part of a weekend of action across the globe to demand results from next week’s historic Paris summit. Religious clergy, students and activists marched through the Philippine capital calling for curbs on emissions to mute […]

28.11.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Safety deserves a place at the Thanksgiving table

Safety deserves a place at the Thanksgiving table

By Paul Netter, Southern California Edison Keep an eye on what you fry … or grill … or broil. And never leave stovetop cooking unattended. This is true all year but especially on Thanksgiving Day, which has three times more home fires than any other day largely because of unattended stovetop cooking, according to the National Fire […]

22.11.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Holidays, Home & Garden, Services, Thanksgiving ·
High winds disrupt power throughout Southern California

High winds disrupt power throughout Southern California

High winds sweeping down from the north caused power outages Monday in communities across Southern California. As if 1:30 p.m., Southern California Edison was managing about 500 storm-related incidents with more than 5,400 customers affected by the wind. SCE work crews have begun restoring electric service to customers without power as a result of the high winds. Areas impacted […]

17.11.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Local News, Services ·
Climate change is good news for English wine

Climate change is good news for English wine

(Plumpton, United Kingdom-AFP) – While climate change menaces vineyards in southern Europe, English winemakers are raising a toast to warming weather as it improves their wines and has helped revive an ancient tradition. “Climate change is benefitting us a lot,” said Chris Foss, head of the Wine Department at Plumpton College, the first to offer […]

11.11.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining ·

Los Angeles wants backyard cisterns to collect rain water

(Los Angeles, United States-AFP) – Officials in drought-stricken Los Angeles want locals to consider installing special cisterns to collect rainwater that would otherwise run off and go to waste. It hardly rains in southern California, but when it does, sudden and powerful downpours can lead to flooding and landslides – with much of the excess […]

05.11.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Kendall Jenner to star in Summer 2016 Woodies campaign

Kendall Jenner to star in Summer 2016 Woodies campaign

(Relaxnews) – Kendall Jenner is already seeing her diary filling up for next year, having secured a Woodies sunglasses campaign in downtown LA for summer 2016. The US model will star in a billboard campaign for the eco-friendly brand, which specializes in bamboo wood sunglasses and watches. Jenner first worked with the brand back when […]

04.11.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Environment, Hollywood Stars, Home & Garden ·
El Nino covers arid Atacama desert in flowers

El Nino covers arid Atacama desert in flowers

(Copiapó, Chile-AFP) – Here’s a softer side to the disruptive weather phenomenon known as El Nino: an enormous blanket of colorful flowers has carpeted Chile’s Atacama desert, the most arid in the world. The cyclical warming of the central Pacific may be causing droughts and floods in various parts of the world, but in the […]

02.11.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
West Nile Virus Weekly Update

West Nile Virus Weekly Update

Deadly West Nile Virus spreading in SoCal? The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) continues to identify West Nile virus activity in Los Angeles County. Sixteen mosquito samples, four American crow, and 12 chickens tested positive this week.  One mosquito sample collected from the city of Norwalk represents the first confirmation of WNV […]

28.10.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Local News ·
Off-duty lineman answers the (wake up) call

Off-duty lineman answers the (wake up) call

SCE employee’s late-night heroics earn praise as he helps first responders after Visalia car accident By Paul Netter, Southern California Edison Matt Duma wasn’t dressed to impress, but he left quite the impression anyway. Pajamas, slippers and all. The Southern California Edison transmission line foreman’s quick thinking played a pivotal role in a car-hit-utility-pole accident late Monday in Visalia. […]

27.10.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Services ·
U.S. EPA honors 2015 green power leaders in California

U.S. EPA honors 2015 green power leaders in California

Apple, Intel among those cited SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards to seven businesses across California. The firms were among 25 businesses and organizations across 13 states recognized for their achievements in advancing the nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute […]

26.10.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
U.S. EPA announces availability of $7 million to replace or retrofit old school buses

U.S. EPA announces availability of $7 million to replace or retrofit old school buses

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the availability of approximately $7 million in funding for rebates to public and private school bus fleet owners for the replacement and retrofit of older school buses. This is the third rebate program offered under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) to fund cleaner school buses. […]

09.10.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Local News ·
State firefighters lose their own homes as they fight fires in other communities

State firefighters lose their own homes as they fight fires in other communities

They voice no regret at putting service to others at the expense of their own property Sacramento  – CAL FIRE Local 2881, representing the 6,500 firefighters of CAL FIRE, is making emergency donations to the families of eight firefighters who have lost their homes in the past several days. “We are giving our firefighters some […]

25.09.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Local News ·
5 ways to stay calm this fall

5 ways to stay calm this fall

(Relaxnews) – You’re back from vacation and the holiday season is fast approaching. We’re giving you the scoop on how to stay calm between busy work schedules, running errands and looking after children. 1.     Smile anyway Believe it or not, flashing a smile could keep you calm and cool, even if nobody’s around to see […]

McDonald’s to fully transition to cage-free eggs for all restaurants in the U.S. and Canada

McDonald’s to fully transition to cage-free eggs for all restaurants in the U.S. and Canada

McDonald’s USA and Canada to source 100 percent cage-free eggs within 10 years (OAK BROOK, Ill.) – To meet consumers’ changing expectations and preferences, McDonald’s announced that it will fully transition to cage-free eggs for its nearly 16,000 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada over the next 10 years. “Our customers are increasingly interested in knowing more […]

18.09.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Viral video shows why it takes 6 months to build sandwich from scratch

Viral video shows why it takes 6 months to build sandwich from scratch

(Relaxnews) – It took Andy George six months and $1,500 to make a single chicken sandwich. Because he made it from scratch. And when George, US-based host of the YouTube series “How to Make Everything” uses the term “scratch,” he’s not just talking about baking bread from flour purchased off the grocery store shelf, and […]

Glendale to start issuing citations for water waste

Glendale to start issuing citations for water waste

GLENDALE, California – Glendale Water & Power will start issuing citations for repeat water wasters. In an effort to continue to meet its 20% water conservation goal set by the State, Glendale Water & Power is informing customers that if repeated violations of the Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance are not corrected, then citations ranging from […]

16.09.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Local News ·
City of Glendale prepares for El Niño

City of Glendale prepares for El Niño

Glendale, CA – September is Emergency Preparedness Month, and a great time to start planning for the changes winter may bring. As Southern California prepares for El Niño, the City of Glendale has initiated regular planning meetings with the Fire, Police, Public Works and Water & Power to prepare for the heavy rains.  In the near future, critical […]

09.09.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Local News ·
Follow President Barack Obama on Instagram as he takes selfies on Alaskan tour

Follow President Barack Obama on Instagram as he takes selfies on Alaskan tour

(Relaxnews) – President Barack Obama has taken over the White House Instagram account, taking photos and selfies of his Alaskan tour. And aside from a stray finger blocking the frame of a selfie taken with survivalist and reality show host Bear Grylls, the photos aren’t half bad. “Hey everyone, it’s Barack,” he wrote on his […]

US President Obama to appear on ‘Bear Grylls’ episode

US President Obama to appear on ‘Bear Grylls’ episode

(Relaxnews) – Barack Obama is to feature on a special episode of US TV show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” set to air this year. EW reports that Obama will meet Grylls in Alaska to observe the effects of climate change, later meeting up with the reality TV star in the Alaskan Wilderness to receive a […]

Gene study confirms low Vitamin D, multiple sclerosis link

Gene study confirms low Vitamin D, multiple sclerosis link

(Miami, United States-AFP) – A major genetic study Tuesday confirmed a link between low vitamin D and a higher risk of multiple sclerosis, a finding which experts say could lead to better treatment and prevention. Previous observational studies have found an association between a person’s level of vitamin D, which comes from sunlight and from […]

28.08.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness ·
Zoos: 5 star animals to photograph on your holidays

Zoos: 5 star animals to photograph on your holidays

(Relaxnews) – Two years after giving birth for the first time, the Smithsonian National Zoo’s female panda made headlines last weekend by giving birth to two more offspring. This is great news for the panda world as conception in captivity remains rather rare. Barely a few days old and already stars in their own right, […]

26.08.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
8 million hybrid cars sold by pioneer Toyota

8 million hybrid cars sold by pioneer Toyota

(Relaxnews) – Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has announced having sold more than 8 million hybrid vehicles around the world. The announcement comes 20 years after having presented its first hybrid technology concept-car. Toyota introduced its first concept, Prius, back in the fall of 1995 during the Tokyo Motor Show. The first prototype had difficulty going […]

25.08.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Motoring ·
Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state

Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington state

Los Angeles, United States | AFP |  – President Barack Obama declared an emergency Friday for wildfire-ravaged Washington state, as Australia and New Zealand sent firefighters to help US crews struggling to contain deadly blazes across America’s drought-stricken West. Obama’s declaration releases federal funds to help in relief efforts in the northwestern state, where several […]

23.08.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Fifteen US states try to block Obama clean power plan

Fifteen US states try to block Obama clean power plan

Washington, United States | AFP |   – Fifteen US states have petitioned a federal court to block new rules by President Barack Obama’s administration to encourage clean power and cut harmful carbon emissions from power plants. The emergency petition to postpone the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)deadline was filed Thursday by attorneys general in Alabama, […]

17.08.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Excessive heat watch issued for Southern California

Excessive heat watch issued for Southern California

With temperatures reaching triple digits, SCE reminds customers to stay as cool and safe as possible By Caroline Aoyagi-Stom Southern California Edison – It’s about to get a lot hotter in Southern California. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the area starting Friday. Relief from the triple-digit temperatures is not expected until early next […]

15.08.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden, Services ·
SCE to tether manhole covers in Long Beach, issue bill credits

SCE to tether manhole covers in Long Beach, issue bill credits

Customers who were without power for more than 24 hours will get a $100 credit By Mary Ann Milbourn Southern California Edison (SCE) will provide a $100 bill credit to those who were without power for more than 24 hours during the latest outage in downtown Long Beach, and crews have begun tethering more than 300 manhole […]

11.08.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden, Services ·
SCE crews continue vault inspections to avoid more explosions

SCE crews continue vault inspections to avoid more explosions

Southern California Edison Southern California Edison (SCE) crews continue to inspect hundreds of underground vaults as they work to restore power Friday to the remaining 260 Long Beach customers affected by Thursday’s outage. SCE crews will attempt to restore power to some customers between 6-10 p.m. tonight. Due to the extent of the damage, some areas may still be without power overnight. If additional issues […]

06.08.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden, Local News, Services ·
Storm surges amped by rain increase US flood risk: study

Storm surges amped by rain increase US flood risk: study

By Marlowe Hood Paris, France (AFP)   – Sea storm surges amplified by heavy rain are a greater flood threat to US coastal cities than previously understood, and are occurring more frequently according to a study published Monday. The number of such “compound” events “has increased significantly over the past century,” said a paper in […]

02.08.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Safety urged as heat wave, thunderstorms approach

Safety urged as heat wave, thunderstorms approach

By Paul Netter, Southern California Edison With the National Weather Service predicting triple-digit temperatures and thunderstorms in some areas of the region beginning Wednesday, Southern California Edison (SCE) urges its customers to stay safe while staying cool. SCE has also called a Save Power Day for Wednesday. Customers participating in the conservation program can earn up to $100 in bill credits […]

30.07.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Local News, Services ·
Weekend rainstorms soak SoCal

Weekend rainstorms soak SoCal

By Newsroom Staff As of 10 a.m. Monday, there were 3,731 Southern California Edison (SCE) customers without power territory wide, which spans north to the Sierras, south to Orange County, East to the Arizona border and west to Santa Barbara. SCE crews responded where needed. Safety remains SCE’s highest priority. Customers are reminded if they see a downed power line […]

22.07.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Services ·
SCE crews restore power in Long Beach

SCE crews restore power in Long Beach

By SCE Newsroom Staff Southern California Edison (SCE) crews have restored service to all customers affected by the Long Beach outage. Some customers who had been on SCE-provided generators have had their power transferred back from the generator to the SCE system. Additional outages may occur as a result of the current rain storm. If you are […]

21.07.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Services ·
Patti Smith and Thom Yorke among acts announced at Pathway to Paris

Patti Smith and Thom Yorke among acts announced at Pathway to Paris

(Relaxnews) – Pathway to Paris will host an evening of music and talks on December 4 at Paris’s Le Trianon, in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference, according to its website. The event, which comes on the heels of Pathway to Paris’s 2014 concert at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, will feature […]

14.07.2015 · Filled under: Entertainment, Environment, International Stars, Music ·
Red Cross opens evacuation center in response to Calgrove Fire

Red Cross opens evacuation center in response to Calgrove Fire

Red Cross workers ask residents to listen to local authorities and to be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice SANTA CLARITA, CA (June 25, 2015 – 1630) — Local American Red Cross disaster volunteers are responding to the Calgrove Fire near Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita. The team of Red Cross volunteers have opened […]

25.06.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Local News, Services ·
lokai launches bracelet to benefit World Wildlife Fund

lokai launches bracelet to benefit World Wildlife Fund

(Relaxnews) – Global lifestyle brand lokai launched Monday a new bracelet called ‘wildlokai’ to support the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). For every ‘wildlokai’ bracelet sold from June 15 through July 28, lokai will donate one dollar to the charity, with a minimum contribution of $250,000, according to a press release. The unisex bracelets are designed […]

16.06.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Environment, Hollywood Stars ·
Mediterranean diet at risk as globalisation bites

Mediterranean diet at risk as globalisation bites

(Rome, Italy-AFP) – Eating a MEDITERRANEAN DIET has long been a byword for healthy living, but the very people who coined it are straying from sun-kissed fruits and legumes and their waistlines are paying the price. The region is undergoing a “nutrition transition” from traditional, sustainable foods towards more meat and dairy products, a new report by […]

16.06.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Health & Fitness ·
Google maps oceans for World Oceans Day

Google maps oceans for World Oceans Day

(Relaxnews) – Google Earth has mapped more than 40 underwater locations around the world including diving spots in Bali, the Bahamas and Great Barrier Reef in time for World Oceans Day. With just a few clicks, users can take a virtual plunge and swim alongside sea turtles in the Solomon Islands, humpback whales in the […]

05.06.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Environment, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Milan Expo to be the hub of World Environment Day 2015

Milan Expo to be the hub of World Environment Day 2015

(Relaxnews) – World Environment Day (WED), one of the United Nations’ primary vehicles for spreading awareness around the globe to keep our planet in shape, is fast upon us, and this year the Milan Expo will host a flurry of activities in collaboration with the occasion on June 5. This year’s WED theme is “Seven […]

04.06.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden, Online ·
New pollution alert closes California beaches

New pollution alert closes California beaches

Los Angeles, United States (AFP)  – Workers scrambled to clean oil pollution along a series of California beaches near Los Angeles on Thursday, barely a week after a huge oil spill further up the coast. An unknown tar-like substance began washing ashore from El Segundo Beach south to Redondo Beach on Wednesday, the Los Angeles […]

01.06.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Bad weather casts doubt on Solar Impulse 2 Pacific flight

Bad weather casts doubt on Solar Impulse 2 Pacific flight

(Shanghai-AFP) – Solar Impulse 2 was in a holding pattern over the Sea of Japan on Monday as organisers warned that bad weather in the days ahead could block the aircraft’s ambitious bid to cross the Pacific Ocean. The seventh leg of the round-the-world journey was set to take pilot Andre Borschberg, 62, on a […]

World already reaping benefits from ozone treaty: study

World already reaping benefits from ozone treaty: study

(Paris-AFP) – The UN treaty to protect the ozone layer has prevented a likely surge in skin cancer in Australia, New Zealand and northern Europe, a study published on Tuesday said. If the 1987 Montreal Protocol had never been signed, the ozone hole over Antarctica would have grown in size by 40 percent by 2013, […]

26.05.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Climate change a top US security issue: Obama

Climate change a top US security issue: Obama

By Jerome Cartillier Washington, United States (AFP)  – US President Barack Obama warned in a speech on Wednesday that the threat from global warming poses a national risk rivaling that of terrorism, and should be seen as a top security priority. In a commencement address for new graduates of the US Coast Guard Academy, Obama […]

21.05.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
White House gets busy to save the bees

White House gets busy to save the bees

(Washington-AFP) – The White House unveiled Tuesday a plan to reverse an alarming decline in the populations of bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in agriculture and the environment. Honey bee pollination alone adds $15 billion in value to US crops each year, wrote John Holdren, one of President Barack Obama’s main […]

20.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining ·
Out on a limb: Octopus inspires medical robotics

Out on a limb: Octopus inspires medical robotics

(AFP) – Scientists in Italy said Thursday they had devised a prototype arm inspired by the octopus that may one day lead to minimally-invasive robotic surgery. Like the octopus’ limb, the slender remote-controlled gadget can extend and bend and be either soft or rigid, the goal being to enable surgery in the abdomen and other […]

Green is the new black: sustainable beauty gets a boost in New York

Green is the new black: sustainable beauty gets a boost in New York

(Relaxnews) – Green is beautiful, if the buzz surrounding the upcoming Sustainable Cosmetics Summit in New York is anything to go by. As the beauty industry makes a conscious effort to smarten up its act regarding sustainable ingredients, the sixth edition of the annual summit will examine everything from environmentally friendly products to marketing techniques […]

14.05.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Environment ·
LA celebrates TAP Water Day to highlight benefits of city’s clean drinking water

LA celebrates TAP Water Day to highlight benefits of city’s clean drinking water

LOS ANGELES – City and federal officials have announced the first annual Tap Water Day LA at the Balboa Sports Center in Encino, celebrating Los Angeles’ clean, reliable drinking water. Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Barbara Romero, Chief Sustainability Office Matt Petersen, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Director of Water Quality Albert Gastelum were […]

12.05.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Happenings, Local News ·
Apple announces Chinese forest management project

Apple announces Chinese forest management project

(Relaxnews) – Cupertino’s mobile tech company Apple is looking to bolster the production of renewable resources through partnership with the World Wildlife Fund. A multi-year forestland project with the WWF is to protect up to 1 million acres that provide fiber for pulp, paper and wood products. “Forests, like energy, can be renewable resources,” said […]

11.05.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Thousands of LA Students ‘Unite for the Ocean’ in this Year’s Kids Ocean Day

Thousands of LA Students ‘Unite for the Ocean’ in this Year’s Kids Ocean Day

Some students to visit the ocean for first time on May 14, 2015 Kids Ocean Day is the culmination of a year-round school assembly program by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education to teach school kids about how litter flows from our neighborhoods to the ocean, thereby killing marine life and polluting food resources. To enhance the lesson, more than […]

08.05.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Happenings, Local News ·
Nepal’s rich cultural heritage devastated by quake

Nepal’s rich cultural heritage devastated by quake

(AFP) – Sujan Shrestha says it breaks his heart to look at the piles of rubble that are all that remain of the ancient Nepalese temples where he has worshipped all his life. The 28-year-old shopkeeper grew up in a house just off Patan Durbar Square, a spectacular World Heritage site in the quake-hit Kathmandu […]

02.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, World News ·
Chipotle burritos in the US are now free of GMOs

Chipotle burritos in the US are now free of GMOs

(Relaxnews) – Chipotle has become the first major restaurant chain in the US to serve foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. After becoming the first national restaurant company to disclose the GMO ingredients in its menu two years ago, the premium burrito purveyor announced Monday that the transition to GMO-free foods in restaurants […]

Google Doodle and animal quiz marks Earth Day 2015

Google Doodle and animal quiz marks Earth Day 2015

(Relaxnews) – Are you a honey bee, a giant squid or a komodo dragon? On the occasion of Earth Day 2015, Google is lending a helping hand in figuring out which animal best captures your personality. First celebrated in the United States in 1970, Earth Day has grown into an annual global event to help spread environmental […]

23.04.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden, Online ·
Recycled plastic bottles could be your next coat: North Face

Recycled plastic bottles could be your next coat: North Face

(Relaxnews) – If you buy a new coat from The North Face in 2016, it will likely be made from recycled content if, indeed, they meet the lofty goal they announced Tuesday in which they aim to use 100 percent recycled polyester by then. Polyester makes up nearly 80 percent of the fabric they use, […]

22.04.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden, Sports & Recreation ·
Can’t pay? Won’t pay! — putting a price on water

Can’t pay? Won’t pay! — putting a price on water

(Daegu, South Korea-AFP) – It’s arguably our most vital and precious natural resource, and one that is growing dangerously scarce from China to California, but no matter how much we value water, we’re not that keen on paying for it. The issue of pricing water is extremely sensitive — socially, politically, economically — but it’s […]

20.04.2015 · Filled under: Asian News, Environment, Home & Garden ·
Glendale Wins Resource Efficiency Award from the California Municipal Utilities Association

Glendale Wins Resource Efficiency Award from the California Municipal Utilities Association

Utility wins “Large Utility Water Program” category for its WaterSmart Program Glendale, CA  –  Glendale Water and Power (GWP) has won the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) Resource Efficiency Award in the Large Utility Water Program category for its water-use efficiency program in partnership with WaterSmart Software. WaterSmart’s technology marries behavioral science and data science to […]

17.04.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden, Local News, Services ·
World’s largest tulip festival and Japan foothills among top spots for spring blooms

World’s largest tulip festival and Japan foothills among top spots for spring blooms

(Relaxnews) – It’s a yearly miracle, when parts of the Earth awaken from their wintry slumber and erupt in a kaleidoscope of color. And some parts of the Earth are even more beautiful than others. Here’s a roundup of some of the best places to witness the visual feast, according to Cheapflights.com. Bluebonnet fields, Texas, USA […]

08.04.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
Lights out in Australia as Earth Hour kicks off

Lights out in Australia as Earth Hour kicks off

(SYDNEY-AFP) – The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the sails on the nearby Opera House went dark Saturday, as lights on landmarks around Australia were switched off for the global climate change awareness campaign Earth Hour. Millions are expected to take part around the world in the annual event organised by conservation group WWF, with hundreds […]

30.03.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
Earth Hour: What is the carbon footprint of an email?

Earth Hour: What is the carbon footprint of an email?

(Paris-AFP) – Sending a text message or email, eating an apple or watching TV — each of these activities has a different carbon footprint. People around the world are getting ready to mark Earth Hour by turning out the lights on Saturday, but a long list of seemingly harmless everyday actions also contribute to emissions […]

27.03.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
How to do your part in saving the ocean

How to do your part in saving the ocean

(Relaxnews) – A group of 20 top chefs from around the world including Grant Achatz, Ferran Adria, Daniel Humm and Massimo Bottura have lent their star power to a global initiative that aims to save the oceans and boost food security. Oceana’s ‘Save the Oceans: Feed the Planet’ campaign launched officially out of San Sebastian […]

17.03.2015 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Philippine Cinderellas beat poverty, seize world stage

Philippine Cinderellas beat poverty, seize world stage

(Manila-AFP) – As a child she waded in muddy Philippine rice paddies, now teenager Janicel Lubina struts down runways for the country’s top designers and is hoping to be crowned among the world’s most beautiful women. Lubina is a star recruit in one of Manila’s beauty pageant boot camps, where shy, lanky teenage girls from […]

16.03.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Environment ·
Solar plane revs up for historic round-the-world flight

Solar plane revs up for historic round-the-world flight

(Abu Dhabi-AFP) – A solar powered plane aims to fly into history on Monday, taking off from Abu Dhabi on a round-the-world odyssey to promote alternative energy. The flight of Solar Impulse 2, whose hoped-for Saturday takeoff had to be put off due to strong winds, will cap 13 years of research and testing by […]

08.03.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Science & Technology ·
L.A.’s January water use continues to decline

L.A.’s January water use continues to decline

LADWP customers urged to conserve more as drought persists LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) today released its water conservation numbers for January 2015 showing a 22% reduction since January 2007 – the year that the city’s water conservation ordinance was implemented, and a 15.8% reduction in water use […]

02.03.2015 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
LA County to host used oil and filter recycling event in Rowland Heights

LA County to host used oil and filter recycling event in Rowland Heights

LA County Public Works will host a free used motor oil and oil filter recycling event on Saturday, February 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at O’Reilly Auto Parts, located at 19705 Colima Road, Suite 8, Rowland Heights, 91748. When used oil is illegally dumped into storm drains, it pollutes local water bodies and […]

27.02.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Happenings, Services ·
Eiffel Tower goes green with wind power

Eiffel Tower goes green with wind power

(Relaxnews) – As part of the renovation of the Parisian monument’s first floor, two wind turbines have been installed at vertical axes, announced the company that operates the Eiffel Tower this Thursday, February 26. The Eiffel Tower’s two new wind turbines, each measuring seven meters tall and three meters across, are located on the second […]

26.02.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Offbeat ·
Valentine’s Day: The only safe metallic balloon is a secure one

Valentine’s Day: The only safe metallic balloon is a secure one

When not tied to a weight or kept indoors, the colorful gifts can drift away and into power lines and equipment, causing outages and potential injuries By ​Paul Netter It usually happens with a loud bang followed instantly by a disintegrated balloon. For the uninitiated, that’s often the sound made when a metallic balloon drifts […]

10.02.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Holidays, Services, Valentine's Day ·
Going organic really does reduce pesticide exposure: study

Going organic really does reduce pesticide exposure: study

(Relaxnews) – A recent study at Boise State University in Idaho says that when it comes to pesticide exposure, organic foods live up to the health hype that’s been surrounding them for decades. In their study, which was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, the research team worked with dietary data from 4,500 people from six […]

06.02.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
MoMA PS1 unveils the winner of its Young Architects Program 2015

MoMA PS1 unveils the winner of its Young Architects Program 2015

(Relaxnews) – MoMA PS1 has named Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation as the winner of its annual Young Architects Program (YAP) in New York. The winning project, “Cosmo”, is a movable artifact made from customized irrigation components, which purifies water and exposes the hidden urbanism of pipes we live by. The assemblage of ecosystems is engineered to filter and […]

06.02.2015 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
LA County to host used oil and filter recycling event in Hawaiian Gardens

LA County to host used oil and filter recycling event in Hawaiian Gardens

LA County Public Works will host a free used motor oil and oil filter recycling event on January 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the Hawaiian Gardens AutoZone, located at 21418 Norwalk Blvd. When used oil is illegally dumped into storm drains, it pollutes local water bodies and contaminates sources of clean drinking […]

21.01.2015 · Filled under: Environment, Local News, Services ·
LA County to host used oil and filter recycling event in Lawndale

LA County to host used oil and filter recycling event in Lawndale

LA County Public Works will host a free used motor oil and oil filter recycling event on December 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the Lawndale O’Reilly Auto Parts, located at 15122 ½ Hawthorne Blvd. When used oil is illegally dumped into stormdrains, it pollutes local water bodies and contaminates sources of clean drinking water. In […]

10.12.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Happenings, Services ·
SCE warns customers to be aware of utility bill scam this Holiday season

SCE warns customers to be aware of utility bill scam this Holiday season

ROSEMEAD, Calif. – Southern California Edison (SCE) warns customers to stay vigilant this holiday season as impostors, claiming to represent the utility, continue a telephone scam demanding immediate payment for allegedly past-due electricity bills. The hustle and bustle of the season makes customers especially vulnerable as telephone bill scammers increase calls threatening to disconnect electrical service unless immediate payment is made on […]

10.12.2014 · Filled under: Christmas, Environment, Holidays, Services ·
Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: Different names, same phenomenon

Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: Different names, same phenomenon

Paris, France | AFP |   – They may have different names according to the region they hit, but typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones are all violent tropical storms that can generate 10 times as much energy as the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Typhoon is the Asian term for a low-pressure system that is called a hurricane […]

09.12.2014 · Filled under: Environment, World News ·
New York on track to building the world’s first underground park

New York on track to building the world’s first underground park

(Relaxnews) – New York City, famed for being a concrete jungle, could become the world’s first city to build an underground park complete with grass, trees, park benches, and sunlight. Inspired by the city’s High Line, an elevated rail line that was transformed into a public park in Manhattan’s West Side, a team of engineers […]

28.11.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Online, Videos ·
Americans urged to stop wasting food

Americans urged to stop wasting food

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – In the run-up to Thanksgiving, a holiday to celebrate bountiful harvests, Americans are being urged to stop wasting food so much. Some 34 million pounds (15.4 million kilograms) of food is thrown away in the United States every year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Friday. That represents 21 percent of all food […]

The real treat should be a safe Halloween season

The real treat should be a safe Halloween season

ROSEMEAD, Calif., – The ghoulish decorations and costumes are a sure bet to scare up some fun this Halloween season, but much more frightening are the electrical and fire hazards associated with them. With this in mind, Southern California Edison (SCE) reminds its customers that a few simple precautions, especially with candles, decorations and costumes, can help ensure […]

30.10.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Services ·
Schwarzenegger goes from Terminator to climate ‘Innovator’ Schwarzenegger goes from Terminator to climate ‘Innovator’

Schwarzenegger goes from Terminator to climate ‘Innovator’ Schwarzenegger goes from Terminator to climate ‘Innovator’

PARIS  (AFP) – Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger has gone from being the “Terminator” to the “Innovator”, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday, praising him for his work to prevent climate change. The actor turned politician was presiding over a climate change conference of the world’s regions in Paris on Friday and Saturday in the […]

20.10.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Hollywood Stars, World News ·
Microsoft debuts new app for sharing photos across ecosystems

Microsoft debuts new app for sharing photos across ecosystems

(Relaxnews) – Microsoft has created a new app that allows anyone to share photos with their friends, whether they own iPhones, Windows Phones or prefer Android. The app in question is called Xim and is the latest idea to come from Microsoft Research’s Fuse Labs. What makes it so newsworthy is that it’s a tiny attempt to […]

08.10.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Environment, Home & Garden, Online, Science & Technology, Videos ·
Gov. Brown approves ban on plastic bags

Gov. Brown approves ban on plastic bags

Heal the Bay led legislative fight to tackle plastic pollution, create green jobs SANTA MONICA, CA  – Sending a powerful message nationally that the plastic pollution plague can be abated, Gov. Jerry Brown today signed landmark legislation that bans the distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags at grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies statewide. SB 270, a bill […]

06.10.2014 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Solar-powered family car Stella rides California coast

Solar-powered family car Stella rides California coast

(SAN FRANCISCO-AFP) – A solar-powered family car completed its drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco fueled by good vibes and pure California sunshine. And after turning the heads of gobsmacked onlookers during its journey up California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway, the creators of “Stella” are dreaming of a day when their futuristic vehicle is […]

28.09.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Motoring, Science & Technology ·
LADWP encourages customers to conserve energy as temps soar

LADWP encourages customers to conserve energy as temps soar

Utility offers energy saving tips to stay cool while protecting the grid LOS ANGELES – As temperatures in Los Angeles rise to triple digits today through Wednesday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) encourages its customers to save energy where possible between now and 8 p.m.and to give appliances the afternoon off.  […]

16.09.2014 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Designs revealed for Washington DC’s first elevated park

Designs revealed for Washington DC’s first elevated park

(Relaxnews) – Four shortlisted designs for Washington DC’s first elevated parkway have been revealed, and the competition is asking the public for feedback. “11th Street Bridge Park” will be built on the foundations of an old freeway bridge spanning the Anacostia River. Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhaas’s firm OMA is amongst the shortlisted firms, for […]

13.09.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
California to be first US state to ban plastic bags

California to be first US state to ban plastic bags

LOS ANGELES  (AFP) – California governor Jerry Brown said late Thursday he will approve a ban on single-use plastic bags, in what would make the western US state the first to outlaw them. Lawmakers passed the bill late last Friday, and it now only requires Brown’s signature to pass into law. The governor must do […]

10.09.2014 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Anne, Kuya Kim are new ‘disaster ambassadors’

Anne, Kuya Kim are new ‘disaster ambassadors’

“It’s Showtime” hosts Anne Curtis and Kim Atienza are the new “disaster ambassadors” of government weather monitoring arm DOST-Project NOAH. In an Instagram post, the Kapamilya actress, one of the country’s most influential celebrities, said she and Atienza met with Project NOAH executive director Dr. Mahar Lagmay on Wednesday morning. She went on to promote […]

26.08.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Environment, Filipino Stars ·
Vodka is spiked with cognac in latest spirit hybrid launch

Vodka is spiked with cognac in latest spirit hybrid launch

(Relaxnews) – Spirits are increasingly going hybrid, with unexpected liquors being mixed together to form two-for-one bottles like Vodquila and cognac-spiked vodka. Grey Goose Vodka is the latest to jump on the industry-wide trend, with the launch of Grey Goose VX in the US, vodka spiked with a cognac made exclusively for the brand that […]

25.08.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
NASA launches crowdsourcing project to identify photos of cities taken from space

NASA launches crowdsourcing project to identify photos of cities taken from space

(Relaxnews) – NASA has launched a crowdsourcing project in an appeal to the public to help identify some of its 1.8 million archive photos. Hundreds of thousands of images taken from the International Space Station of cities on the planet have been added to a public gallery as part of “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography […]

Pollution, whales prompt shipping slow-down in SoCal

Pollution, whales prompt shipping slow-down in SoCal

LOS ANGELES  (AFP) – Concerns about pollution and endangered whales in southern California have prompted six global shipping companies to try slower speeds in exchange for cash incentives, environmental groups said. The companies agreed to slow down – from typical speeds of 14-16 knots down to 12 knots or less – in exchange for $2,500 […]

16.08.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Local News ·
Use your goldfish’s waste to grow tomatoes with the EcoFarm

Use your goldfish’s waste to grow tomatoes with the EcoFarm

(Relaxnews) – As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, a new fish-tank-cum-herb-garden could be the next big thing in home-grown produce. EcoFarm is a fish tank that uses the aquaponics technique to use waste as a natural fertilizer to grow plants. Essentially a fish tank topped with an herb garden, the design features a tube that extracts […]

12.08.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden ·
Supper club salvages foods destined for the dump

Supper club salvages foods destined for the dump

(Relaxnews) – In line with the growing movement to reduce waste and rethink the value of food worldwide, a supper club in Brooklyn is hosting monthly dinners created from old, ugly, overripe fruits and vegetables that would have otherwise been destined for the dumpster. The Salvage Supperclub is the latest dining experience created to underscore […]

22.07.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Online ·
Domain ending .organic latest address to enter digital marketplace

Domain ending .organic latest address to enter digital marketplace

(Relaxnews) – After .bar, .rest and .wine, the internet is about to get another food-related domain that’s aimed at gathering website sellers and producers of organic products under the same umbrella address. Created to help users quickly identify business with clear domain endings, the online trend has moved to the organic food movement, with global […]

Will.i.am partners with Coca-Cola for 3D printer with a difference

Will.i.am partners with Coca-Cola for 3D printer with a difference

(Relaxnews) – The Black Eyed Peas frontman and self-styled tech entrepreneur is promoting a new compact 3D printer from 3D Systems that is as focused on recycling as it is on creativity. That’s because filament (i.e., 3D ‘ink’) for the Ekocycle Cube printer is made up from, among other things, discarded Coke bottles. Each cartridge contains material […]

Adventures in dining: Grasshopper burgers, scorpion lollipops

Adventures in dining: Grasshopper burgers, scorpion lollipops

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Though slightly uncertain, Erin Kolski pronounced the unusual fare on her plate — a burger made from ground-up grasshoppers — to be surprisingly tasty. “It’s a little crunchy. It tastes fine,” Kolski said, sounding somewhat surprised as she favorably appraised the dish at Washington’s Occidental Restaurant, a popular establishment a stone’s throw from […]

US plans 30% cuts in power carbon emissions

US plans 30% cuts in power carbon emissions

By Shaun Tandon, Jerome Cartillier WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Monday proposed ordering cuts of up to 30 percent in carbon emissions from power plants in President Barack Obama’s most ambitious action yet on climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency gave states the leeway to choose their own plans but said that they […]

03.06.2014 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Major meteor shower could delight N. America May 23-24

Major meteor shower could delight N. America May 23-24

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Skywatchers in the United States and Canada could see a one-of-a-kind meteor shower late Friday night and early Saturday, astronomers say. Never before have astronomers witnessed the debris trail behind this particular comet, and a sea of white lights could dash across the night sky for hours. Or not. “The problem we are […]

WantedDesign New York: the highlights

WantedDesign New York: the highlights

(Relaxnews) – The fourth edition of the WantedDesign show is set to hit New York later this week, offering an international design perspective through a series of interactive installations, pop-up stores, conferences and workshops. We take a look at the highlights of this particular NYCxDesign event. The Conversation Series A three-day platform and dialogue supported by contemporary […]

15.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
Papier-mâché pandas to take on Hong Kong

Papier-mâché pandas to take on Hong Kong

(Relaxnews) – A troupe of 1,600 papier-mâché pandas is set to descend upon Hong Kong this June, as part of an ongoing campaign by the WWF. ‘1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity Meets Conservation’ will see the pandas grace the city’s top 10 landmarks as part of the government’s ‘conserving central’ initiative. The 1,600 […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
App to sell restaurant leftovers to help reduce food waste

App to sell restaurant leftovers to help reduce food waste

(Relaxnews) – As the dialogue on the shameful amount of food waste grows louder, US developers are in the midst of creating an innovative new app that will allow retailers and restaurants to sell their leftovers and overstocked products to consumers. Currently being tested in New York, PareUp aims to divert perfectly edible foods from landfills — […]

09.05.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Kids who play outside are more spiritual and creative: study

Kids who play outside are more spiritual and creative: study

(Relaxnews) – Turn off the TV, hide the game consoles and send your kids to play in the great outdoors if you want to raise more thoughtful, fulfilled and spiritual children, suggest the findings of a small study. Children who spend significant amounts of time playing outside were found to have a stronger sense of […]

05.05.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation ·
The ‘dirtiest’ and cleanest foods in the US produce aisle: report

The ‘dirtiest’ and cleanest foods in the US produce aisle: report

(Relaxnews) – For the fourth year in a row, apples have topped the list of most pesticide-laden produce in the US. In the Environmental Working Group’s annual Dirty Dozen list, 99 percent of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. The guide ranks 48 popular fruits and vegetables based on an analysis […]

01.05.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Do you want carrots with that? McDonald’s to go greener and healthier

Do you want carrots with that? McDonald’s to go greener and healthier

(Relaxnews) – Expect to see more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and sustainable beef on the menu, says McDonald’s, which released details on its corporate responsibility plans for 2020. By 2016, the mega fast food chain says it will begin purchasing “a portion” of beef from verified sustainable sources. Customers in nine of its top markets […]

How this restaurant produces zero waste

How this restaurant produces zero waste

(Relaxnews) – A small Chicago sandwich shop has gained headlines for pulling off an impressive feat for any restaurant: producing zero waste. Over two years, chef owner Justin Vrany’s restaurant Sandwich Me In has produced eight gallons of garbage — the average amount of waste produced by a restaurant every hour, he says. In more […]

The countries most likely to opt for a spiritual or beach holiday

The countries most likely to opt for a spiritual or beach holiday

(Relaxnews) – North Americans are intrepid travelers and look for destinations that are ‘off the beaten track,’ while Europeans seek out sun-soaked beach vacations. Those are among some of the key findings in a large-scale TripAdvisor survey that polled 60,000 respondents in 32 markets around the world for the bi-annual TripBarometer, which aims to gauge […]

Make Every Day Earth Day

Make Every Day Earth Day

Tips for being an eco-conscious consumer (Family Features) Whether stopping in for a daily to-go cup of coffee or running your weekly grocery store trip, you likely have many purchases throughout the day. With Earth Day right around the corner, it’s a great time to reflect on your own personal impact on the environment and […]

23.04.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Are you a green hotel guest?

Are you a green hotel guest?

(Relaxnews) – According to a TripAdvisor survey of 2,100 respondents, here are the top five most common ways US travelers lessen their environmental impact in hotels: 1. An impressive 96 percent of respondents said they do their part by turning off the lights when leaving the room. 2. The second most popular eco-friendly behavior is […]

21.04.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
Earth Day: how to eat sustainably

Earth Day: how to eat sustainably

(Relaxnews) – Earth Day. Like New Year’s, it comes every year on the same day, April 22. For the uninitiated, it’s also the perfect time to begin adopting a few simple resolutions that will help you eat green and healthfully — and drive up industry demand for organic, local and sustainably produced foods. To officially […]

21.04.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Swiss Air Lines becomes world’s ‘first allergy-friendly’ carrier

Swiss Air Lines becomes world’s ‘first allergy-friendly’ carrier

(Relaxnews) – In response to the rise of food intolerances and allergies among consumers, Swiss International Air Lines has announced that it’s become the world’s first certified “allergy-friendly” airline. Beginning next month, the carrier says it will begin rolling out new products and services to improve the flying experience for allergy sufferers, ranging from the […]

17.04.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Starwood bans shark fin soup

Starwood bans shark fin soup

(Relaxnews) – Starwood Hotels & Resorts is the latest international hotel chain to ban the controversial shark fin soup across its entire portfolio of brands including Sheraton, Le Meridien, St. Regis and W Hotels. Beginning this July, in a gesture of environmental stewardship, the company will no longer serve the dish that’s considered a delicacy […]

A HyFive for hydrogen power

A HyFive for hydrogen power

(Relaxnews) – A new Pan-European scheme will cost £31 million (€38.4 million) and aims to make hydrogen fuel cells a viable alternative to both fossil fuel-powered cars and plug-in electric vehicles in a number of the continent’s leading cities. In total, five major car makers have signed up to the project, which was officially announced […]

New global app lets users ‘report’ energy waste around the world

New global app lets users ‘report’ energy waste around the world

(Relaxnews) – Does the sight of a light bulb left on in an empty room leave you hopping mad? A new app which lets users ‘report’ energy waste around the world could be just the thing. ‘LightsOut‘ is an app which aims to create a global map of geographical examples of inefficient energy use by […]

01.04.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
Lights off for Earth Hour’s global crowdfunding call

Lights off for Earth Hour’s global crowdfunding call

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – Lights went off in thousands of cities and towns across the world on Saturday for the annual Earth Hour campaign, which is aiming to raise money via the Internet for local environmental projects. The Singapore-based campaign by conservation group WWF was boosted by Hollywood star power, with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” stars Andrew […]

29.03.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
BatteryBox: five years of portable power

BatteryBox: five years of portable power

(Relaxnews) – The BatteryBox is by no means the only portable back-up power device on the market, but what makes it so clever is that once charged up, it stays charged up and is guaranteed to perform like new for five years. That, and the fact that despite being small enough to fit in the […]

26.03.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Environment, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Online, Videos ·
How to have a happy vacation

How to have a happy vacation

(Relaxnews) – A new survey has revealed that travelers who plan ahead, make a local connection and venture to countries abroad are more likely to return from a happy vacation. That’s according to the 414 travelers surveyed in a new poll conducted by ‘happiness expert’ Shawn Achor, author of “The Happiness Advantage,” and travel agency […]

22.03.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Islands to visit now before rising sea levels bury them

Islands to visit now before rising sea levels bury them

(Relaxnews) – They’re jewels of the oceans, small paradisiacal islands and atolls that rise up in the middle of the sea often developed for the pleasure of holidaymakers seeking tropical getaways. But they won’t last long. Hyperbole? Not for the scientists who’ve been sounding the alarm for years on the dangers of rising sea levels; […]

21.03.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Global landmarks switch off the lights for Earth Hour 2014

Global landmarks switch off the lights for Earth Hour 2014

(Relaxnews) – Famous buildings and monuments around the world will be plunged into darkness on March 29 to honor the global environmental initiative Earth Hour. In North America, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Empire State Building in New York and the Space Needle in Seattle are just some of the legendary sites which […]

17.03.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden ·
The secret lives of architects: new exhibition announced for Milan design fair

The secret lives of architects: new exhibition announced for Milan design fair

(Relaxnews) – Where do the top architects live? It’s an intriguing question, and one which visitors to this year’s Milan Design Fair Salone del Mobile will also be able to explore, thanks to a new exhibition opening this April. ‘Where Architects Live’, which will run alongside the main design fair, will focus on the personal domestic spaces […]

25.02.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Entertainment, Environment, Home & Garden ·
Indonesia announces world’s biggest manta ray sanctuary

Indonesia announces world’s biggest manta ray sanctuary

(JAKARTA-AFP) – Indonesia on Friday instituted the world’s biggest manta ray sanctuary covering millions of square kilometres as it seeks to protect the huge winged fish and draw more tourists to the sprawling archipelago. New legislation gives full protection to the creatures across all the waters surrounding Southeast Asia’s biggest country, which for years has […]

21.02.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Eco group lauds Iglesia ni Cristo for clean walkathon

Eco group lauds Iglesia ni Cristo for clean walkathon

MANILA (Mabuhay) – An ecological group on Saturday lauded the Iglesia ni Cristo for keeping its charity walk for survivors of super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) clean. The EcoWaste Coalition said it was “delighted” to see the route of the charity walk “devoid of unsightly and filthy trash.” “We commend the organizers and participants for manifesting […]

19.02.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
The Rekindle Candle that (almost) never burns out

The Rekindle Candle that (almost) never burns out

(Relaxnews) – Sustainable design is one of the hottest interiors trends right now, but while you might be used to the idea of reupholstering vintage chairs, you may not have considered recycling your… candles. Luckily British artist and designer Benjamin Shine has made it easy to do so, thanks to his witty and stylish creation the Rekindle […]

19.02.2014 · Filled under: Art, Beauty & Style, Entertainment, Environment, Home & Garden ·
PHL climate change envoy leads new protest fast

PHL climate change envoy leads new protest fast

By Karl Malakunas MANILA  (AFP) – A Philippine diplomat who went without food for 14 days last year will lead another fast on Saturday in a bid to pressure world leaders over climate change. Naderev “Yeb” Sano, the Philippines’ lead negotiator at United Nations climate talks, drank only tea and water throughout the last meeting […]

06.02.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
California declares drought emergency

California declares drought emergency

LOS ANGELES  (AFP) – California’s worst drought in a century is devastating the state’s agriculture and destroying its forestland, which is being consumed by wildfire, Governor Jerry Brown said Friday as he declared a state emergency. The emergency declaration allows California to access federal help to battle the drought, which has left huge swathes of […]

21.01.2014 · Filled under: Environment, U.S. News ·
Build it and they will believe, says defiant China tycoon

Build it and they will believe, says defiant China tycoon

(CHANGSHA, China-AFP) – A Chinese multi-millionaire who built himself an Egyptian pyramid and a replica of Versailles vows to construct the world’s tallest building in just six months — despite authorities preventing work amid safety concerns. Zhang Yue is worth an estimated 1.1 billion yuan ($180 million) and has grandiose aspirations, the biggest of them […]

19.01.2014 · Filled under: Asian News, Destinations, Environment, Home & Garden, Offbeat ·
General Mills pledges GMO-free Cheerios

General Mills pledges GMO-free Cheerios

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Cheerios will be made without any genetically modified ingredients in the United States, producer General Mills announced, answering growing consumer concerns about the issue. The popular breakfast cereal is already made in Europe without GMO (genetically modified organism) content, and the company said late Thursday that Original Cheerios had only contained a small […]

07.01.2014 · Filled under: Environment, Food & Dining, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
SkyCycle: London’s futuristic new bike highway?

SkyCycle: London’s futuristic new bike highway?

(Relaxnews) – Fancy cycling along the London skyline? It could soon be an everyday occurrence, following the unveiling of the SkyCycle proposal, a revolutionary network of cycle decks throughout the capital. The proposal comprises over 220 kilometers of traffic-free cycle routes following exisiting suburban rail lines, with each route capable of accommodating up to 12,000 […]

07.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Bluetooth flower pots bring smart tech to gardeners

Bluetooth flower pots bring smart tech to gardeners

(Relaxnews) – MEG’s next-generation flower pots, slated to go on sale in 2014, use advanced technology to ensure that houseplants survive and thrive, even when their owners lack a green thumb. The technology behind these innovative flower pots was created by entrepreneurs Raphaëlle Seyfried and Franz Ezin through their start-up MEG (Mind Every Garden). The […]

07.01.2014 · Filled under: Apps, Environment, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
Ask a designer: how to do chic, eco-friendly Christmas décor

Ask a designer: how to do chic, eco-friendly Christmas décor

(Relaxnews) – Looking for ideas to make your holiday interior décor festive, chic and also environmentally friendly isn’t always easy. We talk to German industrial designer Sandra Lindner, whose wooden X-mas Tree has become a staple of eco-friendly design, about how best to approach the party season. What was the inspiration behind the design of your X-mas […]

17.12.2013 · Filled under: Christmas, Environment, Holidays, Home & Garden ·
Leonardo DiCaprio to promote electric vehicles through Formula E team

Leonardo DiCaprio to promote electric vehicles through Formula E team

(Relaxnews) – The American actor has partnered with the Monaco-based brand Venturi for the forthcoming international Formula E championship, a race between single-seat cars powered exclusively through electricity. DiCaprio has been a proponent of developing environmentally friendly cars for several years. This new racing team was co-founded by Leonardo DiCaprio and Venturi Automobiles President Gildo […]

Elon Musk: a man on a mission

Elon Musk: a man on a mission

(Relaxnews) – Whether it be reaching for the stars or changing people’s attitudes to electric cars, in 2013 the South African-born serial entrepreneur and visionary showed he was doing more than anyone in Silicon Valley to demonstrate how technology can revolutionize the way we live our lives. No wonder people are calling him the next […]

Expect increasingly violent cyclones, weather experts warn

Expect increasingly violent cyclones, weather experts warn

By Jean-Louis Pany PARIS (AFP) – Meteorologists have yet to formally link global warming to typhoons like the one that devastated the Philippines, but they expect increasingly extreme weather phenomena due to a rise in ocean temperatures. The trail of death and destruction left in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan was at the forefront […]

13.11.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Science & Technology, World News ·
UN climate talks open amid ‘sobering’ typhoon

UN climate talks open amid ‘sobering’ typhoon

By Mary Sibierski WARSAW, November 11, 2013 (AFP) – Nations launched a new round of talks Monday for a 2015 deal to cut Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions, in the aftermath of a devastating Philippines typhoon the UN’s climate chief labelled “sobering”. Christiana Figueres urged progress at the notoriously fractious talks amid a slew of new […]

12.11.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Science & Technology, World News ·
Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: Different names, same phenomenon

Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: Different names, same phenomenon

PARIS  (AFP) – They may have different names according to the region they hit, but typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones are all violent tropical storms that can generate 10 times as much energy as the Hiroshima atomic bomb. The typhoon that devastated the Philippines, wiping out entire towns with a death toll that could soar well […]

12.11.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Science & Technology ·
Giant mirrors bring winter sun to Norwegian village

Giant mirrors bring winter sun to Norwegian village

(OSLO-AFP) – Residents of a remote village nestled in a steep-sided valley in southern Norway are about to enjoy winter sunlight for the first time ever thanks to giant mirrors. The mountains that surround the village of Rjukan are far from Himalayan, but they are high enough to deprive its 3,500 inhabitants of direct sunlight […]

05.11.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Mitsubishi bets big on sustainable SUVs

Mitsubishi bets big on sustainable SUVs

(Relaxnews) – The company will be revealing three new environmentally friendly off-roaders at the Tokyo Motor Show, each of which is a showcase for its sustainable @earth TECHNOLOGY. The biggest of the three concepts on show, the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV is a full-size SUV with a hybrid V6 powertrain and permanent four-wheel drive. As well as a battery, […]

Insects making eco-friendly buzz in Dutch kitchens

Insects making eco-friendly buzz in Dutch kitchens

(SITTARD, Netherlands-AFP) – Cecile’s latest batch of students watched attentively as she launched into the last step of the dish — swirling grasshoppers around in a frying pan before setting them on the coucous. In their bid to find an environmentally-friendly alternative to meat, Richard, 41, Mariet, 53, and Seppo, 43, are looking to insects. […]

California Agencies Release Draft Action Plan for Water, Ask for Input and Dialogue

California Agencies Release Draft Action Plan for Water, Ask for Input and Dialogue

California Water Action Plan Provides Roadmap for State Efforts SACRAMENTO – The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture today released a detailed draft action plan to help guide state efforts and resources on one of California’s most important resources, water. The California Water Action […]

01.11.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Services ·
The 2014 most endangered sites and landmarks in the world: report

The 2014 most endangered sites and landmarks in the world: report

(Relaxnews) – An international heritage group has placed 67 sites, monuments and landmarks on its 2014 World Monuments Watch list this year — a list that includes the cultural heritage of the entire country of Syria. According to the World Monuments Fund’s latest report released this week, conflict and escalating violence in war-torn Syria are […]

10.10.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, World News ·
Don’t let the US shutdown ruin your travel plans with these alternatives

Don’t let the US shutdown ruin your travel plans with these alternatives

(Relaxnews) – Travel plans in the US thwarted by the government shutdown that has closed down all national parks and public museums? Here’s a list of alternative destinations that may actually help you discover hidden gems traditionally bypassed for the typical tourist hotspots. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Alternative: International Spy Museum, National Geographic Museum James Bond […]

03.10.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
SSS fetes pioneer AlkanSSSya partners

SSS fetes pioneer AlkanSSSya partners

The Social Security System (SSS) bestowed the “Bilib Kami Sa’Yo” Special Award to five informal sector groups or “ISGs” that were the first in their respective industries to participate in the AlkanSSSya Program during ceremonies held at the SSS Corporate Headquarters in Quezon City on September 9. Their role as pioneer ISGs helped pave the […]

26.09.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Eco-friendly champagne cover made with potatoes and paper

Eco-friendly champagne cover made with potatoes and paper

(Relaxnews) – After creating an origami-style foldable champagne bucket, Veuve Clicquot has come up with another form of innovative packaging, this time a design made with potatoes and recycled paper that can keep the bottle chilled for up to two hours. Created by French designer Cédric Ragot, the Naturally Clicquot bottle cover is made from […]

24.09.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden ·
Making music makes a nicer kid: study

Making music makes a nicer kid: study

(Relaxnews) – Making music can make a young child nicer, more willing to help, and better at problem solving, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of West London said that they built on existing 2010 research from German researchers Sebastian Kirschner and Michael Tomasello, who found that making music can significantly improve positive […]

08.09.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Music, Online ·
All-new Smart concept heading to Frankfurt

All-new Smart concept heading to Frankfurt

(Relaxnews) – The Fourjoy is yet another offbeat design study from the premium small car brand. This is a Smart concept with a difference. It’s built on the Fourtwo platform yet it has four seats. However, in keeping with the brand’s quirkiness, the Fourjoy has decided to dispense with doors, rear windows and even the […]

L’Enclume named best restaurant in the UK

L’Enclume named best restaurant in the UK

(Relaxnews) – Chef Simon Rogan’s farm-to-table restaurant L’Enclume set in a medieval village in the bucolic English countryside has been named the best restaurant in the UK. Editors of “The Good Food Guide” gave the restaurant in The Lake District’s Cartmel top honors in the 2014 edition of the restaurant review guide for using fresh, seasonal and […]

Fish leaders are born, not made: study

Fish leaders are born, not made: study

(PARIS-AFP) – Leadership is an innate quality, said a fish study Wednesday that predicted trouble in animal social groups, also human ones, when natural roles are reversed. Groups tend to perform better with a combination of willing followers and strong leaders, which in most animal species are bolder, more extroverted individuals. But incentives, like higher […]

01.09.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Ready for a smart shower?

Ready for a smart shower?

(Relaxnews) – Annoyed that your other half is forever hogging the shower but don’t know how to broach the subject with tact or decorum? Well, help is at hand. The Uji is a showerhead created by Tufts University alums Brett Andler, Sam Woolf and Tyler Wilson that starts to glow red when the user is taking […]

01.09.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Home & Garden, Science & Technology ·
National Science Club Month 2013 – Philippines

National Science Club Month 2013 – Philippines

Pambansang Kapisanan ng mga Kabataan Samahan ng Agham (Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs), Inc. Something big is making a landfall this September! In celebration of the National Science Club Month in the Philippines, the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs (PSYSC), the first and largest umbrella science club organization in the Philippines,  will be […]

31.08.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News, Science & Technology ·
State Convenes Interagency Task Force to Improve Safety at California’s Oil Refineries

State Convenes Interagency Task Force to Improve Safety at California’s Oil Refineries

SACRAMENTO – Officials from more than a dozen local, state and federal agencies came together today for the first meeting of the newly established Interagency Refinery Task Force, an important step in the State’s plan to improve public and worker safety at and near oil refineries. The Task Force, which will be located within the California […]

30.08.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Local News ·
The best smartphones for the beach

The best smartphones for the beach

(Relaxnews) – A selection of handsets that won’t simply survive, but will positively thrive when at the beach. Let’s face it, our smartphones are so much a part of our lives that our palms are beginning to develop phone-shaped calluses in the same way that pen use once led to knobbly fingers. Therefore the thought […]

16.08.2013 · Filled under: Apps, Environment, Science & Technology ·
Canadian park designated world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve

Canadian park designated world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve

(Relaxnews) – A sprawling park in northern Canada has become the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve, a designation that protects the area’s nighttime ecology and will allow visitors to continue experiencing the northern lights. Last week, Wood Buffalo National Park which straddles northeastern Alberta and the Northwest Territories, was given the distinction by the Royal […]

07.08.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Talking at meals may boost your child’s confidence

Talking at meals may boost your child’s confidence

(Relaxnews) – Sitting down at meals with your children and talking about your day can boost their confidence, a new survey reveals. New research conducted by the UK’s National Literacy Trust finds that mealtime chatter can boost a child’s communication skills and confidence, based on a poll of 35,000 UK children between the ages of […]

03.08.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden ·
Researchers to debut lab-grown beef burger to the world

Researchers to debut lab-grown beef burger to the world

(Relaxnews) – After years of research and much anticipation, a Dutch scientist will finally unveil his lab-grown, artificial meat to the world, created in a petri dish from the stem cells of a cow. Next week, at a secret location in London, the synthetic meat will be served to a select group of guests in […]

31.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Food & Dining ·
Kitchen appliance lets you grow your own insects for dinner

Kitchen appliance lets you grow your own insects for dinner

(Relaxnews) – An Austrian designer has created a table-top insect breeding kitchen appliance that can produce 2.4 kg of larvae protein and serve as an alternative “grow-your-own” source of protein for families. Industrial designer Katharina Unger’s Farm 432 has been getting a lot of media buzz for turning a UN recommendation — “eat insects” — into a […]

31.07.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Food & Dining, Home & Garden, Offbeat, Videos ·
Nike unveils hybrid Nike Free Flyknit

Nike unveils hybrid Nike Free Flyknit

(Relaxnews) – In a move to create a shoe that Nike hopes is the closest to a barefoot-like experience on the market, the brand slapped together two of its most innovative technologies into one: the Nike Free Flyknit. By combining the mid-range cushioning and flexibility provided by the Free+ 5.0 midsole and form-fitting “second skin” […]

Climbers flock to Mt. Fuji as season begins

Climbers flock to Mt. Fuji as season begins

(YAMANAKAKO, Japan-AFP) – Hordes of trekkers flocked to Mount Fuji Monday at the start of a two-month climbing season, after it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in recognition of its status as a symbol of Japan. Hundreds of hikers began their ascent of the 3,776-metre (12,389-feet) peak before dawn in a bid to […]

02.07.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Sports & Recreation ·
CalEPA Creates New Environmental Justice Working Group

CalEPA Creates New Environmental Justice Working Group

SACRAMENTO ­– California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Matthew Rodriquez today announced the formation of a new agency-wide working group to improve compliance with state environmental laws in California communities most burdened by pollution. The new Environmental Justice Compliance and Enforcement Working Group, part of an ongoing effort to integrate environmental justice considerations into CalEPA’s mission, […]

29.06.2013 · Filled under: Environment ·
Philippines first in Asia to destroy ivory tusks

Philippines first in Asia to destroy ivory tusks

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The Philippines began destroying five tonnes of elephant tusks on Friday in a landmark event aimed at shedding its image as one of the world’s worst hotspots for illegal African ivory trading. The backhoe of a bulldozer began crushing hundreds of tusks in a wildlife bureau carpark, as the nation became the […]

27.06.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Melting ice pulls Norway closer to Asia

Melting ice pulls Norway closer to Asia

(KIRKENES-AFP) – The town of Kirkenes in northernmost Norway used to be further away from Asia than virtually any other European port, but it suddenly seems a lot closer. The reason: Global warming. Melting ice has opened up the Northern Sea Route along Russia’s Arctic coastline, changing international trade patterns in profound ways — even […]

26.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Philippines financial district bans plastic bags

Philippines financial district bans plastic bags

(MANILA-AFP) – The Philippines financial capital banned disposable plastic shopping bags and styrofoam food containers Thursday, as part of escalating efforts across the nation’s capital to curb rubbish blamed for deadly flooding. After a widespread publicity campaign leading up to the ban, Makati city environment protection officers began handing out fines of 5,000 pesos ($115) […]

21.06.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
World cities improving energy efficiency: report

World cities improving energy efficiency: report

(LONDON-AFP) – Some of the world’s largest cities are improving their energy efficiency, a report said Thursday, while nations struggle to forge a global response to climate change. Cities are taking action to reduce their carbon emissions and better manage their water strategy, said a report by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which runs a […]

20.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, World News ·
World’s largest all-solar-powered boat shines in NYC

World’s largest all-solar-powered boat shines in NYC

(NEW YORK-AFP) – The world’s largest fully solar-powered boat, “Turanor PlanetSolar,” docked in New York on Tuesday during a mission to study the effects of climate change on the Gulf Stream current. Sponsored in part by the Swiss government, the 35-meter (115-foot) catamaran is crowned with solar panels that retract in port but open like […]

20.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Science & Technology ·
World Tourism Day 2013 asks travelers to reduce water footprint

World Tourism Day 2013 asks travelers to reduce water footprint

(Relaxnews) – From wearing water-resistant sunblock to taking a shower instead of a bath, travelers will be reminded to be responsible consumers in the wake of a water scarcity crisis that threatens parts of the world for World Tourism Day. For  the 2013 edition of the United Nation’s World Tourism Day, both the tourism  industry and […]

09.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, World News ·
Skirt-clad Romanian women promote ‘stylish’ cycling

Skirt-clad Romanian women promote ‘stylish’ cycling

BUCHAREST-AFP) – More than 1,500 Romanian women in colourful skirts and high heels cycled through the country’s main cities to promote urban biking as a “stylish and fun” way of transport. The event, called SkirtBike, “aims to celebrate the independence and empowerment that cycling can provide to all women and to encourage those who do […]

04.06.2013 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Environment, Offbeat, Sports & Recreation ·
Solar plane lands in US Midwest after storms

Solar plane lands in US Midwest after storms

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The Solar Impulse, a single-person solar-powered aircraft piloted by a Swiss adventurer, landed in St. Louis, Missouri early Tuesday on the third leg of a transcontinental flight after over 21 hours in the air. The organizer’s ground crew rushed out on the tarmac of the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport when the aircraft, which […]

04.06.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, Science & Technology ·
A romantic Italian oasis that inspired literary giants

A romantic Italian oasis that inspired literary giants

(NINFA, Italy-AFP) – Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: the English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as “the world’s most romantic garden”. The exquisite garden dates back to the late 19th century when the aristocratic Caetani family took over lands deserted for centuries including Ninfa, a […]

02.06.2013 · Filled under: Books, Destinations, Environment ·
Hong Kong launches first electric taxis

Hong Kong launches first electric taxis

(Hong Kong-AFP) – Hong Kong saw its first electric taxis hit the streets on Saturday in a step towards reducing the city’s high levels of roadside pollution. The 45 bright red cars were launched by Chinese electric vehicle producer BYD, which is partly backed by US investment titan Warren Buffett. Called the BYD e6, the […]

21.05.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Motoring ·
Havana Bay slowly reclaims historic splendor

Havana Bay slowly reclaims historic splendor

(HAVANA-AFP) – Pelicans and their prey are back in Havana Bay in a sign that efforts to clean up the historic and once splendid port of the Cuban capital are paying off. “They disappeared long ago but because of the cleanup the fish have returned — and therefore so have the pelicans,” said fisherman Eduardo […]

12.05.2013 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Celebrating business and community partnerships: SCE hosts the 8th Annual Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month event

Celebrating business and community partnerships: SCE hosts the 8th Annual Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month event

IRWINDALE, Calif., May 3, 2013 — Celebrating business and community partnerships, Southern California Edison (SCE) hosted its eighth annual Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month celebration today, highlighting the company’s partnerships with local business customers and organizations. “SCE takes pride in cultivating relationships with diverse business customers and community organizations on energy conservation, supporting […]

09.05.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Services ·
Twitter index: Earth Day, vote Justin Bieber

Twitter index: Earth Day, vote Justin Bieber

(Relaxnews) – On Monday, April 22, Twitter users are celebrating Earth Day and encouraging one another to vote for Justin Bieber in the Billboard Milestone Award. April 22 marks the annual environmental celebration that is Earth Day. The event began in the United States back in 1970 and is celebrated in 192 countries across the […]

22.04.2013 · Filled under: Environment, International Stars ·
Southern Californians Bundle Up as Freeze Warnings Issued

Southern Californians Bundle Up as Freeze Warnings Issued

Southern California Edison Offers Tips During Cold Spell ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jan. 14, 2013 — As the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning and frost advisory throughout Southern California until tomorrow morning, Southern Californians are doing their best to stay warm during this surprising cold spell. SCE reminds its customers to stay safe when using […]

15.01.2013 · Filled under: Environment, Local News ·
President Aquino declares State of National Calamity to speed up relief operations and reconstruction of typhoon-damaged areas

President Aquino declares State of National Calamity to speed up relief operations and reconstruction of typhoon-damaged areas

MANILA, Dec 8 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III declared Friday night a State of National Calamity to hasten the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts after Typhoon Pablo devastated several provinces in Mindanao. Proclamation No. 522, issued by the President, allows local government units to utilize their respective calamity funds for the rescue, relief […]

11.12.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Aquino orders thorough study of Mindanao devastation

Aquino orders thorough study of Mindanao devastation

MANILA, Dec 8 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to investigate the devastation caused by Typhoon Pablo to prevent further loss of lives in the future. The President said during […]

11.12.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Senate to probe ‘dumping of toxic waste’ in Subic Bay

Senate to probe ‘dumping of toxic waste’ in Subic Bay

US Navy contractor accused of dumping hazardous materials in former US base M ANILA, Nov 10 (Mabuhay) – A defense contractor of the US Navy is facing a possible Senate investigation after allegations that one of its vessels had dumped hazardous waste in Subic Bay, the site of a former US naval base that has […]

13.11.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Air quality index of major cities in North America September 5: San Francisco ‘good’

Air quality index of major cities in North America September 5: San Francisco ‘good’

(Relaxnews) – Below is information on the current background air quality in some of North America’s major cities based on data taken from http://www.airnow.gov recorded at 12:00 pm GMT September 5.  City Quality Atlanta (Georgia)  [Good] Chicago (Illinois)  [Good] Dallas (Texas) [Good] Denver (Colorado) [Good] New Orleans (Louisiana)  [Good] New York City (New York) [Good] Miami (Florida) [Good] […]

05.09.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
New owl species discovered in Cebu, Camiguin

New owl species discovered in Cebu, Camiguin

  Manila, Aug 19, 2012 (AFP) – Scientists and birdwatchers have discovered 10 new owl species in the Philippines, using advanced recording equipment that can distinguish between their hoots, a conservation official said Sunday. Eight of the new species were previously considered sub-species while two are totally new, said Lisa Paguntalan, field director of Philippines […]

22.08.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Three dead as storm lashes PHL

Three dead as storm lashes PHL

Manila, July 30, 2012 (AFP) – At least three people were killed and millions were left without power Monday as Tropical Storm Saola turned into a typhoon, bringing heavy rains to large parts of the Philippines, the government said. Manila was one of the worst hit areas and schools across the sprawling capital were suspended, […]

02.08.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Philippine News ·
Grand Park is now open in Downtown Los Angeles

Grand Park is now open in Downtown Los Angeles

By Christian Esteban The new Grand Park, a 12-acre and four-block public park in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, officially opened the first two blocks of the park on July 26, 2012 during a civic dedication ceremony. The event began with opening remarks from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, who saw the park […]

27.07.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Happenings, News ·
Japan city seeks funds for dying ‘miracle’ pine

Japan city seeks funds for dying ‘miracle’ pine

    (TOKYO-AFP) – A local government in northern Japan is seeking funds to preserve a so-called “miracle pine” tree that survived last year’s tsunami, officials said Thursday. The city of Rikuzentakata will open a Facebook page on July 5 to ask for donations for the tree — the sole survivor among some 70,000 pines […]

02.07.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
CalRecycle Reminds DIYers to Recycle their Used Motor Oil & Filters Together

CalRecycle Reminds DIYers to Recycle their Used Motor Oil & Filters Together

SACRAMENTO – A recent survey by California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) revealed a serious gap in awareness among drivers who change their own motor oil. While 95 percent of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) oil changers said they recycle their used motor oil, approximately one-third admitted to dumping their used oil filters in the trash, […]

18.06.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Philippines goes after sea turtle restaurants

Philippines goes after sea turtle restaurants

(CEBU, Philippines-AFP) – The Philippines on Monday said it would form a special task force to go after restaurants selling the meat of protected sea turtles. The eight-member team was created after news reports revealed the proliferation of roadside restaurants in the central island of Cebu serving dishes made from the government-protected marine animals. “The […]

22.05.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
New purple crab species found in Philippines

New purple crab species found in Philippines

(MANILA-AFP) – Four new species of freshwater crab, bright purple in colour, have been discovered in the biologically diverse but ecologically-threatened Philippines, the man who found them said Saturday. The tiny crustaceans burrow under boulders and roots in streams, feeding on dead plants, fruits, carrion and small animals in the water at night, said Hendrik […]

08.05.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Two new frog species found in Philippine forests

Two new frog species found in Philippine forests

(MANILA-AFP) – Two new species of frog have been discovered in fast-disappearing forests in the Philippines, boosting hopes for the survival of the country’s rich but threatened wildlife, scientists said Tuesday. The new discoveries are a mottled brown frog with red eyes and a broad yellow stripe running down its back, and a yellow-green one […]

08.05.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Endangered Philippine raptor bred in captivity

Endangered Philippine raptor bred in captivity

(MANILA-AFP) – A Philippine hawk-eagle feared to be heading for extinction has been bred in captivity for the first time, its breeders said Thursday. Hand-fed with ground quail meat, the chick has swiftly bulked up to 157 grams (0.04 ounces), three times its weight when hatched in an artificial incubator 16 days ago, thePhilippine Eagle Foundation said. Its […]

08.05.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Meat-eating animals lose taste for sweets: study

Meat-eating animals lose taste for sweets: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – European and US scientists said Monday that many meat-eating animals appear to lose their ability to taste sweet flavors over time, a finding that suggests diet plays a key role in evolution. Most mammals are believed to possess the ability to taste sweet, savory, bitter, salty, and sour flavors, said researchers at the […]

14.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Water Forum to place spotlight on looming crisis

Water Forum to place spotlight on looming crisis

(MARSEILLE, France-AFP) – A global gathering of policymakers, corporations and specialists unfolds in this southern French city from Monday to ponder the future of water, fast emerging as one of the century’s crunch challenges. Staged every three years, the World Water Forum will look at the darkening shadow of water scarcity but also the opportunities […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Adventure-seeking bees are a lot like us: study

Adventure-seeking bees are a lot like us: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Some bees love a good adventure while others prefer to hang out at the hive, and a new analysis of bee brains suggests some of the same chemicals that affect human personality could explain why. Honey bees are known to have a structured society in which different bees serve different tasks — some […]

12.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Offbeat ·
Strong space weather storm hits Earth

Strong space weather storm hits Earth

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – The strongest space weather storm in five years struck Earth on Thursday, causing some airlines to reroute their flights, threatening power disruptions and sparking a show of the northern lights. NASA and other agencies warned that the storm had the potential to disrupt global positioning systems, satellites and power grids, and had already […]

08.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Singapore top carbon emitter in Asia-Pacific: WWF

Singapore top carbon emitter in Asia-Pacific: WWF

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – Affluent Singapore had the largest carbon footprint per head in the Asia-Pacific in 2010, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said Monday. The environmental advocacy group said Singapore’s 2010 per capita gross domestic product of more than $40,000 — one of the highest in the region — fuelled exorbitant consumption habits. But the group […]

06.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
‘I will if you will’ – Earth Hour dares people to save the planet

‘I will if you will’ – Earth Hour dares people to save the planet

(Relaxnews) – On March 31 individuals, businesses and some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks will pull the plug and plunge themselves into darkness for the fifth annualEarth Hour. However in the month leading up to the event, organizers are asking individuals “what are you willing to do to save the planet?” and encouraging people […]

05.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
China says most cities fail to meet new air standard

China says most cities fail to meet new air standard

(BEIJING-AFP) – China said Friday that two-thirds of its cities currently fail to meet new air-quality standards introduced this week that are based on the pollutants most harmful to health. Under pressure from a worried Chinese public, the government this week issued revised air-quality targets based on the smallest particulates, which make up much of […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Ocean acidification may be worst in 300 million years: study

Ocean acidification may be worst in 300 million years: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – High levels of pollution may be turning the planet’s oceans acidic at a faster rate than at any time in the past 300 million years, with unknown consequences for future sea life, researchers said Thursday. The acidification may be worse than during four major mass extinctions in history when natural pulses of carbon […]

04.03.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Australia’s Barrier Reef to get Google treatment

Australia’s Barrier Reef to get Google treatment

(SYDNEY-AFP) – Australian scientists mapping the Great Barrier Reef will broadcast their findings in partnership with Google, emulating its “Street View” to spotlight the impact of climate change. The University of Queensland’s Seaview Survey will use custom-designed cameras and diving robots to plumb never-before-seen depths of the reef off Australia’s northeast coast. It is a […]

02.03.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Conservationists call for huge Antarctic marine reserve

Conservationists call for huge Antarctic marine reserve

(WELLINGTON-AFP) – A coalition of environment groups called Tuesday for the world’s largest marine reserve to be declared in Antarctica’s Ross Sea to prevent “industrial scale” fishing ruining the pristine ecosystem. The Antarctic Ocean Alliance said waters surrounding the remote frozen continent were facing increased exploitation as fish stocks elsewhere in the world continue to […]

29.02.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Swiss aim to launch first space cleaner

Swiss aim to launch first space cleaner

(GENEVA-AFP) – Swiss scientists announced Wednesday plans to develop a machine that acts almost like a vacuum cleaner to scoop up thousands of abandoned satellite and rocket parts, cleaning up outer space. The Swiss Space Centre at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), a top science university, announced the launch of CleanSpace as the […]

16.02.2012 · Filled under: Environment, Science & Technology ·
‘Pyramids’ planted to revive Philippine corals

‘Pyramids’ planted to revive Philippine corals

(MANILA-AFP) – Thousands of small “pyramids” are being planted off the Philippines’ famous Boracay resort island in an effort to bring its nearly destroyed coral reefs back to life, an environment group said Thursday. Over 300 of the structures were planted this week off Boracay’s coast and eventually about 5,000 will be placed in the […]

12.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Endangered turtle baby boom in Philippines

Endangered turtle baby boom in Philippines

(MANILA-AFP) – Globally endangered green turtles are enjoying a baby boom on remote Philippine islands as a three-decade protection programme starts to pay off, environment group Conservation International said Wednesday. The project is a key part of worldwide efforts to rebuild green turtle populations, and could help see the species’ status upgraded from endangered to […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment ·
Philippines, 100 countries back world environment agency

Philippines, 100 countries back world environment agency

(PARIS-AFP) – More than a hundred countries now support a French proposal to create a “World Environment Organisation” at the upcoming 20th anniversary conference of the Rio Summit, France’s ecology minister said on Tuesday. “More than 100 countries have now associated themselves with the proposal,” Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said at a conference in Paris aimed at […]

03.02.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Shivering S. Koreans battle ‘Big Chill’ in offices

Shivering S. Koreans battle ‘Big Chill’ in offices

(SEOUL-AFP) – “It’s freezing!” complained chef Byun Sang-Won, jogging on the spot with arms folded and teeth clenched as he tried to keep warm inside the luxury Seoul hotel where he works. “I can’t even imagine working without wearing extra underwear and hot packs because it’s too cold in the kitchen and hallways,” the 26-year-old […]

19.01.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Global cyber anti-garbage drive aims to muster millions

Global cyber anti-garbage drive aims to muster millions

(TALLINN-AFP) – Cyber-environmentalists said Thursday they aim to mobilise millions of people around the world for a mass waste clean-up, saying they had to step in because governments had failed to do so. Tiina Urm, spokeswoman of the Estonian-piloted “Let’s Do It!” campaign, told AFP that anti-waste activists hoped to see numbers spiral this year […]

15.01.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·
Fly parasite turns honey bees into ‘zombies’: study

Fly parasite turns honey bees into ‘zombies’: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – US scientists have discovered that a fly parasite can turn honey bees into confused zombies before killing them, in an advance that could offer new clues to why bee colonies are collapsing. So far, the parasite has only been detected in honey bees in California and South Dakota, American researchers reported in the […]

07.01.2012 · Filled under: Environment ·