1000th Whale Shark Identified in Philippine Waters

The 1000th whale shark has been identified in Philippine waters, making the Philippines the third largest known aggregation of whale sharks in the world and the biggest in South East Asia, according to the online library Wildbook for whale sharks. Whale sharks were identified by their unique spot pattern, and scientists all over the world

IUCN: Whale sharks are heading towards extinction

THE International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced that whale sharks are sliding towards extinction. The world’s largest fish is now listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (previously listed as Vulnerable) due to growing human pressures. In the ?Philippines,? whale sharks have been protected since 1998, but active

Triple sunrises, sunsets at this strange new world

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Imagine a planet with triple sunrises and sunsets every day for part of the year, and nonstop daylight at other times. Astronomers revealed such a place Thursday: a strange new world in the Constellation Centaurus that has not one, not two, but three suns. What’s more, a year there lasts half

New cloud formation discovery may lessen warming forecast

WASHINGTON — A new discovery about how clouds form may scale back some of the more dire predictions about temperature increases caused by man-made global warming. That’s because it implies that a key assumption for making such predictions is a bit off. “What this will do is slightly reduce and sharpen the projections for temperature

Whale-finding phone app grows in use, steering mariners away

PORTLAND, Maine — With summer whale watching season fast approaching, conservation advocates and government agencies who want to protect whales say a mobile app designed to help mariners steer clear of the animals is helping keep them alive. The Whale Alert app provides a real-time display of the ocean and the position of the mariner’s

Philippines signs Paris climate accord

MANILA — The Philippines signed the landmark international climate agreement reached in Paris last December during a high-level signing ceremony held on April 22 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The signing ceremony for the Paris accord took place on the first day the agreement was opened for signature, which coincides with