Swimming with the dugongs

Swimming with the dugongs by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc. Dr. Lemnuel V. Aragones featured in UP Diliman “PROFILES”.

2018 New Year’s eve air pollution significantly reduced, but first hour still ‘hazardous’

Originally posted on Air Today by Mylene Cayetano, Begie Perdigones, and Paul Losaria

With the nationwide ban on firecrackers through President Duterte’s Executive Order No. 28, Metro Manila’s almost 13 million residents still succumbed to “hazardous” air during the first hour of 2018.

The hazardous levels were registered in the Airtoday.ph website and application that runs a 24/7 air quality information system for Metro Manila. Between 8:00 PM on Sunday, December 31, 2017 to 7:00 AM on Monday, January 1, 2018, the air quality index ranged between “poor” and “hazardous” indicating the most polluted hours in the metro, earlier and longer compared to that of the previous year which only started at 11:00 PM of December 31, 2016 to 5:00 AM of January 1, 2017. As reminded by World Health Organization (WHO), exposure to Particulate Matter ( PM) concentrations that reach high levels even for just a short period of time could already affect the human respiratory system.

 
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IESM Christmas Party!

Inviting you to join us in celebrating this year's Christmas party (Dec. 14, 2017, at the IESM 2nd floor lobby) with the glamorous theme of Miss Universe (IESM). Let's all eat, sing, and be merry with all the fun-packed games, the most-awaited presentations from different groups and/or labs and the LIVE BAND performance. See you there!


 

UP Resilience Institute’s latest featured expert is IESM’s Deputy Director for Research, Dr. Gerry Bagtasa

A Lecture with Dr. Simon Nemtzov on the Challenges of Dealing with Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Conserving Israel’s Exceptionally Rich Wildlife Biodiversity

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IESM Orientation for freshmen AY 2017-2018!

Climate Change and Disasters: Challenges and Opportunities by Dr. Rodulfo de Guzman

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Response increases survival rate among stranded marine mammals

Originally posted on GMA News Online by BERNADETTE A. PARCO

Marine scientists from the University of the Philippines - Diliman found, that despite the alarming increase in the number of marine mammal strandings in the country, there has also been a sharp improvement in the rescue-response to these strandings.

According to UP Professors Lemnuel Aragones, Honey Leen Laggui, and marine biologist Apple Kristine Amor, survival rates for stranded Philippine marine mammals have thus improved, with authorities and coastal area residents cooperating on the matter.

A study undertaken by these scientists from the Marine Mammal Research and Stranding Laboratory - Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology at UP Diliman found that, out of 638 single stranders, 395 or 61 percent were alive when they were found on the beach. Of these, 329 (among which were five baleen whales) were released after a few hours of supportive care.

Some 66 individual marine mammals were rehabilitated, but 48 died and 11 were released. There were also four individuals that underwent long-term care, but three had to be euthanized.

In the last 12 years, at least 329 individuals were rescued, stabilized and released, including the baleen whales. The number is equivalent to 27 animals per year.

The success rate of rehabilitation has also increased from 12 percent in 2010 to 23 percent. The 11 animals successfully rehabilitated was equivalent to almost 1 animal released per year.

Additionally, there are instances in which the animals were rehabilitated in the locality where they were stranded.

The scientists also pointed to the cases of four dolphins, mostly victims of dynamite blasts, that were justify acoustically challenged and thus had a very low chance of survival if they are released. These animals are now under human care.

- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/605173/scitech/science/response-increases-survival-rate-among-stranded-marine-mammals


Strandings confirm diversity in the country's marine mammals

Originally posted on GMA News Online by BERNADETTE A. PARCO

In the last five years marine scientists from the University of the Philippines - Diliman recorded the highest frequency of strandings in the country - 61 percent or 438 of 713 events recorded in the last 12 years.

While these strandings were alarming, they came with a silver lining.

There are no wide scale field surveys of Philippine marine mammals, but these strandings provided similar data, which validated the diversity of marine species and their potential distribution in the country. This information could be vital in conservation efforts.

For example, according to a study entitled “The Philippine Marine Mammal Strandings from 2005 to 2016”, the strandings proved the presence of 29 species of marine mammals - 28 cetaceans or dolphins, whales; and one sirenian or sea cow.

See more at:  http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/605013/scitech/science/strandings-confirm-diversity-in-the-country-s-marine-mammals


 

PHL study finds increasing number of marine mammal strandings

Originally posted on GMA News Online by BERNADETTE A. PARCO

There has been an increase in marine mammal-strandings in the country the last 12 years, a study conducted by marine scientists from the University of the Philippines-Diliman found.

These strandings involved dolphins, baleen whales, and dugongs that had been found beached along coastal barangays in different parts of the country.

These beached animals were either entangled in fish nets, wounded after colliding with vessels, while others had serious blast injuries. Some of these marine mammals were also on the brink of death, if not already dead, because they had ingested debris or trash from the ocean.

UP Professor Lemnuel Aragones, biophysicist Honey Leen Laggui, and marine biologist Apple Kristine Amor of the Marine Mammal Research and Stranding Laboratory-Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology warned that the rate of strandings could put further stress on already vulnerable species.

Their study found that the annual frequency of recorded stranding events ranged from 24 in 2005 to 111 incidents in 2015, with an average of 59 events per year.

- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/604878/scitech/science/phl-study-finds-increasing-number-of-marine-mammal-strandings