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Philippines: The Black Stain of Oil

August 5, 2007

By Jason Margolis
Frontline/World, Aug. 2, 2007

The islands impacted by last year’s oil spill in the Philippines are known for their breathtaking beauty: white sand beaches lined with coconut groves; fishermen standing waist deep in clear blue water flinging their nets; children standing on the shores waving to tourists.

I came to this remote area on the island of Guimaras quite by accident. As a reporter with the public radio program The World, one of my beats is to cover alternative energies, such as wind or biomass. Working for a news show that’s international in scope, I’m curious about what solutions countries are adopting as the world starts to move slowly away from fossil fuels. Some work being done in the Philippines had caught my attention. Filipinos, I had learned, aren’t using corn or sugarcane to power their cars; they’re starting to use their local crop, the coconut.

(Read/watch Jason’s report on Frontline.)

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