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IEA says world needs 'laser-like focus' to bring down emissions

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:02 PM

If the aim is to meet the Paris Agreement targets of limiting global warming, then governments will have to adopt 'rapid and widespread changes across all parts of the energy system,' says the IEA

Philippines gets $10-M fund to boost early warning for disasters

Nov 13, 2019 - 1:10 PM

House Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, who is part of the Green Climate Fund Board, says hazard information will be translated into 'understandable and actionable early warnings' for people's safety

[OPINION] Ushering in a new urban future centered on people and the planet

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Tagged as the most important climate-related event of the year, the global summit makes headlines around the world as C40 mayors launch a Global Green New Deal

The U.S. remains in the Paris accord, for now

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The US cannot ask to leave the Paris accord until November 4, 2019

Jane Fonda under arrest again in U.S. climate change protest

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:44 AM

'There are many ways to fight. So this is a way to use my celebrity to get the message out that we face a crisis,' Jane Fonda says as she gets arrested again during another climate change demonstration

Spain to host COP25 climate summit in December

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:36 PM

'We are pleased to announce the COP Bureau has agreed that COP25 will take place from 2-13 December in Madrid,' says United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa

COP25 HOST. In this file photo, UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa delivers a speech during the opening session of the COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh on November 7, 2016. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Chile says Spain offers to host COP climate summit

Nov 01, 2019 - 12:35 AM

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera says Pedro Sanchez 'made a generous offer to host the COP25 summit in Madrid' on December 2-13

[OPINION] If you're tired and weary of the fight against climate change, read this

Oct 31, 2019 - 3:17 PM

We’ve all languished through record-breaking heat waves. We’ve all suffered through repentance-inducing floods. We all have skin in this game.

Crisis-wracked Chile pulls out as APEC, climate meet host

Oct 30, 2019 - 10:45 PM

After more than 10 days of street protests, Chile has decided it is not in a position to host either the November 16-17 trade summit or the December 2-13 climate convention

POLITICAL CRISIS. Handout picture released by the Chilean presidency showing Chilean President Sebastian Pinera speaking to the nation in Santiago, on October 22, 2019. Handout photo by Chilean Presidency/AFP

Climate-fueled flooding to imperil 300 million by 2050

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Destructive storm surges fueled by increasingly powerful cyclones and rising seas will hit Asia hardest, according to scientists

Donors pledge nearly $10 billion for U.N. climate fund

Oct 26, 2019 - 12:20 AM

It exceeds the $9.3 billion pledged at the previous conference in 2014, of which only $7.2 billion has come through so far

Despite having enough food, humanity risks hunger 'crises' – report

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:06 AM

According to a UN report, a key obstacle is unequal access: while some people throw away food they buy too much of, others cannot afford or find the nutrition they need

Mining-affected communities, bishops push for accountability amid climate crisis

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:07 PM

The groups vow to 'continue to dialogue, listen and to stand in solidarity with Mother Nature and against any form of destructive mining'

Actress Jane Fonda arrested in climate change protest at U.S. Capitol

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Police arrested the 81-year-old Oscar-winning actress along with several others after 10 minutes of protesting on the Capitol steps

Why climate migration is a human rights concern

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'Adaptation and mitigation are not enough. We need climate justice,' says United Nations special rapporteur Cecilia Jimenez Damary

ANGELINA ECHALAS. The elderly survivor found a temporary shelter in their Barangay Hall in Maynonong, Tiwi, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde/Rappler

[OPINION] In defense of Greta Thunberg

Oct 06, 2019 - 4:20 PM

If being dramatic means you can influence as many people as possible for a good cause, then what's wrong with that?

Paris climate activists kick off global Extinction Rebellion protests

Oct 06, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Non-violent protests are chiefly planned by XR from Monday in Europe, North America, Australia, but events are also set to take place in India, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Wellington

'REBELLION.' A yellow vest stands as protestors stay inside the Italie Deux shopping mall in Paris during a demonstration called by the Extinction Rebellion environmental activist movement, on October 5, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

[OPINION] An argument for people who don't believe in climate change

Oct 05, 2019 - 10:22 AM

I’m not trying to be alarmist or anything, but I think the alarm bells have been ringing for years now, and we just got used to the sound

Greta Thunberg mocks Putin's 'kind girl' jibes on Twitter

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The 16-year-old changes her Twitter biography to say 'A kind but poorly informed teenager' after Russian President Vladimir Putin described her in these terms at a Moscow forum this week

[OPINION] Concrete ways young Filipinos can help divest the world from fossil fuels

Oct 04, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Philippine banks continue to finance the development of coal-fired power plants, which worsens global warming. If you or your family are one of the millions of clients of these banks, is this how you want your money to grow?

Stella McCartney tells fashion industry to 'wake up' after deal with fashion's richest man

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:34 AM

'The world is crying out for change and it is our responsibility to act now,' says the British designer

British fashion designer Stella McCartney acknowledges the audience at the end of her Spring-Summer 2019 Ready-to-Wear collection fashion show in Paris, on October 1, 2018. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

With new building, UP Resilience Institute hopes to take lead in disaster preparedness

Sep 26, 2019 - 7:10 PM

UPRI Executive Director Mahar Lagmay says the new building will be 'a headquarters for knowledge systems on resilience to serve the entire country'

GROUNDBREAKING. University of the Philippines President Danilo Concepcion, along with Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and other officials, join the groundbreaking ceremony of the UP Resilience Institute building on Wednesday, September 25. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

What does it mean to go on strike for the climate?

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:17 PM

Responding to the leaders' lack of action on the climate crisis, voices of the youth are slowly amplified through the global climate strike

HEAR THE YOUTH. Chito Gascon speaks in front of youth members during the global climate strike at the Commission on Human Rights on September 20.

Humanity must rescue oceans to rescue itself, U.N. warns

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:43 PM

The report is a sobering reminder greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from burning fossil fuels, are driving the planet towards a hothouse climate our species might not tolerate

'How dare you?' Greta Thunberg asks world leaders at U.N.

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:44 PM

'You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing,' says Thunberg

'WE'LL BE WATCHING YOU.' Greta Thunberg speaks at the United Nations where world leaders are holding a summit on climate change on September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

66 countries vow carbon neutrality by 2050 – U.N.

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:06 PM

'The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

PROTEST. Environmental activists gather to protest to shut down the city during global climate action week on September 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Some 60 world leaders convene on Monday for a UN summit on 'climate emergency' aimed at reinvigorating the faltering Paris agreement. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Good Shepherd's iconic ube jam is turning white – and the climate emergency is to blame

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Supply for the purple ube is running low, forcing Good Shepherd to use the next best thing – white ube

NEW COLOR, SAME TASTE. The iconic ube jam adjusts a bit since supply for purple ube is low. Photo from the Good Shepherd Facebook

5-year period ending 2019 set to be hottest on record

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:04 AM

The report 'highlights the urgent need for the development of concrete actions that halt global warming and the worst effects of climate change,' the Science Advisory Group writes

PLANET IN DANGER. A protester holds a sign reading 'Planet in danger' during a climate change protest in Paris,on September 21, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Be decision-makers, ex-New Zealand PM Clark urges youth

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:45 PM

'You have to start looking at how you can enter the political structures, how you will bring your ideas into them,' former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark tells young citizens

Ateneo community and other participants gather at Gate 2.5 to join the Global Climate Strike. Photos by Dom Aumentado/Rappler

Swiss to hold high-altitude wake for lost glacier

Sep 22, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Clad in black, the marchers will hold the 'funeral march' up the side of the Pizol mountain to the foot of the steep and rapidly melting ice formation

MELTED ICE. This handout picture taken on September 4, 2019 and provided by Matthias Huss, glaciologist at the ETH technical university in Zurich, shows the vanished Pizol glacier in the Swiss Alps, above Mels. Photo by Handout/ETH Zurich /Matthias Huss/AFP)

From the streets to the summit: Young climate leaders mobilize at UN

Sep 22, 2019 - 8:41 AM

The UN invites some 500 young activists and entrepreneurs to join the first United Nations Youth Climate Summit

YOUTH IN THE UN. Greta Thunberg speaks while sitting with the other speakers at the event, (L-R) Komal Karishma Kumar, Wanjuhi Njoroge, António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, and Bruno Rodriguez at the first ever United Nations Youth Climate Summit on September 21, 2019 in New York City.  Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

'Largest polar expedition in history' to probe Arctic climate

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:32 PM

'The Arctic is the epicenter of global warming, it is the part of our planet which warms most rapidly, where the warming rates are at least twice the global average,' says mission leader and atmospheric scientist Markus Rex

MISSION. The German icebreaker and research vessel Polarstern will soon embark on an expedition to the Arctic where the goal is to become ice-solid and drift with the ice. The expedition, called MOSAiC, aims to observe the epicenter of global warming like no one has done before. Photo by Rune Stoltz Bertinussen/NTB Scanpix/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Filipino youth call for urgent action as global climate strike begins

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:34 PM

The global climate strike urges everyone to join the youth in demanding climate justice, and put pressure on politicians and companies to set more effective measures to preserve the environment

Ateneo community and other participants gather at Gate 2.5 to join the Global Climate Strike. Photo by Dom Aumentado/Rappler

'Millions' protest in youth-led global climate strike

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) From Sydney to Seoul, Manila to Mumbai, children heed the rallying cry of fellow teen activist Greta Thunberg and shut their textbooks in a collective call to action

GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE. Environmental activists hold a protest rally at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on Friday, September 20, 2019, to mark the weeklong Global Climate Strike. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] It’s time to stop investing in climate change

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:28 PM

By continuing to finance coal, Philippine banks will only muddle the conscience of their many depositors who love the Earth and their fellow Filipinos

Earth to warm more quickly, new climate models show

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The new calculations suggest the Paris Agreement goals of capping global warming at 'well below' two degrees, and at 1.5C if possible, will be harder to reach

[OPINION] The climate emergency challenge: It's time

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Join us at the UP Diliman Campus College of Science Amphitheater, 2:00 to 6:00 PM, as we aim to set the world record for the biggest number of people to make a human earth formation

Food is no free lunch

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

If we knew more about more kinds of foods and their impact, then we could make better individual and community judgments as well as national policies that will affect our food security

Company volunteers band together for environment in SERVATHON 2019

Sep 13, 2019 - 5:45 PM

PRESS RELEASE: With the theme 'Hands on, Hearts out for the Environment,' this year’s SERVATHON will gather company volunteers to create sustainable environment projects

LIST: Mobilizations for 2019 Philippine climate strike

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Environmental groups lead the call for climate justice through climate strikes happening around the country

'Little Mermaid' can help save oceans, says Javier Bardem

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:01 PM

The actor takes on the topic of the seas in the new documentary 'Sanctuary' at the Toronto film festival

Spaniard actor Javier Bardem poses for AFP during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival Day 7, September 11, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario. - Javier Bardem is deep in talks to play King Triton in "The Little Mermaid" -- but the Spanish actor has already gone under the sea for his new ocean documentary premiering at the Toronto film festival. In "Sanctuary," cameras follow Javier and his brother Carlos to Antarctica as they learn about -- and drum up support for -- Greenpeace's campaign to save the southern ocean from human activity. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

[OPINION] Why the Philippines should declare a climate emergency

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:13 AM

For the Philippines, the climate crisis is a biodiversity crisis, a food and water crisis, and an existential crisis, affecting millions of Filipinos, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, now and in the future

World must adapt to 'inevitable' climate change, warns report

Sep 10, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Spending $1.8 trillion across 5 key areas over the next decade would not only help buffer the worst impacts of global warming but could generate more than $7 trillion in net benefits, the report from the Global Commission on Adaptation argued.

PLAN AND PROSPER. Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation, speaks during the launch of a report on climate adaptation in Beijing on September 10, 2019.  Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

China data centers set to consume more power than Australia – report

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Research finds nearly three-quarters of the electricity used by data centers in China was sourced from coal in 2018, emitting 99 million tonnes of carbon emissions.

Shutterstock photo


As climate debate heats up, Canada environment minister gets security detail

Sep 08, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna's move is unheard of in a Canadian capital where top officials mingle with common folk

NEW SECURITY DETAIL. Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna participates in a signing ceremony during the Canada-EU Summit in Montreal on July 18, 2019. File photo by Sebastien St-Jean/AFP

Australia downgrades outlook for Great Barrier Reef to 'very poor'

Sep 07, 2019 - 8:28 PM

In its latest five-yearly report on the health of the world's largest coral reef system, the government's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority singles out rising sea temperatures as the biggest threat to the giant organism

Scientists assess coral mortality on Zenith Reef following the bleaching event, Northern Great Barrier Reef, November 2016. Credit: Andreas Dietzel, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

Singer Billie Eilish urges fans to join climate change protests

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:08 AM

'Take it to the streets,' Billie Eilish urges her fans, calling them to join the youth-led demonstrations in New York this September

Oceans turning from friend to foe, warns landmark U.N. climate report

Aug 29, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Destructive changes already set in motion could see a steady decline in fish stocks, a hundredfold or more increase in the damages caused by superstorms, and hundreds of millions of people displaced by rising seas

Fiji PM labels Australia PM 'very insulting' after Pacific standoff

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:31 AM

Leaders of the other 17 nations in the Pacific Island Forum have called on Canberra to do more to cut emissions and curb Australia's lucrative coal industry

'VERY INSULTING.' This handout photo taken on August 14, 2019 and released on August 15 by the Australian Prime Minister's Office shows Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison arriving for the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu. Photo by Adam Taylor/Australian Prime Minister's Office/AFP

What is bleaker than the climate crisis?

Aug 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We can think of so many reasons why we are not making progress in solving the climate crisis. One of them, I think, is because the science is incomplete.