El Niño - updates

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UP marine scientists cite benefits of research with China

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) Amid concerns raised by some sectors over Benham Rise, the UP Marine Science Institute clarifies the collaboration with China is part of a long-running international undertaking

More rain looms as Peru struggles with disastrous floods

Mar 20, 2017 - 12:10 AM

Peruvian Prime Minister Fernando Zavala says more than 70 000 Peruvians lost everything

Local residents wade through the water as a flash flood hits the city of Trujillo, 570 kilometres north of Lima on March 18, 2017, bringing mud and debris. The El Nino climate phenomenon is causing muddy rivers to overflow along the entire Peruvian coast, isolating communities and neighbourhoods. Thousands have been affected since January, and 72 people have died. Most cities face water shortages as water lines have been compromised by mud and debris. / AFP PHOTO / CELSO ROLDAN AND STR

Betting against the weather: PH imports 1M tons of rice and hopes it is enough

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:28 PM

Local rice output is down so far and government projections that it would rise in the second half of 2016 look misguided given recent weather patterns

Global heat, sea level hit record highs in 2015

Aug 02, 2016 - 11:57 PM

Experts warn sea level rise will accelerate in the coming decades putting millions of lives at risk worldwide

GLOBAL WARMING. View of the Magdalena River in Honda, Tolima department, Colombia on February 9, 2016. Affected by El Nino, the Magdalena, Colombia's main river, is in its lowest level in 15 years. Juan Jose Horta/AFP

DSWD holds dialogue with Bukidnon farmers affected by El Niño

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:16 AM

The DSWD and the group of farmers sign a convenant to expedite the distribution of aid among El Niño affected farmers in Bukidnon

EL NIÑO. DWSD field office Region X signs agreement with Bukidnon farmers to expedite rice aid to El Ninño affected farmers. Photo from DSWD

Only 1 in 10 LGUs has plan on how to respond to natural disasters

Jul 06, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman urges local officials to create their own action plan by the end of 2017

VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Vincent Go/Greenpeace

PH cuts GDP growth target for 2016, 2017

Jul 05, 2016 - 3:05 PM

3rd UPDATE The country s GDP growth target for 2016 has been reduced to 6 7 and for 2017 to 6 5 7 5

TRIMMED TARGETS. The Philippines expects lower economic growth this year and in 2017. In the photo are (L-R) NEDA's Pernia, DBM's Diokno, DOF's Dominguez, and BSP's Guinigundo, forming President Rodrigo Duterte's economic team. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Indonesia plans peat monitoring system to curb choking haze

Jun 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Monitoring tools will send data real time to ensure that the restoration of peatland is being properly carried out

epa04946616 Indonesian Officers on burned peat land during Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, inspects their work of emergency services putting out forest fires in the village of Sakakajang,Jabiren, Pulang Pisau, Central Borneo, Indonesia, 24 September 2015. Accoridng to local officials Indonesian authorities have suspended the operations of four plantation companies over forest fires on Sumatra island. Police were questioning officials from two of the domestic companies for possible criminal prosecution, said Muhammad Yunus, Director for Enforcement at the Ministry of Forestry and the Environment, witht he penalty for causing pollution being up to five years in prison. Haze from forest fires on Sumatra and the Indonesian part of Borneo island is an annual hazard which authorities have blamed on the illegal practice of open burning by small farmers and plantation companies. burning by small farmers and plantation companies. EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO

Ahli ingatkan ancaman bencana hidrometeorologi dampak La Nina

Jun 23, 2016 - 7:03 PM

Banjir di beberapa provinsi mengindikasikan sebagian wilayah Indonesia tidak mampu menerima curah hujan ekstrem akibat tata kelola permukaan yang tidak layak

Over 1,000 hectares of riceland in Bicol barren due to drought

Jun 23, 2016 - 8:15 AM

The drought stricken areas point to at least P93 million lost for the first cropping alone at an estimated 80 bags minimum rice yield per hectare

DROUGHT. A farmer in Sangay, Camarines Sur inspects his farm affected by drought. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Puluhan juta masyarakat Indonesia terancam longsor

Jun 20, 2016 - 6:26 PM

Puluhan juta jiwa masyarakat terancam bahaya longsor pada musim penghujan ini Namun kesiapan masyarakat Indonesia terhadap bencana masih rendah

BNPB menyampaikan titik-titik daerah di Indonesia yang rawan longsor. Bencana ini merupakan yang paling berbahaya, karena bisa menewaskan puluhan orang sekaligus.

'Abnormal is the new normal': May breaks another global heat record

Jun 17, 2016 - 8:45 AM

May 2016 is tied with June and August 2015 as the 12th highest monthly temperature increase on record

HOTTEST. A boy cools off in the water as a way of beating the heat, in Karachi, Pakistan, May 19, 2016. File photo by Shahzaib Akber/EPA

Ombudsman record, PH federalism, Singapore | 6PM wRap

Jun 10, 2016 - 8:30 PM

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El Niño ends, onset of La Niña expected soon

Jun 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM

La Niña is favored to develop during the Northern Hemisphere summer 2016 says the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration s Climate Prediction Center

Inflation up 1.6% in May, highest this year

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:43 AM

NEDA attributes the increase to election spending and supply constraints caused by El Niño

Fisherfolk of Naborot Island find hope in seaweeds

May 26, 2016 - 1:05 PM

Amid the effects of El Nino seaweed production help the fisherfolk community of Naborot Island to recover from Super Typhoon Yolanda

FISHERFOLKS. Women members harvest seaweeds while it's low tide. Photos from Dennis Amata

Filipina flight attendant fights for access to potable water

May 26, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Joana Bacallo a Filipino flight attendant in a Middle East based airlines makes it her mission to bring clean water to rural areas

WATER. A Filipino teen scoops water from a stream at a forested area of Antipolo city, east of Manila, Philippines, 23 February 2016. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

UN names special envoys for El Niño and climate

May 21, 2016 - 12:15 PM

The new special envoys will be responsible for raising the profile and sounding the alarm says UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon

SPECIAL ENVOYS. Macharia Kamau (L) and Mary Robinson (R) are the United Nations' special envoys for El Niño and climate. Kamau photo by Miguel Medina/AFP; Robinson photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP

BSP provides relief to banks in El Niño-hit areas

May 19, 2016 - 3:29 PM

Due to severe drought conditions affecting several provinces borrowers in affected areas will have difficulty paying their loans the BSP says

PAGASA warns of possible La Niña by end of 2016

May 18, 2016 - 10:05 PM

The state weather bureau says there is a 50 chance that La Niña will develop in the last quarter of the year

Change is coming: The politics of El Niño

May 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Moving forward there are key things that the new government must act on bearing in mind the welfare of communities that have been suffering the most from inaction and incoherence

EL NIÑO. A farmer stands next to a stream in barangay Payong-Payong, Pigcawayan municipality, North Cotabato in February 2016. The drought has left this stream, the village's main source of water, nearly dried up. All photos from Oxfam

How El Niño threatens Southeast Asia’s food security now and in the future

May 17, 2016 - 5:56 PM

People’s lives have practically worsened says Wilhelmina Pelegrina Greenpeace Southeast Asia Food and Ecological Agriculture Coordinator

What does the most vote-rich province want from the next president?

May 05, 2016 - 3:02 PM

Cebu is the most vote rich province in the Philippines with about 2 7 million registered voters

Image courtesy Nico Villarete. Base image of female courtesy Apple Grace Danuco

El Niño dries up Asia as its stormy sister La Niña looms

Apr 29, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The regional fever is expected to break by mid year but fears are growing that an equally forceful La Niña will follow

DROUGHT. A photo made available on April 1, 2016 shows Thai villagers walking on drought-parched land near the dried up Phayao Lake in Phayao province, northern Thailand, March 29, 2016. Thailand is facing a water shortage caused by the worst drought in decades, exacerbated by the El Nino weather phenomenon and combined with seasonal hot weather. File photo by Chaichan Chaimun/EPA

#ClimateActionPH: It’s time for the Philippines to get serious about climate change

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:07 PM

The country’s vulnerability to climate change is made worse by poverty its lack of knowledge and means to protect itself and its inability to cope and manage its surroundings

Voter turnout, AMLC vs Philrem, Panama Papers | 6PM wRap

Apr 28, 2016 - 7:17 PM

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Negros Occidental declares state of calamity due to El Niño

Apr 27, 2016 - 11:01 PM

The dry spell affects 7 080 farmers 44 fisherfolk and 7 909 sugar planters in 136 barangays of 21 towns and cities in the province

US primaries, Duterte and Joma Sison, El Niño | 12PM wRap

Apr 27, 2016 - 1:04 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

60M people worldwide hit by El Niño – UN

Apr 27, 2016 - 8:09 AM

The 2015 2016 El Niño was one of the most powerful on record and has caused significant damage across 13 countries across Africa Asia Central and South America and the Pacific

The sun sets in Taguig city, Philippines, March 6, 2016. Stringer/EPA

Call for justice: Prevent a repeat of the Kidapawan bloodshed

Apr 26, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Now is the time to support each other fight for what is right and change society for the better

Kidapawan farmers file charges vs Aquino allies, police

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:02 AM

Our struggle for food land and justice is legitimate and we will pursue justice in every possible way one of the complainants vows

Farmers and their families file cases against officials over the Kidapawan dispersal.

Koronadal protesters victorious: 2,000 sacks of rice given to farmers

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Hundreds of hungry farmers end their protest victorious after the social welfare department decided to release 2 000 sacks of rice as government aid

Sacks of rice being distributed to protesting farmers in Koronadal City, April 25, 2016. Image courtesy Radyo Bida

Famine in Cotabato circa 1950s-Early 1960s

Apr 24, 2016 - 7:30 AM

In the 1950s and early 1960s it was the destruction of farmlands by rats which caused the hardships in Cotabato

#EarthDay2016: What do the Earth's resources mean to you?

Apr 22, 2016 - 11:25 PM

Individuals and groups are working in their own ways to make EarthDay2016 meaningful and are challenging people everywhere to take action

Comelec rules, Kidapawan probe, Great Barrier Reef | 12PM wRap

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Watch Rappler’s 12PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

El Niño damage in Cebu reaches P186M, so far

Apr 20, 2016 - 5:59 PM

The figure is based on the damage reports submitted by 22 out of 51 local government units

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Great Barrier Reef – scientists

Apr 20, 2016 - 3:52 PM

Researchers at James Cook University said only 7 of the huge reef had escaped the whitening triggered by warmer water temperatures

BLEACHING. This undated handout photo released on April 20, 2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a diver checking the bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AFP

WATCH: Senate hearing on Kidapawan drought protest

Apr 20, 2016 - 2:51 PM

Watch the recording of the Senate hearing on the Kidapawan protest on Wednesday April 20

67 areas in Metro Cebu face water disruption

Apr 20, 2016 - 12:12 AM

This is up from the 44 areas previously announced

El Niño drying up Cebu’s 'Little Amsterdam'

Apr 19, 2016 - 4:23 PM

Cebu province recently declared state of calamity due to dry spell

Philippine Red Cross marks 69 years, looks to the future

Apr 16, 2016 - 10:48 PM

The Philippine Red Cross recounts what it has done over the years and strives to further live up to its vision of providing service to humanity

Cebu execs ask Comelec: Allow us to distribute relief goods

Apr 15, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Cebu province is under a state of calamity due to El Niño but it s an election offense when politicians distribute relief goods during the campaign period

#PugadBaboy: El Niño

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Kidapawan and the rice riots

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Negotiations were cut short Riot police were unprepared and outnumbered Cops carried long arms This is the story behind the deadly protests in Kidapawan City

Field in Mindanao during the El Niño drought. Photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera / Rappler

Money raised for detained Kidapawan farmers, but no ID, no bail

Apr 14, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Human rights lawyer Gregorio Andolana tells MindaNews that barangay certifications would have sufficed as IDs but some officials in government demand other government issued valid ID

DISPERSAL. A farmer grimaces in pain after police dispersed a protest in Kidapawan City. Photo by Kilab Multimedia

Isabela vice mayor slain by unidentified armed group

Apr 14, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Vice Mayor Ronnie Lucas who is running for the same position in Jones town is killed on his way to a remote village to give cash assistance and relief goods to drought victims

Malawi, Mozambique issue drought alerts as crisis spreads

Apr 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED More people will need humanitarian relief assistance from 2016 to 2017 due to food shortages

A Malawian farmer works, 12 October 2005, on his land in Nsanje district several hundred Kms south of the main town Blantyre. Due to a severe drought that this year has hit Malawi, one of the poorest country in Africa, most of the land is dry and has not produced the expected quantity of maize. Aid agencies in Malawi are warning of a looming humanitarian crisis stemming from the double effect of drought that has cut output of maize, the staple food, by a quarter and AIDS. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Comelec junks vote canvassing, Al Jazeera, higher temperatures | 12PM wRap

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:26 PM

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Cebu, Bohol under state of calamity due to El Niño

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:03 PM

Cebu s provincial government will deploy the Rapid Assessment Team next week to assess the agricultural damage caused by El Niño

Heatwave shuts more than 250 Malaysian schools – reports

Apr 11, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Authorities order schools in the states of Perlis and Pahang to shut after temperatures soared above 37ºC 98 6ºF over a 72 hour period

A general view shows Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers (2nd R) and Kuala Lumpur Tower (L) as a layer of haze covers the city during sunset in Kuala Lumpur on March 30, 2016. Mohd Rasfan/AFP