Paris Agreement
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U.N. report on global warming target puts governments on the spot

Sep 30, 2018 - 10:27 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This will be one of the most important meetings in IPCC history,' says Hoesung Lee, chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

World leaders gather to breathe new life into Paris accord

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'We are not here just to speak, but to be accountable,' says French President Emmanuel Macron, who launched the 'One Planet Summit' in 2017

ONE PLANET. French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the One Planet Summit at the Plaza Hotel on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 26, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Leaders back climate change urgency in New York

Sep 25, 2018 - 4:02 PM

UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa calls on nations to unite behind limiting global warming to the less than 2ºC enshrined in the 2015 Paris accord.

CLIMATE CHANGE. This file photo shows Patricia Espinosa in a 2012 press conference. File photos by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

World must act by 2020 to avoid runaway climate change – UN chief

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:20 AM

'Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

ANTONIO GUTERRES. This file photo taken on January 3, 2017 shows United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to staff members at UN headquarters in New York. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP

Global climate protests peak in U.S. as U.N. talks falter

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:49 AM

'Alternative Energy, not Alternative Facts,' reads one slogan, while another – more blunt – says, 'More Science, Less Bullshit'

CLIMATE PROTEST. A woman dressed as a tree with the group The Forgotten Solution poses for a picture at Civic Center Plaza after marching at the 'Rise For Climate' global action on September 8, 2018 in downtown San Francisco, California. Photo by Amy Osborne/AFP

Bangkok climate conference sounds alarm ahead of UN summit

Sep 04, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The 6-day UN conference opens with an urgent plea from delegates to finalize a 'rule book' governing the Paris Agreement, the most ambitious global pact yet, to address the impacts of climate change

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. An environmental activist displays a placard during a demonstration in front of the United Nations building in Bangkok on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Could coal lobbying and free speech curbs hamper pivotal UN climate talks?

Jun 02, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Civil society groups are worried that the Paris Agreement could crumble at the last minute, as the final meeting to decide its implementation will be held in Poland, Europe's second biggest coal-producing country

A mockup of a planet earth is displayed at the Rheinaue park during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

New phase of globalization could worsen CO2 pollution – study

May 15, 2018 - 2:29 PM

As Asia's giants move up the globalization food chain, many of the industries that helped propel their phenomenal growth are moving to Vietnam, Indonesia and other nations investing heavily in a coal-powered future

EMISSIONS. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, global warming has been caused mainly by burning oil, gas and especially carbon-rich coal. Image from Shutterstock.

How has Trump's Paris pullout plan affected climate negotiations in Bonn?

May 11, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Delegations at the latest round of climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, show that US President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement has not weakened their stance to fight climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Will the Paris Agreement work?

May 01, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The Bonn conference will highlight the Talanoa Dialogue which, for the first time, will gather country negotiators, business leaders, and civil society groups in a face-to-face meeting to discuss what is a fair and adequate – but scaled up –contribution from different countries to reduce emissions

Trump willing to sign a revamped Paris climate deal

Jan 28, 2018 - 8:31 AM

While the president remains firm in his criticism of the historic accord, which was signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, he said he would be willing to sign up to a revamped deal

REVISION NEEDED. US president Donald Trump wants changes in the Paris climate deal before signing his nation back in. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

1.5ºC climate goal 'very unlikely' but doable – draft UN report

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'There is a very high risk that under current emissions trajectories, and current national pledges, global warming will exceed 1.5ºC above preindustrial levels,' says the 1,000-page report prepared by hundreds of scientists

Trump says U.S. could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate deal

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:54 AM

Trump's comments will renew questions about whether he actually intends to withdraw or simply wants easier US emissions targets

US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Leaders join France's Macron to discuss climate cash crunch

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Without trillions of dollars of investment in clean energy, the pact's goal to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels will remain a pipe dream

CLIMATE ADVOCATE. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the 'Tech for Planet' event at the 'Station F' start-up campus ahead of the One Planet Summit in Paris on December 11, 2017. Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

[OPINION] TRAIN at a crossroads on a coal tax

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Our electricity bills would likely increase not because of a coal tax but because coal will become more expensive in the years to come relative to renewable energy

How climate change affects ASEAN affairs

Nov 25, 2017 - 5:08 PM

'ASEAN has a big role to play as a conduit for regional and global cooperation to address climate change'

CHANGING INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. Climate patterns may affect international relations through humanitarian crises, migration threats, and an increasing need for greater imports of vital goods

UN climate envoys agree on way forward, despite Trump

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:56 AM

(UPDATED) Closing two weeks of talks, negotiators agree in the early hours of Saturday, November 18, to hold a stocktake in 2018 of national efforts to cut fossil fuel emissions

COP23. A mockup of a planet earth is displayed at the Rheinaue park during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Legarda at COP23: 'We have to do both the difficult and the impossible'

Nov 17, 2017 - 5:05 PM

'The window of opportunity on achieving the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal of the Paris Agreement is fast closing and any delay will result in the irreversible,' says Senator Loren Legarda as she delivers the Philippine statement

CALL FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE. Senator Loren Legarda delivers the Philippine Statement during the High-Level Segment at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) happening in Bonn, Germany. Photo from Legarda's Twitter account

Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of the Paris Agreement

PROTEST. This file photo taken on November 4, 2017 shows environmentalists holding up an Earth-shaped balloon reading 'Out of Coal' and decorated with an effigy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel seen in the smoke clouds of a power plant as they demonstrate in Bonn, western Germany, during a so-called Climate March against fossil-based energies like coal. Sascha Schuermann/AFP

Scientists warn of 'giant leap backward' at climate talks

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:25 AM

CO2 emissions, flat since 2014, are forecast to rise 2% in 2017, dashing hopes they had peaked, scientists report at 12-day negotiations in the German city of Bonn ending Friday

NO TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Demonstrators dressed as human skeletons stand on a ship-designed float swimming on symbolical nuclear waste during a protest of the action group "No Climate Change" on November 11, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany, where is taking place the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Photo by Bernd Thissen / dpa / AFP

EU to cut car emissions to meet climate targets

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The proposal has to be approved by the 28 member states and the European Parliament

ON THE ROAD. Cars drive on the Peripherique in Paris on December 8, 2016. Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating U.S.

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:22 AM

(UPDATED) The United States mocks Syria's arrival in the climate change agreement, side-stepping the charge that it has isolated itself by being the world's sole hold-out

EMPTY SEAT. The seats of the US delegation are pictured prior to the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patirk Stollarz/AFP

Trump 'not invited' to Paris climate summit

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:16 PM

'For now, President Donald Trump is not invited,' says an aide to French President Emmanuel Macron, while noting that representatives of the US government would attend

NO INVITE. US President Donald Trump during a state dinner at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

COP23: Plea for 'urgent action' on climate shadowed by Trump

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:06 AM

The concern is more whether other leaders who were already reluctant to foreswear fossil fuels as the main engine of economic growth for their countries will lose resolve

PASSING THE HAMMER. Salaheddine Mezouar (C-R), Moroccan Foreign Minister and President of COP22, hands over a symbolic hammer to Frank Bainimarama (C-L), Prime Minister of Fiji and President of the COP23, during the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

Nov 05, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week

COP23 CHAIR. In this file photo, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaks at the beginning of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 22, 2017 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

UNEP: 'We need to speed up' on climate change

Oct 26, 2017 - 5:10 PM

'The train has left the station, the train is speeding up, but we need to speed up more,' says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim

Bring politics of biodiversity at same level as climate change – UNEP

Oct 25, 2017 - 2:12 PM

'Every other nation [has] accepted the climate message, and we should be at the same place by 2020 with biodiversity,' says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim at an international wildlife conference in Manila

BIODIVERSITY. In this file photo, Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, speaks during the official opening of the 28th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali on October 13, 2016. File photo by Cyril Ndegeya/AFP

Nicaragua signs Paris climate agreement – official

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:30 AM

The announcement leaves the United States and Syria as the only countries holding out on the Paris deal

The flag of Nicaragua (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 14, 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

U.S. says no change in decision to pull out of Paris climate pact

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:32 AM

The remark come as environment ministers from some 30 countries gather in Montreal seeking headway on the Paris climate accord

In this file photo, US residents living in Japan and local residents hold a rally near the US embassy in Tokyo on March 16, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/File/AFP

Al Gore's Climate Reality Project names Pinoy 'Media Climate Champions'

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:46 PM

For communicating climate reality journalists Howie Severino GMA 7 Imelda Abano PNEJ Atom Araullo ABS CBN and Voltaire Tupaz Rappler are recognized at the premiere screening of the documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to power on Monday August 28

The power of truth: The U.S., Philippines, and the Paris Agreement

Aug 15, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Climate change is too big an issue for us to allow one country to hold the global community hostage and paralyzed in inaction Fortunately the world at the G20 summit didn’t have to be told

U.S. to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit

Aug 05, 2017 - 12:24 PM

The State Department says Washington is still committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and engaging with the international community on combating climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. The US State Department says Washington is still committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Whilte House file photo by Jewel Samad/AFP; COP file photo courtesy of COP21

Slim chance of reaching 2ºC climate goal – study

Aug 01, 2017 - 7:04 AM

There is a 5 chance of limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius 3 6 degrees Fahrenheit the target set in the 2015 climate rescue Paris Agreement researchers say

KEEPING COOL. A woman drinks water from a plastic bottle on June 20, 2017 in Quimper, western France, during a heatwave alert. Fred Tanneau/AFP

G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?

Jul 09, 2017 - 2:20 PM

G20 countries manage to avoid a total bust up with Donald Trump over climate change leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement

AT THE SIDE. US President Donald Trump takes his place for the family photo on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Erdogan threatens not to ratify Paris climate accord

Jul 09, 2017 - 8:54 AM

Erdogan: After that step taken by America the position that we adopt is in the direction of not passing it in parliament

ERDOGAN IN HAMBURG. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a final press conference on the second day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Climate: Can G19 hold firm against Trump's G1?

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The G20 group of major economies gathers in Hamburg amid a storm of geopolitical crises threatening to push climate change down the agenda

A demonstrator wears a 'Planet Earth First' transfer on her cheek during a demonstration called by several NGOs ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 2, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

As Trump ditches Paris, California leads on environment

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Meeting Xi Jinping in China Governor Jerry Brown steps up as the global face of progressive climate policy in the US

CLIMATE ADVOCATE. In this picture taken on June 8, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing. Fred Dufour/AFP

U.S. mayors bypass Trump to back Paris climate goals

Jun 27, 2017 - 11:07 PM

President Trump s disappointing decision to withdraw from the agreement will actually have the opposite effect in terms of execution the mayor of Atlanta says

ALIVE. An aerial view of Lower Manhattan at dusk, September 8, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

France pledges $34 million for foreign climate experts

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:41 PM

French officials have decided to set up a priority research program for the fight against climate change says the environment ministry

CLIMATE CHANGE. French president Emmanuel Macron launches a website inviting academics and scientists to come to France to pursue efforts to fight climate change. Screenshot from www.makeourplanetgreatagain.fr

Trump on 'wrong side of history' over climate – ex-UN chief

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:38 PM

Climate change is like a fever that must be fought Ban Ki Moon tells a conference in Madrid saying he was deeply concerned about the US withdrawal I think President Trump is standing on the wrong side of history

BAN KI-MOON. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon addresses a press conference on April 26, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. File photo by Dieter Nagl/AFP

Rising sea temperature impacts seagrass beds in Lagonoy Gulf

Jun 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Seagrass gardens sustain different marine species and provide livelihood to residents of coastal villages

BARIW-BARIW. Sea grass bared at low tide at Lagunoy Gulf. All photos by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Bloomberg leads mass coalition declaring support for Paris climate deal

Jun 06, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Big names like Apple Amazon Google Facebook Microsoft Levi Strauss and Tiffany are in the group called We Are Still In along with more than 100 mayors and governors

CLIMATE ALLIES. French President Emmanuel Macron (R), Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) and former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg talk during their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on June 2, 2017. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool/AFP

Modi tells Macron India will 'go beyond' Paris climate accord

Jun 03, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes the commitment after President Donald Trump said the US will withdraw from the Paris Agreement

FOR CLIMATE CHANGE. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) says goodbye to French President Emmanuel Macron after a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe on the last leg of his 4-nation visit in Paris on June. Photo by Charles Platiau/AFP

United States withdrawal from Paris Agreement may not be as bad as we think

Jun 03, 2017 - 1:06 PM

The US has blocked important decisions on climate finance adaptation and loss and damage Without the US at the negotiating table developing countries might even gain some leverage

Don't lump us together with U.S. in climate pact rejection – Nicaragua eco-group

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Trump s announcement means America war torn Syria and Nicaragua are now the only countries to reject the hard won climate accord although for very different reasons

Isolated U.S. lashes out at climate critics

Jun 03, 2017 - 10:59 AM

Trump s top climate advisor Scott Pruitt: The world applauded when we joined Paris And you know why? I think they applauded because they knew it would put this country at a disadvantage

AFTER PULLOUT. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Phot by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

France 'corrects' White House video on climate pact facts

Jun 03, 2017 - 7:48 AM

The foreign ministry s own video uses the same format – background font images and music – as the White House version but adds facts to debunk the White House claims

FACT CHECK. France's foreign ministry issues a fact-check of the United States' claims about the 2015 Paris Agreement. Screenshot from the Twitter account of France's foreign ministry

U.S. climate decision 'shameful' – ex-head of COP21 accord

Jun 02, 2017 - 3:41 PM

France s Laurent Fabius says US President Donald Trump will never destroy the Paris accord which was the best compromise possible

PH asks U.S. to reconsider withdrawal from Paris climate pact

Jun 02, 2017 - 2:58 PM

The Philippines one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change affirms its commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement and urges other countries to become even more vigilant

Trump file photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP; COP21 background photo courtesy of COP 21

Macron, tweaking Trump, says 'Make our planet great again'

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Macron: To all scientists engineers entrepreneurs responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president the United States I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland

'MAKE THE PLANET GREAT AGAIN' A video grab from the French TV channel LCI taken on June 1, 2017, shows French President Emmanuel Macron speaking during a live broadcast in Paris, after US president Donald Trump announced the United States was to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate accord. LCI/AFP