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Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy – experts

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:52 AM

Donald Trump could enact sweeping changes to environmental policy in the beginning days of his administration with far reaching effects both in the United States and around the world

Climate activists rally, to urge politicians to stand against climate denial and hate, January 9, 2017 in New York. Don Emmert/AFP

Paris to Marrakech: 4 key things to watch at COP 22

Nov 07, 2016 - 6:33 PM

While Paris was considered a success in finally creating an agreement among countries on how to solve the climate crisis a lot still needs to be done The Paris Agreement is only the start of a much bigger work that awaits every country

Part 2: The Philippines' influence on the Paris Agreement

Dec 31, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Those of us in Le Bourget the evening of December 12 2015 were genuinely happy with what we have achieved but we were also acutely aware that the hard work must continue in the years ahead

SCENE OF ACTION. The fate of humanity will depend on whether countries can agree on a climate change action plan in Paris this December. Photo by Guilliaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Part 1: The Philippines at its best at Paris climate talks

Dec 31, 2015 - 10:38 AM

Servant leadership dedication discipline and adaptive management characterized Secretary de Guzman’s work in Paris The result was a cohesive and united Team Philippines

CRUNCHTIME. Commissioner Manny de Guzman and Philippine delegation spokesman Tony La Viña address Philippine negotiators monents after the release of a new draft of the Paris climate agreement. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Money row threatens efforts to seal historic climate pact

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:31 AM

Bureaucrats become quickly ensnared in familiar rows that have condemned previous efforts to failure

A visitor attends a conference at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, December 1, 2015. Guilliaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Thousands join climate march in PH ahead of Paris talks

Nov 28, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Filipino activists join the global climate march movement ahead of key talks in Paris aimed at crafting a pact to mitigate the impact of global warming

CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH. A multisectoral group joins the global march for climate change action on November 28, 2015. Photo from the Freedom from Debt Coalition Facebook page

Climate summit: The crunch issues

Nov 22, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Here are the key points of contention at the UN climate change conference in France

TARGET. A woman walks in front of a poster bearing the message 'Objective 2 degrees' in reference to the projected agreement to limit the increase of global warming to two degrees Celsius, in Paris, France, November 12, 2015. Ian Langsdon/EPA

The last 10 days: Setting a clear direction for the Paris climate talks

Aug 23, 2015 - 8:04 AM

What are the main issues that still must be resolved before the world meets in Paris in December for COP21?

An illustration picture taken on July 5, 2015 in Paris, shows a mini Eiffel Tower replica set among ox-eye daisies, ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21 / CMP 11) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Joel Saget/AFP

Light trim for rough draft of climate pact

Jul 25, 2015 - 9:03 AM

The document presents a clearer picture of the possible final outcome while not omitting any of the options put forward by the parties

VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

French diplomat signals climate 'breakthrough'

Jul 22, 2015 - 8:55 AM

Top diplomats representing all regional blocs agree to a review every 5 years of collective carbon cutting impacts once the agreement kicks in

CONSCIOUSNESS SUMMIT. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan delivers a speech during the opening of the Consciousness Summit in Paris, France, July 21, 2015. Etienne Laurent/Pool/EPA

Time to compromise for climate – French FM

Jul 21, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Laurent Fabius urges countries to narrow the gap on two issues in particular starting with the level of ambition – meaning the scale of carbon emissions curbs

TALKING CLIMATE. Founder of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) Laurence Tubiana (L) sits next to French Foreign Minister and President of the COP21 Laurent Fabius (R) who received about fourty countries for 'informal ministerial votes, in Paris on July 20, 2015. Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Periled by climate change, Marshall Islands makes carbon pledge

Jul 20, 2015 - 12:41 PM

The sparsely populated cluster of Pacific atolls becomes the first small island nation to submit a carbon cutting pledge ahead of a year end conference in Paris

In this file photo, two local residents wade through flooding caused by high ocean tides in low-lying parts of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Marshall Islands, on February 20, 2011. Giff Johnson/AFP

Ministers in Paris to boost flagging climate talks

Jul 19, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Overwhelming consensus on the urgency of the problem has not translated into significant progress on united action to prevent the planet from overheating

An illustration picture taken on July 5, 2015 in Paris, shows a mini Eiffel Tower replica set among ox-eye daisies, ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21 / CMP 11) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Joel Saget/AFP

Cities, regions demand bigger climate say

Jul 02, 2015 - 1:57 PM

Local and regional governments often bear the biggest burden for dealing with the fallout from extreme weather events but they have no formal seat at the negotiating table

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the Climate and Territories World Summit held in Lyon, France, July 1, 2015. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA

In landmark document, Pope urges world to stop climate change destruction

Jun 18, 2015 - 12:18 PM

UPDATED In a radically worded letter addressed to every person on the planet the leader of the world s 1 2 billion Catholics blames human greed for the critical situation Our Sister mother Earth now finds itself in

OUT IN THE SQUARE. Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on June 17, 2015 at the Vatican. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

October bid for climate text after troubled round

Jun 11, 2015 - 6:43 PM

UPDATED In the coming months negotiators will seek to condense a sprawling blueprint into manageable options ahead of the November 30 December 11 conference in Paris where the carbon curbing deal is due to be sealed

BONN CONFERENCE. A general view of international government officials participating the UN climate convention in Bonn, Germany, 06 June 2014. Matthias Balk/EPA

On final day, Bonn climate talks seek exit from text mire

Jun 11, 2015 - 12:11 PM

After 10 days climate negotiations in Bonn have barely advanced in clearing a draft text of a thicket of problems

CLIMATE TALKS. Delegates attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, western Germany on June 1, 2015. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Climate peril stirring in permafrost, experts tell UN

Jun 10, 2015 - 12:50 PM

Releasing the carbon will create a vicious cycle in Earth s global warming problem: Emissions from permafrost could lead to out of control global warming

CLIMATE TALKS. A general view of international government officials participating the UN climate convention in Bonn, Germany, June 6, 2014. Matthias Balk/EPA

G7 countries told: act on climate change

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:58 AM

A day ahead of the G7 summit of world leaders French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the leaders should commit to decarbonization and a dramatic decrease in greenhouse gases

'HEAD' SHOTS. Ballons bearing the faces of the G7 members showing (L-R) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama in Munich Germany, June 5, 2015. Armin Weigel/EPA

Climate debate takes global pulse ahead of Paris summit

Jun 06, 2015 - 12:53 PM

One of the first debates is in the Philippines a Southeast Asian nation particularly vulnerable to climate change and already hit by an average of 20 major storms or typhoons a year

GLOBAL DEBATES. This general view shows participants attending a climate debate forum titled 'World Wide Views on Climate and Energy' in Manila on June 6, 2015. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

UN climate effort under pressure for pre-pact action

Jun 04, 2015 - 3:38 AM

Are we going to sit and wait until 2020 to act when the world is already being hit by climate change?

Climate: France hikes pressure in 'pre-agreement' call

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:33 PM

UPDATED French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius warned against temptations to leave a breakthrough for the very end a problem that has bedeviled climate negotiations for over two decades

OPENING CEREMONY. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attends the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opening ceremony in Bonn, western Germany, on June 1, 2015. Patrik Stollarz/AFP Photo

Corporate sponsorship of climate talks sparks NGO ire

May 28, 2015 - 9:15 AM

Corporate sponsorship is a routine feature of the annual COPs

A picture taken on May 6, 2015 shows an earth globe at a school during a ministers' visit to students working on a project about global warming to prepare the COP21 international meetings, also known as 2015 Paris Climate Conference, in Le Bourget. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Time short for global climate deal in Paris, warns Hollande

May 21, 2015 - 9:40 AM

French President Hollande says 200 days are left before a crucial UN conference which France will host in December

TIME RUNNING OUT. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the 'Business and Climate Summit 2015', at the UNESCO headquarter in Paris, France, May 20, 2015. Philippe Wojazer/Pool/EPA

Climate change: Key dates on the way to Paris accord

Dec 14, 2014 - 4:42 PM

A list of key dates ahead of the planned December 2015 Paris agreement on curbing climate change

A file photo taken on May 6, 2013 shows a man riding a bicycle near the river Seine in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

COP20: Key points in the Lima climate agreement

Dec 14, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Here are the main points of the Lima climate agreement agreed upon by UN member countries at the last minute of the COP20

POLLUTION. A file photo dated 25 November 2011 showing heavy midmorning traffic amidst air pollution in Beijing, China. Adrian Bradshaw/EPA

COP20: UN pushes ahead on 2015 climate deal

Dec 14, 2014 - 2:45 PM

UPDATED Agreement comes after a bitter dispute flared anew requiring major compromise that campaigners said pointed to a mountain of work ahead leading to a deal due to be sealed in Paris in December 2015

CLIMATE TALKS. Members of representative commissions of the countries participating in the climate change conferences, attend the seventh plenary meeting of the COP20 on December 13, 2014 in Lima. Cris Bouroncle/AFP

COP20: Fingers pointed as climate talks stall

Dec 14, 2014 - 9:11 AM

Developing countries reject a proposed blueprint saying the document failed to balance action on tackling carbon emissions with help for vulnerable economies

FOR THE EARTH. People attend a candlelight vigil organized by the Interfaith Council of Peru at a park in Lima, on November 30, 2014, just hours before the opening of Climate Change Conference hosted by the government of Peru. Cris Bouroncle/AFP

Time presses as Lima climate talks head for penultimate day

Dec 11, 2014 - 2:47 PM

The talks are scheduled to end late Friday with the goal of clearing the way to a deal in Paris to slow the juggernaut of climate change by limiting global warming to 2ºC 3 6ºF over pre industrial levels

This file picture taken on August 13, 2009 shows the Hazelwood power station as it billows smoke from its exhaust stacks in the Latrobe Valley, 150 kms east of Melbourne. Paul Crock/File/AFP

#COP20: Thousands in Lima march for climate as talks grind on

Dec 11, 2014 - 8:35 AM

Students environmentalists workers women s defenders anti poverty activists and indigenous groups join the People s Climate March in the Peruvian capital

MARCH FOR THE EARTH. The People’s Climate March on the sidelines of the UN COP20 and CMP10 climate change conferences being held in Lima on December 10, 2014. Eitan Abramovich/AFP

Australia bows to pressure, pledges $165M to UN climate fund

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:42 PM

The government had previously indicated it was not interested in the fund but Prime Minister Tony Abbott says we ve seen things develop over the last few months

A general view of Hazelwood Power Station and cooling pond in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Australia, 15 July 2014. David Crosling/EPA

Climate pledges exceed $10B at Lima talks

Dec 10, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Finance is a touchy issue at the Lima negotiations where developing countries want wealthy economies to spell out their promised support as a sign of good faith in negotiations to forge a global climate pact by December 2015

In this file photo, Hela Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund speaks a press conference with hosts, German environment minister and development minister at the development ministry in Berlin on November 20, 2014. Odd Andersen/AFP

#COP20: Time running out fast in climate fight – UN's Ban

Dec 10, 2014 - 7:56 AM

Parties remain far apart on key aspects of a deal they have vowed to sign in Paris in December next year and implement from 2020

'TIME RUNNING OUT' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the UN Climate Change Conference December 9, 2014, in Lima, Peru. Mark Garten/UN Photo

#COP20: Climate talks divided on eve of ministers' arrival

Dec 09, 2014 - 7:49 AM

With under 5 days of negotiating time left parties remain deeply divided on key aspects of a deal they undertook to ink in Paris in December next year and to implement from 2020

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, addresses the public during the Opening Ceremony of the UN COP20 and CMP10 conference in Lima, on December 01, 2014. Cris Bouroncle/AFP

#COP20: High-level reinforcement for final climate push

Dec 08, 2014 - 11:24 AM

With a week of talks gone and 5 days left parties remain deeply divided on key aspects of the deal they have committed to signing in Paris in December 2015 to take effect in 2020

Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, delivers a speech during the opening of the the 20th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-20) at Lima, Peru, 01 December 2014. Paolo Aguilar/EPA

Giant Philippine storms show climate change threat – Greenpeace

Dec 08, 2014 - 7:41 AM

Greenpeace global chief Kumi Naidoo says increasingly violent storms hitting the Philippines shows the world had to act on climate change

EFFECTS OF RUBY. Filipino residents run from strong waves brought by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) in a coastal village in Legazpi City, Albay, on December 7, 2014. Photo by Zalrian Z Sayat/EPA

#COP20: Typhoon Ruby sparks calls for climate action

Dec 07, 2014 - 6:44 AM

This is the third typhoon in a row to hit the Philippines during the annual climate negotiations towards a new global pact to limit climate harm by curbing greenhouse gas emissions

PRE-EMPTIVE EVACUATION. An elderly woman sits while other family members gather their belongings as they arrive at a stadium, serving as a temporary evacuation center for residents in Tacloban City. Photo by Marlon Tano/AFP

Developing world may need annual $500B for climate by 2050 – UN

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:10 AM

The projected amount is as much as 5 times higher than previous estimates and significantly more than today s spending on climate adaptation

United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director, Ibrahim Thiaw (2-R), and his collaborators, present the first study on Breach Adaptation Adjustment of the UN's UNEP program at the Climate Change Summit of Lima (COP20) in Lima, Peru, 05 December 2014. EPA/Paolo Aguilar

UN chief to help push for Lima climate draft deal

Dec 05, 2014 - 7:46 AM

Ban says he wants to keep ambitions high at the UN climate talks in Lima Peru

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, 16 September 2014, at the UN headquarters. Evan Schneider/UN Photo

Andes glaciers: Ailing giants hit by climate change

Dec 03, 2014 - 4:04 PM

The tropical glaciers of the Andes Mountains are melting at worrying speed raising scientists fears that many will disappear before anything can be done to save them

Picture taken on May 24, 2013 of the Andes in west Bolivia. Aizar Raldes/AFP

UN climate talks open in Lima

Dec 02, 2014 - 7:19 AM

Gathering 195 states the 12 day meeting also has to agree on the pact s heart – a format for nations to make pledges to reduce Earth warming carbon pollution

Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres, delivers a speech during the opening of the the 20th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-20) at Lima, Peru, 01 December 2014. Paolo Aguilar/EPA

Climate talks to seek way to historic Paris pact

Dec 01, 2014 - 1:47 PM

UPDATED The 12 day talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC take place amid grim scientific warnings but also revived political interest in sealing a pact in Paris in December 2015

FOR THE EARTH. People attend a candlelight vigil organized by the Interfaith Council of Peru at a park in Lima, on November 30, 2014, just hours before the opening of Climate Change Conference hosted by the government of Peru. Cris Bouroncle/AFP

Current pledges not enough to stop global warming – UN report

Nov 19, 2014 - 11:54 PM

The report by the UN Environment Program and the World Resources Institute says the planet must aim for global carbon neutrality by mid to late century to head off the worst effects of climate change

POLLUTED AIR. A man cycles past cooling towers in Beijing, China, 05 August 2013. EPA/Diego Azubel

‘Climate summit good kickoff but not enough’

Sep 24, 2014 - 6:58 PM

Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson Lucille Sering says the pledges in the summit to cut greenhouse gas emissions were not as ambitious as what vulnerable countries like the Philippines need

'BUILDING MOMENTUM.' Climate Change Commissioner Lucille Sering tells Rappler the UN Climate Summit was 'encouraging' but also fell short of expectations. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

UN to host biggest climate summit in history

Sep 17, 2014 - 9:18 PM

What s on the agenda and what s at stake for Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines? Ayee Macaraig is at the UN Headquarters in New York She files this video blog

UN summit ‘biggest climate gathering in history’

Sep 17, 2014 - 8:24 AM

The United Nations is set to host what it calls the biggest gathering of world leaders on climate change – but will this make a dent on deadlocked negotiations?

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference on the first day of the 69th session of the General Assembly, 16 September 2014, UN headquarters. Evan Schneider/UN Photo

Building blocks missing for 2015 climate pact – ministers

Jun 07, 2014 - 11:20 AM

The Paris agreement is meant to set the cap on years of haggling among the 195 parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

A photo taken on October 31, 2013 in Haubourdin, northern France shows smoke from a factory. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

Calls for action as world faces fork in climate road

Mar 31, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Scientists politicians envoys and green groups stand united in calls for faster more drastic action to avoid the worst case scenarios of conflict drought and massive displacement highlighted in IPCC s climate report

HAZY SKIES. A picture taken on March 31, 2014 shows the French northern town of Meteren through a haze of pollution. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

International Conventions on Climate Change

Nov 17, 2013 - 6:32 PM

International policies and initiatives that help address the climate change issue

New climate report an 'alarm clock moment': UN

Sep 27, 2013 - 10:03 AM

An imminent scientific summary on climate change hopes to serve as an alarm clock moment for the world

ALARM CLOCK MOMENT. An upcoming report on climate change hopes to rouse world powers into action.