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Great Barrier Reef suffers mass coral bleaching event

Mar 26, 2020 - 6:29 PM

Some previously untouched areas have now suffered 'moderate or severe bleaching,' says the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

MASS BLEACHING. An undated handout photo received from ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies on April 19, 2018, shows a mass bleaching event of coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. File photo by Mia Hoogenboom/ ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/AFP

[OPINION] The coronavirus: A warning to care for our common home

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:37 PM

'The outbreak proves once again that we fail to learn from our history. This reality is not just limited to armed conflicts, political patterns, or social revolutions; it also applies to the way we treat our environment.'

[OPINION] The Pope and single-use plastics

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Pope Francis’s encyclical 'Laudato Si’' points to one undeniable fact: that human behavior is at the root of the ‘ecological crisis,’ and therefore at the heart of solving it

Greta Thunberg urges activists to avoid mass climate protests

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:40 PM

She urges activists to 'join the #DigitalStrike for upcoming Fridays – post a photo of you striking with a sign and use the hashtag #ClimateStrikeOnline ! #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike #schoolstrike4climate'

ONLINE PROTESTS. File photo of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (center) during a "Youth Strike 4 Climate" protest march in Bristol, south west England on February 28, 2020. Photo by Geoff Caddick/AFP

[OPINION] Dreaming on a dying planet: A letter from a young climate activist

Mar 10, 2020 - 2:13 PM

'Having clean air, water, and soil means that we can become who we have always wanted to be'

These Filipinas use their passion to empower marginalized women

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Three Filipina changemakers share their inspirational journeys in making it their mission to empower women and provide them with more opportunities in the face of discrimination, violence, and gender inequality

Photos from Djonald Andrade, Atilano's Instagram account, and Rappler

Amazon, African forests turning from CO2 sink to source – study

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The rate of forest decline varies throughout the world, with the Amazon's absorption ability dropping far faster than the tropical forests of sub-Saharan Africa

AMAZON. View of the Amazon jungle. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

EU unveils climate law, but Greta is unimpressed

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Greta Thunberg dubs the law a 'surrender' to the threat of climate change

ANGRY. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 4, 2020, on the day the European Union unveils a landmark law to achieve 'climate neutrality' by 2050. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Half of world's beaches could vanish by 2100

Mar 03, 2020 - 10:13 AM

Even if humanity sharply reduces the fossil fuel pollution that drives global warming, more than a third of the planet's sandy shorelines could disappear by then

CAMIGUIN. Women frolic in the fine white sands of White Island, a kilometer long white sand beach off the coast of Mambajao, Camiguin. Photo by Bobby Lagsa//Rappler

Negros bishop to banks: Stop giving loans to coal plant developers

Feb 29, 2020 - 6:25 PM

'Banks financing coal are not only funding the climate crisis, they are also enabling the continued suffering of coal-affected communities,' says Bishop Gerardo Alminaza

WITHDRAW FROM COAL. San Carlos, Negros Occidental Bishop Gerardo Alminaza speaks during the 3rd Philippine Environment Summit held in Cagayan de Oro on Friday, February 28, organized by the Withdraw from Coal Campaign. Photo by Withdraw from Coal

'Activism works': Greta Thunberg rallies UK school strikers

Feb 29, 2020 - 1:03 PM

Greta Thunberg inspires millions of young people around the world by spearheading a movement since 2018 to demonstrate on Fridays in frustration at government efforts to tackle the issue

THUNBERG. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) takes part in a "Youth Strike 4 Climate" protest march in Bristol, south west England on February 28, 2020. Photo by Geoff Caddick/AFP

Climate campaigners win appeal to prevent new Heathrow runway

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:51 PM

Triumphant campaigners call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to finally cancel the project

WIN. Campaigners against Heathrow expansion celebrate outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on February 27, 2020 after a decision by the Court of Appeal on legal challenges to the UK government's approval of plans to expand capacity at Heathrow airport. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on 60,000 more food seeds

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:48 AM

The vault holds stocks of the world's agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe

VAULT. People stand in front of the entrance to the international gene bank Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV), on February 25, 2020 outside Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen, Norway. Photo by Lise Åserud/AFP

Nations seek biodiversity accord to stave off mass extinction

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'This degradation of nature is unprecedented in the history of mankind,' says IPBES executive secretary Anne Larigauderie

BABIES. The world's first lion cubs born through artificial insemination rest under a tree at the Ukutula private game conservation center. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

Australia launches national inquiry into bushfires

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:10 AM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the vast scale of the fires – which killed more than 30 people and destroyed thousands of homes – requires a new response from the bushfire-prone nation

INQUIRY. A general view shows burnt trees along the Great Alpine road in an area devastated by bushfires in Sarsfield, Victoria state on January 3, 2020. File photo by James Ross/Pool/AFP

Coronavirus outbreak slashes China carbon emissions – study

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:23 AM

China's carbon emissions have dropped by least 100 million metric tons over the past two weeks, the study says

SMOG. Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan among heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Photo by STR/AFP

Bushfire crisis hit 75% of Australians – survey

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:54 AM

The scale of the impact shocks researchers

DAMAGED. A resident walks away from her flood-damaged house in the bushfire-affected town of Cooma on January 5, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Extreme weather to overload urban power grids, study shows

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:40 AM

'Extreme weather events could reduce reliability of power supply by 16%, which can easily lead to blackouts resulting huge economic losses,' says the lead researcher

HEAT. Flames and smoke rising from a forest fire near Sarande in the Muzina mountain region, southern Albania, 2017. Photo by Gent Shkullaku/AFP

Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across UK, parts of France

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:52 PM

The second severe storm in a week to hit Britain brings high winds of more than 140 kilometers an hour and more than a month's worth of rain in 48 hours in some places

STORM DENNIS. A picture shows a member of the emergency services and cars on a flooded high street in Tenbury Wells in western England, on February 17, 2020, after the River Teme broke its banks and flooded amid Storm Dennis. Photo by Oli Scarff/ AFP

Fires contained in hard-hit Australia state, but now floods threaten

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Days of recent rainfall have extinguished the largest fires and brought those that remain under control

CONTAINED. A car makes its way through rows of charred trees following bushfires in Budgong National Park in New South Wales on January 15, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Half-a-million insect species face extinction – scientists

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:29 AM

The decline of butterflies, beetles, ants, bees, wasps, flies, crickets, and dragonflies have consequences far beyond their own demise

BEES KNEES. A picture taken on September 14, 2019 shows bees near a beehive, in Loue, northwestern France. Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Bumble bee numbers tumble with climate change – study

Feb 08, 2020 - 12:08 PM

One-in-six species of bees have gone regionally extinct somewhere in the world

POLLINATOR. File photo of Northern white-tailed bumble bee (Bombus magnus) on a lantana flower. Shutterstock.com

Multiple eco-crises could trigger 'systemic collapse' – scientists

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:07 AM

Research shows that some parts of the world may soon cope with up to 6 extreme weather events at once, from heat waves and wildfires to diluvian rains and deadly storm surges

DROWNING. A fleet of flooded taxis are seen at the operator's submerged parking lot following overnight rain in Jakarta on January 1, 2020. Photo by Ralia/AFP

[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: Capitalism is killing the earth

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Are metal straws and tumblers doing more harm than good? Find out what our latest podcast guest has to say!

U.K. vows action after envoy slams plans for U.N. climate talks

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'We've poured so much CO2 into the atmosphere collectively that our entire planet is swaddled in a great tea cozy of the stuff,' says Prime Minister Boris Johnson

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

[ANALYSIS] My takeaway from the bushfires Down Under

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:43 PM

'Australians are quite divided on how to effectively deal with the recurrent bushfires'

G20 funds fossil fuels $30 billion a year under the radar – analysis

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:19 PM

The export credit agencies of G20 countries currently provide more than 10 times more state-backed finance to oil, gas, and coal projects abroad than they do to renewable energy schemes

Greta Thunberg patents own name and 'Fridays for Future'

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:56 AM

'My name and the #FridaysForFuture movement are constantly being used for commercial purposes without any consent whatsoever,' says Thunberg

PATENTED. Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a climate strike arranged by the organization 'Fridays For Future' outside the Swedish parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm, December 20, 2019. Photo by Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency/ AFP

Protests in Germany as cabinet passes coal exit law

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Demonstrators and environmentalists say the law does too little, too late

POISON. A coal power plant of German energy giant RWE in Neurath, western Germany, on January 29, 2020. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

Archdiocese of Cebu to hold climate emergency convention

Jan 29, 2020 - 6:11 PM

'We must act together in the face of climate emergency,' says Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma

HOLY CHILD. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma argues that Cebuanos should love the environment as much as the Santo Niño. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Hundreds of Amazon employees criticize firm's climate stance

Jan 27, 2020 - 3:25 PM

More than 300 workers sign a Medium blog post by Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, which is pushing the company to go further in its climate change mitigation plan

AMAZON. A visitor checks in at the Amazon corporate headquarters on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. File photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

Greta Thunberg says climate demands 'completely ignored' at Davos

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:30 PM

'We had a few demands (coming into the World Economic Forum). Of course these demands have been completely ignored. We expected nothing less,' the teenage climate activist said.

GRETA AT DAVOS. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) marches during a 'Friday for future' youth demonstration in a street of Davos on January 24, 2020 on the sideline of the World Economic Forum annual meeting. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

'Doomsday Clock' closer to midnight than ever

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:51 AM

The clock ticks down to 100 seconds to midnight, symbolizing the greatest level of peril to humanity since its creation in 1947

CLOSER. The Doomsday Clock reads 100 seconds to midnight, a decision made by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, during an announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on January 23, 2020. Photo by Eva Hambach/AFP)

Global natural resource consumption tops 100 billion tons for first time

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Wealthy nations, the authors note, consume 10 times more resources per person than in the developing world, and produce far more waste

LOST FOREST COVER. Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/Shutterstock.com

'Green Swan': Bankers warn of climate change risks

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Climate risks could generate a 'green swan' – a reference to the concept of an unpredictable and devastating 'black swan' event developed by philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against climate change on April 6, 2019 in Lausanne. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Climate change pushing the platypus towards extinction – researchers

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:32 AM

The platypus is one of the world's strangest animals, with the bill of a duck, tail of a beaver, otter-like feet, and a venomous spur on its hind leg

PUGGLES. The world's first platypus twin puggles born in captivity are shown together for the first time during a full health check at Taronga Zoo's veterinary clinic in Sydney, 28 March 2003. (Photo by Torsten Blackwood/AFP)

[OPINION] Resilience is not enough

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:00 PM

You cannot expect local communities to keep rebuilding disaster after disaster, considering the ones hit the hardest are often among the poorest and most vulnerable

[OPINION] Use solar energy for responding to disasters

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The urgent need for electricity access is hardly considered during preparations against disasters; it is only considered in the wake of disasters when supplies have been cut off

YouTube steering viewers to climate denial videos – nonprofit

Jan 16, 2020 - 7:55 PM

YouTube says it downplays 'borderline' video content while spotlighting authoritative sources and displaying information boxes on searches related to climate change and other topics

YOUTUBE. This photo illustration taken on March 23, 2018 shows YouTube logos on a computer screen in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Living in tents, thousands of Puerto Rico's earthquake survivors wait for relief

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Some 5,000 people are hoping that their president, Donald Trump, will heed the island's plea to be designated a disaster zone and free up much-needed aid

ROUGHING IT. Juan Santiago gets ready for work as his wife, Solmely Velazquez looks on in their tent in a baseball field in Guanica, Puerto Rico on January 15, 2020, after a powerful earthquake hit the island. (Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP)

[OPINYON] Trahedya dahil sa isang terminong hindi nauunawaan ng lahat

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Hindi namimili ang salitang 'trahedya,' at hindi rin dapat namimili ang salitang 'kaligtasan'

U.N. warns of 'much extreme weather' ahead after hottest decade on record

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:33 AM

Scientists stress the urgent need to do more to counter the warming trend

HEAT WAVE. This file photo is a general view of a lake running dry on a hot summer day near Ajmer on June 2, 2019. Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. Photo by Himanshu Sharma/AFP

Oceans were hottest on record in 2019

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:18 PM

Oceans last year are by far the hottest ever recorded. The effects of ocean warming are already being felt in the form of more extreme weather, rising sea levels, and damage to marine life.

Protect 30% of planet by 2030 – U.N. nature rescue plan

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:27 AM

The first UN 'state of nature' report in two decades finds that one million species of plants and animals are threatened with extinction

Demonstrators take part in a global youth climate action strike in Lisbon, on September 27, 2019 at the end of a global climate change week. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Joaquin Phoenix arrested at climate change protest

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The 'Joker' star gives a speech during Jane Fonda's climate change protest at the Capitol

Pope slams leaders on 'weak' response to climate crisis

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:31 AM

In his annual speech to Vatican diplomats, the pontiff says climate change was a 'concern of everyone,' despite a tepid response from the international community

CLIMATE ACTIVIST. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP)

2019 is 2nd hottest year on record – EU

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Average temperature in 2019 was only a few hundredths of a degree below the 2016 level

IN PHOTOS: New Year fireworks, smoke, and tear gas as decade begins with a bang

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Revellers watch fireworks display from Australia to the United Kingdom to welcome 2020

BURST OF COLORS. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Climate change: 6 positive news stories from 2019

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:44 AM

Countries like Costa Rica offer us promising examples of the 'possible'

GREEN ENERGY. Hydroelectric power has helped Costa Rica ditch fossil fuels. John E Anderson / Shutterstock

Climate change caused 15 disasters costing over $1B this year – charity

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:18 AM

British charity Christian Aid says if the countries do not reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, people around the world 'will continue to pay the price'

'SAVE THE EARTH.' A participants holds up a placard to call for action on climate change during a march in Tokyo on November 29, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeu/AFP