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Earth risks tipping into 'hothouse' state – study

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:03 AM

If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs – as they currently do each year – the Earth will pass a tipping point

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.

[OPINION] Facts are facts: World is warming, climate is changing

Aug 04, 2018 - 9:30 AM

This is not the time to be afraid or ignorant

Boracay shifts to e-tricycles by August

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:06 PM

By August 2018, only electric tricycles will be allowed to ferry passengers in Boracay as part of the Malay municipal government's bid to promote environment-friendly public transportation

Sweden farmers feeling burden of historic drought

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:18 PM

A large part of Sweden, as well as Denmark, southern Norway and northern Finland, is currently experiencing a period of extreme heat which, according to weather forecasts, is unlikely to end soon

DRY SWEDEN. A picture taken on July 16, 2018 shows a cattle taking shelter from the sun under a tree in Malmkoping, Central Sweden. Photo by Maja Suslin/TT News Agency/AFP

Apple launches $300M 'green' fund for China suppliers

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Apple is pushing for greener processes in China where most of their products are assembled

APPLE. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Trump's scandal-plagued environment chief resigns

Jul 06, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Scott Pruitt has become the focus of multiple investigations in recent months, including by his own agency's inspector general, two other independent federal agencies, and by Congress itself

RESIGNATION. In this file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Climate change sinking Arctic archeological treasures

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Thousands of years of heritage are being lost, says Matthew Betts, a curator at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec

Communicating climate change solutions to different sectors

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Environmental advocates across the country promote different solutions to global warming to the public, relevant industries, and the government

COMMUNICATING SOLUTIONS. Different stakeholders address the pressing need to disseminate solutions to phasing out HFCs. Photo by Gaby N. Baizas/Rappler.com

How the fight vs plastic pollution can begin in the classroom

Jun 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'We like to start with the children so it'll be embedded in their minds already,' says World Wide Fund environment officer Kimberly Anne Marcelo

Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of world's poor at risk

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges

FARMING. Rice farmer in Longsheng, China. kevincure, CC BY

Flood damage would double without coral reefs – study

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Coupled with projected sea level rise driven by global warming, reef decline could see flooding increase 4-fold by century's end, researchers report in the journal Nature Communications

CORAL REEFS. Fish swim in the coral reef of Bunaken Island national marine park in northern Sulawesi on May 14, 2009. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Congress pushes for climate-based crop insurance

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Senator Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate agriculture committee, says she expects the climate-based crop insurance law to be approved within the year

VEGETABLE FROST. A Benguet agriculturist is seen monitoring the cause of 'andap' or vegetable frost, which comes with a continued drop in temperature. File photo by Mau Victa

In fight vs plastic, 'challenge is changing people's mindset, lifestyle'

May 26, 2018 - 6:16 PM

A study shows that the Philippines generates 2.7 million metric tons of plastic garbage every year

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What went down at 2018 Bonn climate talks

May 22, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The United Nations climate summit, which took place in Germany this month, saw slow but steady progress on setting up the rules to implement the Paris Agreement. Here is a comprehensive summary of the technical UN climate talks.

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

UN takes step toward global environment pact opposed by PH, U.S.

May 11, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The resolution creates a working group tasked with identifying gaps in international environmental law and determining whether there is a need to a new regulatory structure

UNITED NATIONS. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors’ Entrance, 23 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

NASA program to track greenhouse gas is canceled

May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Now, President Donald Trump's administration has quietly killed the CMS,' a report says, describing the move as the latest in a 'broad attack on climate science' mounted by the White House

SM Aura Premier creates awareness on climate change this summer with polar bear exhibit

May 10, 2018 - 11:46 AM

“On Thin Ice, an Art Installation for a Cause” will be on display from March 22 – May 31 at the Skypark of SM Aura Premier

PH's Legarda in Bonn climate talks: 'We cannot afford another Haiyan'

May 09, 2018 - 9:26 AM

While considered a non-emitter, the Philippines must still mind its own backyard and imbibe a low-carbon economy, Senator Loren Legarda says

CLIMATE CHANGE. Philippine Senator Loren Legarda is attending the Bonn Climate Change Conference as the country's lead climate negotiator. Photo by Ping Manongdo/Rappler

Briefing from Bonn: 3 reasons climate talks are stalling

May 08, 2018 - 9:36 PM

With the first week in the Bonn Climate Change Conference now over, writing the rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement remains a work in progress. What’s the hold-up?

 PARTICIPATORY DIALOGUE. Opening of the Talanoa Dialogue in Bonn, Germany, on May 2, 2018. Photo from the UNClimateChange Flickr

UN calls current climate funding an 'umbrella in a hurricane'

May 04, 2018 - 5:26 PM

'Trying to address climate change at current financing levels is like walking into a Category 5 Hurricane protected only by an umbrella,' says United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa

CLIMATE CHANGE. A child pushes his bicycle as he crosses a flooded street in Ineangan, Bambang, Nueva Viscaya, after the Magat river swelled caused by Typhoon Lando's (Koppu) continuous rain on October 18, 2015. File photo by IFRC

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

Pass law on easy data access to save lives from disasters – Lagmay

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'A lot of scientists have agreed that data should be made open. It's for the public good. It's for humanity,' says UP Resilience Institute executive director Mahar Lagmay

OPEN DATA. UP Resilience Institute Executive Director Mahar Lagmay says that keeping data open is important in preparing for disasters. Rappler screenshot

Global warming is making us lose our cool

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:00 AM

There seems to be something about rising temperatures that contributes to the ascent of human tempers

'Devastating' ocean heatwaves on the rise

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Similar to an atmospheric heatwave, a marine heatwave is a prolonged period of unusually warm water

Faced with global warming, aviation aims to turn green

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Will electric planes eventually gain ground in the highly competitive airline industry?

A handout computer generated image released by electric aircraft start-up Zunum Aero on April 4, 2018 shows a Zunum Aero's hybrid-electric regional aircraft flying. Zunum Aero, a start-up partly financed by US aeronautics group Boeing, works to bring a hybrid plane to the market by 2022. / AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

2ºC cap on global warming won't save Arctic sea ice – studies

Apr 03, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'I didn't expect to find that half-a-degree Celsius would make a big difference, but it really does,' says Alexandra Jahn, author of one of the studies and an assistant professor at Colorado University in Boulder

MELTING ICE. This file photo taken March 25, 2016 shows a perspective of the northeast coastline of Greenland, one of the world’s two great ice sheets (the other is Antarctica), captured by the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team. File photo from NASA

U.S. on track to meet climate targets despite Trump – U.N. chief

Mar 30, 2018 - 9:09 AM

Emissions-cutting plans put in motion by American businesses, regional governments and cities meant that the goals set by the former US administration which signed the deal in 2016 were within reach

TRUMP. In this file photo taken on March 10, 2018 US President Donald Trump answers questions from the media as he departs the White House in Washington, DC. USA. File photo by Olivier Douliery / AFP

WATCH: Powering Progress Together Forum 2018

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Watch the Powering Progress Together forum last March 8

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

An Indian boy plays in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi on March 22, 2018. World Water Day is observed on March 22 and focuses on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

Mar 27, 2018 - 8:27 AM

Scientists say land decay caused by unsustainable farming, mining, pollution, and city expansion is undermining the well-being of some 3.2 billion people or 40% of the global population

STUDY ON LAND DECAY. British Robert Watson (R), President of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) speaks during a press conference next to the Secretary of IPBES Anne Larigauderie, in the framework of the 6th IPBES Biodiversity Summit, in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on March 26, 2018. Photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

[OPINION] Climate change and PH seas: Unlocking blue carbon solutions

Mar 25, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Addressing climate change lies in ensuring the well-being of our people and making sure that they have the capacity to survive and thrive in these trying times

IN PHOTOS: Philippines observes Earth Hour 2018

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Many households, business establishments, and public places switch off their lights for one hour to observe the global event

PICNIC. A family picnics in front of the Quezon Memorial Shrine for the Earth Hour environmental campaign. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

World cities go dark as Earth Hour climate campaign circles globe

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:14 AM

(UPDATED) With global temperatures the highest on record, this year's theme is the impact of climate change on biodiversity and plant and animal species

SYDNEY. Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign on March 24, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Malacañang urges Filipinos to go lights out for Earth Hour 2018

Mar 24, 2018 - 3:56 PM

'For one hour this evening, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, let us all switch off our lights in our homes or in our workplaces to symbolize our commitment to saving Mother Earth,' says Malacañang

EARTH HOUR. The children of Legazpi City join the 2017 celebration of Earth Hour. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Earth Hour 2018: Lights out for world landmarks in nod to nature

Mar 22, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The aim of this year's Earth Hour is building support for biodiversity by focusing on forests, oceans and wildlife conservation

EARTH HOUR. In this file photo, the ferris wheel at Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Sydney on March 25, 2017. File photo by Peter Parks/AFP

More floating parts of giant glacier raise fears on sea levels

Mar 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Totten Glacier is one of the fastest-flowing and largest glaciers in Antarctica with scientists keen to keep a close eye on how it melts given the enormous amount of water it could potentially unleash

RISING SEA LEVELS. The Totten Glacier is one of the fastest-flowing and largest glaciers in Antarctica with scientists keen to keep a close eye on how it melts given the enormous amount of water it could potentially unleash. File photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

Warming could threaten half of species in 33 key areas – report

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The report focuses on 33 so-called 'Priority Places' which host some of the world's richest and most unusual terrestrial species, including iconic, endangered, or endemic plants and animals

CLIMATE ALARM. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

8 reasons why the Rainbow Warrior rocks

Mar 03, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Here are reasons why you may want to see the Rainbow Warrior and fall in love with her as she sails the islands of our beautiful country

CLIMATE JUSTICE. Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior joins Philippines communities in their call for climate justice. File photo by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior arrives in Tacloban

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Yolanda survivor Joana Sustento says the arrival of Rainbow Warrior to her city will give Yolanda survivors a chance to share their stories to the world and help in the fight against climate change

RAINBOW WARRIOR. The Greenpeace ship arrives in Tacloban City on February 28, 2018, as part of its Southeast Asian tour. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

'Beast from the East' sends Europe mercury plummeting

Feb 27, 2018 - 11:03 AM

Freezing temperatures have claimed at least 7 lives across the continent in recent days with particularly acute fears for rough sleepers in the bitter cold

WHITE. Snow falls on St Paul's Cathedral as temperatures plummet in central London on February 26, 2018. Daniel Sorabji/AFP

How Guimaras got rid of coal

Feb 25, 2018 - 11:25 AM

'We want to show the world that we don't need dirty energy to power development,' says Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin

WATCH: Rainbow Warrior calls for climate justice in PH

Feb 16, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The ship will be in the Philippines until March 5, visiting Manila, Guimaras, and Tacloban before sailing to other countries in Southeast Asia

IN PHOTOS: Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior visits Manila

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'The message of the Rainbow Warrior's visit here in the Philippines is to highlight the issue of climate justice,' says Naderev Saño, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia

RAINBOW WARRIOR. Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior joins Philippines communities in their call for climate justice. All photos by Noel Guevara/Greenpeace

WWF-Philippines launches Earth Hour 2018 with campaign #Connect2Earth

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:04 PM

WWF’s Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment

When climate comes unhinged, we need to re-think how to build our cities

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Cities will need to adapt drastically to avoid catastrophes

OVERFLOWING SEINE. A picture taken on January 26, 2018, shows the flooded banks of the river Seine with the Eiffel Tower in the backround in Paris. Ludovic Marin/AFP

For global water crisis, climate may be the last straw

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:04 PM

The prospect of empty water pipes haunts urban areas in climate hot spots

URBAN WOE. No water flows from a faucet during a drinking water supply cut in Santiago, on February 26, 2017. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Sea level rise is accelerating – study

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:52 AM

The past annual rate of sea level rise – about 3 millimeters (0.1 inches) per year – may more than triple to 10 millimeters per year by 2100, a study says

SEA LEVEL RISE. Buildings are seen near the ocean as reports indicate that Miami-Dade County in the future could be one of the most susceptible places when it comes to rising water levels due to global warming on March 14, 2012 in North Miami, Florida. File Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Climate change threatens future of golf, says report

Feb 07, 2018 - 11:50 AM

'We are feeling it now with increases in unplayable holes, winter course closures and disruption to professional tournaments. And the future threats are very real,' says a golf course manager

THREATENED. Golf courses like this Spyglass Hill Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California are under the threat of climate change. Photo Warren Little/Getty Images/AFP