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Civil society groups condemn ban on colleagues at COP24

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'People are demanding climate action from our governments and should be supported for doing so. The Polish government is afraid to see the reality that also they need to act,' says CAN Europe director Wendel Trio

COP24. Protesters are pictured during a march for the climate on sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit on December 8, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

German farmers sue government over missed climate targets

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:00 AM

German farmers launch a challenge against the German government for having 'given up' trying to achieve cuts in greenhouse gas emissions set out under its own climate target

HAY. Farmer Heiner Luetke Schwienhorst smells the hay in the feed storage facility on his farm Gut Ogrosen Hof in Vetschau, eastern Germany on November 27, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Trump attacks Paris climate agreement, cites France protests

Dec 08, 2018 - 10:03 PM

US President Donald Trump's comments came admi the UN climate talks in Poland, where 200 nations gather to agree on a rulebook on the 2015 climate accord

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

CO2 emissions up 2.7%, world 'off course' to curb warming

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Research shows rapid deployment of solar and wind power, along with gains in energy efficiency, have been outpaced by growth in demand for freight, personal transport, shipping, and aviation

G20 summit shows strains over climate change

Dec 02, 2018 - 10:18 AM

A final communique adopted at the summit says all G20 members, except the United States, agreed to implement the 'irreversible' Paris Agreement on climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. The Paris Agreement on climate change aims to prevent the worst-case scenarios of global warming. Photo from Shutterstock

[OPINION] What's at stake for the Philippines at COP24

Dec 01, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'Just as it has done in previous Conference of Parties, the Philippines needs to take an even more active role in navigating the complex web of climate negotiations and push for the proper implementation of the Paris agreement'

U.S. approves seismic tests despite dolphin, whale concerns

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Experts say that offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting causes loud, far-traveling noise that can potentially disrupt marine life and injure animals underwater

DANGEROUS. Seismic blastic could have adverse effects on marine life. File Photo by Arvydas Kniuksta/123rf

Global warming outpaces efforts to slow it – U.N.

Nov 28, 2018 - 3:34 PM

To cap global warming at 2ºC, national carbon-cutting pledges annexed to the 2015 Paris Agreement must collectively triple by 2030

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

Trump says he doesn't believe own government's climate warning

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:56 PM

'I don't believe it,' President Donald Trump says at the White House, adding that the United States will not take measures to cut emissions if the same is not done in other countries

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

U.S. court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:53 PM

The ruling by Judge Brian Morris of the US District Court for the District of Montana deals a stinging setback to Trump and the oil industry and serves up a big win for conservationists and indigenous groups

NO. In this file photo, demonstrators march to the Federal Building in protest against US President Donald Trump's executive order fast-tracking the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines, in Los Angeles, California on February 5, 2017. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Handful of states hold fate of world's vanishing wilderness

Nov 01, 2018 - 2:17 PM

New research published in the journal Nature finds that nearly 3 quarters of the wilderness that's left belongs to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, and the United States

DEFORESTATION. This file photo shows a rainforest jungle in Borneo, Malaysia, destroyed to make way for oil palm plant. Shutterstock photo

Nature pushed to the brink by 'runaway consumption'

Oct 30, 2018 - 8:47 AM

WWF's 'Living Planet' reports says that from 1970 to 2014, 60% of all animals with a backbone were wiped out by human activity

WILDLIFE WOES. Elephants walk to a watering pan in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park on September 6, 2012. File photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

[OPINION] Fighting climate change: More than state agreements and policymaking

Oct 29, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The threats of climate change transcend economic and political boundaries

Looking climate change straight in the eye

Oct 22, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Stop looking away, it’s time to acknowledge and address the effects of climate change in PH

[OPINION] To empower Asian clean energy ambitions, development banks must act now

Oct 20, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The inability to act today would mean irreparable damage to the lives of millions of Asians living in extremely climate-vulnerable regions

[OPINION] Breathing out coal: How victims of the climate can be its protectors

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:06 PM

'Only by shifting away from dirty energy – the leading cause of climate change – can Filipinos truly move from being tagged as victims of the climate towards being known as its protectors'

Trump questions climate change during hurricane damage tour

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:25 PM

President Donald Trump, a longtime climate change skeptic, says he does believe the climate is shifting, but argues that any worsening may not be permanent

VISIT. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour damage from Hurricane Michael in Lynn Haven, Florida, October 15, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

[OPINION] Societal transformation: The road to 1.5°C target for PH

Oct 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Climate action is far more than just disaster resilience

U.N. warns paradigm shift needed to avert global climate chaos

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:56 AM

'Things that scientists have been saying would happen further in the future are happening now,' Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, says

There is no such thing as forever – even with rice

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We can diversify a lot more when it comes to what we should eat

Saudi Arabia backs down from blocking U.N. climate report – sources

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:18 PM

The Saudis had objected to the inclusion of a passage emphasising the need for sharp reductions in the use of fossil fuels –Saudi Arabia's main export.

CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT. An executive summary of the UN special report on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is being vetted in South Korea this week, line-by-line, by diplomats under the 195-nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Wind turbines contribute to climate change – study

Oct 05, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'Wind beats coal by any environmental measure, but that doesn't mean that its impacts are negligible,' says a senior author of the study

U.N. report on 'mission impossible' climate target: key points

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:45 AM

The report lays out what it will take to prevent Earth's average surface temperature from rising beyond 1.5C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels

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

Key internet connections and locations at risk from rising seas

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:16 AM

Current internet cable systems may have less than a decade to adapt to the changing global climate

RISING WATERS. An operator works during the mooring of an undersea fiber optic cable at Arrietara beach near the Spanish Basque village of Sopelana on June 13, 2017. Photo by Ander Gillenea/AFP


Aiming for zero: cities, companies ramp up climate goals

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Jointly organized by California governor Jerry Brown and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, the 3-day gathering is a showcase for initiatives, big and small, to reduce humanity's carbon footprint

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

U.S. to miss Paris climate pact target by a third

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Efforts at the sub-national level by states, cities, and businesses to shrink the country's carbon footprint will not fully compensate for Trump's decision to scrap his predecessor's climate policies and promote the use of fossil fuels

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. Climate activists rally, to urge politicians to stand against climate denial and hate, January 9, 2017 in New York.  File photo by Don Emmert/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

Nations round on U.S., allies as UN climate talks wrap up

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Delegates representing some of Earth's poorest and smallest nations say that the United States and other Western economies failed to live up to their green spending commitments

[OPINION] Urgently needed: Department for disaster resilience and climate change

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:00 AM

We have been calling for the new department for 5 years now, even before the 2013 Yolanda disaster. It would be fitting that we finally get this done on the fifth anniversary of that terrible event.

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

U.S. accused of blocking UN climate talks amid protests

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:55 PM

The issue of how funds are made available to developing nations has emerged as a key sticking point at the talks, which have made little headway since they opened on Tuesday

CLIMATE JUSTICE. An environmental activist wearing a face-mask depicting US President Donald Trump takes part in a demonstration in front of the United Nations building, where experts from across the planet locked in key talks aimed at breathing life into the Paris Agreement on climate change, in Bangkok on September 8, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Climate negotiator warns world 'out of time' to save islands

Sep 07, 2018 - 7:07 PM

With experts from across the planet locked in key talks in Bangkok aimed at breathing life into the Paris Agreement on climate change, Amjad Abdulla says time had 'already run out' for some countries

Climate action could add $26 trillion to world economy – study

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:59 PM

The shift would involve change in 5 key areas: the development of clean energy systems, improved urban planning, a shift towards more sustainable agriculture, smart water management and decarbonising industry.

CLIMATE ACTION. Visitors look at a sphere displayed at the pavillion of India on November 8, 2017 during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/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

'Major transformation' ahead for Earth's ecosystems – study

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:08 AM

Some of these changes are already under way in the southwestern United States, where massive wildfires are destroying pine forests and transforming swaths of territory into shrubland

WILDFIRES. Burnt trees stand as the sun sets in a smokey skyline in Mariposa, California on July 19, 2017. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Scott Morrison sworn in as new Australian PM after bitter coup

Aug 24, 2018 - 10:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Morrison, an ally of deposed leader Malcolm Turnbull, wins a party vote 45-40

OATH-TAKING. New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes part in an oath-taking ceremony to become the nation's new leader at Government House in Canberra on August 24, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

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