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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

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.

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

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


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

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

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?

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