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IN PHOTOS: Filipino youth rally for climate justice

May 25, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Advocates in 15 cities across the Philippines demand urgent action to solve the climate crisis

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. Young activists call for environmental protection and preservation in the youth strike for climate movement on Friday, May 24 at the Mendiola Peace Arch in Metro Manila. Photo by Cherline Trajano.

Bacolod youth coalition heeds global call to strike for climate justice on May 24

May 23, 2019 - 4:33 PM

Istorya Klima, an interactive community event at the Bacolod Public Plaza, aims to start conversations in compelling and innovative ways through art, music, and storytelling

Graphic from Youth for Climate Hope

2-meter sea level rise 'plausible' by 2100 – study

May 21, 2019 - 8:37 PM

A group of the world's leading ice scientists says the area of land lost to the ocean could be equivalent to that of France, Germany, Spain, and Britain combined and would displace more than 180 million people

Aussie election could have global climate impact

May 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Australia is a minnow compared to the bellowing economies of China or the United States, but role as the world's largest coal exporter gives the country outsized influence in the climate stakes

THE CLIMATE VOTE. Climate change activists hold placards outside a polling station in the Liberal-held Sydney seat of Warringah during Australia's general election in Sydney on May 18, 2019. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

'Save the Pacific to save the world,' urges U.N. chief

May 18, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Antonio Guterres has spent the past week in the region pushing for urgent action ahead of a UN summit in September billed as a last chance to prevent irreversible climate change

CLIMATE. In this May 13, 2019 photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) speaks to the media after he attended a breakfast with youth climate change and environmental leaders chaired by James Shaw (R), New Zealand's minister for climate change. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Climate skeptic ex-PM Abbott falls in Australia election

May 18, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Amid a groundswell of activism on climate change among his affluent beachside electorate and a strong challenge from ex-Olympian Zali Steggall, Tony Abbott is unable to hold on

'VOTE ABBOTT OUT.' Photo taken on May 12, 2019 shows a pro-climate change election sign in Sydney featuring climate change skeptic and former prime minister Tony Abbott ahead of the Australian election. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

U.N. chief says world 'not on track' with climate change

May 12, 2019 - 5:15 PM

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says 'political moves' to fight climate change 'seem to be fading'

ICE SHEETS. This NASA handout photo obtained March 29, 2016 shows a stunning 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 flying NASA’s G-III aircraft at about 40,000 feet on March 26. Handout photo/NASA/AFP

The cold will inherit the Earth

May 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It is not 'wealthy country warming' that is happening, but global warming. We all live in a planet that has been warming.

UNESCO releases new handbook on climate change reporting in Asia Pacific

May 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The new handbook for journalists says climate change coverage at the local level 'can save lives, formulate plans, change policy and empower people to make informed choices'

Alaska's thaw threatens prehistoric sites once frozen in time

May 11, 2019 - 10:47 PM

Hundreds of objects – baskets, finely carved harpoon shafts, lip plugs, wooden dolls, ivory tattoo needles – emerged from the earth as melting permafrost and erosion driven by climate change revealed a Yupik Eskimo settlement dating back to the 1600s

Archaeologist Rick Knecht (R) shows local children Yupik Eskimo artifacts found by him and his team at the excavation site beside the Bering Sea, near the town of Quinhagak on the Yukon Delta in Alaska on April 13, 2019. Knecht for the past 10 years has led a team racing to save as many items as possible at the excavation site located about three miles (4.8 kms) from Quinhagak and dubbed Nunalleq, which means Old Village in the Yupik language. Mark RALSTON / AFP

New Zealand unveils plan to go carbon neutral by 2050

May 08, 2019 - 3:18 PM

While the government describes its legislation as 'binding,' Greenpeace New Zealand says it did not include any way to enforce the targets, rendering it "toothless'

CARBON-NEUTRAL NEW ZEALAND. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Post Cabinet media press conference at Parliament in Wellington on March 18, 2019. Photo by David Lintott/AFP

Is renewable energy unreliable? and other questions about RE answered

May 08, 2019 - 2:07 PM

It’s good for the environment but can it really power homes and businesses 24/7?

U.S. climate skeptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

In place of the traditional declaration, the Arctic Council releases a shorter 'ministerial statement,' which sets out future goals for the organization but conspicuously makes no mention of climate change

ARCTIC COUNCIL. Participants have taken their seats to attend the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 7, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

Save nature to save ourselves, United Nations report pleads

May 06, 2019 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) Halting and reversing these dire trends will require 'transformative change' – a sweeping overhaul of the way we produce and consume almost everything, especially food, the UN report concludes

RISKING NATURE. The president of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), Robert Watson, speaks during a press conference in the framework of the 6th IPBES Biodiversity Summit taking place in Medellin, Antioquia Department, Colombia, on March 23, 2018. File photo by Joaquin Sarmiento/AFP

Swimming in a sea of climate anxiety

May 04, 2019 - 5:37 PM

'From promoting a switch to renewable energy in my region, to making my friends plant trees to celebrate my birthday – I focused on what could be done in my sphere of influence, starting a wave of positive impact actions for myself'

SIGN. A person holds a sign during a march against dirty energy in Cagayan de Oro in 2012. Photo by Philline Donggay

Climate change threatens half World Heritage sites' glaciers – report

May 01, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Authors of a new study 'predict glacier extinction by 2100 under a high emission scenario in 21 of the 46 natural World Heritage sites where glaciers are currently found'

1 million species risk extinction due to humans – draft U.N. report

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:13 PM

The report says the accelerating loss of clean air, drinkable water, CO2-absorbing forests, pollinating insects, protein-rich fish and storm-blocking mangroves poses no less of a threat than climate change

Alpine glaciers risk 90% melt by 2100 – study

Apr 09, 2019 - 11:15 PM

A team of researchers in Switzerland finds that due to historic emissions and current CO2 levels, the Alps will lose half of its glaciers no matter what is done about emissions

Rhone Glacier image from Shutterstock

Tens of thousands protest climate change in Switzerland

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:55 AM

'Save the climate please: It's the last time we ask politely,' reads one of the placards at the Lausanne demonstration

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

Shell hit with Dutch climate lawsuit

Apr 05, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Unlike previous cases which sought financial compensation for the effects of climate change, this one involves asking the judge to order Shell to ensure its activities have 0% carbon dioxide emissions by 2050

SHELL. View taken on June 30, 2015 of the head office of the Royal Dutch Shell in The Hague. File photo by Jerry Lampen/ANP/AFP

Wind turbines cause cancer? Trump's 'idiotic' theory whips up storm

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:00 AM

'It's an idiotic statement,' says Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, echoing an earlier assessment by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley

WINDMILL MAGIC. Be swept away by the wind and the towering beauty of Bangui’s windmills. Photo by Ros Flores

Canada experiencing warming at twice global level – report

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Average temperatures have risen by 1.7 degrees Celsius since 1948 – double the global average of 0.8 degrees Celsius, and 'will warm further in the future, driven by human influence,' says a report by Environment and Climate Change Canada

CLIMATE CHANGE PROTEST. Thousands of protesters flood the streets of Montreal during the march for climate, on March 15, 2019. Photo by Martin Ouellet-Diotte/AFP

[OPINION] Coming soon: Water wars

Mar 28, 2019 - 2:45 PM

Unless we act wisely, we may find out too late that the enemy is not without, but within

2018 spike in energy demand spells climate trouble – IEA

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Double-digit growth in solar and wind power generation is still not fast enough to meet soaring electricity demand which also pushed up the use of coal

President Bolsonaro: Brazil owes world nothing on environment

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:19 AM

'Brazil does not owe the world anything when it comes to environmental protection,' says Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro

'UNATTAINABLE.' Brazil earlier declined to host the UN Conference on Climate Change after finding the objectives impossible to attain. File photo by Ricardo Morales/AFP

'No Planet B': Tens of thousands join global youth demo for climate

Mar 16, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Classrooms in capitals from Bangkok to Berlin, Lagos to London are emptied as ambitious organizers of the student strike hope to stage 1,000 demos in more than 100 countries

'NO PLANET B.' Youths demonstrate with banners and placards and a figure depicting young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg holding two representatives of her parents' generation and reading 'Do something against the climate disaster!' during the 'Fridays For Future' movement on a global day of student protests aiming to spark world leaders into action on climate change on March 15, 2019 in Duesseldorf, western Germany. Photo by Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP

Leaders appeal for 'urgent action' on environment

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Earth is already experiencing fallout from its fossil fuel addiction, with climate change driving more frequent droughts, floods and superstorms fuelled by warmer, rising seas

Raw materials behind half of global emissions – U.N.

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Authors of a major new report present lawmakers and businesses with a stark choice: drastically reform the global economy to get more from less, or risk the collapse of global infrastructure

[OPINION] Pleading for the oceans, pitching for the future

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:36 AM

'Plastic pollution is an issue that urgently needs policy and power to ultimately change its path of destruction,' Antoinette Taus says

WATCH: Geothermal energy and the Philippines: A match made in heaven

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:02 PM

Find out why geothermal energy is perfect for powering our houses and businesses

Natural gas and renewables are a perfect match in cutting carbon emissions

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:36 AM

In the transition to clean energy, natural gas solves the need for a reliable renewable energy partner

Aussie rodent becomes first 'climate change extinction'

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:24 AM

The rat-like Bramble Cay melomys – whose only known habitat was a small sandy island in far northern Australia – has not been spotted in a decade

Thousands of UK kids skip school for climate protests

Feb 16, 2019 - 8:53 PM

Children of all ages chant 'save our planet', cheer as flares are lit and clamber onto statues in the shadow of Big Ben to call for action, and to raise awareness

Climate-vulnerable LGUs urged to implement resiliency program

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:13 PM

'Climate change is already here, and it will be here for the next generations. It is now, therefore, our obligation to take this program for implementation,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu conducts an inspection at Estero de San Antonio Abad along Mabini Street connecting to Manila bay in Manila on 11 January 2019 to determine how a large amount of coliform made its way to Manila Bay. Photo - Lito Borras

Melting ice sheets may cause 'climate chaos' – study

Feb 07, 2019 - 10:16 PM

One likely result of weakened current in the Atlantic will be warmer air temperatures in the high Arctic, eastern Canada and central America, and cooler temperatures over northwestern Europe

ICE SHEETS. This NASA handout photo obtained March 29, 2016 shows a stunning 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 flying NASA’s G-III aircraft at about 40,000 feet on March 26. Handout photo/NASA/AFP

U.S. House holds first hearings on gun violence and climate change in 8 years

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:02 PM

'No more climate denialism. No more evasions. @HouseDemocrats are in charge,' tweets the House Natural Resources Committee

Last 4 years hottest on record, U.N. confirms

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:11 AM

'The degree of warming during the past 4 years has been exceptional, both on land and in the ocean,' says World Meterological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas

RECORD HEAT. Two girls play on a small wall during sunset in a neighborhood of Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, on August 22, 2016. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Natural gas in the Philippines

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:12 PM

The world is clamoring for a cleaner future. How can the PH keep up?

Two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers could melt, study warns

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region are a critical water source for some 250 million people in the mountains as well as to 1.65 billion others in the river valleys below

Ngozumba glacier image via Shutterstock

Grim outlook for Aussie right points to another switch of PM

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison may be forced to leave after less than a year on the job

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 22, 2018 shows Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison attending a press conference in Parliament House in Canberra.  Treasurer Scott Morrison was on August 24, 2018 picked as Australia's new prime minister after a Liberal party coup in a stunning upset against key challenger Peter Dutton, broadcasters ABC and Sky News reported. / AFP PHOTO / MARK GRAHAM

'Radical rethink' needed to tackle obesity, hunger, climate – report

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:57 PM

'Both undernutrition and obesity are expected to be made significantly worse by climate change,' says Boyd Swinburn. co-chair of The Lancet Commission on Obesity

'We are losing the race' on climate change – U.N. chief

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'In my opinion [climate change] is the most important global systemic threat in relation to the global economy,' UN chief Antonio Guterres tells business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

World to miss 2020 climate 'turning point' – analysis

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:42 AM

An analysis by the World Resources Institute shows current efforts to limit temperature increases are falling well short

PROTESTING CLIMATE CHANGE. A protester holds a placard during a march for the climate on sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) summit on December 8, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. File photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Climate change pilgrimage: Winning hearts and minds

Jan 19, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'Our destination is not Katowice or Paris; it’s the hearts and minds of the people,' says street artist and environment activist AG Saño

PILGRIMAGE. Pope Francis meets with participants of the Climate Pilgrimage in Trieste, Italy. Photo by Albert Lozada

Lentils with a side of rice: the save-the-world diet?

Jan 17, 2019 - 11:11 PM

This meal plan could rein in climate change: porridge for breakfast, rice for lunch, a dinner of lentils and vegetables, and a single hamburger every few weeks, as a treat

SAVE THE WORLD. A bowl of lentils is an ideal  mea, says a new study. Photo from Shutterstock

Antarctica ice loss increases sixfold since 1979 – study

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The pace of melting is expected to lead to disastrous sea level rise in the years to come

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

World's oceans are heating up at a quickening pace – study

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The findings in the US journal Science debunk previous reports that suggested a so-called pause in global warming in recent years

2018 top science stories: Rhino skeleton, climate change, and Lego heads

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

As we wrap up 2018, the Mind Movers of the Mind Museum write about some of this year's most important science stories

CHR concludes landmark climate change investigation

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The Commission on Human Rights' probe scrutinizes giant companies like Shell and ExxonMobil and their impact on climate change

CLIMATE JUSTICE. Hundreds of Woman from Various sectors march to the Department of Enviroment and Natural Resources to denounce coal and fossil fuel industries and call for a transformation of dirty energy to renewable energy systems. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINION] More urgency for the Philippines after Poland climate talks

Dec 20, 2018 - 1:34 PM

'The Philippines has actively championed the cause of vulnerable nations in the international arena, but now it needs to proactively lead its citizens toward a social transformation'