climate change

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

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

Trump willing to sign a revamped Paris climate deal

Jan 28, 2018 - 8:31 AM

While the president remains firm in his criticism of the historic accord, which was signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, he said he would be willing to sign up to a revamped deal

REVISION NEEDED. US president Donald Trump wants changes in the Paris climate deal before signing his nation back in. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

1.5ºC climate goal 'very unlikely' but doable – draft UN report

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'There is a very high risk that under current emissions trajectories, and current national pledges, global warming will exceed 1.5ºC above preindustrial levels,' says the 1,000-page report prepared by hundreds of scientists

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Jan 11, 2018 - 12:00 PM

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Trump says U.S. could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate deal

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:54 AM

Trump's comments will renew questions about whether he actually intends to withdraw or simply wants easier US emissions targets

US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

10 civic actions in 2017 that can move PH in 2018

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:40 PM

MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, hopes that the social impact of these efforts it initiated or supported in 2017 will fuel sustained action that will transform courage into action in 2018

Hurricanes, heat waves, fires ravaged planet in 2017

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:27 PM

The world is currently on track for its third warmest year in modern times

HOTTER THAN EVER. Wildfires consumes an entire forest. Photo from Wikicommons

Case vs Trillanes, CPP vs Duterte, Trump on climate change | Evening wRap

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

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As cold wave sweeps North America, Trump makes light of climate change

Dec 29, 2017 - 10:52 AM

The National Weather Service says 'dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills' were pummeling much of the central and eastern part of the country

TRUMP. Republican presidential elect Donald Trump arrives for an election night party at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. AFP FILE PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

PH's lessons from disasters: #ZeroCasualty possible through social action

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:04 PM

This speech, delivered in November at the 2017 World Bosai Forum in Japan, is made timely by the rising death toll from Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin)

WORLD BOSAI FORUM. MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz delivers a speech at the World Bosai Forum/International Disaster and Risk Conference held in Sendai, Japan from November 25 to 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co.

Tropical Storm Vinta, Alvarez on budget cuts, Climate change | Midday wRap

Dec 21, 2017 - 2:27 PM

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Global, Asian heat waves in 2016 due purely to climate change – study

Dec 14, 2017 - 9:21 AM

The findings mark the first time that global scientists have identified severe weather that could not have happened without climate change

SIZZLING. Thousands of people in Rio de Janeiro turn to Ipanema beach to stand the 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) heat on December 28, 2016. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP

Vanishing Brgy. Alaska: Who's paying for loss and damage?

Dec 14, 2017 - 7:30 AM

Some 306 families in Barangay Alaska, Aringay, La Union are pleading to be relocated as rising seas threaten to submerge their community

ENCROACHING SEA. Editha Rulloda of Sitio Berlin Barangay Alaska Aringay, La Union shows water closing in on her house. Photo by Arnold Diaz Manongdo

IN PHOTOS: Greenpeace lauds CHR probe into carbon emitters

Dec 12, 2017 - 9:41 PM

Greenpeace Southeast Asia praises the Commission on Human Rights' planned public hearings on a petition filed against the world's largest investor-owned fossil fuel and cement producer

PETITIONERS. Members of petitioning organizations and communities as well as other supporters listen to the speaker during the vigil program outside the CHR. Photo by Geric Cruz/Greenpeace

CHR to start public hearings on petition vs top carbon emitters in 2018

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:50 PM

'No other case has been filed anywhere in the world trying to establish a nexus between human rights and climate change,' says Commissioner Roberto Cadiz

Leaders join France's Macron to discuss climate cash crunch

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Without trillions of dollars of investment in clean energy, the pact's goal to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels will remain a pipe dream

CLIMATE ADVOCATE. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the 'Tech for Planet' event at the 'Station F' start-up campus ahead of the One Planet Summit in Paris on December 11, 2017. Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

On eve of climate summit, Macron reminds Trump of 'responsibility to history'

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Macron rejects the idea that Trump could negotiate a fresh deal and termed his withdrawal an 'aggressive' maneuver

In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a speech on the European Union in the amphitheatre of the Sorbonne University in Paris on September 26, 2017. Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP

BDO, World Bank tie up for $150-million green bonds

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The World Bank is the sole investor in the issuance which is expected to curb 93,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year by 2022 through the funding of climate-smart projects

Robredo slams EJKs, online trolls in Human Rights Day message

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat din nating bigyang-diin ang diwa ng pagdiriwang na ito, dahil sa mga nakababahalang balita tungkol sa malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao, lalo na sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,' says the Vice President

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Vice President Leni Robredo wants Filipinos to stand up to human rights violations being done to them. File photo by OVP

LIVE: Filipino climate champions join Al Gore in '24 Hours of Reality Broadcast'

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:48 PM

The Philippines is featured in the 24 Hours of Reality on December 5 at 2pm, which tackles climate justice with invited global thought leaders including Senator Loren Legarda

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. Former US Vice President and Climate Reality Project chair Al Gore the latest version of his An Inconvenient Truth presentation that sparked a global movement 10 years ago. Gore is in Manila, Philippines to host the Climate Reality Leadership Corps on March 14-16, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. Former US Vice President and Climate Reality Project chair Al Gore the latest version of his An Inconvenient Truth presentation that sparked a global movement 10 years ago. Gore is in Manila, Philippines to host the Climate Reality Leadership Corps on March 14-16, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Obama takes on Trump and men in general at Paris event

Dec 03, 2017 - 9:14 AM

Asked to list leadership qualities for the future, former US president Barack Obama says: 'More focus on putting women in power, because men seem to be having some problems these days'

(FILES) This file photo taken on November 10, 2016 shows US President Barack Obama meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.  US President-elect Donald Trump on December 28, 2016 accused Barack Obama of making "inflammatory" statements and complicating the impending transfer of power -- the latest salvo in an escalating war of words with the current commander-in-chief. The unorthodox personal and public criticism of a sitting president comes less than a month before the 70-year-old Trump -- who defeated Obama's preferred successor Hillary Clinton in November's presidential election -- takes office.  / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

Dec 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM

With the current emission reduction targets set us on a pathway to 2.7-3.1 degrees Celsius, the report illustrates the urgent need for country leaders to step up their efforts to reach the targets set in the Paris climate agreement

Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques - COP21 (Paris, Le Bourget)

ICLEI launches climate action project with 3 Metro Manila cities on November 28

Nov 27, 2017 - 10:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Pasig, Parañaque, and Marikina city governments will receive assistance to implement projects that address the impact of climate change

How climate change affects ASEAN affairs

Nov 25, 2017 - 5:08 PM

'ASEAN has a big role to play as a conduit for regional and global cooperation to address climate change'

CHANGING INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. Climate patterns may affect international relations through humanitarian crises, migration threats, and an increasing need for greater imports of vital goods

Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century

Nov 23, 2017 - 6:17 PM

The roles and responsibilities of health professionals go way beyond treating diseases

Climate Change Consciousness Week events: 'Science, policy, and climate action'

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:38 PM

The annual observance will run from November 20 to 24

CLIMATE ACTION. It is about time to take climate change seriously and take responsibility

Climate groups lament lack of loss and damage finance pledges in COP 23

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Climate groups agree that the loss and damage finance agenda has been sidelined in the COP 23 negotiations

Legarda at COP23: 'We have to do both the difficult and the impossible'

Nov 17, 2017 - 5:05 PM

'The window of opportunity on achieving the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal of the Paris Agreement is fast closing and any delay will result in the irreversible,' says Senator Loren Legarda as she delivers the Philippine statement

CALL FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE. Senator Loren Legarda delivers the Philippine Statement during the High-Level Segment at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) happening in Bonn, Germany. Photo from Legarda's Twitter account

Environmental groups urge PH, ASEAN to join global coal phase-out

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:36 AM

Studies show coal is projected to rise in the whole ASEAN region in the next few years

Pasig, Legazpi showcase urban climate solutions at UN climate conference

Nov 16, 2017 - 6:23 PM

ASEAN cities share innovative urban solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation

World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:38 AM

World leaders descend on Bonn to re-energize negotiations hamstrung by America's rejection of the 2015 Paris Agreement

UNITED FRONT. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot (L) pose with youth as they visit the French stand during the UN conference on climate change (COP23) on November 15, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. John Macdougall/AFP

PH leads call for innovative climate finance for vulnerable countries

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:52 PM

The Philippines needs to get support for data gathering and capacity building, says Senator Loren Legarda, head of the Philippine delegation at the 23rd UN Climate Change Conference

Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of the Paris Agreement

PROTEST. This file photo taken on November 4, 2017 shows environmentalists holding up an Earth-shaped balloon reading 'Out of Coal' and decorated with an effigy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel seen in the smoke clouds of a power plant as they demonstrate in Bonn, western Germany, during a so-called Climate March against fossil-based energies like coal. Sascha Schuermann/AFP

ASEAN, East Asia vow to step up efforts to end hunger in the region

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:40 PM

In a 15-point statement, the leaders commit to a 'strong determination to enhance cooperation in food security by encouraging countries in the region to take effective measures'

ASEAN PLUS THREE. The leaders of the ASEAN Plus Three, which includes ASEAN member-states, People's Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, pose for a photo during the 20th APT Commemorative Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Trudeau: Reducing coal use 'greatest challenge' in climate change

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:31 PM

'Let me be very blunt about this: Coal represents perhaps the greatest challenge to the world not meeting its climate change targets,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN Summit

FOSSIL FUELS. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks about Canada's commitment to reduce coal consumption. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Climate group calls on ASEAN leaders to shift to renewable energy

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:38 PM

But the group argues participation of the US and Japan in the 31st ASEAN Summit will bring in projects that support coal dependency in the discussion table

CLIMATE DENIER. Climate justice group Philippine Movement for Climate Justice calls on ASEAN leaders to shift to renewable energy. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

ASEAN to developed countries: Honor commitments to mitigate climate change

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations remind developing countries of their pledge to provide $100 billion per year for climate finance

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 14, 2017

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the rest of the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo prior to the 31st ASEAN Summit plenary at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Scientists warn of 'giant leap backward' at climate talks

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:25 AM

CO2 emissions, flat since 2014, are forecast to rise 2% in 2017, dashing hopes they had peaked, scientists report at 12-day negotiations in the German city of Bonn ending Friday

NO TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Demonstrators dressed as human skeletons stand on a ship-designed float swimming on symbolical nuclear waste during a protest of the action group "No Climate Change" on November 11, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany, where is taking place the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Photo by Bernd Thissen / dpa / AFP

4 hard truths about Justin Trudeau

Nov 13, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has impressed world leaders and swooning girls alike, but he has been hit for his views on climate change and using PR stunts to distract the public

THE RETURN. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in the Philippines on November 12 for the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Climate change is real’: Greenpeace taunts Trump in protest graffiti

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:30 PM

'Donald Trump has just set foot in a country where people have been seriously affected by extreme weather made worse by climate change', the environmental group says

PAINTING GRAFFITI. Greenpeace activists€ painted reverse-graffiti  in various spots around the ASEAN Summit venues