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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'

Nations agree on rulebook for Paris climate treaty

Dec 16, 2018 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) But environmental groups say the rulebook lacked the bold ambition needed to protect states already dealing with the severe effects of climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. Members of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice protest ahead of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 14, 2018. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Nations inch towards climate deal at marathon U.N. summit

Dec 15, 2018 - 10:15 PM

A deal to make the 2015 Paris Agreement operational is 'within reach,' says European Union's climate commissioner

CLIMATE CHANGE. Members of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice protest ahead of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 14, 2018. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

15 U.N. Climate Action awardees honored at COP24

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:43 PM

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa says the winning climate projects are 'activities [that] shine a light on scalable climate action around the world'

WOMEN FOR RESULTS. Syria's 'Yalla Let's Bike' (Come on Let's Bike), one of UN Climate Action winners in Women for Results category, is an initiative that aims to defy traditional gender roles, combat overcrowded streets, and promote bicycling as a healthy and eco-friendly mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of UNFCCC.

Nations still worlds apart at crunch U.N. climate summit

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:55 AM

Far from the goal of reducing global temperature to 'well below' two degrees Celsius, experts urge delegates to act immediately or condemn at-risk nations to prevent worse effects

WORLDS APART. The world is "way off course" in its plan to prevent catastrophic climate change, the United Nations warned as nations gathered in Poland to chart a way for mankind to avert runaway global warming. File Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

La Union deserves a coal-free future – congresswoman

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Ten years after the Renewable Energy Act was signed, 'the evils and perils it aims to eradicate have continued to persist,' says Senior Citizen Representative Milagros Magsaysay

LUNA COASTLINE. Part of the Darigayos coastline in Luna, La Union, home to many beach resorts. Residents are worried about the construction of a coal-fired plant in their town. Photo courtesy of Laurie Mae Gucilatar, Joms Santos, and Eleazar Cuela

U.N. climate summit set for tense finale as nations sound alarm

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Sources close to the COP24 talks say delegates from nearly 200 nations are still far apart on several issues – from adopting the latest environmental science to how future climate action is funded

COP24. Participants work at the main plenary room during the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 4, 2018. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Climate talks must be rescued, warns U.N. chief

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:32 AM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says wasting the opportunity 'would not only be immoral, it would be suicidal'

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

Saudi, U.S. snub of climate report unsettles U.N. talks

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:03 AM

'Alarmism should not silence realism,' says Preston Wells Griffith, special advisor to US President Donald Trump

'COAL 24.' 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. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

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

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