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Climate change threatens Greenland's archaeological sites – study

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Projections used in the study predict average temperatures could increase by up to 2.6 degrees Celsius, leading to 'higher soil temperatures, a longer thaw season, and increased microbial activity within the organic layers'

AFFECTING ARCHAEOLOGY. In this handout picture taken on August 14, 2016 and released by the National Museum of Denmark on July 10, 2019, students and scientists investigate the material found in the archeological site in Iffiartarfik, western Greenland. Handout photo by Roberto Fortuna/National Museum of Denmark/AFP

Deforestation + climate change = dead end for wildlife

Jul 09, 2019 - 8:55 PM

Less than two-fifths of forests across Latin America, Asia and Africa currently allow for animals and plants to avoid potentially intolerable increases in temperature, according to a report from the journal Nature Climate Change.

DEFORESTATION. This aerial photo taken on March 3, 2018 shows a protected area of the Rawa Singkil wildlife reserve as part of the Leuser Ecosystem in Trumon, South Aceh, which is being burnt in preparation for the opening of a new palm oil plantation. File photo by Januar/AFP

Oil giant Total's chief announces new unit to invest in forests

Jul 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

French oil giant Total plans to spend $100 million a year on forest preservation and reforestation

Last month hottest June on record – EU satellite agency

Jul 03, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Global readings show European temperatures were around 2ºC hotter than normal, and globally Earth was 0.1ºC hotter than the previous June record

HEATWAVE. Two men hold umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastian on June 26, 2019 at the start of a heatwave tipped to break records across Europe. Photo by Ander Gillenea/AFP

U.N. chief urges action to avert climate change 'catastrophe'

Jun 30, 2019 - 7:56 PM

'Climate disruption is happening now. It is progressing even faster than the world's top scientists have predicted,' says United Nations chief Antonio Guterres

CLIMATE CHANGE. Melting ice sheets could cause even more extreme weather. Photo from NASA/AFP

[OPINION] Can you make every day Earth Day?

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

When I decided to be a lawyer, I wanted to uphold truth and justice at all costs, working hard to fight not only for my countrymen and the motherland, but for Mother Nature as well.

G20 summit shows growing division in climate change deal

Jun 29, 2019 - 5:07 PM

'The US pushed some governments, including Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Turkey, to water down the text,' says Yuki Tanabe of the Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society

CLIMATE CHANGE. Protesters wearing masks of world leaders including a giant paper mache Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and US President Donald Trump demonstrate against climate change and coal use as world leaders convene at the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019.  Photo by Pak Yiu / AFP

France's Macron says climate 'red line' at G20

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Emmanuel Macron is speaking in Tokyo on a visit ahead of this week's Group of 20 meeting, where climate change will be among several contentious issues on the table, along with trade and tensions with Iran

MACRON. France wants the G20 to issue a statement committing to strong action on climate change. File photo by Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

[OPINION] Presence and present: The Philippines in climate talks

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:07 PM

'I challenge Locsin to stop hiding behind a desktop or mobile screen and his awful tweets, and start giving the Philippines the kind of climate diplomacy it truly deserves'

PH climate change body calls for stronger 'global climate action'

Jun 08, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman says all countries must 'ramp up climate action efforts and to deliver more ambitious commitments to mitigation with utmost urgency and equity'

This photo taken on February 3, 2019 shows the chapel in Sitio Pariahan, Bulacan, located amid encroaching bay waters. - Areas north of Manila like the provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan have sunk four-six centimetres (1.5-2.4 inches) a year since 2003, according to satellite monitoring. The creeping bay waters put people and property at risk, while the threat is amplified by high-tides and flooding brought by the roughly 20 storms that pound the archipelago every year. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP) / TO GO WITH Philippines-water-climate,FEATURE by Joshua MELVIN

Prince Charles' climate change passion wows Trump

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:44 PM

'He wants to have a world that is good for future generations and I want that too,' Donald Trump says

CLIMATE CHANGE PASSION. US President Donald Trump (R) raises a glass to toast with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during a dinner at Winfield House on June 4, 2019. Photo by Chris Jackson/AFP

[OPINION] Should the Philippines declare a climate emergency?

Jun 01, 2019 - 4:00 PM

'Removing our collective business-as-usual attitude about our environment through actions within our homes, communities, or organizations will not be easy, but we must start now'

Duterte slams climate change conferences for accomplishing 'nothing'

May 31, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The Philippine leader says United Nations climate conferences are a 'waste of time and money'

Climate change killing off Bering Sea puffins, say scientists

May 30, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Scientists estimate that between 3,150 and 8,500 birds may have succumbed to starvation in the Bering Sea as climate change wreaks havoc on marine ecosystems

This picture taken on October 19, 2016 and released on May 29,2019 by the "Aleut Community of St Paul Island Ecosystem Conservation Office" shows Nineteen tufted puffins found on North Beach, St. Paul, Pribilof Islands, Alaska, on Oct. 19, 2016. (Photo by - / Aleut Community of St Paul Island Ecosystem Conservation Office / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Aleut Community of St Paul Island Ecosystem Conservation Office" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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