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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

Under Trump, U.S. to fall short of Paris climate targets, says report

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Despite the US shortfall, a surge of climate action will keep the US emissions curve on a downward path, the report adds

CLIMATE CHANGE. The US State Department says Washington is still committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. White House file photo by Jewel Samad/AFP; COP file photo courtesy of COP21

PH environmental group to Trump: 'Take a second look at climate change'

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Environmental groups see the ASEAN Summit in Manila as the perfect opportunity to make an appeal to US President Donald Trump, and echo the country's call to uphold the 2015 Paris climate deal

Developing world says rich nations shirking on climate

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The diplomatic spat underscores the difficulty of reaching a consensus at the 196-nation talks

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. Visitors stand in front of a banner reading "changing minds, not the climate" at a pavillion on November 8, 2017 during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

[OPINION] Bonn climate conference: Thinking local, acting global

Nov 09, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Questions related to land use, human rights and sustainable development are expected to come up in discussions in Bonn, as countries continue negotiations on the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement

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. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

EU to cut car emissions to meet climate targets

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The proposal has to be approved by the 28 member states and the European Parliament

ON THE ROAD. Cars drive on the Peripherique in Paris on December 8, 2016. Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating U.S.

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:22 AM

(UPDATED) The United States mocks Syria's arrival in the climate change agreement, side-stepping the charge that it has isolated itself by being the world's sole hold-out

EMPTY SEAT. The seats of the US delegation are pictured prior to the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patirk Stollarz/AFP

Trump 'not invited' to Paris climate summit

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:16 PM

'For now, President Donald Trump is not invited,' says an aide to French President Emmanuel Macron, while noting that representatives of the US government would attend

NO INVITE. US President Donald Trump during a state dinner at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 7, 2017

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:29 AM

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

COP23: Plea for 'urgent action' on climate shadowed by Trump

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:06 AM

The concern is more whether other leaders who were already reluctant to foreswear fossil fuels as the main engine of economic growth for their countries will lose resolve

PASSING THE HAMMER. Salaheddine Mezouar (C-R), Moroccan Foreign Minister and President of COP22, hands over a symbolic hammer to Frank Bainimarama (C-L), Prime Minister of Fiji and President of the COP23, during the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

2017 set to be hottest non-El Niño year, says UN

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:21 PM

The UN's World Meteorological Organization says some 30 percent of the world's population now experience 'extreme hot temperatures' for at least several days each year

2017 is on track to be the hottest year on record except for two warmed by El Niño phenomena, says the UN's World Meteorological Organization.

UN climate talks open in Bonn

Nov 06, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Climate negotiators meet in Bonn, wondering to what extent US President Donald Trump will make their jobs more difficult.

PRESIDER. In this file photo, Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and COP 23 President Designate, speaks during a COP23-related meeting in Germany, May 18, 2017. COP23 photo

4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

Nov 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Victims of natural disasters are vulnerable to trauma, as well as mental problems such as stress disorders, depression and general anxiety

AFTERMATH. A woman picks up what's left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

Nov 05, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week

COP23 CHAIR. In this file photo, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaks at the beginning of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 22, 2017 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

$129B in extreme weather losses last year – climate report

Oct 31, 2017 - 1:09 PM

There was a 46% increase in weather disasters from 2010 to 2016, with 797 'extreme' events recorded last year, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal

Heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high – UN

Oct 30, 2017 - 6:59 PM

The report also said that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago, when the sea level was up to 20 meters higher than now

EMISSIONS. The report also says that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago. Image from Shutterstock.

At climate talks, it's America alone more than America first

Oct 30, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Facing 195 other countries who have chosen a different path, the task of US negotiators at upcoming climate talks in Bonn is unenviable

LEAD NEGOTIATOR. In this file photo, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon speaks during a ceremony at the State Department June 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

UNEP: 'We need to speed up' on climate change

Oct 26, 2017 - 5:10 PM

'The train has left the station, the train is speeding up, but we need to speed up more,' says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim

Bring politics of biodiversity at same level as climate change – UNEP

Oct 25, 2017 - 2:12 PM

'Every other nation [has] accepted the climate message, and we should be at the same place by 2020 with biodiversity,' says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim at an international wildlife conference in Manila

BIODIVERSITY. In this file photo, Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, speaks during the official opening of the 28th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali on October 13, 2016. File photo by Cyril Ndegeya/AFP

Nicaragua signs Paris climate agreement – official

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:30 AM

The announcement leaves the United States and Syria as the only countries holding out on the Paris deal

The flag of Nicaragua (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 14, 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

[OPINION] World hunger is increasing thanks to wars and climate change

Oct 19, 2017 - 3:21 PM

As disasters compete for our attention, they make it harder for people in poor, marginalized and war-torn regions to access adequate food

IMPOVERISHED. In this file photo, Martha Nyarueni (2ndL) and her family stand outside their home outside the town of Leer, South Sudan, after receiving aid package, on July 5, 2014. Photo by Nichole Sobecki / AFP