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Renewable energy could cut power generation health impact by 80%

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Scientists says if majority of energy is derived from solar and wind power it could cut adverse health effects from electricity production by 80% compared with our current fossil-heavy economies

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

[OPINION] Concrete ways young Filipinos can help divest the world from fossil fuels

Oct 04, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Philippine banks continue to finance the development of coal-fired power plants, which worsens global warming. If you or your family are one of the millions of clients of these banks, is this how you want your money to grow?

Britain adopts 2050 net zero emissions target

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore signs an order paper enacting the legislation after it passes both houses of parliament without a vote earlier this week

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.

'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

Crocodiles and birds were 'prehistoric bedfellows'

Feb 28, 2019 - 9:53 PM

An international team of researchers says the fossil find is 'unique in the vertebrate fossil record and represents the earliest record of disparate animals sharing the same nesting area'

Google acquires Fossil smartwatch tech for $40 million

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

As part of the deal, Fossil Group's research and development team working on the smartwatch will join Google, which will acquire the intellectual property for Fossil smartwatches

GOOGLE ACQUIRES FOSSIL. The acquisition gives Google the potential to create its own branded smartwatches. Image from

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

Fossil of prehistoric deer found in Argentina

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:21 PM

The fossil – which hasn't yet been given a definitive age – includes almost 70% of the animal, including its spine, extremities and teeth

PREHISTORIC. Handout picture taken on October 26, 2018 and released by the Museo Paleontologico 'Fray Manuel de Torres' on January 7, 2019 showing fossil bones of a prehistoric deer specimen found recently at the Campo Sposito palaeontological site in San Pedro, in the north of the Argentine province of Buenos Aires. AFP PHOTO/MUSEO PALEONTOLOGICO/HO

5 reasons why 2018 was a big year for palaeontology

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Some of the big events included some major fossil finds, a new understanding of our reptile ancestors, and a major controversy whose outcome could rewrite human history

 The dinosaur Ledumahadi mafube - reconstructed in this illustration - made headlines in 2018. Viktor Radermacher

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

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

Earth risks tipping into 'hothouse' state – study

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:03 AM

If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs – as they currently do each year – the Earth will pass a tipping point

EMISSIONS. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, global warming has been caused mainly by burning oil, gas and especially carbon-rich coal. Image from Shutterstock.

Oldest human fossil outside Africa is dug up in Israel

Jan 26, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Facial fragments, including a jawbone and several teeth, have been found at a site called Misliya Cave in Israel, one of several prehistoric cave sites located on Mount Carmel.

MISLIYA CAVE. This undated handout photo obtained January 25, 2018, courtesy of Rolf Quam/ Binghamton University shows a Misliya Cave on Mount Carmel in Israel. AFP PHOTO / ROLF QUAM/BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

No single 'out of Africa' migration for humans – study

Dec 08, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Multiple migrations out of Africa, beginning 120,000 years ago, gave rise to the modern population of people, says the findings in the US journal Science

NEANDERTHAL. Visitors look at 'El Neandertal Emplumado', a scientificly based impression of the face of a Neanderthal who lived some 50,000 years ago by Italian scientist Fabio Fogliazza during the inauguration of the exhibition 'Cambio de Imagen' (Change of Image) at the Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos on June 10, 2014. File photo by Cesar Manso/AFP

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

SC is new battleground for coal fight in the Philippines

Jul 15, 2017 - 3:56 PM

The fight against coal fossil energy in the Philippines has mostly been staged in localized battlefronts including the island province of Palawan

Leyte tells the world to #BreakFree from fossil fuels

Mar 26, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Break Free 2017 a series of peaceful community mobilizations across the Philippines contributing to global actions against fossil fuels culminate in Yolanda hit Leyte

CLEAN ENERGY. Greenpeace activists unfurl a giant banner bearing the words "#BreakFree from fossil fuels" at the iconic San Juanico bridge as a team of cyclists overhead and a team of rowers below led this culminating activity for the week-long Leyte leg of Break Free 2017. All photos from Greenpeace

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Mar 02, 2017 - 11:09 AM

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Electric cars to weaken demand for petrol within the decade – report

Feb 02, 2017 - 2:41 PM

Fossil fuel companies are underestimating growth of electric car industry says a report by financial think tank Carbon Tracker

MODEL S. A Tesla Model S P100D is shown at a press event for CES 2017 at The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market on January 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/AFP

Climate advocates call for innovative ideas to reduce oil dependence

Jan 10, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Do you think a world less dependent on oil is possible? This year’s Oil Breakthrough Lab can give you the chance to prove it

Fossil fuel reserves would crush climate goals – report

Sep 22, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Fossil fuels from active fields and mines allowed to operate through their projected lifetimes would punch through the 2ºC cap for global warming laid down in the Paris Agreement

This file photo taken on January 21, 2016 shows pumpjack sitting on the outskirts of town at dawn in the Permian Basin oil field in the oil town of Midland, Texas. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

New fossils show life on Earth older than thought

Sep 01, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Life on Earth is even older than we thought say Australian scientists as they unveil fossils dating back a staggering 3 7 billion years

The scientists on location in Greenland. Photo courtesy Laure Gauthiez/University of Wollongong

Why Duterte should support renewable energy

Jun 04, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Embracing the energy revolution and harnessing renewables doesn’t mean bankruptcy and sacrifice The facts show that it can bring us wealth cost savings and employment

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Filipino workers clear a canal at the vicinity of a wind farm facility in the town of Burgos, Ilocos Norte province, north of Manila, Philippines, 07 November 2015. Photo by Bernie Spin dela Rosa/EPA

Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth – study

May 24, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Researchers predict that average temperatures would climb by up to 9 5°C if all known reserves of oil gas and coal are burned

The Paris Agreement and PH's fossil fuel industry

May 24, 2016 - 11:13 AM

The most effective way to reduce the impact of the fossil fuel industry in the Philippines is to convince investors to shift their investments from fossil fuels to renewable energy

The Philippines is on the brink of a climate inferno

May 20, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Further delays in coming up with a political consensus to address the challenges of climate change can be catastrophic

Image by Alyssa Arizabal / Rappler

The time has come to break free from fossil fuel

May 17, 2016 - 3:06 PM

While we have been so active in climate change negotiations we have to match it with actually protecting and conserving our environment We have all the progressive laws and policies but the problem is implementation

Why energy transition might be slow under a Duterte presidency

May 15, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Duterte s pro coal stand might be indicative of a slow energy transition from dirty to renewable energy

How fossil fuels destroy biodiversity

Apr 13, 2016 - 11:01 AM

If the Philippines continues to depend on fossil fuels it will undoubtedly worsen the conditions of wildlife in the country and subsequently our well being as a society

Graphic by Nico Villarete / Rappler. Images courtesy Shutterstock.

Renewable energy: Powering a sustainable future

Apr 07, 2016 - 12:45 PM

The fight against fossil fuels is more than just a political and economic issue; it has become a moral stand that our next leader must support for the betterment of the people

#PHVote: Advocates dismayed at presidential bets' 'catfight' over coal

Mar 20, 2016 - 9:04 PM

During the second presidential debate climate advocates lament how the debaters steered away from the discussion on coal and climate change

Mar Roxas said that it is not about the actual notes, but are we a rules based society.

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Geologist says dinosaur fossils found in western India

Jan 23, 2016 - 11:29 PM

Gujarat sometimes dubbed India s Jurassic Park is home to one of the world s largest collections of dinosaur remains

2015 a 'tipping point' for climate change

Jan 18, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Nature along with the usually fractious family of nations conspired to make it a landmark year

In this file photo, two banners read 'Stop Climate Crimes' and 'Debout et Determines pour le Climat' (Raised and involved for Climate) as thousands of people demonstrate in front of the Eiffel Tower for climate change in Paris, France, December 12, 2015. Etienne Laurent/EPA

Dreaming of energy security, India pumps desert oil

Dec 27, 2015 - 3:15 PM

Oil magnates echo Prime Minister Narendra Modi s insistence that the world s third biggest carbon emitter must keep polluting to power its way out of poverty

FOSSIL FUELS. The deserts of Rajasthan may be the showcase for India's solar revolution but the oil explorer that struck gold beneath the same sands insists the country needs to pump out more fossil fuels to wean itself off imports. File photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Climate change is the new battleground for human rights

Dec 10, 2015 - 5:15 PM

People and the planet should not be treated as collateral damage in the name of economic growth and profit

COP21 powered by fossil fuels?

Dec 04, 2015 - 9:22 AM

Two reports reveal the corporate sponsors behind the climate summit in Paris

New coal plants would tip Earth to dangerous warming – report

Dec 02, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Greenhouse gas from 2 440 potential coal plants will breach the UN target of restricting Earth s temperature rise analysts say

DARKER DAYS AHEAD? A file photo dated March 2, 2012 shows steam and fumes emerging from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE near Bergheim, Germany. Oliver Berg/EPA

Britain signals closure of dirty coal power plants

Nov 18, 2015 - 9:26 PM

Environmentalists welcome the announcement but warn that the British government plans to switch to gas or nuclear power stations instead

CLOSING DOWN. A picture taken on November 10 shows Ferrybridge C power station, near Knottingley in northern England. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

ADB to help finance PH's largest wind farm

Nov 07, 2015 - 9:54 AM

ADB says the Burgos wind farm will provide a shot in the arm to the government’s push to diversify its energy sources and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions

REDUCE GAS EMISSIONS. The operation of this farm will avoid the production of over 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions a year. Photo from Asian Development Bank

China raises coal use figure by hundreds of millions of tons

Nov 04, 2015 - 4:17 PM

UPDATED The new figures suggest that Chinese emissions have been a significantly larger driver of global warming than previously thought

This picture taken on August 5, 2015 shows an excavator moving coal onto a truck at a coal port in Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu province. AFP

Fossil fuel divestment movement reaches $2.6 trillion

Sep 23, 2015 - 4:12 AM

The study from consultancy Arabella Advisors finds 436 institutions and 2 040 people worth a total of 2 6 trillion are now pledging to get out of fossil fuels either entirely or in particular sectors such as coal

FOSSIL FUELS DIVESTMENT. A file photo dated March 2, 2012 shows steam and fumes emerging from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE near Bergheim, Germany. File Photo by Oliver Berg/EPA

As the Earth heats up, so do we

Jul 22, 2015 - 12:55 PM

Maybe we have pushed the Earth beyond its ability to self recuperate? We are near a state of emergency now and the patient is the planet

PH bucking global trend vs coal use – groups

Jul 21, 2015 - 6:13 PM

The Philippine government has approved 29 more coal fired power plants amidst a global call to shift to renewable energy in the hope of curbing climate change

NO TO COAL. Renewable energy advocates express dismay over the Philippines' coal policy during a press conference on July 21, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong

Legarda questions PH use of coal for energy

Jun 10, 2015 - 3:42 PM

The worst source of carbon is coal So why did we approve 21 coal power plant Environmental Compliance Certificates despite their impact on the environment?

Why PH should commit to being fossil fuel free

Jun 05, 2015 - 11:45 AM

This balance of national urban and regional action has proven a powerful collective solution to reducing national emissions

DRIVING GLOBAL WARMING. Coal provides 40% of the world's electricity but spews out 39% of global carbon dioxide emissions

Pinoys join global call for Norway fossil fuel divestment

May 23, 2015 - 10:10 PM

Campaigners say Norwegian pension funds 50 70 of Philippine coal plants

Electric bill disregards lower clean energy cost, SC told

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:32 AM

While the cost of renewable energy may be unpredictable an economic advocacy group says the Energy Regulatory Commission is duty bound to correct its billing given the fast falling price of solar panels

Climate change: In 2015, the long march to Paris

Dec 30, 2014 - 8:59 PM

On December 11 2015 195 states are scheduled to strike a deal in Paris to curb the fossil fuel gases imperilling Earth s climate system