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U.N. forecasts even warmer temperatures over next 5 years

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:50 AM

In 2020, the Arctic is likely to have warmed by more than twice as much as the global mean

Students take part in a march for the environment and the climate organised by students, in Brussels, on February 21, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

Pink ice in Italy's Alps sparks algae probe

Jul 06, 2020 - 10:26 AM

'Overheating of the planet is a problem, the last thing we needed was algae,' says tourist Marta Durante

PINK. An aerial picture taken on July 3, 2020 above the Gavia pass (Passo di Gavia, shows pink colored snow, supposedly due to the presence of colonies of algae of the species Ancylonela nordenskioeldii from Greenland. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Green aviation still has electrifying future despite coronavirus

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The drop in air traffic due to coronavirus lockdowns is translating into a reduction in pollution, and the industry doesn't expect to recover fully before 2023

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India wilts as temperature hits 50 degrees Celsius

May 27, 2020 - 7:42 PM

The hot spell is projected to scorch northern India for several more days, 'with severe heat wave conditions in isolated pockets'

UNDER THE SHADE. People sit under the shade of a tree amid rising temperatures in New Delhi on May 26, 2020. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Global CO2 emissions to drop 4-7% in 2020, but will it matter?

May 20, 2020 - 12:15 AM

In early April, coronavirus lockdowns led to a 17% reduction worldwide in carbon pollution compared to the same period in 2019, according to the first peer-reviewed assessment of the pandemic's impact on CO2 emissions

Oceans may rise over a meter by 2100, 5 meters by 2300

May 09, 2020 - 1:22 PM

Even if the Paris climate treaty goal of capping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius is met, oceans could rise by two meters by 2300

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

April 2020 tied for warmest on record, says EU climate service

May 06, 2020 - 12:50 PM

'The average temperature for the 12 months to April 2020 is close to 1.3C above the pre-industrial level,' the benchmark by which global warming is often measured, says Copernicus Climate Change Service

People have a drink and watch the sunset after a warm spring day with temperatures reaching 20 degrees celcius at a bridge in Munich, southern Germany, on April 23, 2020. Christof STACHE / AFP

March 2020 among hottest on record – EU

Apr 06, 2020 - 11:26 PM

The Copernicus Climate Change Service says March 2020 was 0.68 degrees Celsius warmer than the average March from 1981 to 2010, and on par with March 2017 and 2019

[OPINION] The coronavirus: A warning to care for our common home

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:37 PM

'The outbreak proves once again that we fail to learn from our history. This reality is not just limited to armed conflicts, political patterns, or social revolutions; it also applies to the way we treat our environment.'

[OPINION] The Pope and single-use plastics

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Pope Francis’s encyclical 'Laudato Si’' points to one undeniable fact: that human behavior is at the root of the ‘ecological crisis,’ and therefore at the heart of solving it

[OPINION] Dreaming on a dying planet: A letter from a young climate activist

Mar 10, 2020 - 2:13 PM

'Having clean air, water, and soil means that we can become who we have always wanted to be'

EU unveils climate law, but Greta is unimpressed

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Greta Thunberg dubs the law a 'surrender' to the threat of climate change

ANGRY. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 4, 2020, on the day the European Union unveils a landmark law to achieve 'climate neutrality' by 2050. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Half of world's beaches could vanish by 2100

Mar 03, 2020 - 10:13 AM

Even if humanity sharply reduces the fossil fuel pollution that drives global warming, more than a third of the planet's sandy shorelines could disappear by then

CAMIGUIN. Women frolic in the fine white sands of White Island, a kilometer long white sand beach off the coast of Mambajao, Camiguin. Photo by Bobby Lagsa//Rappler

Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on 60,000 more food seeds

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:48 AM

The vault holds stocks of the world's agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe

VAULT. People stand in front of the entrance to the international gene bank Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV), on February 25, 2020 outside Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen, Norway. Photo by Lise Åserud/AFP

Nations seek biodiversity accord to stave off mass extinction

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'This degradation of nature is unprecedented in the history of mankind,' says IPBES executive secretary Anne Larigauderie

BABIES. The world's first lion cubs born through artificial insemination rest under a tree at the Ukutula private game conservation center. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

Coronavirus outbreak slashes China carbon emissions – study

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:23 AM

China's carbon emissions have dropped by least 100 million metric tons over the past two weeks, the study says

SMOG. Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan among heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Photo by STR/AFP

Bushfire crisis hit 75% of Australians – survey

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:54 AM

The scale of the impact shocks researchers

DAMAGED. A resident walks away from her flood-damaged house in the bushfire-affected town of Cooma on January 5, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Extreme weather to overload urban power grids, study shows

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:40 AM

'Extreme weather events could reduce reliability of power supply by 16%, which can easily lead to blackouts resulting huge economic losses,' says the lead researcher

HEAT. Flames and smoke rising from a forest fire near Sarande in the Muzina mountain region, southern Albania, 2017. Photo by Gent Shkullaku/AFP

Half-a-million insect species face extinction – scientists

Feb 11, 2020 - 11:29 AM

The decline of butterflies, beetles, ants, bees, wasps, flies, crickets, and dragonflies have consequences far beyond their own demise

BEES KNEES. A picture taken on September 14, 2019 shows bees near a beehive, in Loue, northwestern France. Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Global warming to blame for hottest day in Argentine Antarctica

Feb 08, 2020 - 6:42 PM

The new record is 'of course shocking but unfortunately not surprising because Antarctica is warming up with the rest of the planet,' said Greenpeace in a statement

HOTTER. File photo of Melchior Base, an Argentine Scientific Research Station on one of the small islands of the Melchior Group in Dallmann Bay in the Palmer Archipelago, Antarctica. Shutterstock.com

Multiple eco-crises could trigger 'systemic collapse' – scientists

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:07 AM

Research shows that some parts of the world may soon cope with up to 6 extreme weather events at once, from heat waves and wildfires to diluvian rains and deadly storm surges

DROWNING. A fleet of flooded taxis are seen at the operator's submerged parking lot following overnight rain in Jakarta on January 1, 2020. Photo by Ralia/AFP

[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: Capitalism is killing the earth

Feb 05, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Are metal straws and tumblers doing more harm than good? Find out what our latest podcast guest has to say!

U.K. vows action after envoy slams plans for U.N. climate talks

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'We've poured so much CO2 into the atmosphere collectively that our entire planet is swaddled in a great tea cozy of the stuff,' says Prime Minister Boris Johnson

DANGER. A protestor holds a sign reading 'Planet in danger' during a climate change protest in Paris,on September 21, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

[ANALYSIS] My takeaway from the bushfires Down Under

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:43 PM

'Australians are quite divided on how to effectively deal with the recurrent bushfires'

Greta Thunberg patents own name and 'Fridays for Future'

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:56 AM

'My name and the #FridaysForFuture movement are constantly being used for commercial purposes without any consent whatsoever,' says Thunberg

PATENTED. Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a climate strike arranged by the organization 'Fridays For Future' outside the Swedish parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm, December 20, 2019. Photo by Pontus Lundahl/TT News Agency/ AFP

Protests in Germany as cabinet passes coal exit law

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:35 AM

Demonstrators and environmentalists say the law does too little, too late

POISON. A coal power plant of German energy giant RWE in Neurath, western Germany, on January 29, 2020. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

'Doomsday Clock' closer to midnight than ever

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:51 AM

The clock ticks down to 100 seconds to midnight, symbolizing the greatest level of peril to humanity since its creation in 1947

CLOSER. The Doomsday Clock reads 100 seconds to midnight, a decision made by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, during an announcement at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on January 23, 2020. Photo by Eva Hambach/AFP)

Global natural resource consumption tops 100 billion tons for first time

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Wealthy nations, the authors note, consume 10 times more resources per person than in the developing world, and produce far more waste

LOST FOREST COVER. Aerial view of deforested area of the Amazon rainforest. PARALAXIS/Shutterstock.com

'Green Swan': Bankers warn of climate change risks

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Climate risks could generate a 'green swan' – a reference to the concept of an unpredictable and devastating 'black swan' event developed by philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against climate change on April 6, 2019 in Lausanne. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Climate change pushing the platypus towards extinction – researchers

Jan 20, 2020 - 10:32 AM

The platypus is one of the world's strangest animals, with the bill of a duck, tail of a beaver, otter-like feet, and a venomous spur on its hind leg

PUGGLES. The world's first platypus twin puggles born in captivity are shown together for the first time during a full health check at Taronga Zoo's veterinary clinic in Sydney, 28 March 2003. (Photo by Torsten Blackwood/AFP)

[OPINION] Resilience is not enough

Jan 19, 2020 - 2:00 PM

You cannot expect local communities to keep rebuilding disaster after disaster, considering the ones hit the hardest are often among the poorest and most vulnerable

[OPINION] Use solar energy for responding to disasters

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The urgent need for electricity access is hardly considered during preparations against disasters; it is only considered in the wake of disasters when supplies have been cut off

Living in tents, thousands of Puerto Rico's earthquake survivors wait for relief

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Some 5,000 people are hoping that their president, Donald Trump, will heed the island's plea to be designated a disaster zone and free up much-needed aid

ROUGHING IT. Juan Santiago gets ready for work as his wife, Solmely Velazquez looks on in their tent in a baseball field in Guanica, Puerto Rico on January 15, 2020, after a powerful earthquake hit the island. (Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP)

U.N. warns of 'much extreme weather' ahead after hottest decade on record

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:33 AM

Scientists stress the urgent need to do more to counter the warming trend

HEAT WAVE. This file photo is a general view of a lake running dry on a hot summer day near Ajmer on June 2, 2019. Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. Photo by Himanshu Sharma/AFP

Protect 30% of planet by 2030 – U.N. nature rescue plan

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:27 AM

The first UN 'state of nature' report in two decades finds that one million species of plants and animals are threatened with extinction

Demonstrators take part in a global youth climate action strike in Lisbon, on September 27, 2019 at the end of a global climate change week. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

Pope slams leaders on 'weak' response to climate crisis

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:31 AM

In his annual speech to Vatican diplomats, the pontiff says climate change was a 'concern of everyone,' despite a tepid response from the international community

CLIMATE ACTIVIST. Pope Francis speaks as he celebrates a mass on October 6, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, for the opening of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP)

2019 is 2nd hottest year on record – EU

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Average temperature in 2019 was only a few hundredths of a degree below the 2016 level

[OPINION] Plastikang polisiya

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Nakalulungkot na tayong nagrereklamo tungkol sa lumalalang basura ay siya ring nagpaplastikan sa implementasyon ng polisiyang makakalutas sana sa nasabing problema

[OPINION] Our current climate policy is leading us to a future underwater

Dec 10, 2019 - 1:32 PM

It's unfortunate that since President Duterte assumed office, our work in the international climate policy arena has come to a screeching halt

[OPINION] Closing the gap: A 15-year-old's call to end the climate crisis

Nov 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

In China, some children grow up never knowing that the sky gleams a blue hue and is never gray

The fight of our lives

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We cannot lie down in the face of the overwhelming climate crisis because science can pull us up with the mental muscle that can reinvigorate the resistance

Sea levels could rise even faster, higher than feared – study

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:44 PM

Scientists say global warming could drive a much more dramatic increase in sea levels than current projections suggest

[OPINION] Ushering in a new urban future centered on people and the planet

Nov 04, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Tagged as the most important climate-related event of the year, the global summit makes headlines around the world as C40 mayors launch a Global Green New Deal

[OPINION] If you're tired and weary of the fight against climate change, read this

Oct 31, 2019 - 3:17 PM

We’ve all languished through record-breaking heat waves. We’ve all suffered through repentance-inducing floods. We all have skin in this game.

[OPINION] In defense of Greta Thunberg

Oct 06, 2019 - 4:20 PM

If being dramatic means you can influence as many people as possible for a good cause, then what's wrong with that?

[OPINION] An argument for people who don't believe in climate change

Oct 05, 2019 - 10:22 AM

I’m not trying to be alarmist or anything, but I think the alarm bells have been ringing for years now, and we just got used to the sound

[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?

Humanity must rescue oceans to rescue itself, U.N. warns

Sep 25, 2019 - 5:43 PM

The report is a sobering reminder greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from burning fossil fuels, are driving the planet towards a hothouse climate our species might not tolerate

5-year period ending 2019 set to be hottest on record

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:04 AM

The report 'highlights the urgent need for the development of concrete actions that halt global warming and the worst effects of climate change,' the Science Advisory Group writes

PLANET IN DANGER. A protester holds a sign reading 'Planet in danger' during a climate change protest in Paris,on September 21, 2019. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

'Largest polar expedition in history' to probe Arctic climate

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:32 PM

'The Arctic is the epicenter of global warming, it is the part of our planet which warms most rapidly, where the warming rates are at least twice the global average,' says mission leader and atmospheric scientist Markus Rex

MISSION. The German icebreaker and research vessel Polarstern will soon embark on an expedition to the Arctic where the goal is to become ice-solid and drift with the ice. The expedition, called MOSAiC, aims to observe the epicenter of global warming like no one has done before. Photo by Rune Stoltz Bertinussen/NTB Scanpix/AFP