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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

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

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

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

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.

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

Sydney, Melbourne warned to prepare for 50-degree days

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:59 AM

Sydney and Melbourne could regularly face 50 degree Celsius (122F) days within 25 years even if Australia meets its Paris global warming targets, a new study warns

In this file photo, a couple takes shelter from the heat in the shade of a tree as they look out over Sydney's Bondi Beach on February 11, 2017. William West/AFP

PH hopes to ratify deal on super greenhouse gases ASAP

Sep 14, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Environment officials say the country is still in the initial stage of the Kigali Amendment s ratification process

Pinoy climate champions on global warming: ‘We can win this fight’

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:37 PM

Advocates and media climate champions talk about Al Gore s documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to power during its premiere screening in the Philippines

OPEN FORUM. (L-R) Different climate advocates Rodne Galicha of Climate Reality Philippines, Broadcast Journalist Atom Araullo, Greenpeace Philippines Executive Director Yeb Saño, Caritas Philippines Executive Secretary Fr. Edu Gariguez, Climate Reality Leader John Leonard Chan, and MovePH Editor Voltaire Tupaz. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Cyclones and climate change: connecting the dots

Aug 27, 2017 - 11:35 PM

What s missing is a detailed track record of hurricanes past the kind of decades long log of measurements that climate scientists need to discern the fingerprint of human influence

Strong winds batter seaside houses before the approaching Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi, Texas on August 25, 2017.  Harvey, which is set to make landfall later today into early Saturday, was packing maximum sustained winds of close to 120 miles (195 kilometers) per hour, the National Hurricane Center said. / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON

Los Angeles tests cooling pavement paint to beat heat

Aug 14, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Can a splash of gray pavement paint help combat global warming?

A morning view of downtown Los Angeles with the 101 freeway in the foreground, January 1, 2017 from the Hollywood Bowl Overlook in Hollywood, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

Gov't report sees drastic climate change impact in U.S. – NYT

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now says the report by 13 federal agencies not yet released or approved by President Donald Trump s administration

CLIMATE FIGHT. In this file photo, a protester holds up a sign during a rally against the United States backing out of the Paris Climate accord, at the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2017. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

U.S. to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit

Aug 05, 2017 - 12:24 PM

The State Department says Washington is still committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and engaging with the international community on combating climate change

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

Global warming reduces protein in key crops – study

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:32 PM

Researchers say they still don t understand how or why carbon dioxide emissions sap protein and other nutrients from plants but the mystery is one that could have devastating consequences across the globe

TOP CROP. A harvester works in a field of wheat near the southern village of Trud, Bulgaria on July 5, 2016. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Slim chance of reaching 2ºC climate goal – study

Aug 01, 2017 - 7:04 AM

There is a 5 chance of limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius 3 6 degrees Fahrenheit the target set in the 2015 climate rescue Paris Agreement researchers say

KEEPING COOL. A woman drinks water from a plastic bottle on June 20, 2017 in Quimper, western France, during a heatwave alert. Fred Tanneau/AFP

World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleached

Jul 18, 2017 - 3:50 PM

About 30 of the coral reef off the coast of Tsushima island in Japan which lies in the temperate zone suffered bleaching researchers say

BLEACHED. This combination of handout pictures released by Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies and created on July 18, 2017, shows coral reefs (L) in Toyotama, off the coast of Tsushima island taken in January 2016 before bleaching and the same coral reefs (R) in December 2017, after bleaching due to high water temperature. National Institute for Environmental Studies/AFP

Climate: Can G19 hold firm against Trump's G1?

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The G20 group of major economies gathers in Hamburg amid a storm of geopolitical crises threatening to push climate change down the agenda

A demonstrator wears a 'Planet Earth First' transfer on her cheek during a demonstration called by several NGOs ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 2, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

2020 deadline to avert climate catastrophe – experts

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:10 AM

The authors call on leaders set to gather at the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany on July 7 8 to highlight 2020 as a make or break point for taking action

BONE DRY. An Indian shepherd walks on the dry bed of a river at Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district, some 55 kilometers from Hyderabad on May 30, 2017, in the southern Indian state of Telangana. Noah Seelam/AFP

More killer heatwaves in countries like PH even with 2ºC warming cap – study

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:48 AM

In future the tropics will be hit hardest according to the study which forecasts the number of deadly days under 3 different carbon pollution scenarios

HOT CITY. This file photo shows informal settlers' homes (foreground) dwarfed by highrise buildings in the background near the port of Manila on August 20, 2014. Ted Aljibe/AFP

France pledges $34 million for foreign climate experts

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:41 PM

French officials have decided to set up a priority research program for the fight against climate change says the environment ministry

CLIMATE CHANGE. French president Emmanuel Macron launches a website inviting academics and scientists to come to France to pursue efforts to fight climate change. Screenshot from

Rising sea temperature impacts seagrass beds in Lagonoy Gulf

Jun 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Seagrass gardens sustain different marine species and provide livelihood to residents of coastal villages

BARIW-BARIW. Sea grass bared at low tide at Lagunoy Gulf. All photos by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Macron, tweaking Trump, says 'Make our planet great again'

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Macron: To all scientists engineers entrepreneurs responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president the United States I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland

'MAKE THE PLANET GREAT AGAIN' A video grab from the French TV channel LCI taken on June 1, 2017, shows French President Emmanuel Macron speaking during a live broadcast in Paris, after US president Donald Trump announced the United States was to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate accord. LCI/AFP

Paris withdrawal sets business world at odds with Trump

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:51 AM

The reactions from across the business world – including oil producers the tech sector and finance – stood apart from Trump s portrayal of the decision as a needed corrective to rules that could stymie commerce

BYE TRUMP. This file photo taken on February 13, 2017 shows Elon Musk, the co-founder and chief executive of Electric carmaker Tesla, during a ceremony in Dubai. Karim Sahib/AFP

EU, China grab spotlight in climate fight after U.S. quits Paris deal

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:46 AM

In a potentially dramatic shift in diplomatic roles the European Union now aims to join heavyweight China in trying to galvanize the world into implementing the landmark 2015 agreement

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (C) gestures and speak with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) as they stand next to European Council President Donald Tusk (L), prior to a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, on June 1, 2017 ahed of a meeting wit EU officials. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Virginia Mayo

U.S. states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED A recent poll shows a majority of Americans in every state or 69 of US voters believe the United States should participate in the agreement

WAKE UP, TRUMP. Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2017, objecting to US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord. Paul J. Richards/AFP

World leaders vow to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED With France s Emmanuel Macron taking the lead they lash Trump s decision as misguided and vow to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the planet s future

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump pulls U.S. out of global climate change accord

Jun 02, 2017 - 5:28 AM

UPDATED I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States the American president says

ACCORD PULLOUT. US President Donald Trump says on June 1, 2017, the Paris Agreement is not about the climate but other countries getting an economic advantage over the United States. Screenshot from White House video

Trump set to pull U.S. out of Paris climate deal – reports

May 31, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED An American pullout from the 196 nation Paris Agreement would deal a major blow to the so called climate diplomacy

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Cities may be 8 degrees Celsius hotter by 2100 – study

May 30, 2017 - 8:09 AM

Such a temperature spike can have dire consequences for the health of city dwellers and put pressure on already strained natural resources

URBANSCAPE. The skyline of Dubai is pictured from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world standing at 828 meters, on May 16, 2017. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

U.S. to Arctic: Trump will put America first on climate

May 12, 2017 - 7:21 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the views of the Arctic Council would be taken into account but that Washington s policy will be based on US interests

US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. Trump was headed to New York, NY. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Ice loss in southwest Antarctica may be slower than thought – study

May 03, 2017 - 3:16 PM

Global warming has caused ice to melt faster than normal in the Antarctic but a study suggests the rate of loss in some areas may be slower than previously thought

ANTARCTIC VIEW. An Adelie penguin arrives at the New Harbor research station near McMurdo Station in Antarctica on November 11, 2016. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Cities brace for climate challenges

Apr 30, 2017 - 1:34 PM

Cities must make haste in reinforcing defenses against climate change induced flooding and heat waves experts warn this week

HEAVY SMOG. This picture taken on June 23, 2015 shows a woman riding an electric bike in smog covered Beijing. Photo by AFP

WATCH: PH's climate czar tries carbon footprint calculator

Apr 23, 2017 - 8:00 PM

See the level of emissions and the number of trees Secretary Vernice Victorio s household needs to plant to offset it

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Mar 25, 2017 - 5:49 PM

UPDATED Millions of people from some 170 countries and territories are expected to take part in the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal oil and gas to drive cars and power plants

EARTH HOUR. The ferris wheel at Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Sydney on March 25, 2017. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Sea ice hits new record low at both poles

Mar 23, 2017 - 10:40 PM

The disappearing sea ice comes as the planet has marked 3 years in a row of record breaking heat raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of global warming

This NASA handout file photo taken March 25, 2016 shows a 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 / NASA

Preserving the memory of glaciers

Mar 19, 2017 - 12:13 AM

Glaciers hold the memory of former climates and help to predict future environmental changes says the Institute of Research for Development

Senate concurs in Paris climate deal ratification

Mar 14, 2017 - 4:03 PM

UPDATED Voting 22 0 senators seal the Philippines ratification of the landmark international agreement on climate change

APPROVED BY PH. In this file photo, a copy of the draft of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is pictured at the Philippine delegation office at the COP21 climate conference in Paris, France, December 2015. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

'Angry' Australian summer weather smashes records

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:27 PM

Intense heatwaves bushfires and flooding plagued the December February summer season with more than 200 records broken over 90 days the independent Climate Council said in a report

A visitor lies on Bondi beach on a stormy day in Sydney on March 8, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

Duterte signs Paris climate deal

Mar 01, 2017 - 8:19 AM

UPDATED The Office of the President submits the signed Instrument of Accession to the Senate for concurrence on Wednesday March 1

TALKING CLIMATE CHANGE. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Climate Change Commission Board Meeting on January 31, 2017. File photo by Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

Feb 24, 2017 - 2:20 PM

An independent report says the unprecedented bleaching and coral die off in 2016 was a game changer

(FILES) This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland.  The plan to rescue Australia's Great Barrier Reef has been setback decades following last year's worst-ever bleaching event, a new report has found, while the reef's caretakers have cautioned the government to prepare for the likelihood of further bleaching this year. / AFP PHOTO / SARAH LAI

Rappler Talk: #ClimateActionPH and Bataan's battle vs coal

Feb 21, 2017 - 1:31 PM

A community in Bataan complains of health problems that were allegedly caused by the power plants in their area

Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming – study

Feb 21, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Scientists in Britain find that small natural ponds gradually lose the capacity to soak up one kind of greenhouse gas and give off even more of another

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Paris climate deal submitted to Duterte for approval

Jan 31, 2017 - 11:21 PM

After the President signs the Instrument of Accession it will be sent to Senate for concurrence after which it becomes a legally binding treaty

DUTERTE AND CLIMATE CONCERNS. President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech at the ceremonial switch-on of the Sarangani Energy Corporation Power Plant in Maasim, Sarangani on January 26, 2017. File photo by Karl Normal Alonzo/Presidential Photo

U.S. scientists raise bar for sea level by 2100

Jan 25, 2017 - 11:04 AM

The figures are among the highest ever issued by the US government and take into account new scientific studies on the disappearing ice cover in Greenland and Antarctica

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

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Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Jan 18, 2017 - 11:53 PM

Temperatures spiked to new national highs in parts of India Kuwait and Iran while sea ice melted faster than ever in the fragile Arctic says the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA

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Scientists debunk global warming 'pause'

Jan 05, 2017 - 7:35 AM

A reported pause in global warming between 1998 and 2014 was false according to US British research confirming the findings of a controversial US study on ocean warming

A container cargo vessel is seen under the midday sun on the horizon crossing the Pacific Ocean a few miles off the coast of Long Beach, California on January 12,2016. Frederic J Brown/AFP

Climate report says 2016 on pace to be hottest year yet

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:17 AM

Even without the final data from December a NOAA report says 2016 is on pace to be record warm

MELTING. This file photo taken on November 11, 2016 shows an aerial view of the Taylor Glacier near McMurdo Station in Antactica. Mark Ralston/Pool/AFP

'Fear is palpable' among U.S. climate scientists over Trump moves

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:42 AM

[There is] fear that there will be either funding cuts to really critical climate science work or retribution for their work on climate change

In this file photo, Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southeastern Livestock Pavillion on October 12, 2016 in Ocala, Florida. Gerardo Mora/Getty Images/AFP