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[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

[OPINION] It’s time to stop investing in climate change

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:28 PM

By continuing to finance coal, Philippine banks will only muddle the conscience of their many depositors who love the Earth and their fellow Filipinos

Can we eat meat and still tame global warming?

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:51 PM

'What we've pointed out on the basis of scientific evidence is that there are certain diets that have a lower carbon footprint,' says Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change co-chair Jim Skea

July 2019 hottest month globally ever recorded – EU

Aug 05, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Globally, July 2019 is marginally warmer than the previous record-hot month, July 2016

HOTTEST MONTH. This file photo taken on July 24, 2019 shows a dry part of the bed of the River Loire at Montjean-sur-Loire, western France, as drought conditions prevail over much of western Europe. File photo by Loic Venance/AFP

French 'climate camps' train activists in protest

Aug 04, 2019 - 2:41 PM

While the atmosphere is relaxed and good humored, the people at the camp, many of them new to activism, are all quite serious about their goal – to learn the techniques used by the new generation of climate campaigners

'CLIMATE CAMP.' People take part in a workshop to learn how to act during demonstrations, during an Alternatiba Climate Camp in Kingersheim, eastern France, on August 2, 2019. Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP

[OPINION] Jefferson Estela, changing the climate for strikes in the Philippines

Aug 04, 2019 - 1:30 PM

In the Philippines, the terms 'strike' and 'rally' tend to have a bad connotation. Here's why this has to change, and fast.

Shrinking glaciers and rockfalls point to climate change in Alps

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Visitors now arriving from the last tramstop before the 4,809-meter summit are forced to take 20 steps more each year to reach the retreating 'Mer de Glace,' or Sea of Ice glacier, France's largest

GLOBAL WARMING. Aspiring mountain guide Yann Grava looks over the Mer de Glace glacier from the Refuge du Requin (moutain hut) in Chamonix on June 17, 2019. File photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Scorcher: Europe's record-setting heat wave to spike even higher

Jul 25, 2019 - 12:07 PM

This summer's second heat wave amplifies concerns in Europe that human activity is heating the planet at a dangerous rate

A picture shows a dry part of the bed of the River Loire at Montjean-sur-Loire, western France on July 24, 2019, as drought conditions prevail over much of western Europe. A new heatwave blasted into northern Europe that could set records in several countries, including France. LOIC VENANCE / AFP

France sweats in new record-breaking Europe heat wave

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:08 AM

Forecasters predict new temperature highs in a string of countries, including Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands, where the mercury is set to reach 40 degrees Celsius for the first time

People sunbathe and cool off at the Trocadero Fountains next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on July 23, 2019 as a new heatwave hits Europe. France and western Europe were bracing for a new record-breaking heatwave that is forcing the temporary shutdown of a French nuclear power station and will test competitors in the legendary Tour de France cycle race. Forecasters predicted new temperatures highs in a string of countries, including Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, where the mercury is set to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the first time on July 23, 2019.  BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

'Arctic heat wave' hits world's northernmost settlement

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'It's quite phenomenal as a statistic, it's just one example among hundreds and hundreds of other records established by global warming,' says a meteorologist at the Canadian environment ministry

WARMING. A sign post marks the Arctic Ocean at the shore of Beaufort Sea in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada. Shutterstock image

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

'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

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.

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

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

'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

Last 4 years hottest on record, U.N. confirms

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:11 AM

'The degree of warming during the past 4 years has been exceptional, both on land and in the ocean,' says World Meterological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas

RECORD HEAT. Two girls play on a small wall during sunset in a neighborhood of Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, on August 22, 2016. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Two-thirds of Himalayan glaciers could melt, study warns

Feb 04, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region are a critical water source for some 250 million people in the mountains as well as to 1.65 billion others in the river valleys below

Ngozumba glacier image via Shutterstock

Germany should phase out coal use by 2038, says commission

Jan 26, 2019 - 9:51 PM

The commission's findings will now be passed on to the government, which is expected – barring a surprise – to follow the recommendations of the panel it set up

COAL MINE. Giant coal excavation machinery is seen at work in the Welzow-Sued Tagebau open-pit brown coal mine near Welzow on January 23, 2019. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

'We are losing the race' on climate change – U.N. chief

Jan 24, 2019 - 8:56 PM

'In my opinion [climate change] is the most important global systemic threat in relation to the global economy,' UN chief Antonio Guterres tells business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Antarctica ice loss increases sixfold since 1979 – study

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The pace of melting is expected to lead to disastrous sea level rise in the years to come

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

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

Nations agree on rulebook for Paris climate treaty

Dec 16, 2018 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) But environmental groups say the rulebook lacked the bold ambition needed to protect states already dealing with the severe effects of climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. Members of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice protest ahead of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 14, 2018. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Nations inch towards climate deal at marathon U.N. summit

Dec 15, 2018 - 10:15 PM

A deal to make the 2015 Paris Agreement operational is 'within reach,' says European Union's climate commissioner

CLIMATE CHANGE. Members of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice protest ahead of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 14, 2018. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

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

2018 temperatures set to be among hottest on record – UN

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is worth repeating once again that we are the first generation to fully understand climate change and the last generation to be able to do something about it'

CHANGE. A boy watches the shore from a boat near Sirajganj, Bangladesh, a community affected by severe erosion that has left many displaced. Photo by Amanda Nero/UN/IOM

Global warming outpaces efforts to slow it – U.N.

Nov 28, 2018 - 3:34 PM

To cap global warming at 2ºC, national carbon-cutting pledges annexed to the 2015 Paris Agreement must collectively triple by 2030

CLIMATE ALARM. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

[OPINION] Fighting climate change: More than state agreements and policymaking

Oct 29, 2018 - 6:45 PM

The threats of climate change transcend economic and political boundaries

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

U.N. report on global warming target puts governments on the spot

Sep 30, 2018 - 10:27 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This will be one of the most important meetings in IPCC history,' says Hoesung Lee, chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

[OPINION] Facts are facts: World is warming, climate is changing

Aug 04, 2018 - 9:30 AM

This is not the time to be afraid or ignorant

Climate change sinking Arctic archeological treasures

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Thousands of years of heritage are being lost, says Matthew Betts, a curator at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec

Flood damage would double without coral reefs – study

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Coupled with projected sea level rise driven by global warming, reef decline could see flooding increase 4-fold by century's end, researchers report in the journal Nature Communications

CORAL REEFS. Fish swim in the coral reef of Bunaken Island national marine park in northern Sulawesi on May 14, 2009. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Pope Francis urges oil majors to combat global warming, aid poor

Jun 09, 2018 - 9:32 PM

'Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization!' says the Pope

POPE. Pope Francis addresses his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on June 6, 2018. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

New phase of globalization could worsen CO2 pollution – study

May 15, 2018 - 2:29 PM

As Asia's giants move up the globalization food chain, many of the industries that helped propel their phenomenal growth are moving to Vietnam, Indonesia and other nations investing heavily in a coal-powered future

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.

NASA program to track greenhouse gas is canceled

May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Now, President Donald Trump's administration has quietly killed the CMS,' a report says, describing the move as the latest in a 'broad attack on climate science' mounted by the White House

Global warming is making us lose our cool

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:00 AM

There seems to be something about rising temperatures that contributes to the ascent of human tempers

Faced with global warming, aviation aims to turn green

Apr 08, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Will electric planes eventually gain ground in the highly competitive airline industry?

A handout computer generated image released by electric aircraft start-up Zunum Aero on April 4, 2018 shows a Zunum Aero's hybrid-electric regional aircraft flying. Zunum Aero, a start-up partly financed by US aeronautics group Boeing, works to bring a hybrid plane to the market by 2022. / AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / ZUNUM AERO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

2ºC cap on global warming won't save Arctic sea ice – studies

Apr 03, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'I didn't expect to find that half-a-degree Celsius would make a big difference, but it really does,' says Alexandra Jahn, author of one of the studies and an assistant professor at Colorado University in Boulder

MELTING ICE. This 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. File photo from NASA

More floating parts of giant glacier raise fears on sea levels

Mar 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Totten Glacier is one of the fastest-flowing and largest glaciers in Antarctica with scientists keen to keep a close eye on how it melts given the enormous amount of water it could potentially unleash

RISING SEA LEVELS. The Totten Glacier is one of the fastest-flowing and largest glaciers in Antarctica with scientists keen to keep a close eye on how it melts given the enormous amount of water it could potentially unleash. File photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

Warming could threaten half of species in 33 key areas – report

Mar 14, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The report focuses on 33 so-called 'Priority Places' which host some of the world's richest and most unusual terrestrial species, including iconic, endangered, or endemic plants and animals

CLIMATE ALARM. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

With carbon pricing, Train Law can help reduce pollution

Feb 28, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Historically, when we burn coal or use petroleum products, we generally do not pay for the actual price of the carbon emissions brought about by these fossil fuels

For global water crisis, climate may be the last straw

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:04 PM

The prospect of empty water pipes haunts urban areas in climate hot spots

URBAN WOE. No water flows from a faucet during a drinking water supply cut in Santiago, on February 26, 2017. Martin Bernetti/AFP