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Good Shepherd's iconic ube jam is turning white – and the climate emergency is to blame

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Supply for the purple ube is running low, forcing Good Shepherd to use the next best thing – white ube

NEW COLOR, SAME TASTE. The iconic ube jam adjusts a bit since supply for purple ube is low. Photo from the Good Shepherd Facebook

LIST: Mobilizations for 2019 Philippine climate strike

Sep 12, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Environmental groups lead the call for climate justice through climate strikes happening around the country

Climate-vulnerable LGUs urged to implement resiliency program

Feb 14, 2019 - 7:13 PM

'Climate change is already here, and it will be here for the next generations. It is now, therefore, our obligation to take this program for implementation,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu conducts an inspection at Estero de San Antonio Abad along Mabini Street connecting to Manila bay in Manila on 11 January 2019 to determine how a large amount of coliform made its way to Manila Bay. Photo - Lito Borras

[OPINION] What's at stake for the Philippines at COP24

Dec 01, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'Just as it has done in previous Conference of Parties, the Philippines needs to take an even more active role in navigating the complex web of climate negotiations and push for the proper implementation of the Paris agreement'

Al Gore’s An 'Inconvenient Sequel' premieres in PH on August 28

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:43 AM

Here s how you can buy your ticket for the premiere screening of the sequel on Monday August 28

Resorts World attack, martial law, Trump | Evening wRap

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Watch the evening newscast with David Lozada

#BreakFree2017: PH environmentalists kick off global action vs coal plants

Mar 13, 2017 - 6:57 AM

This marks the second year that Filipino advocates are leading the global wave of Break Free actions against fossil fuels

CLOSE THE COAL PLANT. Anti-coal protesters urge DENR to stop the operation of the coal-fired power plant in Bataan that is affiliated with San Miguel Corporation. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

Beyond the postcards: Batanes and climate change

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:15 PM

We need to view Batanes in a different light: less glossy than in travel magazines yet less desperate than in weather reports; a real place where people affected by climate change live

DIFFERENT VIEW. A lighthouse in Batanes offers a different vantage point by which to view the island. Photo by Airah Cadiogan/Oxfam

WATCH: Help farmers adapt to climate change

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:41 PM

Oxfam in the Philippines calls on the government to protect the people who grow our food especially the most vulnerable small scale women farmers

CLIMATE VULNERABILITY. The effects of climate change worsen the situation of women farmers in the Philippines

Lopez: PH has access to $3M from Green Climate Fund

Nov 21, 2016 - 7:30 PM

We are a good investment for climate change says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

Leila de Lima, Duterte on climate pact, JV Ejercito | 6PM wRap

Nov 07, 2016 - 9:21 PM

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Duterte to sign Paris climate pact

Nov 07, 2016 - 4:32 PM

The President reaches the decision barely 3 months after he declared his misgivings about it

In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a message during the Regional Convention of Integrated Bar of the Philippines Greater Manila Chapter at Pandango Hall, Manila Hotel, November 4, 2016. Presidential Photo

Ramos to gov't: Ratify climate deal or Filipinos will suffer

Oct 30, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Former president Fidel V Ramos wants President Rodrigo Duterte to approve the climate deal so the Senate may ratify it because it would advance the interests of Filipinos

In this file picture taken on November 25, 2013, a ship is washed ashore crushing houses in Tacloban, Leyte Province, after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the central Philippines. Noel Celis/File/AFP

QUIZ: If you were president, will you be able to mitigate climate change?

Oct 29, 2016 - 9:51 AM

If you were the nation’s leader how will you tackle climate change? What policies and actions will you take to mitigate it?

CHR to top carbon emitters: Face human rights probe

Jul 28, 2016 - 7:25 PM

For the first time a national human rights body is officially taking steps to address the impacts of climate change on human rights and the responsibility of private actors says environmental group Greenpeace

Gina Lopez: Duterte has 'non-negotiable stance' on people's well-being

Jul 19, 2016 - 8:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will not honor international agreements binding the Philippines to limit its carbon emissions Does his environment secretary share this position?

DENR POST. Rodrigo Duterte offers Gina Lopez the post of environment secretary at the Presidential Guesthouse in Panacan, Davao City on June 20, 2016. Screengrab from RTVM video

Duterte won't honor int'l pacts on carbon emissions

Jul 18, 2016 - 5:04 PM

The Philippine president says he wants to kick an ambassador for asking if the Philippine government would honor its commitments to reduce greenhouse gases

'I WILL NOT FOLLOW.' President Rodrigo Duterte decries carbon emissions limitations as constrictive for developing countries like the Philippines. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH to revise UN climate pledges to align with 1.5-degree target

May 21, 2016 - 2:01 PM

The Philippines current commitments include 70 carbon mitigation by 2030 All of these commitments however are conditional

Photo by Renee Karunungan

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

Coal-minded leaders left behind by green energy growth - Al Gore

Mar 15, 2016 - 11:48 AM

If President Benigno Aquino III were in the audience he would have been inconvenienced by the former US Vice President s An Inconvenient Truth presentation in Manila

epa05210727 Former US Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore gestures to the audience during his presentation at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, 14 March 2016. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps training is part of the Climate Reality Project founded and chaired by Al Gore committed to solving the climate crisis. On 12 March, Al Gore visited a mass grave in Tacloban which was hit by the strongest typhoon, Haiyan in November 2013 killing more than 6,300 people. The Philippines Climate Reality Leadership Corps training will be held from 14-16 March. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

Earth Hour 2016: Going beyond lights out

Mar 01, 2016 - 6:17 PM

Quezon Memorial Circle will switch off its lights but will be powered by bicycles to promote renewable energy

EARTH HOUR. Chi-chi, the mascot of the World Wildlife Fund, poses with WWF ambassadors and beneficiaries. Photo by Bea Orante

Yeb Saño named Greenpeace Southeast Asia executive director

Jan 30, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Greenpeace Southeast Asia Regional Board Chief Suzy Hutomo is confident that Saño will lead Greenpeace Southeast Asia to its ambitious goal of protecting the region s natural heritage from destruction

CLIMATE CHANGE CHAMPION. Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia Naderev "Yeb" Saño poses for portraits in Greenpeace Jakarta office. Photo by Afriadi Hikmal / Greenpeace

Typhoon Nona traversing Sibuyan Sea

Dec 15, 2015 - 1:09 AM

In its latest weather bulletin PAGASA says Typhoon Nona is about 100 kilometers east northeast of Romblon

PH named top 4th country affected by climate change in 2014

Dec 03, 2015 - 7:29 PM

The country has been among the top 10 most affected nations 7 times in the last 10 years researchers say

STORM-PRONE. Filipinos wade through floodwater brought about by Typhoon Koppu in San Jose city, Nueva Ecija on October 18, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Standing up for PH in Paris climate summit: Meet 6 key negotiators

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:00 AM

They fly to Paris France to ensure that the Philippines interests are represented in a landmark international climate change agreement

FULL TEXT: 2015 APEC Leaders' Declaration

Nov 19, 2015 - 5:02 PM

Read the full text of the Leaders Declaration at the APEC Summit in Manila

APEC FAMILY. APEC leaders pose for their traditional 'family photo' before the leaders' retreat at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila, Philippines, on November 19, 2015. Robert Viñas/Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH drops in 2016 list of countries vulnerable to climate change

Nov 17, 2015 - 1:07 PM

The country s improved ranking is attributed to boosted disaster preparedness better access to clean water and less dependence on agriculture

STORM-PRONE COUNTRY. Weather forecasters monitor Typhoon Lando at the The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

People's Survival Fund now open to poor, climate-vulnerable LGUs

Oct 28, 2015 - 12:58 PM

After 3 years since its creation the PSF is now operational Local governments and groups are asked to submit project proposals that can help their communities adapt to climate change

VULNERABLE. Filipino residents run from strong waves brought by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) in a coastal village in Legazpi City, Albay, on December 7, 2014. Photo by Zalrian Z Sayat/EPA

Lack of transparency threatening PH climate commitment?

Sep 15, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Government agencies and civil society groups say they feel left out of the Climate Change Commission s process of crafting the country s climate pledges

The Philippines is home to many climate action advocacy groups, many of whom want to be more involved in formulating the country's climate pledges to the international community. Photo from #SulongPH

3rd Philippine Climate Change Commissioner appointed

Aug 27, 2015 - 2:54 PM

Emmanuel de Guzman is a disaster risk reduction expert who has worked with the United Nations His term as commissioner will end in February 2016

NEW COMMISSIONER. Emmanuel M. de Guzman, the country's new Climate Change Commissioner, has 20 years of experience in disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation. Photo from LinkedIn

The Supreme Court should compel government to address climate change

Jun 29, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Will the Philippine judiciary follow the track of Netherlands in limiting carbon emissions?

LAW AND CLIMATE CHANGE. Will the Supreme Court rule on limiting carbon emissions following the recent event in Netherlands?

Naderev Saño resigns as climate commissioner

Apr 22, 2015 - 7:00 AM

2nd UPDATE He has been tapped to head a 1 500 kilometer Climate Pilgrimage from Rome to Paris to take place during the upcoming Paris climate conference

CALLING FOR ACTION. Climate negotiator Naderev Sano (center) and supporters hold banners while attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 19 on November 19, 2013 in Warsaw. Photo by AFP/Janek Skarzynski

IN PHOTOS: #EarthHour in the Philippines

Mar 29, 2015 - 12:21 AM

This year Earth Hour comes ahead of the crucial December UN meeting in Paris which is bringing together the global community in an effort to limit global warming

Manila's financial district is seen from a slum area after the lights are turned off to mark Earth Hour in Manila on March 28, 2015. Millions of people were expected to switch off their lights for Earth Hour on March 28, in a global effort to raise awareness about climate change. Since it began in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour has grown to become what environmental group WWF says is the world's largest demonstration of support for action on carbon pollution. AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Glow in the dark: Join Earth Hour 2015

Mar 28, 2015 - 5:25 PM

How are you observing the EarthHour? Share your photos and videos by tagging @MovePH on Twitter You can also post your EarthHour images on MovePH s Facebook page

PH to share 'best practices' for new int'l disaster framework

Mar 11, 2015 - 2:59 PM

The country s experience of Typhoon Haiyan and Tyhoon Hagupit is expected to contribute to the crafting of the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action

DOUBLE TIME. Volunteers rush the repacking of relief goods at the social welfare department’s Pasay City warehouse for areas affected by Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) in various regions. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA

More corruption in PH means more deaths from disasters – study

Mar 10, 2015 - 8:22 PM

Countries with higher levels of corruption have a higher number of casualties from natural disasters a study finds

MASS BURIAL. Bodies of victims of Typhoon Haiyan are brought to the public cemetery in Basper, Tacloban City for mass burial on November 14, 2013. File photo by Jake Verzosa/Rappler

France offers 50M euros to PH for disaster prevention

Feb 26, 2015 - 8:46 PM

French President Francois Hollande makes the offer to President Benigno Aquino III during their bilateral meeting in Malacañang

STATE GUEST. President Benigno S. Aquino III and French President François Hollande at the arrival honors for the state guest in Malacañang grounds on February 26, 2015. Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

French president in PH: World faces decisive choice on climate

Feb 26, 2015 - 6:23 PM

The Philippines is the country that can best embody climate destruction in the world says French President Francois Hollande

APPEAL TO NATIONS. President Francois Hollande says a successful climate conference in Paris will only happen with political will from all nations to act decisively against global warming. All photos by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Ateneo to help gov't keep tabs on carbon emissions

Feb 03, 2015 - 1:52 PM

UPDATED A P7 59 million contract is awarded to the university to evaluate how effective the government s reforestation project is in curbing climate change

What PH did about climate change in 2014

Dec 30, 2014 - 8:00 AM

From a climate tagged budget to the country s first climate change report here s what the Philippines has done to curb and prepare for the world s biggest environmental crisis

PH named country most affected by climate change in 2013

Dec 03, 2014 - 3:21 PM

The Global Climate Risk Index reconfirms that less developed countries are generally more affected than industrialised countries

Do no harm: How the health sector can address climate change

Nov 23, 2014 - 8:32 PM

In commemoration of the Philippine Climate Change Consciousness Week on November 19 25 a doctor discusses the links between climate change and human health

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY. Sr. Myrna Borromeo, SPC, explains the benefits of the vermi-composting method in the disposal of biodegradable waste as staff members of Perpetual Succour Hospital demonstrate the proccess to the team from Health Care Without Harm-Asia. Photo from the author

PH climate envoy to end epic walk at typhoon ground zero

Nov 07, 2014 - 1:45 PM

Sano says he lost a lot of weight and had a shin splint that left him in severe pain during the final stages of the walk but is otherwise in good health

NADEREV SANO. Sano delivers a 590,000+ person campaign calling for climate action directly to the climate negotiations in an unprecedented step for a climate negotiator and calls on UN countries to take urgent and bolder action to tackle climate change. AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI

300 PH towns to get climate change funds by 2016

Oct 01, 2014 - 7:19 PM

A fund of around P40 million is proposed to help make Philippine towns more resilient to climate change and prepared for disasters

PH climate envoy to embark on 40-day Climate Walk

Sep 25, 2014 - 9:54 PM

The walk starts from Manila on October 2 and ends in Tacloban City on November 8 the anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda Haiyan

Scientists bare findings of 1st PH climate change report

Jul 10, 2014 - 4:11 PM

The report says tropical cyclones may become less frequent but the number of typhoons per year will vary greatly

PH reliance on coal contributes to climate change – groups

Apr 15, 2014 - 1:46 PM

The latest United Nations report urges countries to do away with fossil fuels to curb climate change The Philippines however is building more coal plants

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

Climate change creating 'new poor' in PH

Apr 01, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Global warming puts farmers and fishermen below the poverty line and creates new hunger hotspots

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

Grading Aquino: Climate change action needs improvement

Dec 20, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Yolanda won t be the last There will be more ferocious storms What has the Aquino gov t done to prepare PH for climate change s destructive impacts?

What made Tacloban so vulnerable to Haiyan?

Nov 15, 2013 - 12:03 PM

A 2013 study assesses Tacloban s vulnerability to climate change impacts–including storms like Yolanda

DEVASTATION IN TACLOBAN. A general shot shows houses destroyed by the strong winds caused by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) at Tacloban, eastern island of Leyte on November 9, 2013. AFP/Noel Celis