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[OPINION] Presence and present: The Philippines in climate talks

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:07 PM

'I challenge Locsin to stop hiding behind a desktop or mobile screen and his awful tweets, and start giving the Philippines the kind of climate diplomacy it truly deserves'

[OPINION] More urgency for the Philippines after Poland climate talks

Dec 20, 2018 - 1:34 PM

'The Philippines has actively championed the cause of vulnerable nations in the international arena, but now it needs to proactively lead its citizens toward a social transformation'

Climate talks must be rescued, warns U.N. chief

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:32 AM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says wasting the opportunity 'would not only be immoral, it would be suicidal'

ANTONIO GUTERRES. This file photo taken on January 3, 2017 shows United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to staff members at UN headquarters in New York. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / AFP

Saudi, U.S. snub of climate report unsettles U.N. talks

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:03 AM

'Alarmism should not silence realism,' says Preston Wells Griffith, special advisor to US President Donald Trump

'COAL 24.' A protester holds a placard during a march for the climate on sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) summit on December 8, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Global climate protests peak in U.S. as U.N. talks falter

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:49 AM

'Alternative Energy, not Alternative Facts,' reads one slogan, while another – more blunt – says, 'More Science, Less Bullshit'

CLIMATE PROTEST. A woman dressed as a tree with the group The Forgotten Solution poses for a picture at Civic Center Plaza after marching at the 'Rise For Climate' global action on September 8, 2018 in downtown San Francisco, California. Photo by Amy Osborne/AFP

What went down at 2018 Bonn climate talks

May 22, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The United Nations climate summit, which took place in Germany this month, saw slow but steady progress on setting up the rules to implement the Paris Agreement. Here is a comprehensive summary of the technical UN climate talks.

How has Trump's Paris pullout plan affected climate negotiations in Bonn?

May 11, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Delegations at the latest round of climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, show that US President Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement has not weakened their stance to fight climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

UN climate envoys agree on way forward, despite Trump

Nov 18, 2017 - 8:56 AM

(UPDATED) Closing two weeks of talks, negotiators agree in the early hours of Saturday, November 18, to hold a stocktake in 2018 of national efforts to cut fossil fuel emissions

COP23. A mockup of a planet earth is displayed at the Rheinaue park during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

UN climate talks open in Bonn

Nov 06, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Climate negotiators meet in Bonn, wondering to what extent US President Donald Trump will make their jobs more difficult.

PRESIDER. In this file photo, Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and COP 23 President Designate, speaks during a COP23-related meeting in Germany, May 18, 2017. COP23 photo

UN climate talks wrap up under threat of U.S. exodus

May 18, 2017 - 7:41 PM

There is the fear that whatever progress is made now could easily be swept off the table when the negotiators get together next perhaps encountering a new US team with a different brief regarding climate policy

Environmental groups, advocates to Duterte: ‘Let us talk’

Jul 19, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Environmental groups and advocates urge the president to look at the vital role the Philippines plays in the global climate pact

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

8 reasons why PH should honor UN climate commitments

Jul 19, 2016 - 12:17 PM

The whole world has started to recognize that environment and development go hand in hand Why can t we?

IMPORTANT POINTS. Here are the facts about the climate deal. Photo courtesy of COP21

Turn climate pledges into concrete action – France

Jan 12, 2016 - 1:11 PM

The French ecology minister calls for the swift implementation of the COP21 deal

Pope hails climate deal, but stresses need to help poor

Dec 13, 2015 - 9:53 PM

Implementing it will require unanimous commitment and generous involvement by everyone says Pope Francis

CLIMATE CHANGE. Ahead of the UN climate talks, Pope Francis appealed urgently for action, saying it was "now or never" for a deal and the situation was "borderline suicide." Photo from AFP

IN PHOTOS: Paris streets festive, call for climate justice

Dec 13, 2015 - 4:55 AM

Take a look at how Parisians took over the streets in the name of climate justice

RED LINES. Advocates carry a long trail of red cloth to represent 'red lines' or climate issues that cannot be compromised

#COP21: Paris pact draws cheers, but what's next?

Dec 13, 2015 - 3:42 AM

Various sectors praise the Paris deal But the clock is ticking they warn

The climate will change, no matter what's agreed on in Paris

Dec 12, 2015 - 3:53 PM

This is what will happen to the climate in the next 100 years

MORE FLOODS. An aerial view shoes the overflooded old city in Passau, southern Germany, on June 3, 2013. Photo by Peter Kneffel/AFP

WATCH: A red line at the heart of #COP21

Dec 12, 2015 - 1:42 AM

Over a hundred civil society representatives carry a long trail of red cloth to represent red lines In climate negotations red lines refer to issues that cannot be compromised

Who are protected by the Paris climate talks?

Dec 11, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Beyond the scientific and technical aspects of the draft COP21 deal what human elements are overlooked?

CRUNCH TIME. With only a whole day left before the final climate agreement is born, human rights advocates are hoping for a truly inclusive deal. File photo by Voltaire Tupaz/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Paris, je t'aime, art is all around at climate talks

Dec 10, 2015 - 4:25 PM

How do you fall in love with the climate advocacy? Through art Parisians prove

INTERACTIVE. A couple enjoys an interactive exhibit about the environment at Espace Fondation.

As diplomats talk climate, giant blue whale greets Parisians

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:00 AM

A short stroll at the left bank of the Seine River leads to a giant blue whale sculpture a reminder to the world of how climate change threatens biodiversity

Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Filipino solidarity on last mile of Paris climate negotiations

Dec 10, 2015 - 2:32 AM

The Philippine delegation opens a crucial meeting of negotiators to media for the first time during the landmark UN climate summit in Paris

Al Gore to Filipinos: Yolanda taught world about climate crisis

Dec 09, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Gore tells Rappler at COP21: We are beginning to win this struggle

INCONVENIENT TRUTH. Former US Vice President and Climate Reality Project chairman Al Gore talks to Filipinos on the sidelines of the climate conference in Paris on  December 8. Photo from Dean Tony La Viña's Facebook page

The real divisions over climate change

Dec 09, 2015 - 1:00 PM

As the world faces catastrophic climate change the bigger fight is not just between ‘developed countries’ and ‘developing countries’ or between ‘big polluters’ and ‘the people’

A picture taken on November 20, 2015 shows the "Earth Crisis" globe displayed by US artist Shepard Fairey on the Eiffel tower in Paris, as part of the organisation of the Conference on Climate Change COP21-CMP11. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET / AFP / JOEL SAGET

Paris climate talks: Why women?

Dec 09, 2015 - 5:05 AM

This week all eyes are on Paris as world leaders wrap up their motives to save the planet But will women s voices be heard in Paris?

WATCH: Play, music, and dance at #COP21

Dec 09, 2015 - 1:32 AM

It is not all talk and no play at the Paris climate talks

US envoy Kerry joins UN climate talks to drive 'ambitious deal'

Dec 07, 2015 - 10:15 PM

US negotiators expect tough talks on finance to go on at least until late Wednesday but still hope a serious deal can be reached

File photo of US Secretary of State John Kerry. AFP Photo

One more week to change the world: the Paris Promise

Dec 07, 2015 - 7:30 PM

At COP21 failure is not an option We will make the most out of the remaining 5 days to come up with a strong binding and equitable agreement

epa05048034 The Eiffel Tower lights up with colors and messages of hope on the eve of the COP21 climate conference in Paris, France, 29 November 2015. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) due to be held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December will proceed as planned, despite the terrorist attacks of 13 November. EPA/YOAN VALAT

Climate negotiations move to next round

Dec 05, 2015 - 7:41 PM

UPDATED Dean Tony La Viña spokesperson for the Philippine delegation in Paris says all the elements the country wants are included among them the 1 5 degrees Celsius cap

Climate change: It's personal

Dec 05, 2015 - 9:00 AM

I do not want future generations to suffer the wrath of Mother Nature especially since we can actually do something about it

Progress in Paris: Draft climate change deal is out

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:09 PM

UPDATED But the draft agreement at the COP21 in Paris is heavily bracketed meaning the wording of various sections is contested by negotiators from member countries

A picture taken on November 25, 2015 in Le Bourget near Paris shows the entrance of the venue that will host Paris' climate summit, also known as COP21. Dominique Faget/EPA

Climate talks: Host France seeks faster progress

Dec 02, 2015 - 11:14 PM

My message is clear: we must accelerate the process because there is still a lot of work to do says France s top diplomat

CLIMATE CHANGE. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius urges negotiators to finish the shop. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP Photo

3 million Filipino voices heard at #COP21 in Paris

Dec 02, 2015 - 6:44 PM

Youth Commissioner Dingdong Dantes presents 3 million NowPH climate action pledges to France host of the historic COP21

COP21: Aquino, other leaders told to get act together

Dec 02, 2015 - 11:10 AM

The Philippine delegation at COP21 in Paris welcomes the UN climate official s call as the hard work begins

China's Xi demands developed nations pay for climate action

Nov 30, 2015 - 10:15 PM

Xi tells the UN climate summit that developed countries must accept more shared responsibilities

TAKE ACTION. Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech for the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, 30 November 2015. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) is held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December aimed at reaching an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curtail climate change. EPA/STEPHANE MAHE / POOL

The Paris climate talks: Is no deal better than a bad deal?

Nov 30, 2015 - 8:00 AM

We want a planet that sustains life not one that is driven on the road to death by corporate greed

FOR THE EARTH. Environmental activists hold placards and banners during the Brussels Climate March in Brussels, Belgium, 21 October 2015. The march was held to deliver demands on environmental policy ahead of the UN Conference on Climate Change, which is to be held in December 2015 in Paris. Photo by Laurent Dubrule/EPA

COP21: Aquino to share PH experience in disasters

Nov 29, 2015 - 12:01 PM

At the COP21 summit Aquino will share the Philippine experience in surviving natural disasters made stronger by the effects of climate change

President Benigno S. Aquino III, accompanied by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Hernando Iriberri, troops the line during the send-off ceremonies at the Departure Area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal II in Pasay City on Sunday (November 29, 2015) to attend the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in France; for the Official Visit to Italy; and the Formal Visit to the Holy See. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Commonwealth wants 'ambitious', legally-binding COP21 result

Nov 29, 2015 - 7:45 AM

Leaders from the 53 country family produce a message of Commonwealth ambition and determination for the COP21 talks in Paris

SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) , Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Shama (2-L), Maltese Prime MinisterJoseph Muscat (2-R) and Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth (R), attend a press conference at the main media center during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in Valletta, Malta, November 26, 2015. Photo by Lino Arrigo Azzopardii, EPA

Thousands join climate march in PH ahead of Paris talks

Nov 28, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Filipino activists join the global climate march movement ahead of key talks in Paris aimed at crafting a pact to mitigate the impact of global warming

CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH. A multisectoral group joins the global march for climate change action on November 28, 2015. Photo from the Freedom from Debt Coalition Facebook page

#NowIsTheTime for 100% renewable energy

Nov 26, 2015 - 8:49 PM

While reducing carbon emissions is a step in the right direction many see a transition to 100 renewable energy as the solution to climate change

Include IPs in climate change talks – United Nations

Nov 21, 2015 - 4:14 PM

The UNDP urges governments to listen to the voices of the indigenous peoples in preparation for the international climate change conference in Paris

Despite attacks, world leaders ready to talk climate in Paris – UN envoy

Nov 21, 2015 - 9:41 AM

The attacks in Paris are affecting the preparations and activities planned for COP21 says UN Assistant Secretary General on climate change Janos Pasztor

PARIS CLIMATE TALKS. An employee puts a sticker which translates as 'Paris 2015 Conference of the United Nations on Climate Change COP21-CMP11' on a electric Renault Nissan Leaf car on November 16, 2015 in Boulogne-Billancourt. Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP

136M Twitter views: Pledges for climate action surge as #COP21 nears

Oct 31, 2015 - 12:51 AM

NowPH drive seeks to bring 1 million voices to the Paris climate talks

Is the Philippines ready for climate action?

Oct 28, 2015 - 12:05 PM

Do we have enough commitments to even reach our 2ºC target? And is the Philippines committing enough to leading the world into a carbon neutral future?

Vulnerable countries fight for climate justice, 1.5ºC limit

Oct 25, 2015 - 2:42 PM

Developing countries propose to keep global warming under a 1 5ºC limit during the Bonn climate talks

Australian PM to attend Paris climate talks

Oct 24, 2015 - 1:53 PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta then proceed to Paris

ADVOCATE. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is a known supporter of action to combat climate change. Photo by EPA/Lukas Coch Australia and New Zealand Out

Climate talks: The battle lines

Oct 24, 2015 - 12:16 AM

What are the 3 main divides stalling the climate talks?

CLIMATE TALKS. Delegates attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, western Germany on June 1, 2015. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

PH pushes for gender rights in climate negotiations

Oct 21, 2015 - 2:28 PM

The Philippines proposes that parties should be guided by gender equality and ensure the full and equal participation of women in all climate actions and decision making processes

WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE. Women contribute greatly to both national and household food security, and yet their efforts are left 'invisible and undervalued,' says the Food and Agriculture Organization. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

Climate diplomats regroup after rocky start to key talks

Oct 20, 2015 - 9:00 PM

The discussions took a detour Monday when developing countries claimed their core demands had been summarily excised from a blueprint

CLIMATE TALKS. A French stall advertising the upcoming climate summit in Paris, pictured at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, October 20, 2015. The UN climate change conference in Bonn is in preparation for the climate summit in Paris from 30 November until 11 December. Photo by Oliver Berg/EPA

Climate negotiations begin as Typhoon Lando devastates PH

Oct 20, 2015 - 2:43 PM

These typhoons coinciding with climate negotiations serve as a reminder for world leaders to start acting on climate change

CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS. The last 5 days of negotiations before COP21 begin in Bonn, Germany. Photo by