Climate change - updates

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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)

Japan rescuers battle to reach thousands trapped by floods

Jul 09, 2020 - 9:09 AM

One emergency worker says the coronavirus might be dissuading people from volunteering to help with the rescue efforts

DESTROYED. A man sits outside the house of his aunt, who died from flooding of the Kuma river due to torrential rains, in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture on July 8, 2020. Photo by STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP

Greta Thunberg throws support behind PH climate activists, tweets #JunkTerrorLaw

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:56 AM

In 2018, the international nongovernmental organization Global Witness said the Philippines was the most dangerous country to be an environmental activist

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

[OPINION] I can’t breathe: How racial justice is connected to climate justice

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:50 PM

'In the picture of how racial supremacy and environmental decay are put together, violence is front and center'

More than a million hit by India monsoon floods

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:07 AM

About 70% of Assam's World Heritage-listed Kaziranga National Park – home to two-thirds of the world's remaining one-horned rhinos – is submerged by the floods

FLOODED. A villager walks with his cattle through floodwaters at Buraburi village of Morigoan district in India's northeastern state of Assam on June 27, 2020. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

Protests disrupt reopening of Paris-Orly airport

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:37 PM

At least 15 climate activists, who slammed the French government's bailing out of the aviation industry, are arrested for 'forbidden entry' and 'damage'

Amazon pledges $2 billion investment to fight climate change

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:34 AM

The Climate Pledge Fund will back efforts by startups and other firms in multiple sectors to 'facilitate the transition to a zero carbon economy,' Amazon says

AMAZON. This file photo taken on November 28, 2019 shows the Amazon logo at one of the company's centre in Bretigny-sur-Orge on November 28, 2019. File photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

[Science Solitaire] The mother of all temperature checks

Jun 21, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'We made this mess, and if we want to still be around this planet, we fix it'

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

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

NGO accuses France of starting Mozambique 'climate bomb'

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:55 AM

'French machinations are forcing yet another African country into dependency on fossil the name of the economic interests of French energy industrials and bankers,' says NGO Friends of the Earth

[Science Solitaire] Plastic: The problem with 'hello' is 'goodbye'

Jun 14, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Have you been using more plastic during quarantine?

Dozens killed as south China hit by floods and rainstorms

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:12 AM

Floods and mudslides cause nearly 230,000 people to be relocated and destroy more than 1,300 houses

FLOODED. Submerged streets and inundated buildings after heavy rain caused flooding in Yangshuo, in China's southern Guangxi region. Photo by STR/AFP

Warmest May on record, Siberia 10C hotter

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:33 PM

Large swathes of Siberia have been unusually warm for several months running, the Copernicus Climate Change Service reports

LESS COOL. A team of Siberian Huskies pull along Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia.

[OPINION] The animal industry can be the next pandemic ground zero

May 30, 2020 - 9:30 AM

'Supporting our local farmers and domestic agricultural industry should be an important foundation of a post-pandemic, green way of life'

COP26 climate talks pushed back to November 2021

May 29, 2020 - 10:03 AM

The UN's climate science advisory panel makes it clear that time is not on our side

MESSAGE. A participant walks past a wall showing a quote by Mahatma Gandhi at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, on December 13, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Filipino farmers, fisherfolk most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses due to climate change

May 23, 2020 - 8:03 AM

An expert says prolonged heat exposure increases the vulnerability of farmers and fisherfolk to 'climate-sensitive' illnesses, such as heat stress and heat stroke

A DAY'S WORK. Fisherfolk dock a fishing boat along the shore of Barangay Paltic in Dingalan, Aurora. Photo by Kathleen Lei Limayo

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

[OPINION] Fighting a pandemic and the climate emergency

May 14, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'One has to remember that like pathogens, climate change is not hampered by borders'

Canada ties coronavirus help to climate goals

May 12, 2020 - 12:08 AM

'Companies that receive this funding will be required to commit to future climate disclosures, and environmental sustainability goals,' says Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau

CLIMATE GOALS. In this file photo taken Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill March 18, 2020, in Ottawa, Ontario. File photo by Dave Chan/AFP

[OPINION] We are going beyond a climate crisis

May 11, 2020 - 2:09 PM

'If poverty persists and the conversion of ecosystems continues, pathogens will always have a venue to move from one host or one environment to the next'

[OPINION] Balik-Probinsya: Are we learning the wrong lessons from the pandemic?

May 09, 2020 - 4:30 PM

'The literature on what a post-lockdown world would look like is growing. Balik-Probinsya need not be our dystopian contribution.'

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

Pandemic taking toll on weather and climate watch – U.N.

May 07, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Surface-based weather observations have also declined, especially in Africa and parts of Central and South America where many stations are run manually

WMO. A view of the building of the World Meteorological Organization on August 8, 2019 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/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

Batangas City, Muntinlupa, Sta Rosa finalists in WWF climate-safe cities contest

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:03 AM

The 3 cities are recognized for their plans to reduce carbon emissions. Other finalists include Vancouver, Paris, Reykjavic, Mexico City, Los Angeles City, and Dong Hoi City in Vietnam.

Photo from World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines (WWF-PH)

[OPINION] The green-red light: Changing the last 50 years of eco-imperialism

Apr 24, 2020 - 3:16 PM

'This pandemic that served as break from the excesses of neoliberalism is a window of opportunity to draw and build an alternative – an economic democracy'

[OPINION] Time for PH banks to withdraw from coal, invest in permanent solutions

Apr 24, 2020 - 1:48 PM

'13 Philippine banks provided over P319 million worth of financial services to coal developers.... With this, more communities across the country will have to suffer the dirty and deadly impact of power generation from coal'

U.S. attacks China climate record on Earth Day

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:20 AM

China is 'offsetting the progress of countries all around the world in reducing global emissions,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells reporters

SMOG. Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan, in east China's Shandong province amongst heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Photo by STR/AFP

Fight climate change like coronavirus – U.N.

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:45 PM

The UN's World Meteorological Organization says it is time to flatten the curve on climate change as well, with its impact on the planet 'reaching a crescendo' in the past 5 years

Earth Day 2020: Climate action in the time of the coronavirus

Apr 22, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'Crises don't happen in a vacuum and that the issues we're confronting now, from climate to wildlife to public health, are related,' says Beatrice Tulagan of climate movement

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

Great Barrier Reef suffers mass coral bleaching event

Mar 26, 2020 - 6:29 PM

Some previously untouched areas have now suffered 'moderate or severe bleaching,' says the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

MASS BLEACHING. An undated handout photo received from ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies on April 19, 2018, shows a mass bleaching event of coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. File photo by Mia Hoogenboom/ ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/AFP

[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'

Amazon, African forests turning from CO2 sink to source – study

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The rate of forest decline varies throughout the world, with the Amazon's absorption ability dropping far faster than the tropical forests of sub-Saharan Africa

AMAZON. View of the Amazon jungle. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

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

Negros bishop to banks: Stop giving loans to coal plant developers

Feb 29, 2020 - 6:25 PM

'Banks financing coal are not only funding the climate crisis, they are also enabling the continued suffering of coal-affected communities,' says Bishop Gerardo Alminaza

WITHDRAW FROM COAL. San Carlos, Negros Occidental Bishop Gerardo Alminaza speaks during the 3rd Philippine Environment Summit held in Cagayan de Oro on Friday, February 28, organized by the Withdraw from Coal Campaign. Photo by Withdraw from Coal

'Activism works': Greta Thunberg rallies UK school strikers

Feb 29, 2020 - 1:03 PM

Greta Thunberg inspires millions of young people around the world by spearheading a movement since 2018 to demonstrate on Fridays in frustration at government efforts to tackle the issue

THUNBERG. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (C) takes part in a "Youth Strike 4 Climate" protest march in Bristol, south west England on February 28, 2020. Photo by Geoff Caddick/AFP

Climate campaigners win appeal to prevent new Heathrow runway

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:51 PM

Triumphant campaigners call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to finally cancel the project

WIN. Campaigners against Heathrow expansion celebrate outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London on February 27, 2020 after a decision by the Court of Appeal on legal challenges to the UK government's approval of plans to expand capacity at Heathrow airport. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

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

Australia launches national inquiry into bushfires

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:10 AM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the vast scale of the fires – which killed more than 30 people and destroyed thousands of homes – requires a new response from the bushfire-prone nation

INQUIRY. A general view shows burnt trees along the Great Alpine road in an area devastated by bushfires in Sarsfield, Victoria state on January 3, 2020. File photo by James Ross/Pool/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

Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across UK, parts of France

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:52 PM

The second severe storm in a week to hit Britain brings high winds of more than 140 kilometers an hour and more than a month's worth of rain in 48 hours in some places

STORM DENNIS. A picture shows a member of the emergency services and cars on a flooded high street in Tenbury Wells in western England, on February 17, 2020, after the River Teme broke its banks and flooded amid Storm Dennis. Photo by Oli Scarff/ AFP

Fires contained in hard-hit Australia state, but now floods threaten

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:26 PM

Days of recent rainfall have extinguished the largest fires and brought those that remain under control

CONTAINED. A car makes its way through rows of charred trees following bushfires in Budgong National Park in New South Wales on January 15, 2020. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP