Rappler's latest stories on Climate change
U.N. forecasts even warmer temperatures over next 5 years
In 2020, the Arctic is likely to have warmed by more than twice as much as the global mean
Japan rescuers battle to reach thousands trapped by floods
One emergency worker says the coronavirus might be dissuading people from volunteering to help with the rescue efforts
Greta Thunberg throws support behind PH climate activists, tweets #JunkTerrorLaw
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
'Overheating of the planet is a problem, the last thing we needed was algae,' says tourist Marta Durante
[OPINION] I can’t breathe: How racial justice is connected to climate justice
'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
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
Protests disrupt reopening of Paris-Orly airport
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
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
[Science Solitaire] The mother of all temperature checks
'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
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
NGO accuses France of starting Mozambique 'climate bomb'
'French machinations are forcing yet another African country into dependency on fossil fuels...in 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'
Have you been using more plastic during quarantine?
Dozens killed as south China hit by floods and rainstorms
Floods and mudslides cause nearly 230,000 people to be relocated and destroy more than 1,300 houses
Warmest May on record, Siberia 10C hotter
Large swathes of Siberia have been unusually warm for several months running, the Copernicus Climate Change Service reports
[OPINION] The animal industry can be the next pandemic ground zero
'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
The UN's climate science advisory panel makes it clear that time is not on our side
Filipino farmers, fisherfolk most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses due to climate change
An expert says prolonged heat exposure increases the vulnerability of farmers and fisherfolk to 'climate-sensitive' illnesses, such as heat stress and heat stroke
Global CO2 emissions to drop 4-7% in 2020, but will it matter?
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
'One has to remember that like pathogens, climate change is not hampered by borders'
Canada ties coronavirus help to climate goals
'Companies that receive this funding will be required to commit to future climate disclosures, and environmental sustainability goals,' says Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau
[OPINION] We are going beyond a climate crisis
'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?
'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
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
Pandemic taking toll on weather and climate watch – U.N.
Surface-based weather observations have also declined, especially in Africa and parts of Central and South America where many stations are run manually
April 2020 tied for warmest on record, says EU climate service
'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
Batangas City, Muntinlupa, Sta Rosa finalists in WWF climate-safe cities contest
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.
[OPINION] The green-red light: Changing the last 50 years of eco-imperialism
'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
'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
China is 'offsetting the progress of countries all around the world in reducing global emissions,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells reporters
Fight climate change like coronavirus – U.N.
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
'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 350.org
March 2020 among hottest on record – EU
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
Some previously untouched areas have now suffered 'moderate or severe bleaching,' says the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
[OPINION] The coronavirus: A warning to care for our common home
'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
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
'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
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
EU unveils climate law, but Greta is unimpressed
Greta Thunberg dubs the law a 'surrender' to the threat of climate change
Half of world's beaches could vanish by 2100
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
Negros bishop to banks: Stop giving loans to coal plant developers
'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
'Activism works': Greta Thunberg rallies UK school strikers
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
Climate campaigners win appeal to prevent new Heathrow runway
Triumphant campaigners call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to finally cancel the project
Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on 60,000 more food seeds
The vault holds stocks of the world's agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe
Nations seek biodiversity accord to stave off mass extinction
'This degradation of nature is unprecedented in the history of mankind,' says IPBES executive secretary Anne Larigauderie
Australia launches national inquiry into bushfires
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
Coronavirus outbreak slashes China carbon emissions – study
China's carbon emissions have dropped by least 100 million metric tons over the past two weeks, the study says
Bushfire crisis hit 75% of Australians – survey
The scale of the impact shocks researchers
Extreme weather to overload urban power grids, study shows
'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
Storm Dennis wreaks havoc across UK, parts of France
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
Fires contained in hard-hit Australia state, but now floods threaten
Days of recent rainfall have extinguished the largest fires and brought those that remain under control