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What is bleaker than the climate crisis?

Aug 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM

We can think of so many reasons why we are not making progress in solving the climate crisis. One of them, I think, is because the science is incomplete.

Humanity's next test: Feed 10 billion without ruining Earth

Aug 02, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Stephen Cornelius, WWF's chief advisor on climate change, says the world needs 'an urgent transformation in how we use land in the future'

Swedish teen Thunberg slams 'hate and threats' as visit divides French parliament

Jul 23, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Climate activist Greta Thunberg takes on her critics directly, accusing politicians, business leaders, and journalists of failing to communicate the scientific truth as shown in the latest IPCC report and leaving the burden to children

CLIMATE CHANGE. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers a speech during a visit of the French National Assembly, in Paris, on July 23, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

2-meter sea level rise 'plausible' by 2100 – study

May 21, 2019 - 8:37 PM

A group of the world's leading ice scientists says the area of land lost to the ocean could be equivalent to that of France, Germany, Spain, and Britain combined and would displace more than 180 million people

U.N. report on 'mission impossible' climate target: key points

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:45 AM

The report lays out what it will take to prevent Earth's average surface temperature from rising beyond 1.5C (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels

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

SONA 2016: Duterte, don’t get caught in the fog of global warming

Jul 31, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Rolly Calalang: Duterte’s lukewarm reception of the climate change agreement is not really out of line

The Paris Agreement and PH's fossil fuel industry

May 24, 2016 - 11:13 AM

The most effective way to reduce the impact of the fossil fuel industry in the Philippines is to convince investors to shift their investments from fossil fuels to renewable energy

#COP21: 5 days to forge world’s climate action plan

Dec 07, 2015 - 9:26 PM

At 21 pages the draft of the world s climate change agreement is on track to be finalized by December 11 but many sticky issues remain unresolved

FINAL WEEK. Ministers and negotiators attend a high-level meeting that opens the last and most crucial week of the UN climate conference in Paris or COP21. Screenshot from webcast

Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Dec 01, 2015 - 4:27 PM

If mankind fails to curb global warming we would face fallout ranging from massive refugee crises to scorching heatwaves

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

TIMELINE: The long road to the climate summit of the century

Nov 28, 2015 - 11:30 AM

In this Rappler infographic retrace the steps the world has taken to address climate change through international summits

Climate summit: The crunch issues

Nov 22, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Here are the key points of contention at the UN climate change conference in France

TARGET. A woman walks in front of a poster bearing the message 'Objective 2 degrees' in reference to the projected agreement to limit the increase of global warming to two degrees Celsius, in Paris, France, November 12, 2015. Ian Langsdon/EPA

Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Nov 17, 2015 - 12:09 PM

Starting on November 30 195 nations will huddle in Paris for a climate rescue pact to rein in the greenhouse gases that drive climate change Here is what could happen if they come up empty handed

Renowned climate scientist: 1.5°C goal ‘difficult but morally correct’

Nov 10, 2015 - 3:15 PM

Sticking to the 2°C climate goal is a message to vulnerable countries that we cannot protect you says renowned climate expert Dr Saleemul Huq

AFTER THE STORM. A village in Bangaga, Davao Oriental is left lifeless by Typhoon Pablo. Photo by John Javellana

Sea level rise unavoidable, says NASA

Aug 27, 2015 - 8:06 AM

Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting faster than ever and oceans are warming and expanding much more rapidly than they have in years past

ICY HORIZON. A handout image dated April 2, 2012 and made available by NASA November 28, 2012 showing Arctic sea ice as seen from the window of the NASA P-3 airplane. Michael Studinger/Handout/EPA

In landmark document, Pope urges world to stop climate change destruction

Jun 18, 2015 - 12:18 PM

UPDATED In a radically worded letter addressed to every person on the planet the leader of the world s 1 2 billion Catholics blames human greed for the critical situation Our Sister mother Earth now finds itself in

OUT IN THE SQUARE. Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on June 17, 2015 at the Vatican. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

G7 countries told: act on climate change

Jun 07, 2015 - 10:58 AM

A day ahead of the G7 summit of world leaders French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the leaders should commit to decarbonization and a dramatic decrease in greenhouse gases

'HEAD' SHOTS. Ballons bearing the faces of the G7 members showing (L-R) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama in Munich Germany, June 5, 2015. Armin Weigel/EPA

Sea-level rise accelerating, say scientists

May 12, 2015 - 9:23 AM

Scientists say meltwater from the Earth s ice sheets are a likely cause

Totten Glacier. Photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

Limited climate change accord likely in Paris –IPCC expert

Feb 15, 2015 - 11:43 PM

The promises currently on the table are not enough to hit the two degrees Celsius target by 2020 We have to do more says a climate change expert

Developing world may need annual $500B for climate by 2050 – UN

Dec 06, 2014 - 9:10 AM

The projected amount is as much as 5 times higher than previous estimates and significantly more than today s spending on climate adaptation

United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director, Ibrahim Thiaw (2-R), and his collaborators, present the first study on Breach Adaptation Adjustment of the UN's UNEP program at the Climate Change Summit of Lima (COP20) in Lima, Peru, 05 December 2014. EPA/Paolo Aguilar

Kerry: Ignoring climate science puts 'our kids, grandkids' at risk

Nov 02, 2014 - 8:53 PM

The UN s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC says time is running out to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius and that current trends in carbon emissions heralded disaster

United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Jakarta on October 20, 2014 for the inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and meetings with other regional leaders. Photo by Brian Snyder/AFP

Time running out to reach 2ºC warming target

Nov 02, 2014 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED Earth is now on a trajectory for at least 4ºC warming by 2100 over pre industrial times – a recipe for worsening drought flood rising seas and species extinctions

Climate: Summit rhetoric faces credibility test

Oct 19, 2014 - 12:45 PM

A month after world leaders pledged to curb the threat of climate change their words will be put to the test when talks for a new global pact resume in Bonn

RISING TIDES. The pristine waters which surround Tepuka Islet on Funafuti Atoll, 22 February 2004, are now threatening to engulf it as rising sea levels inundate many of the low islands. Photo by Torsten Blackwood / AFP

Far more displaced by disasters than conflict – study

Sep 17, 2014 - 2:06 PM

Report: 22 million people were displaced in 2013 due to disasters brought on by natural hazards nearly three times the number who were forced from their homes due to violence

AFTERMATH. Residents push a tricycle converted into a funeral carriage. Photo by AFP/Ted Aljibe

UN: Climate change poses growing health threat

Aug 28, 2014 - 1:20 AM

If we don t act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions we ll be living on a planet which is basically in many important respects unsuitable in many locations for health

POLLUTION. A man takes pictures of buildings blanketed by haze in Singapore on June 19, 2013. Singapore's Pollutant Standards Index again shot above the 'unhealthy"' threshold of 152. Photo by AFP /Roslan Rahman

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

A defining moment for climate change

Jun 03, 2014 - 10:00 AM

In Bonn it is our hope that the world will be able to finally move forward even if slowly at first toward consensus


Reefs cheaper than concrete to protect coast cities

May 14, 2014 - 10:49 AM

Around 100 million people living close to the sea at altitudes of less than 10 meters could benefit from risk reduction by reefs including the Philippines Indonesia and India

GREAT BARRIER REEF. Aerial view of a portion of the Great Barrier Reef. Photo courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

A future of thirst: Water crisis lies on the horizon

May 13, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Don t waste even a single drop By the end of this century billions are likely to be gripped by water stress and the stuff of life could be an unseen driver of conflict

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

Governments approve text of UN climate report

Apr 12, 2014 - 9:13 PM

The IPCC s assessment reports are closely watched events in the political and scientific fields of climate change

How gov't is readying farmers for climate change

Apr 08, 2014 - 4:04 PM

Farmers and fishermen who depend on the abundance of natural resources are expected to suffer economically

Carbon cuts possible for manageable warming: experts

Apr 08, 2014 - 12:17 AM

It will entail challenging technological economic institutional and behavior change

CLIMATE CHANGE. Smokes rise from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Will world governments now take climate action?

Apr 03, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Renewable energy can and will have to play a leading role in the world’s energy future

IMPACTS. As of 2013, 8 out of 10 Filipinos have already experienced severe to moderate climate change impacts, according to the World Bank. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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

Calls for action as world faces fork in climate road

Mar 31, 2014 - 9:26 PM

Scientists politicians envoys and green groups stand united in calls for faster more drastic action to avoid the worst case scenarios of conflict drought and massive displacement highlighted in IPCC s climate report

HAZY SKIES. A picture taken on March 31, 2014 shows the French northern town of Meteren through a haze of pollution. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

Climate change boosts conflict risk, flood, hunger: UN

Mar 31, 2014 - 9:12 AM

The report said the impact of climate change was already being felt and would increase with every additional degree that temperatures rose

CLIMATE, HUNGER, AND CONFLICT. Yemenis receive food aid at a food distribution center in Sana'a, Yemen, February 13, 2014. Yahya Arhab/EPA

Preparing to withstand other extreme weather events

Mar 29, 2014 - 2:31 PM

Climate changes may also increase the danger of war because already scarce natural resources including drinking water will be under greater pressure

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions needed to curb hunger

Mar 25, 2014 - 6:23 PM

Climate change will intensify global hunger and the poor in developing countries will be the most vulnerable Find out what we can do today

The fight for food and climate justice

Mar 25, 2014 - 4:34 PM

While no country – rich or poor – can afford to be complacent it is the world’s poorest and most food insecure countries that are the least prepared and most at risk

LOSS. Agricultural workers lose crops and income due to extreme weather brought about by climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Scientists meet in Japan after grim climate forecast

Mar 25, 2014 - 9:28 AM

The report is part of a massive overview by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is likely to shape policies and climate talks in the future

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

How climate change threatens our food security

Mar 15, 2014 - 11:41 AM

As the world becomes warmer in the coming years Philippine agriculture will face greater challenges

LOSS. Agricultural workers lose crops and income due to extreme weather brought about by climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: What UN reports say about climate change

Mar 13, 2014 - 7:44 PM

The United Nations is releasing in March the second of 3 reports on climate change Here s a slideshow of what new findings we can expect

UN report sees $1.45T global warming cost – media

Feb 28, 2014 - 2:03 PM

Report: If global temperatures rise by 2 5 degrees Celsius 4 5 Fahrenheit the world s aggregated gross domestic production will fall by 0 2 to 2

CLIMATE ALARM. Six years after their last diagnosis on global warming, climate experts present the new state of affairs: an increasingly alarming wakeup call. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

2013 in green: Top 10 PH environmental news

Dec 27, 2013 - 9:00 AM

From devastated coral reefs to renewable energy 2013 was a rollercoaster ride for Mother Nature to say the least

#COP19: Negotiating on who is to live and who is to die?

Nov 20, 2013 - 9:34 PM

[If] several developed countries cannot meet their commitments Shifting mitigation responsibilities to developing countries will not solve the problem

Coming to grips with a climate-defined future

Sep 30, 2013 - 10:08 AM

Climate change is a global phenomenon but it will manifest itself in clusters or pockets of risk How do we prepare ourselves?

Lory Tan

Science wRap: Warm Earth, wet Mars, 'Bad' chemistry

Sep 28, 2013 - 7:54 PM

In this week s Science wRap: Big climate and Mars news deadly giant hornets and fake but based on real life meth making

Green groups urge more domestic action on climate change

Sep 28, 2013 - 5:33 PM

After the release of an international climate change report groups call for more local action on climate change adaptation

LOCAL ACTION. The Philippines, already suffering from some of the worst impacts of climate change, has to act now, according to green groups after the release of IPCC's Fifth Assessment report on the status of climate change

Is it time to ditch the climate change 'bible'?

Sep 28, 2013 - 1:21 PM

Analysts say the giant IPCC report should give way to nimbler more relevant research

OUTDATED? Analysts say the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report is outpaced by developments in climate change and technology