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Earth to warm more quickly, new climate models show

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The new calculations suggest the Paris Agreement goals of capping global warming at 'well below' two degrees, and at 1.5C if possible, will be harder to reach

Oceans turning from friend to foe, warns landmark U.N. climate report

Aug 29, 2019 - 7:36 PM

Destructive changes already set in motion could see a steady decline in fish stocks, a hundredfold or more increase in the damages caused by superstorms, and hundreds of millions of people displaced by rising seas

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.

World warned: change now or endanger food and climate

Aug 08, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Efforts to limit global warming while feeding a booming population could be wrecked without swift and sweeping changes to how we use the land we live off

Nations agree landmark U.N. climate report after marathon talks

Aug 07, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The land use report from the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is expected to spell out the stark choices facing a warming planet with a growing, hungry population

LANDMARK REPORT. A sign of the World Meteorological Organization hosting the 50th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is seen at the entrance of the headquarters, on August 2, 2019 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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

2018 top science stories: Rhino skeleton, climate change, and Lego heads

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

As we wrap up 2018, the Mind Movers of the Mind Museum write about some of this year's most important science stories

Nations still worlds apart at crunch U.N. climate summit

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:55 AM

Far from the goal of reducing global temperature to 'well below' two degrees Celsius, experts urge delegates to act immediately or condemn at-risk nations to prevent worse effects

WORLDS APART. The world is "way off course" in its plan to prevent catastrophic climate change, the United Nations warned as nations gathered in Poland to chart a way for mankind to avert runaway global warming. File Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

U.N. climate summit set for tense finale as nations sound alarm

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Sources close to the COP24 talks say delegates from nearly 200 nations are still far apart on several issues – from adopting the latest environmental science to how future climate action is funded

COP24. Participants work at the main plenary room during the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 4, 2018. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

[OPINION] Societal transformation: The road to 1.5°C target for PH

Oct 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Climate action is far more than just disaster resilience

U.N. warns paradigm shift needed to avert global climate chaos

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:56 AM

'Things that scientists have been saying would happen further in the future are happening now,' Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, says

Saudi Arabia backs down from blocking U.N. climate report – sources

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:18 PM

The Saudis had objected to the inclusion of a passage emphasising the need for sharp reductions in the use of fossil fuels –Saudi Arabia's main export.

CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT. An executive summary of the UN special report on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is being vetted in South Korea this week, line-by-line, by diplomats under the 195-nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

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

1.5ºC climate goal 'very unlikely' but doable – draft UN report

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'There is a very high risk that under current emissions trajectories, and current national pledges, global warming will exceed 1.5ºC above preindustrial levels,' says the 1,000-page report prepared by hundreds of scientists

Planet-warming methane from livestock underestimated – study

Sep 29, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Revised calculations of methane produced per head of cattle show that global livestock emissions in 2011 are 11% higher than estimates based on data from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change

Global warming set to pass 2°C threshold in 2050 – report

Sep 30, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Climate change is happening now and much faster than anticipated says Sir Robert Watson former head of the UN s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change

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

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

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

Megacities hit hard by surging sea levels even at 2ºC rise – study

Nov 09, 2015 - 7:52 AM

A 2ºC 3 6ºF spike in Earth s temperature would submerge land currently occupied by 280 million people while an increase of 4ºC 7 2ºF – humanity s current trajectory – would cover areas lived on by more than 600 million a study says

WATERY STREET. A vehicle drives through flooded streets caused by the combination of the lunar orbit which caused seasonal high tides and what many believe is the rising sea levels due to climate change on September 30, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Global warming 'pause' theory is dead but still twitching

Sep 18, 2015 - 4:33 AM

The thermal time out a team of researchers found resulted from faulty statistical methods

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

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

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

Court bars former UN climate chief from leaving India

Feb 26, 2015 - 11:17 PM

Rajendra Pachauri who stepped down as chairman of the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC is also not allowed to enter his workplace as part of his interim bail conditions

In this file photo, Rajendra Pachauri, chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), holds a press conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 04 November 2014. Julien Warnand/EPA

UN climate panel head resigns amid sex claims

Feb 24, 2015 - 7:14 PM

UPDATED IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri steps down amid claims that he sexually harassed a subordinate

PACHAURI. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), holds a press conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 04 November 2014. Photo by Julien Warnand/EPA

India court delays any arrest of UN climate head over sex case

Feb 23, 2015 - 9:05 PM

The police investigation comes at a crucial time as Rajendra Pachauri tries to set the table for a key climate change summit in Paris in December where world leaders are expected to broker an international treaty on tackling global warming

REPRIEVE. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), holds a press conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 04 November 2014. File photo by Julien Warnand/EPA

UN climate chief to miss session after sex harassment case

Feb 22, 2015 - 3:18 PM

Delhi police says Pachauri 74 is accused of sexually harassing a 29 year old female researcher from his Delhi based thinktank The Energy and Resources Institute

In this file photo, Rajendra Pachauri, chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), holds a press conference at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, 04 November 2014. Julien Warnand/EPA

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

Disturbing climate change

Dec 10, 2014 - 2:39 PM

Rappler talks to Fr Jett Villarin on Typhoon Ruby and the UN climate change talks in Lima

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

UN climate panel on final stretch of key report

Oct 31, 2014 - 8:44 PM

The document crowns a vast overview of the existing scientific evidence for global warming predictions of its impacts and solutions for curbing greenhouse gas emissions which cause the problem

EMISSIONS. A photo taken on October 31, 2013 in Haubourdin, northern France shows smoke from a factory. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

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

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

West Antarctic ice sheet collapse 'unstoppable': NASA

May 13, 2014 - 10:39 AM

The speedy melting points to a need to adjust calculations for sea level rise upwards say scientists

MELTING. Although the Amundsen Sea region is only a fraction of the whole West Antarctic Ice Sheet, the region contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by 4 feet (1.2 meters). Photo by NASA/GSFC/SVS

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

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

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