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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

World leaders gather to breathe new life into Paris accord

Sep 27, 2018 - 10:46 AM

'We are not here just to speak, but to be accountable,' says French President Emmanuel Macron, who launched the 'One Planet Summit' in 2017

ONE PLANET. French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the One Planet Summit at the Plaza Hotel on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 26, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

World must act by 2020 to avoid runaway climate change – UN chief

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:20 AM

'Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

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

Trump willing to sign a revamped Paris climate deal

Jan 28, 2018 - 8:31 AM

While the president remains firm in his criticism of the historic accord, which was signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, he said he would be willing to sign up to a revamped deal

REVISION NEEDED. US president Donald Trump wants changes in the Paris climate deal before signing his nation back in. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump says U.S. could 'conceivably' return to Paris climate deal

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:54 AM

Trump's comments will renew questions about whether he actually intends to withdraw or simply wants easier US emissions targets

US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference with Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the East Room of the White House January 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Leaders join France's Macron to discuss climate cash crunch

Dec 12, 2017 - 2:28 PM

Without trillions of dollars of investment in clean energy, the pact's goal to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels will remain a pipe dream

CLIMATE ADVOCATE. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the 'Tech for Planet' event at the 'Station F' start-up campus ahead of the One Planet Summit in Paris on December 11, 2017. Philippe Wojazer/Pool/AFP

Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of the Paris Agreement

PROTEST. This file photo taken on November 4, 2017 shows environmentalists holding up an Earth-shaped balloon reading 'Out of Coal' and decorated with an effigy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel seen in the smoke clouds of a power plant as they demonstrate in Bonn, western Germany, during a so-called Climate March against fossil-based energies like coal. Sascha Schuermann/AFP

EU to cut car emissions to meet climate targets

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The proposal has to be approved by the 28 member states and the European Parliament

ON THE ROAD. Cars drive on the Peripherique in Paris on December 8, 2016. Jacques Demarthon/AFP

Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating U.S.

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:22 AM

(UPDATED) The United States mocks Syria's arrival in the climate change agreement, side-stepping the charge that it has isolated itself by being the world's sole hold-out

EMPTY SEAT. The seats of the US delegation are pictured prior to the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patirk Stollarz/AFP

COP23: Plea for 'urgent action' on climate shadowed by Trump

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:06 AM

The concern is more whether other leaders who were already reluctant to foreswear fossil fuels as the main engine of economic growth for their countries will lose resolve

PASSING THE HAMMER. Salaheddine Mezouar (C-R), Moroccan Foreign Minister and President of COP22, hands over a symbolic hammer to Frank Bainimarama (C-L), Prime Minister of Fiji and President of the COP23, during the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

Nov 05, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week

COP23 CHAIR. In this file photo, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaks at the beginning of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 22, 2017 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

Nicaragua signs Paris climate agreement – official

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:30 AM

The announcement leaves the United States and Syria as the only countries holding out on the Paris deal

The flag of Nicaragua (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 14, 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

U.S. says no change in decision to pull out of Paris climate pact

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:32 AM

The remark come as environment ministers from some 30 countries gather in Montreal seeking headway on the Paris climate accord

In this file photo, US residents living in Japan and local residents hold a rally near the US embassy in Tokyo on March 16, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/File/AFP

Slim chance of reaching 2ºC climate goal – study

Aug 01, 2017 - 7:04 AM

There is a 5 chance of limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius 3 6 degrees Fahrenheit the target set in the 2015 climate rescue Paris Agreement researchers say

KEEPING COOL. A woman drinks water from a plastic bottle on June 20, 2017 in Quimper, western France, during a heatwave alert. Fred Tanneau/AFP

G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?

Jul 09, 2017 - 2:20 PM

G20 countries manage to avoid a total bust up with Donald Trump over climate change leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement

AT THE SIDE. US President Donald Trump takes his place for the family photo on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Erdogan threatens not to ratify Paris climate accord

Jul 09, 2017 - 8:54 AM

Erdogan: After that step taken by America the position that we adopt is in the direction of not passing it in parliament

ERDOGAN IN HAMBURG. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a final press conference on the second day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Climate: Can G19 hold firm against Trump's G1?

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The G20 group of major economies gathers in Hamburg amid a storm of geopolitical crises threatening to push climate change down the agenda

A demonstrator wears a 'Planet Earth First' transfer on her cheek during a demonstration called by several NGOs ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 2, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

As Trump ditches Paris, California leads on environment

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Meeting Xi Jinping in China Governor Jerry Brown steps up as the global face of progressive climate policy in the US

CLIMATE ADVOCATE. In this picture taken on June 8, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing. Fred Dufour/AFP

France pledges $34 million for foreign climate experts

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:41 PM

French officials have decided to set up a priority research program for the fight against climate change says the environment ministry

CLIMATE CHANGE. French president Emmanuel Macron launches a website inviting academics and scientists to come to France to pursue efforts to fight climate change. Screenshot from

Bloomberg leads mass coalition declaring support for Paris climate deal

Jun 06, 2017 - 2:14 PM

Big names like Apple Amazon Google Facebook Microsoft Levi Strauss and Tiffany are in the group called We Are Still In along with more than 100 mayors and governors

CLIMATE ALLIES. French President Emmanuel Macron (R), Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo (L) and former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg talk during their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on June 2, 2017. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool/AFP

Macron, tweaking Trump, says 'Make our planet great again'

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Macron: To all scientists engineers entrepreneurs responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president the United States I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland

'MAKE THE PLANET GREAT AGAIN' A video grab from the French TV channel LCI taken on June 1, 2017, shows French President Emmanuel Macron speaking during a live broadcast in Paris, after US president Donald Trump announced the United States was to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate accord. LCI/AFP

Paris withdrawal sets business world at odds with Trump

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:51 AM

The reactions from across the business world – including oil producers the tech sector and finance – stood apart from Trump s portrayal of the decision as a needed corrective to rules that could stymie commerce

BYE TRUMP. This file photo taken on February 13, 2017 shows Elon Musk, the co-founder and chief executive of Electric carmaker Tesla, during a ceremony in Dubai. Karim Sahib/AFP

EU, China grab spotlight in climate fight after U.S. quits Paris deal

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:46 AM

In a potentially dramatic shift in diplomatic roles the European Union now aims to join heavyweight China in trying to galvanize the world into implementing the landmark 2015 agreement

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (C) gestures and speak with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) as they stand next to European Council President Donald Tusk (L), prior to a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, on June 1, 2017 ahed of a meeting wit EU officials. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Virginia Mayo

U.S. states, cities and firms unite behind Paris accord

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED A recent poll shows a majority of Americans in every state or 69 of US voters believe the United States should participate in the agreement

WAKE UP, TRUMP. Protesters hold up signs during a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2017, objecting to US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate accord. Paul J. Richards/AFP

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Jun 02, 2017 - 9:55 AM

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World leaders vow to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED With France s Emmanuel Macron taking the lead they lash Trump s decision as misguided and vow to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the planet s future

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Trump pulls U.S. out of global climate change accord

Jun 02, 2017 - 5:28 AM

UPDATED I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States the American president says

ACCORD PULLOUT. US President Donald Trump says on June 1, 2017, the Paris Agreement is not about the climate but other countries getting an economic advantage over the United States. Screenshot from White House video

Trump set to pull U.S. out of Paris climate deal – reports

May 31, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED An American pullout from the 196 nation Paris Agreement would deal a major blow to the so called climate diplomacy

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

As U.S. weighs climate pullout, UN wants world to be more ambitious

May 31, 2017 - 7:08 AM

Secretary General Antonio Guterres says it is absolutely essential that the world implements the 2015 Paris climate agreement with increased ambition

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks on climate action at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. Jewel Samad/AFP

Trump promises climate decision next week after G7 stalemate

May 27, 2017 - 8:20 PM

3rd UPDATE I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week says US President Donald Trump in a tweet

Economic growth, climate policies can go together – OECD report

May 23, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Right climate policies can help governments generate growth that will significantly reduce the risks of climate change an OECD report says

NEW REPORT. German State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth (L) and OECD Secretary General Jose Angel Gurria (R) hold up a copy of the 'Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth' report in a press conference in Berlin, Germany, May 23, 2017. KD Suarez/Rappler

Germany, China urge U.S. to stick to Paris climate pact

May 23, 2017 - 12:15 AM

At the 8th Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin both Germany and China say the United States leaving the agreement would not benefit it economically

URGING AMERICA. German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (2nd L) speaks during the press conference at the start of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Germany, May 22, 2017. Seated next to her (2nd R) is Xie Zhenhua, Chinese climate envoy. Photo courtesy BMUB/Thomas Kohler

WATCH: PH's climate czar tries carbon footprint calculator

Apr 23, 2017 - 8:00 PM

See the level of emissions and the number of trees Secretary Vernice Victorio s household needs to plant to offset it

PH to mark Earth Day as Paris deal takes effect

Apr 21, 2017 - 2:49 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier signed the agreement despite his misgivings

G7 energy ministers fail to agree on climate change statement

Apr 10, 2017 - 10:17 PM

The United States reserved its position on the text about commitments made by G7 countries under the 2015 Paris climate accord says Carlo Calenda Italian minister for economic development who chaired the meeting in Rome

G7. Members of the G7 pose for a family picture during the Group of Seven (G7) meeting on Energy, on April 10, 2017 in Rome. Photo by Ministero Italiano dello sviluppo economico / Massimo Percossi/ AFP

PH deposits signed Paris climate deal to UN

Mar 24, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Senator Loren Legarda says the Paris climate deal will enter into force for the Philippines on Earth Day April 22

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Lopez calls PH ratification of Paris climate deal 'victory for planet'

Mar 15, 2017 - 2:35 PM

The Climate Change Commission also says the Senate s swift concurrence to the ratification reflects the sense of global urgency needed

Lopez file photo by Jasmine Dulay

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Senate concurs in Paris climate deal ratification

Mar 14, 2017 - 4:03 PM

UPDATED Voting 22 0 senators seal the Philippines ratification of the landmark international agreement on climate change

APPROVED BY PH. In this file photo, a copy of the draft of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is pictured at the Philippine delegation office at the COP21 climate conference in Paris, France, December 2015. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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Mar 01, 2017 - 8:11 PM

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Lopez: Paris deal will bring 'silver lining of hope' to next generation

Mar 01, 2017 - 7:25 PM

By ratifying the Paris Agreement we will be able to maximize our climate adaptation and mitigation efforts to protect the Filipino people says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

Beyond the postcards: Batanes and climate change

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:15 PM

We need to view Batanes in a different light: less glossy than in travel magazines yet less desperate than in weather reports; a real place where people affected by climate change live

DIFFERENT VIEW. A lighthouse in Batanes offers a different vantage point by which to view the island. Photo by Airah Cadiogan/Oxfam

Batanes: Facing the new normal of climate change

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

For remote communities in Batanes weathering typhoons is nothing new but climate change threatens to uproot their homes and destroy their livelihoods Watch this 360 video on how communities in Itbayat are facing their new normal

CHANGE IS COMING. Nanang Tinang, a community elder in Itbayat, Batanes, converses with a fellow Ivatan. Photo by Airah Cadiogan/Oxfam

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Mar 01, 2017 - 11:30 AM

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US President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JIM LO SCALZO

Duterte signs Paris climate deal

Mar 01, 2017 - 8:19 AM

UPDATED The Office of the President submits the signed Instrument of Accession to the Senate for concurrence on Wednesday March 1

TALKING CLIMATE CHANGE. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Climate Change Commission Board Meeting on January 31, 2017. File photo by Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy – experts

Jan 19, 2017 - 9:52 AM

Donald Trump could enact sweeping changes to environmental policy in the beginning days of his administration with far reaching effects both in the United States and around the world

Climate activists rally, to urge politicians to stand against climate denial and hate, January 9, 2017 in New York. Don Emmert/AFP

Philippines to ratify Paris climate deal by July

Jan 09, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III is confident the Senate will ratify the deal after President Rodrigo Duterte signs it

RATIFICATION. The Philippines is set to ratify the landmark Paris climate deal by July 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo.

Megacities key to reaching global climate goals

Dec 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Michael Bloomberg: If we are going to avoid the worst impacts of global warming cities are going to have to play an even bigger role in the months and years ahead

An aerial view of Lower Manhattan at dusk, September 8, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

World mayors gather to plot Trump-era climate plan

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:58 AM

As leaders of busy polluted cities home to millions of people they want countries to push on with adopting the so called Paris Agreement to limit harmful emissions – an accord that Trump has cast doubt on

CLIMATE GATHERING. (From L to R) Mayor of Amman, Akel Eid Biltaji, Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera, Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, Secretary for the environment of Hong Kong, Wong Kam Sing, Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore and Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala pose for the media in the City Hall during the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City on November 30, 2016.  Hector Guererro/AFP