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U.N. climate talks unravelling, face failure

Dec 14, 2019 - 11:34 PM

Diplomats from rich nations, emerging giants and the world's poorest countries find fault in a draft agreement put forward by host Chile

PROTEST. A participant holds up a placard to call for action on climate change during a march in Tokyo on November 29, 2019 in line with the UN talks in Madrid. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Tropical Indonesia's tiny glaciers to melt away in a decade – study

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:22 PM

'Because of the relatively low elevation of the (Papua) glaciers... these will be the first to go,' says Lonnie Thompson, one of the authors of the study

This handout picture taken in November 2015 and received on December 13, 2019 from Global Atmosphere Watch shows a glacier on Indonesia's Puncak Jaya mountain range in Papua. Indonesia's little-known glaciers are melting so fast they could disappear in a decade, a new study says, underscoring the imminent threat posed by climate change to ice sheets in tropical countries. Handout / Global Atmosphere Watch / AFP

U.N. talks struggle to stave off climate chaos

Dec 13, 2019 - 9:31 PM

As pressure inside and outside the talks mounts, old splits dividing rich polluters and developing nations have reemerged

UN TALKS. A participant walks past a wall showing a quote by Indian pacifist Mahatma Gandhi at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition centre, in Madrid, on December 13, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Solving climate crisis requires leadership – Bloomberg

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Beating climate change won't require a miracle, it won't require limitless resources, it will require leadership and common sense,' says Michael Bloomberg

LEADERSHIP. Child environmental activist from India, Licypriya Kangujam (L) and Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg slap hands during the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition center, in Madrid, on December 10, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Trump slammed for trolling Greta Thunberg climate speech

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:31 PM

'She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!' climate-skeptic Trump tweets, alongside a clip of the speech

FIGHTING FOR THE CLIMATE. Youth activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations on September 23, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

PH team goes to battle for liability, compensation for climate victims

Dec 11, 2015 - 7:06 AM

In what could be among the last meetings of countries before the final UN climate pact is released the Philippines fights for a stronger loss and damage mechanism

CRUNCHTIME. Philippine team analyzes near-final UN climate deal before 12 am Indaba on December 10, 2015. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

China's Xi demands developed nations pay for climate action

Nov 30, 2015 - 10:15 PM

Xi tells the UN climate summit that developed countries must accept more shared responsibilities

TAKE ACTION. Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech for the opening day of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, 30 November 2015. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) is held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December aimed at reaching an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curtail climate change. EPA/STEPHANE MAHE / POOL

Standing up for PH in Paris climate summit: Meet 6 key negotiators

Nov 28, 2015 - 10:00 AM

They fly to Paris France to ensure that the Philippines interests are represented in a landmark international climate change agreement

Melbourne rings in call for climate action ahead of UN summit

Nov 27, 2015 - 10:58 PM

Protesters wave placards reading There is no Planet B

UN: 2015 set to be hottest year on record

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:11 PM

This is all bad news for the planet says World Meteorological Organization head Michel Jarraud

RECORD BREAKER. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere broke a new record this year. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

France to deploy nearly 11,000 police for climate summit

Nov 25, 2015 - 9:23 PM

The police officers are tasked to ensure safety and security of delegates attending the Paris climate summit in December

ADDDED SECURITY. France will deploy thousands of police personnel during the climate summit. Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

PH team 'fully prepared' for Paris climate summit

Nov 25, 2015 - 7:23 PM

We are an important player here In fact we are considered the face of climate vulnerability the Philippines lead negotiator says

READY FOR PARIS. A picture taken on October 30, 2015 shows stickers of the COP21, in Paris, ahead of the Climate Change Conference 2015. Dominique Faget/AFP

Climate pact blueprint adopted in Geneva

Feb 13, 2015 - 11:46 PM

Ever since the 2009 Copenhagen conference failed to deliver a world agreement the 195 nations gathered under the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change UNFCCC have been working on a new project for adoption by the end of this year

UN climate summit will fail unless US sets big goal: EU

Oct 28, 2014 - 10:25 PM

EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard: The Americans have to come forward with something ambitious something tangible and something concrete

POLLUTION. A man takes pictures of buildings blanketed by haze in Singapore on June 19, 2013. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Climate negotiators urged to 'build bridges'

Oct 20, 2014 - 8:55 PM

The 6 day forum must lay the foundations for the annual round of ministerial level UN talks to be held in Lima in December

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

NGOs: UN Climate Summit not enough to change climate course

Oct 01, 2014 - 1:48 PM

We saw some positive signs but all in all the pledges were not ambitious enough to keep up with the demand of climate scientists and advocates alike

File photo of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon calling for climate action in the world’s largest gathering on climate change from AFP.

Climate talks: From momentum to action in Asia Pacific

Oct 01, 2014 - 7:54 AM

Moving the climate frontier from negotiations and commitment to real action is not only urgent but also opens a new window of sustainable development opportunity for all

Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

#AnimatED: Kuwentong may kuwenta para sa climate change

Sep 29, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Kung gusto ng Filipinas na hindi makadagdag sa pagkasira ng kapaligiran isang determinadong tugon ang kailangan: huwag nang dagdagan ang coal fired plants at kumilos tungo sa pagpapasara at pagbabaklas ng mga nakatayo na

What's next for PH after climate change summit?

Sep 26, 2014 - 7:54 PM

Rappler talks to world renowned environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa on the steps the Philippines – the 3rd most vulnerable country in the world – should take after the UN gathering

VLOG: Aquino says PH needs climate funds

Sep 24, 2014 - 8:43 PM

With the Philippines bearing the brunt of extreme weather events President Benigno Aquino asks the UN for assistance in climate funds and tecnhology

Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacanang Photo Bureau

‘Climate summit good kickoff but not enough’

Sep 24, 2014 - 6:58 PM

Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson Lucille Sering says the pledges in the summit to cut greenhouse gas emissions were not as ambitious as what vulnerable countries like the Philippines need

'BUILDING MOMENTUM.' Climate Change Commissioner Lucille Sering tells Rappler the UN Climate Summit was 'encouraging' but also fell short of expectations. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

UN summit urges ambitious climate deal

Sep 24, 2014 - 9:55 AM

World leaders urge ambitious action to combat climate change but pledges remained well short of goals with a year to go for an accord

Secretary-General Ban Ki-mooon rehearses addressing world leaders in the General Assembly Hall, 21 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Mark Garten/UN Photo

Aquino to UN: PH needs climate funds, technology

Sep 24, 2014 - 12:00 AM

We have never lacked the resolve What we lack is the access to technology financing investment to accelerate our strategy Aquino tells the UN

CLIMATE FUNDS NEEDED. President Benigno Aquino III delivers his speech during United Nation Climate Change Summit held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacanang Photo Bureau

UN chief at climate summit: Let's make history

Sep 23, 2014 - 9:30 PM

The world s largest gathering on climate change opens in the United Nations attended by 120 world leaders

‘STOP PRETENDING.’ UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio says history will judge world leaders on how they respond to climate change. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

World leaders urged to change course at UN climate summit

Sep 23, 2014 - 10:06 AM

Despite much enthusiasm from climate activists for the summit s potential to create impetus some see the event as falling short of what is needed to get serious about the environment

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) at the People’s Climate March held in New York City, ahead of the Climate Summit that he is hosting at UN headquarters on 23 September. Mr. Ban is flanked by UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall (left) and Ségolène Royal, France’s Minister for Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy. Also pictured: Al Gore (top left), former Vice President of the United States and Nobel Laureate; and Yoo Soon-taek (center right), wife of the Secretary-General. 21 September 2014, New York, United States. Mark Garten/UN Photo

7 national priorities on climate change

Sep 22, 2014 - 12:25 PM

We should start with what we are doing and what we need to do at home If we don’t do that we have no moral authority to make such big demands on other countries


Q and A: What’s at stake for PH in climate summit

Sep 21, 2014 - 8:02 PM

Philippine Climate Change Commissioner Naderev Yeb Saño talks about why the upcoming UN Climate Summit is crucial for the country and why the potluck system is not enough to curb climate change

Leo DiCaprio: Speaking on climate change no small task

Sep 21, 2014 - 7:15 PM

The Hollywood star formally accepts his appointment as UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change

ADVOCACY. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio shakes hands with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Photo by UN/Mark Garten

5 things Aquino should say in his UN Climate Summit speech

Sep 21, 2014 - 7:00 PM

The President s 4 minute speech to be given in front of other world leaders is a unique platform to move climate change negotiations forward

The carbon crunch: A factfile

Sep 20, 2014 - 12:21 PM

In 2010 global emissions stood at about 50 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent GtCO2e

Saño: PH brings ‘moral voice’ to UN climate summit

Sep 20, 2014 - 7:30 AM

One of the most passionate voices in the global climate debate tells Rappler that the Philippines will highlight its experience in the front lines of climate change

UN to host biggest climate summit in history

Sep 17, 2014 - 9:18 PM

What s on the agenda and what s at stake for Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines? Ayee Macaraig is at the UN Headquarters in New York She files this video blog

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

Leonardo DiCaprio joins UN climate campaign

Sep 17, 2014 - 8:42 AM

I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history – it is a moment for action

ADVOCATE. Leonardo DiCaprio delivers remarks on the second day of the 'Our Ocean' Conference at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA, 17 June 2014. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

UN summit ‘biggest climate gathering in history’

Sep 17, 2014 - 8:24 AM

The United Nations is set to host what it calls the biggest gathering of world leaders on climate change – but will this make a dent on deadlocked negotiations?

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference on the first day of the 69th session of the General Assembly, 16 September 2014, UN headquarters. Evan Schneider/UN Photo

Aquino, Obama at the UN: What to expect

Sep 15, 2014 - 9:30 PM

This year s UN General Assembly is shaping up to be one of the busiest with multiple crises and the deadline for MDGs and a climate treaty coming up