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'Do it for our children,' parents plead at U.N. climate meet

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:50 AM

'If we are not courageous enough to take action in these weeks, ... we will be letting down humanity,' says Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado

Visitors arrive at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 at the 'IFEMA - Feria de Madrid' exhibition centre, in Madrid, on December 3, 2019. Spain's Socialist government offered to host this year's UN climate conference, known as COP25, from December 2 to December 13, 2019, after the event's original host Chile withdrew last month due to deadly riots over economic inequality. CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP

Climate groups lament lack of loss and damage finance pledges in COP 23

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Climate groups agree that the loss and damage finance agenda has been sidelined in the COP 23 negotiations

Environmental groups urge PH, ASEAN to join global coal phase-out

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:36 AM

Studies show coal is projected to rise in the whole ASEAN region in the next few years

Under Trump, U.S. to fall short of Paris climate targets, says report

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Despite the US shortfall, a surge of climate action will keep the US emissions curve on a downward path, the report adds

CLIMATE CHANGE. The US State Department says Washington is still committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. White House file photo by Jewel Samad/AFP; COP file photo courtesy of COP21

Inclusivity to guide Fiji's presidency in COP23 climate talks

May 23, 2017 - 10:45 PM

As president of the COP23 Fiji aims to have an inclusive participatory transparent climate conference in November in Bonn Germany

COP23 PRESIDENT. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama known commonly as Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaks at the beginning of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 22, 2017 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

Germany, Fiji push for continued cooperation in climate talks

May 23, 2017 - 10:25 PM

As the uncertainty over the US participation in climate talks looms large the organizers of the upcoming Bonn climate conference encourage countries to soldier on towards implementing the Paris Agreement

CLIMATE FORUM. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) delivers her speech on May 23, 2017 in Berlin at the Petersberg Climate VIII Dialogue event. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

Ramos to gov't: Ratify climate deal or Filipinos will suffer

Oct 30, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Former president Fidel V Ramos wants President Rodrigo Duterte to approve the climate deal so the Senate may ratify it because it would advance the interests of Filipinos

In this file picture taken on November 25, 2013, a ship is washed ashore crushing houses in Tacloban, Leyte Province, after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the central Philippines. Noel Celis/File/AFP

From Paris to New York, climate pact to cross next hurdle

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:42 AM

More than 160 nations gather in New York on April 22 to ink the pact whose execution demands a radical overhaul of the global economy

DIPLOMACY'S HEART. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors'€™ Entrance, 23 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

Over 120 nations to sign climate deal – France

Apr 07, 2016 - 9:07 AM

French ecology minister Segolene Royal says the strength of support meant the climate deal clinched in Paris last year would likely be ratified in New York on April 22

In this file photo, delegates to the 21st UN climate change summit attend a plenary session. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

How climate change affects community charity

Dec 27, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Less rain and typhoons that ravaged barangays under St Peter the Apostle Parish in Dasol Pangasinan result in less donations but parishioners remain generous

#COP21 Mood Meter: Divided

Dec 14, 2015 - 6:43 PM

Although divided many see the Paris climate deal as a challenge to keep pushing for climate action

BETTER WORLD. Reactions to the climate deal are divided, but most agree that the fight for a better world does not end with COP21. Arnaud Bouissou/Rappler file photo

Grace Poe: Compel power distributors to use renewable energy

Dec 13, 2015 - 7:49 PM

The presidential bet seeks changes in the Renewable Energy Act as she welcomes the Paris climate deal

Independent candidates Chiz Escudero and Grace Poe announces their Senatorial slate for election 2016 at Club Filipino in San Juan on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Yeb Saño: Is #COP21 a triumph?

Dec 13, 2015 - 6:25 PM

For Naderev Yeb Saño the agreement on 1 5°C warming cap is no different from a New Year s resolution – it is not legally binding

COP21 PROTEST. Hundreds of ‘climate bikers and walkers’ came out in solidarity with the global movement for climate justice early Sunday morning, December 13, in Paris. Photo by Clemente Bautista/Kalikasan PNE

PH welcomes historic Paris Agreement – Palace

Dec 13, 2015 - 12:11 PM

The Philippines also pledges to bring Filipinos together and engage them in building disaster resilient communities

'THANK YOU, PARIS.' Philippine head of delegation Emmanuel de Guzman delivers the country's speech adopting the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH after Paris Agreement adoption: Tired but victorious

Dec 13, 2015 - 10:36 AM

The decision ends weeks of gruelling negotiations for the Philippine delegation

DEAL FOR PH. Minutes after deciding to adopt the final draft Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the Philippine delegation poses for a photo. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Climate deal a diplomatic coup for France

Dec 13, 2015 - 8:52 AM

From the gourmet tofu sandwiches to the subtle handling of negotiations the French hosts of the UN climate conference have been showered with praise

France's President Francois Hollande speaks during the press conference on climate change with French farmer organizations, ahead of the COP 21 conference at the Palais de Marigny in Paris, France, 20 November 2015. Photo by Michel Euler/EPA

Obama: Historic accord could mark 'turning point' for global warming

Dec 13, 2015 - 7:20 AM

The Paris agreement establishes the enduring framework the world needs to solve the climate crisis

US President Barack Obama makes a statement on the climate agreement in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, on 12 December 2015, Photo by Dennis Brack/EPA

#COP21: Nations agree on historic global climate pact

Dec 13, 2015 - 2:28 AM

UPDATED Negotiators from 195 parties formally adopt a global climate pact that aims to curb global warming and avert a planet wide disaster

DEAL DONE. Foreign Affairs Minister and President-designate of COP21 Laurent Fabius (C), raises hands with Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon (2-L) and France's President Francois Hollande (R) after adoption of a historic global warming pact at the COP21 Climate Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, on December 12, 2015. Francois Guillot/AFP

#COP21: FULL TEXT: Paris Agreement on climate change

Dec 12, 2015 - 11:54 PM

The historic deal is signed on December 12 in Paris

#COP21: Countries have few hours to decide on UN climate pact

Dec 12, 2015 - 9:08 PM

UPDATED The decisions to be made by country negotiators in Paris in the next few hours may determine the fate of mankind

TIME TO DECIDE. Members of the Philippine delegation read through every line of the final draft of the UN climate agreement minutes after it is released. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#COP21: Historic global climate pact in sight

Dec 12, 2015 - 8:10 PM

UPDATED French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: Today we are close to the final outcome

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius delivers a speech at the Comité de Paris plenary session during the UN climate change conference in Le Bourget, France, December 12, 2015. Framegrab from UNFCCC

#COP21: A peek inside ‘indaba’ meetings of Paris climate talks

Dec 12, 2015 - 3:15 PM

The French hosts of the UN climate talks are using a South African practice of meeting to forge the world s global action plan

GATHERING. Members of delegations watch the indaba on the morning of Friday, December 11, from the rooms for party overflow. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#COP21: Deal or no deal? Final draft of climate deal near

Dec 12, 2015 - 12:02 PM

UPDATED After translation into the UN s 6 official languages the document will be presented to ministers nearly 16 hours after the conference is scheduled to close

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius speaks to reporters at the UN climate change conference in Le Bourget, France, December 11, 2015. Photo courtesy COP21

China's Xi and Obama discuss Paris climate summit by phone – Beijing

Dec 11, 2015 - 6:45 PM

A statement from Beijing cites Xi as saying that China and the US must strengthen coordination with all parties and make joint efforts to ensure the Paris climate summit reaches an accord as scheduled

In this file photo, US President Barack Obama (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) in Beijing, China, 12 November 2014. How Hwee Young/EPA

#COP21: UN climate talks extended by one day

Dec 11, 2015 - 1:14 PM

A final draft of the pact will be presented on the morning of December 12 and a decision would be out the same day

EXTENDED TALKS. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius leads efforts of countries to forge a global climate deal. File photo from official COP21 Flickr

Some vulnerable countries accept 'compromise' on 1.5°C warming cap

Dec 11, 2015 - 12:11 PM

As COP21 enters its final stretch some nations say they can accept new wording on the draft deal s warming limit

MARATHON TALKS. Members of delegations watch a meeting of country negotiators facilitated by COP21 president and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius on the early morning December 11, 2015. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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

#COP21: Climate talks head into long, final stretch

Dec 11, 2015 - 4:55 AM

UPDATED A new draft text signals another sleepless night for negotiators assembled in Paris in hopes of finally nailing down a universal legally binding climate pact

EXIT. Delegates exit the La Seine plenary hall at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Le Bourget, France, December 9 2015. Photo courtesy COP21

#COP21: Vatican joins call for 1.5°C warming limit

Dec 11, 2015 - 12:59 AM

The Holy See adds its influential voice to the growing call for the safer and more difficult goal for the world s warming to be kept below 1 5°C

HEAD OF VATICAN. Pope Francis, head of the Vatican, greets the faithful as he arrives during heavy rain in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City in March 2015. File photo by Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Climate change is the new battleground for human rights

Dec 10, 2015 - 5:15 PM

People and the planet should not be treated as collateral damage in the name of economic growth and profit

Yolanda survivor makes waves in Paris climate talks

Dec 10, 2015 - 4:54 PM

A young woman who survived the super typhoon is at COP21 pushing for climate action

As diplomats talk climate, giant blue whale greets Parisians

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:00 AM

A short stroll at the left bank of the Seine River leads to a giant blue whale sculpture a reminder to the world of how climate change threatens biodiversity

Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Crunch time for 'loss and damage' in Paris climate talks

Dec 10, 2015 - 1:57 AM

The vast majority of civil society organizations present at COP 21 believe that Loss Damage must have its own section in the agreement

ABUZZ. The Philippine delegation office is abuzz with talk on the latest draft of the Paris climate agreement released on December 9, 2015

‘Heneral Luna’ in the time of climate change

Dec 09, 2015 - 5:52 PM

Our constant search for heroism should not dwell on individual exploits Our heroes teach us that the strength to change the world lies in the people working together

REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. BUKAL, together with the Archdiocesan Ministry for the Environment of Batangas and the people of Lobo, brought their protests before the central office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. (Photo from the Gawad Bayani ng Kalikasan)

Earth needs leaders who believe in climate science – Kerry

Dec 09, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Kerry: We are going to make Paris the demarcation point where we begin to get the job done to save the planet period

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the 'Earth to Paris' event, at the Petit Palais in Paris, France, December 7, 2015. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia

WATCH: Former US VP Al Gore at #COP21

Dec 08, 2015 - 8:15 PM

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#COP21: PH pushes for exact amount in climate funds

Dec 08, 2015 - 7:10 PM

One of the most vulnerable countries in the world the Philippines wants the world s solid commitment to help fund programs to protect its citizens against climate change impacts

CLIMATE DIPLOMACY. Environment Secretary Ramon Paje delivers the Philippine statement during a high-level meeting on December 8, 2015 during COP21. Screenshot from UN webcast

Philippine delegation in COP21: Sleepless in Paris

Dec 08, 2015 - 8:24 AM

Negotiators from the Philippines are living off 3 or 4 hours of sleep as they hunker down so the world can meet the December 11 deadline for a global climate action plan

CHALLENGES AHEAD. Philippine delegation spokeman Tony La Viña briefs media on what the team has achieved at COP21. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

#COP21: Fighting fear at the Paris climate summit

Dec 07, 2015 - 8:31 AM

The recent terror attacks haven t dimmed the City of Lights as it continues to host the landmark UN climate change conference

SHRINE. Many continue to gather around the Marianne statue in Place dela Republique to remember the victims of the recent Paris terror attacks. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Climate pact: Battle lines redrawn in the blueprint

Dec 06, 2015 - 1:26 PM

The draft deal has clashing proposals on how to share responsibility for curbing greenhouse gases and forking out the cash

CLIMATE TALKS. Visitors wait by a planisphere on the US stand at the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change, on December 4, 2015 in Le Bourget. Photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

Climate negotiations move to next round

Dec 05, 2015 - 7:41 PM

UPDATED Dean Tony La Viña spokesperson for the Philippine delegation in Paris says all the elements the country wants are included among them the 1 5 degrees Celsius cap

UN talks race for climate-saving blueprint

Dec 05, 2015 - 1:25 PM

Despite being riddled with conflicting proposals the draft to be submitted will form the skeleton of the most complex and consequential global deal ever tried

CLIMATE TALKS. Visitors wait by a planisphere on the US stand at the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change, on December 4, 2015 in Le Bourget. Photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

The battle to save humanity is a climate conference

Dec 04, 2015 - 5:34 PM

I arrive in Paris to cover this make or break conference but I feel like I’m going to war – a war against apathy and ignorance against despair and inaction

SCENE OF ACTION. The fate of humanity will depend on whether countries can agree on a climate change action plan in Paris this December. Photo by Guilliaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Aquino's COP21 speech: What didn't make the cut?

Dec 04, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Failing to recognize the deep seated problems of climate change means we will fail in the search for genuine solutions

COP21 powered by fossil fuels?

Dec 04, 2015 - 9:22 AM

Two reports reveal the corporate sponsors behind the climate summit in Paris

Progress in Paris: Draft climate change deal is out

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:09 PM

UPDATED But the draft agreement at the COP21 in Paris is heavily bracketed meaning the wording of various sections is contested by negotiators from member countries

A picture taken on November 25, 2015 in Le Bourget near Paris shows the entrance of the venue that will host Paris' climate summit, also known as COP21. Dominique Faget/EPA

PH named top 4th country affected by climate change in 2014

Dec 03, 2015 - 7:29 PM

The country has been among the top 10 most affected nations 7 times in the last 10 years researchers say

STORM-PRONE. Filipinos wade through floodwater brought about by Typhoon Koppu in San Jose city, Nueva Ecija on October 18, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Money row threatens efforts to seal historic climate pact

Dec 03, 2015 - 8:31 AM

Bureaucrats become quickly ensnared in familiar rows that have condemned previous efforts to failure

A visitor attends a conference at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, December 1, 2015. Guilliaume Horcajuelo/EPA

#NowPH: For Maria Letizia Dantes and her generation

Dec 02, 2015 - 7:21 PM

Youth Commissioner Dingdong Dantes presents 3 million NowPH climate action pledges to France host of the historic COP21 after giving this speech in Paris

#NOWPH IN PARIS. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III joins Commissioner Dingdong Dantes of the National Youth Commission in the symbolic presentation of the #NowPH voices to Annick Girardin, Secretary of State for the Development of France. Photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

3 million Filipino voices heard at #COP21 in Paris

Dec 02, 2015 - 6:44 PM

Youth Commissioner Dingdong Dantes presents 3 million NowPH climate action pledges to France host of the historic COP21