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UN calls current climate funding an 'umbrella in a hurricane'

May 04, 2018 - 5:26 PM

'Trying to address climate change at current financing levels is like walking into a Category 5 Hurricane protected only by an umbrella,' says United Nations climate chief Patricia Espinosa

CLIMATE CHANGE. A child pushes his bicycle as he crosses a flooded street in Ineangan, Bambang, Nueva Viscaya, after the Magat river swelled caused by Typhoon Lando's (Koppu) continuous rain on October 18, 2015. File photo by IFRC

World leaders plead for climate action at UN forum

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:38 AM

World leaders descend on Bonn to re-energize negotiations hamstrung by America's rejection of the 2015 Paris Agreement

UNITED FRONT. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition Nicolas Hulot (L) pose with youth as they visit the French stand during the UN conference on climate change (COP23) on November 15, 2017 in Bonn, Germany. John Macdougall/AFP

[OPINION] Bonn climate conference: Thinking local, acting global

Nov 09, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Questions related to land use, human rights and sustainable development are expected to come up in discussions in Bonn, as countries continue negotiations on the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement

Visitors look at a sphere displayed at the pavillion of India on November 8, 2017 during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

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

UN climate talks open in Bonn

Nov 06, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Climate negotiators meet in Bonn, wondering to what extent US President Donald Trump will make their jobs more difficult.

PRESIDER. In this file photo, Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji and COP 23 President Designate, speaks during a COP23-related meeting in Germany, May 18, 2017. COP23 photo

At climate talks, it's America alone more than America first

Oct 30, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Facing 195 other countries who have chosen a different path, the task of US negotiators at upcoming climate talks in Bonn is unenviable

LEAD NEGOTIATOR. In this file photo, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon speaks during a ceremony at the State Department June 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

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

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

PH can be a venue to explore ways vs climate change – Lopez

Nov 17, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez at the COP22 in Morocco also says the world does not need to give up economic growth to protect the planet

UN chief calls for 'elimination' of fossil fuel subsidies

Nov 16, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Countries and businesses must do more to curtail global warming caused by fossil fuel emissions Ban Ki moon said in Marrakesh which is hosting the annual UN climate conference

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech during the UN climate conference in Marrakesh on November 15, 2016. Fadel Senna/AFP

UN seeks more climate finance from rich nations

Nov 16, 2016 - 9:35 AM

Rich nations pledged back in 2009 to mobilize 100 billion 93 billion euros per year from 2020 for climate aid to the developing world but poor nations are insisting on a clear roadmap for reaching the goal

A man walks past the logo of the COP22 international climate conference on November 9, 2016, in Marrakesh. Fadel Senna/AFP

Ban 'optimistic' as leaders tackle climate change in Trump shadow

Nov 15, 2016 - 8:16 PM

UPDATED Ban Ki Moon: I have explained at length about our expectations and our hope that president elect Mr Trump will hear and understand the seriousness and urgency of addressing climate change

Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, speaks at the UN World Climate Change Conference 2016 in Marrakesh on November 14, 2016. Fadel Senna/AFP

Paris to Marrakech: 4 key things to watch at COP 22

Nov 07, 2016 - 6:33 PM

While Paris was considered a success in finally creating an agreement among countries on how to solve the climate crisis a lot still needs to be done The Paris Agreement is only the start of a much bigger work that awaits every country

Climate rescue: UN talks get down to business

Nov 07, 2016 - 12:52 PM

As 15 000 negotiators CEOs and activists from 196 nations gathered in Marrakesh settle in for the 12 day UN talks all eyes are on the United States where voting Tuesday November 8 could thrust climate denier Donald Trump into the White House

READY FOR THE NEGOTIATORS. A general view taken on October 31, 2016 shows part of the site of the COP22 international climate conference in Marrakesh a week before the start of the talks. AFP/Stringer

Done deal: Paris climate pact to enter into force

Oct 06, 2016 - 8:01 AM

Seventy two 72 countries accounting for more than 56 of emissions had submitted ratification documents the UNFCCC says meaning the pact will take binding legal effect in 30 days

This file photo taken on December 11, 2015 shows The Eiffel Tower displayING the message 'No plan B' within the United Nations Climate Conference on Climate Change in Paris. Patrick Kovarick/AFP/Fle

Rodrigo Duterte, Leila de Lima, Paris climate pact | 12PM wRap

Oct 05, 2016 - 12:16 PM

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Paris climate deal to enter force after EU green light

Oct 04, 2016 - 7:12 PM

4th UPDATE The European Parliament overwhelmingly backs the ratification of the Paris climate deal paving the way for the landmark pact to come into force globally

SEALED. European Parliament President Martin Schulz (R) smiles as he stands next to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prior a voting session on the UN Climate Change agreement struck in Paris last year at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on October 4, 2016. Frederick Florin/AFP

Environmental groups, advocates to Duterte: ‘Let us talk’

Jul 19, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Environmental groups and advocates urge the president to look at the vital role the Philippines plays in the global climate pact

'I WILL NOT FOLLOW.' President Rodrigo Duterte decries carbon emissions limitations as constrictive for developing countries like the Philippines. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

What a Duterte presidency will mean for climate action in the Philippines

May 17, 2016 - 6:30 PM

As president he will chair the Climate Change Commission which mainly negotiates for the country at the United Nations

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UN chief picks Mexican diplomat to head climate office

May 04, 2016 - 12:41 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon will appoint Patricia Espinosa Cantellano as the new UNFCCC Executive Secretary for a term of 3 years

Patricia Espinosa Cantellano in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2011. Salvatore di Nolfi/File/EPA

175 countries sign Paris climate deal – UN

Apr 23, 2016 - 12:29 AM

UPDATED It is the largest ever one day signing of an international agreement

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

LIVE BLOG Konferensi Perubahan Iklim COP 21

Dec 13, 2015 - 2:33 PM

Kabar terbaru langsung dari Konferensi Perubahan Iklim COP 21 di Paris Perancis

Turbin angin di Belanda. Mengapa Anda harus peduli terhadap COP 21? Foto oleh Olivier Hoslet/EPA

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

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

LIVE BLOG: COP21, the UN climate conference

Dec 13, 2015 - 4:29 AM

Follow Rappler s team of journalists covering COP21 in Paris – the most crucial environmental conference of our generation

#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: 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: 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

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

‘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

COP21: Ministers confront flashpoints on climate deal

Dec 09, 2015 - 4:39 AM

Ministers at the 195 nation UN talks must first resolve a handful of decades old disputes that have blocked the path to a universal climate pact

French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius (C), meets NGO members, as part of the COP 21 UN conference on climate change, on December 8, 2015, in Le Bourget near Paris. Alain Jocard/AFP

WATCH: Play, music, and dance at #COP21

Dec 09, 2015 - 1:32 AM

It is not all talk and no play at the Paris climate talks

WATCH: Former US VP Al Gore at #COP21

Dec 08, 2015 - 8:15 PM

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A week into COP21: optimism high for a climate deal

Dec 08, 2015 - 12:13 AM

A week into the negotiations are we getting closer to a legally binding deal?

NEXT ROUND. Dean Tony La Vina and Sec. Manny De Guzman of the Philippine delegation discuss the next steps of the negotiations to the media. Photo by Jed Alegado

#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

UN talks on global warming enter final phase

Dec 07, 2015 - 11:25 AM

The conference in the French capital crowns more than two decades of obstacle strewn negotiations to curb climate change which threatens to make Earth increasingly hostile to human existence

HUMAN ENERGY. The front of the Eiffel Tower bears the message 'Human Energy' as part of a light installation entitled 'Human Energy' by artist Yann Toma drawing attention to human-generated power, on the sidelines of the COP21 Climate Conference, in Paris, France, December 6, 2015. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA

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

Human rights in danger of being sidelined in Paris climate deal

Dec 05, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Norway the US and some European countries are said to be blocking the inclusion of human rights provisions in the binding part of the deal

COP21. A man walks past pillars bearing national flags at the entrance of the COP21 Climate Conference venue in Le Bourget, France. France will host the COP21 talks from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Photo by Ian Langsdon/ EPA

#COP21 deal: Indigenous peoples fear rights might be dropped

Dec 04, 2015 - 8:15 PM

The US EU and Norway are reportedly blocking reference to human rights in Article 2 which includes recognition of indigenous peoples rights

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