carbon dioxide - updates

Rappler's latest stories on carbon dioxide


415.26 parts per million: CO2 levels hit historic high

May 14, 2019 - 1:15 AM

It is also the first time on record that the Mauna Loa Observatory measured a daily baseline of CO2 above 415 parts per million

CO2 emissions up 2.7%, world 'off course' to curb warming

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Research shows rapid deployment of solar and wind power, along with gains in energy efficiency, have been outpaced by growth in demand for freight, personal transport, shipping, and aviation

There is no such thing as forever – even with rice

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:00 AM

We can diversify a lot more when it comes to what we should eat

Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of world's poor at risk

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges

FARMING. Rice farmer in Longsheng, China. kevincure, CC BY

Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high – UN

Oct 30, 2017 - 6:59 PM

The report also said that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago, when the sea level was up to 20 meters higher than now

EMISSIONS. The report also says that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago. Image from Shutterstock.

Global warming reduces protein in key crops – study

Aug 02, 2017 - 1:32 PM

Researchers say they still don t understand how or why carbon dioxide emissions sap protein and other nutrients from plants but the mystery is one that could have devastating consequences across the globe

TOP CROP. A harvester works in a field of wheat near the southern village of Trud, Bulgaria on July 5, 2016. Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

2020 deadline to avert climate catastrophe – experts

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:10 AM

The authors call on leaders set to gather at the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany on July 7 8 to highlight 2020 as a make or break point for taking action

BONE DRY. An Indian shepherd walks on the dry bed of a river at Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district, some 55 kilometers from Hyderabad on May 30, 2017, in the southern Indian state of Telangana. Noah Seelam/AFP

Surging methane emissions imperil climate goals

Dec 12, 2016 - 3:50 PM

After rising slowly from 2000 to 2006 the concentration of methane in the air climbed 10 times more quickly the following decade a study reveals

A methane extraction platform is seen at the Kivu Lake, in Gisenyi, Rwanda on April 17, 2016. Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

CO2 emissions level off, still too high to save climate – report

Nov 14, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Emissions of planet warming carbon dioxide stayed level in 2015 at 36 3 billion tons GtCO2 and are projected to rise only slightly by 0 2 in 2016

This file photo taken February 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

Scientists turn CO2 into stone to fight climate change

Jun 10, 2016 - 7:24 PM

The pioneering experiment in Iceland mixes CO2 emissions with water and pumps it hundreds of meters underground into volcanic basalt rock – where it rapidly turns into a solid

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Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth – study

May 24, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Researchers predict that average temperatures would climb by up to 9 5°C if all known reserves of oil gas and coal are burned

#ClimateActionPH dilemma: Cutting carbon emissions from coal

May 13, 2016 - 4:51 PM

The issue isn’t merely our commitment to the Paris Agreement Even without it the Philippines needs to get serious about mitigating climate change because the country is most vulnerable to it

Renewable energy: Powering a sustainable future

Apr 07, 2016 - 12:45 PM

The fight against fossil fuels is more than just a political and economic issue; it has become a moral stand that our next leader must support for the betterment of the people

Release of CO2 fastest in 66 million years – study

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Humans are disgorging heat trapping carbon into the atmosphere 10 times faster than during any period of natural global warming in the last 66 million years

SMOGGY DAY. Indian man takes a morning walk in a public garden surrounded by the smog in the outskirts of Delhi, India,  November 20, 2015. Harish Tyagi/EPA

Recovering tropical forests a sponge for CO2 – study

Feb 04, 2016 - 11:02 AM

The research challenges long standing assumptions that virgin tropical forests untouched by logging or industry do a better job of sopping up carbon dioxide

A re-emerging forest. Photo from Kalikasan PNE

Abandon coal, oil or face climate disaster – experts

Jan 21, 2016 - 7:58 PM

Experts at the World Economic Forum in Davos urge mankind to prevent a global catastrophe

Mankind's CO2 emissions may delay next ice age – study

Jan 15, 2016 - 7:30 AM

Carbon dioxide CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere could override other influences to make this the longest inter ice age period in Earth history

CLIMATE CHANGE. Visitors during the opening of the new educational pavilion 'Climate, Animals, People' in Wroclaw Zoo in Wroclaw, Poland, December 18, 2015. File Photo by Maciej Kulczynski

Despite economic growth, carbon emissions could fall in 2015 – study

Dec 08, 2015 - 1:04 AM

Thanks mainly to changes in China the worldwide growth in emissions from fossil fuels derived energy flattened in 2014 and is set to drop slightly – by about 0 6 – this year

INTERACTIVE: The commuter's climate change calculator

Nov 12, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Computing the environmental cost of your daily commute in Metro Manila: How does it affect the environment?

Your commute, your climate: An explainer

Nov 12, 2015 - 5:47 AM

Here is an explanation of how we got the values in the Your commute your climate interactive project

China raises coal use figure by hundreds of millions of tons

Nov 04, 2015 - 4:17 PM

UPDATED The new figures suggest that Chinese emissions have been a significantly larger driver of global warming than previously thought

This picture taken on August 5, 2015 shows an excavator moving coal onto a truck at a coal port in Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu province. AFP

Carbon plans deeply inadequate, climate study warns

May 04, 2015 - 8:30 PM

United States European Union and China are responsible for nearly half the world s emissions

CLIMATE CHAOS. The combustion of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal by energy companies is largely responsible for climate change.

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

NASA launches carbon-tracking satellite

Jul 02, 2014 - 11:33 PM

The successful takeoff is a boon to NASA after two previous bids to launch Earth science spacecraft – one for carbon and another for aerosols – failed due to rocket malfunctions in 2009 and 2011


NASA readies satellite to measure atmospheric CO2

Jun 13, 2014 - 8:47 AM

NASA envisions it becoming the lead satellite for a 6 strong fleet that will circle the Earth every 99 minutes allowing nearly simultaneous observations across the globe

First global deal struck on airline CO2 emissions

Oct 05, 2013 - 1:38 PM

The deal is an historic milestone for air transport and for the role of multilateralism in addressing global climate challenges

CUTTING DOWN CARBON EMISSIONS. Aviation accounts for around 3% of global carbon emissions

Science points to a new global warming source: the sea

Aug 26, 2013 - 3:32 PM

Oceans that grow more acidic through Man s fossil fuel burning emissions can amplify global warming by releasing less of a gas that helps shield Earth from radiation

ICY NORTH. An aerial view of the research ship 'Polarstern' (North Star) sailing on the Artic Ocean at the North Pole, October 6, 2011. Photo by EPA/Stefan Hendriks / Alred Wegener Institute handout

Historic greenhouse gas level sparks calls for action

May 11, 2013 - 9:51 AM

Expert: We are creating a prehistoric climate in which human societies will face huge and potentially catastrophic risks

A woman covers her face with her sweater in the heavy smog in Haozhou, central China's Anhui province on January 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO

Atmospheric CO2 risks increasing space junk: study

Nov 12, 2012 - 10:55 AM

A build up of carbon dioxide in the upper levels of Earth s atmosphere risks causing a faster accumulation of man made space junk and resulting in more collisions scientists said on Sunday