carbon emissions - updates

Rappler's latest stories on carbon emissions


Coronavirus outbreak slashes China carbon emissions – study

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:23 AM

China's carbon emissions have dropped by least 100 million metric tons over the past two weeks, the study says

SMOG. Students wearing face masks walk across the street in a line in Jinan among heavy air pollution on December 24, 2015. Photo by STR/AFP

Climate-fueled flooding to imperil 300 million by 2050

Oct 30, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Destructive storm surges fueled by increasingly powerful cyclones and rising seas will hit Asia hardest, according to scientists

Humanity's emissions '100 times greater' than volcanoes

Oct 02, 2019 - 2:04 PM

The Deep Carbon Observatory finds manmade carbon dioxide emissions drastically outstrip the contribution of volcanoes to current warming rates

Britain adopts 2050 net zero emissions target

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore signs an order paper enacting the legislation after it passes both houses of parliament without a vote earlier this week

The cold will inherit the Earth

May 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It is not 'wealthy country warming' that is happening, but global warming. We all live in a planet that has been warming.

Aiming for zero: cities, companies ramp up climate goals

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Jointly organized by California governor Jerry Brown and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, the 3-day gathering is a showcase for initiatives, big and small, to reduce humanity's carbon footprint

GLOBAL CONCERN. A mockup of a planet earth is displayed at the Rheinaue park during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Natural gas and renewables are a perfect match in cutting carbon emissions

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:37 PM

In the transition to clean energy, natural gas fills in where renewables fall short.

Scott Morrison sworn in as new Australian PM after bitter coup

Aug 24, 2018 - 10:55 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Morrison, an ally of deposed leader Malcolm Turnbull, wins a party vote 45-40

OATH-TAKING. New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison takes part in an oath-taking ceremony to become the nation's new leader at Government House in Canberra on August 24, 2018. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

[OPINION] Tax carbon emitters, use new revenue for health care

Aug 23, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Will our lawmakers seize this golden opportunity or will they resign us to a future of unintended consequences?

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

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

#ClimateActionPH: How we calculated your household’s carbon emissions

Mar 09, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Here’s the explanation on how we got the values in the Household carbon footprint interactive page

COP 22: Energy is PH's 'elephant in the room'

Nov 14, 2016 - 8:01 PM

Environmental lawyer Antonio La Vina says that in order to tackle energy problems in the country there is a need to reduce over dependence on one energy source like coal

Climate diplomats push back against Trump victory

Nov 09, 2016 - 6:34 PM

Trump cannot prevent the implementation of the landmark Paris pact inked in the French capital last December says Segolene Royal France s environment minister and outgoing head of the UN climate forum

THE CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT. French Environment Minister Segolene Royal delivers a speech during the opening session of the COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh on November 7, 2016. Photo by Fadel Senna/ AFP

Déjà vu: Why I am strongly against our signing the Paris climate deal

Nov 06, 2016 - 5:25 PM

The reality is that this is a deal crafted to suit the United States China and other big emitters

Children swim at the sea near houses constructed on the breakwater at Manila Bay on March 14, 2016. Families living beside the shore are vulnerable to storm surges during a typhoon. Former US vice-president Al Gore, who is visiting the Philippines as part of his crusade against climate change, has warned that storms will hit the Philippines with more strength and frequency due to the rising temperature of the atmosphere, leaving the archipelagic nation as one of the most vulnerable to typhoon-spawned waves and rising water levels. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Deeper carbon cuts needed to avoid climate tragedy – UN

Nov 03, 2016 - 8:01 PM

If we don t start taking additional action now beginning with the upcoming climate meeting in Marrakesh we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy says UNEP head Erik Solheim

ERIK SOLHEIM. Erik Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), speaks during the official opening of the 28th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali on October 13, 2016. File photo by Cyril Ndegeya/AFP

Legarda: Why is PH taking its time to ratify Paris climate pact?

Oct 25, 2016 - 3:58 PM

Legarda: We need to ratify the Paris Agreement so that we can access the Green Climate Fund and receive other technical and financial support from developed countries

PARIS AGREEMENT. Senator Loren Legarda says she is certain the Philippines will ratify the Paris Agreement. Legarda file photo by Rappler; File photo of negotiations in Paris from COP21

SONA 2016: Duterte, don’t get caught in the fog of global warming

Jul 31, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Rolly Calalang: Duterte’s lukewarm reception of the climate change agreement is not really out of line

Kerry and Duterte discuss Paris climate agreement

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:29 PM

Kerry explains aspects of the Paris climate deal to Duterte who says he is willing to follow the agreement as long as everything is fair says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

COURTESY CALL. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Secretary of State John F. Kerry during a courtesy call at the Malacañang Palace on July 27, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Duterte willing to talk about Paris climate change agreement

Jul 22, 2016 - 11:40 PM

The Philippine president says he still has misgivings about the international climate pact but is ready to talk if the agreement takes into consideration his plans for the country s economy

WILLING TO TALK. President Rodrigo Duterte attends a Testimonial Dinner Reception organized by the San Beda Law Alumni Association at Club Filipino in San Juan City, Manila on July 14, 2016. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

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Jul 19, 2016 - 12:15 PM

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Gina Lopez: Duterte has 'non-negotiable stance' on people's well-being

Jul 19, 2016 - 8:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will not honor international agreements binding the Philippines to limit its carbon emissions Does his environment secretary share this position?

DENR POST. Rodrigo Duterte offers Gina Lopez the post of environment secretary at the Presidential Guesthouse in Panacan, Davao City on June 20, 2016. Screengrab from RTVM video

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Jul 18, 2016 - 7:58 PM

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Duterte won't honor int'l pacts on carbon emissions

Jul 18, 2016 - 5:04 PM

The Philippine president says he wants to kick an ambassador for asking if the Philippine government would honor its commitments to reduce greenhouse gases

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

5 ways to cut carbon: What PH can learn from Germany

Jun 16, 2016 - 6:00 PM

From imposing fees on CO2 emitting factories to giving rebates to electric car users here are some climate saving strategies in Germany that the Philippines could take its cue from

BIKING IN BERLIN. Germany, and the rest of Europe, is experience a rediscovery of the biking lifestyle after a love affair with the automobile. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

The Paris Agreement and PH's fossil fuel industry

May 24, 2016 - 11:13 AM

The most effective way to reduce the impact of the fossil fuel industry in the Philippines is to convince investors to shift their investments from fossil fuels to renewable energy

PH to revise UN climate pledges to align with 1.5-degree target

May 21, 2016 - 2:01 PM

The Philippines current commitments include 70 carbon mitigation by 2030 All of these commitments however are conditional

Photo by Renee Karunungan

In the aftermath of Paris Agreement, nature and humanity lose

May 21, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Accepting the Paris Agreement without question risks us wasting another 15 vital years on distracting public opinion and creating the illusion that something positive is happening

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. A general view of delegates attending the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, 16 May 2016. Photo by Maja Hitij/EPA

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

Image by Alejandro Edoria / Rappler

The time has come to break free from fossil fuel

May 17, 2016 - 3:06 PM

While we have been so active in climate change negotiations we have to match it with actually protecting and conserving our environment We have all the progressive laws and policies but the problem is implementation

Taking renewable energy seriously: 5 challenges for next president

Mar 29, 2016 - 4:39 PM

Globally the winds of change are blowing and there are signs that transitioning to renewable energy is underway The next president must chart a low carbon future

3 PH cities finalists in Earth Hour City Challenge

Mar 11, 2016 - 3:03 PM

San Carlos City in Negros Occidental Sta Rosa City in Laguna and Makati City in Metro Manila have a chance to be hailed as the global Earth Hour capital

Civil aviation takes first step towards capping carbon emissions

Feb 10, 2016 - 9:01 AM

The recommendation has been highly anticipated as aircraft carbon emissions are not part of a landmark pact on fighting climate change hammered out in Paris

A plane is approaching the illuminated landing runway at sunset at the airport of Duesseldorf, Germany, October 25, 2014. Marcel Kusch/EPA

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

Archbishop Villegas: 'Let's act against further global warming'

Nov 22, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Bishops join Catholic youth groups and young environmentalists in the NowPH Not On Our Watch Philippines climate action campaign

Indonesians' new love for steak means increased greenhouse gas emissions

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:06 PM

Emissions are predicted to jump dramatically as demand skyrockets since the livestock sector is a major contributor to climate change – accounting for 14 5 of the total global amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity

LOVE FOR STEAK. Indonesians' growing love for meat means more greenhouse gas emissions from the country of 250 million people. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

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

Is the Philippines ready for climate action?

Oct 28, 2015 - 12:05 PM

Do we have enough commitments to even reach our 2ºC target? And is the Philippines committing enough to leading the world into a carbon neutral future?

Climate pact: The rocky road to Paris... and beyond

Oct 24, 2015 - 8:39 AM

The climate pledges made so far are insufficient and it is therefore essential to have a mechanism for ratcheting up those pledges every 5 years says Martin Kaiser of Greenpeace

ROAD TO PARIS. Delegates seen during the United Nations (UN) climate conference in Bonn, Germany, 20 October 2015. The conference is held in preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris, France, from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Photo by Oliver Berg/EPA

Now 'right moment' for carbon tax – IMF chief

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:39 AM

Besides discouraging pollution Lagarde says taxing greenhouse gas emissions would have the added bonus of helping governments boost their revenues

TALKING CLIMATE. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a panel discussion on Climate Change at the National Theater on October 7, 2015 in Lima, Peru. IMF - Stephen Jaffe/AFP

Will countries achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050?

Sep 20, 2015 - 8:04 AM

Will countries dodge decarbonization as a way to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050? Is there a way to achieve this?

Climate change, the Syrian refugee crisis, and PH governance

Sep 19, 2015 - 8:58 AM

The millions of refugees displaced in Syria should be enough a lesson to shock the Philippines into climate action

Will PH be the biggest carbon emitter in 35 years?

Sep 18, 2015 - 5:00 PM

We have one goal ahead of us and that is zero carbon emissions Will the Philippines commit to this? The answer will determine the quality of lives of Filipinos in the future

Lack of transparency threatening PH climate commitment?

Sep 15, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Government agencies and civil society groups say they feel left out of the Climate Change Commission s process of crafting the country s climate pledges

The Philippines is home to many climate action advocacy groups, many of whom want to be more involved in formulating the country's climate pledges to the international community. Photo from #SulongPH

Greenpeace slams Indonesia's ‘non-transparent’ plan to cut carbon emissions

Sep 04, 2015 - 1:45 PM

While Jakarta pledges to slash its greenhouse gas output by 29 by 2030 Greenpeace says it does not think Indonesia will be able to achieve it

World on track for warming 'far above' 2ºC target – analysts

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:21 PM

UPDATED Climate Action Tracker: The climate targets so far submitted to the UN by governments collectively lead to global emissions far above the levels needed to hold warming to below 2ºC

Credit scheme backfired, hiking greenhouse gases – study

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Researchers say a loophole in the Kyoto Protocol s Joint Implementation JI mechanism allowed countries to earn and sell credits for emissions cuts which were not real

This file picture taken on August 13, 2009 shows the Hazelwood power station as it billows smoke from its exhaust stacks in the Latrobe Valley, 150 kms east of Melbourne. Paul Crock/File/AFP

Australia pledges 26% emissions cut by 2030

Aug 11, 2015 - 1:23 PM

Environmentalists say the target fall well short of what is needed to tackle global warming

CARBON EMITTER. A general view of Hazelwood Power Station and cooling pond in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria, Australia, July 15, 2014. David Crosling/EPA

Japan pledges 26% emissions cut by 2030

Jul 18, 2015 - 2:02 PM

The Climate Action Tracker however describes Japan s target as inadequate