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Earth Day 2020: Climate action in the time of the coronavirus

Apr 22, 2020 - 3:00 PM

'Crises don't happen in a vacuum and that the issues we're confronting now, from climate to wildlife to public health, are related,' says Beatrice Tulagan of climate movement

'Parada ng mga Parol': Filipinos join worldwide climate strike ahead of COP25 summit

Nov 30, 2019 - 1:54 PM

‘We refuse to inherit a dying planet and a sunken country. We are demanding climate justice,' says strike coordinator Mitzi Tan

Youth Climate advocates and various environmental groups call for a climate justice during the protest in Manila, Philippines on Friday, 29 November 2019. Photos taken by Basilio Sepe/Greenpeace

66 countries vow carbon neutrality by 2050 – U.N.

Sep 23, 2019 - 9:06 PM

'The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win,' says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

PROTEST. Environmental activists gather to protest to shut down the city during global climate action week on September 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Some 60 world leaders convene on Monday for a UN summit on 'climate emergency' aimed at reinvigorating the faltering Paris agreement. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

15 U.N. Climate Action awardees honored at COP24

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:43 PM

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa says the winning climate projects are 'activities [that] shine a light on scalable climate action around the world'

WOMEN FOR RESULTS. Syria's 'Yalla Let's Bike' (Come on Let's Bike), one of UN Climate Action winners in Women for Results category, is an initiative that aims to defy traditional gender roles, combat overcrowded streets, and promote bicycling as a healthy and eco-friendly mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of UNFCCC.

Civil society groups condemn ban on colleagues at COP24

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'People are demanding climate action from our governments and should be supported for doing so. The Polish government is afraid to see the reality that also they need to act,' says CAN Europe director Wendel Trio

COP24. Protesters are pictured during a march for the climate on sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit on December 8, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

[OPINION] Societal transformation: The road to 1.5°C target for PH

Oct 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Climate action is far more than just disaster resilience

Climate action could add $26 trillion to world economy – study

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:59 PM

The shift would involve change in 5 key areas: the development of clean energy systems, improved urban planning, a shift towards more sustainable agriculture, smart water management and decarbonising industry.

CLIMATE ACTION. 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. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

How the fight vs plastic pollution can begin in the classroom

Jun 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'We like to start with the children so it'll be embedded in their minds already,' says World Wide Fund environment officer Kimberly Anne Marcelo

10 civic actions in 2017 that can move PH in 2018

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:40 PM

MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm, hopes that the social impact of these efforts it initiated or supported in 2017 will fuel sustained action that will transform courage into action in 2018

ICLEI launches climate action project with 3 Metro Manila cities on November 28

Nov 27, 2017 - 10:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE: Pasig, Parañaque, and Marikina city governments will receive assistance to implement projects that address the impact of climate change

#EarthHour2017: Filipinos shine light on climate action

Mar 26, 2017 - 6:00 AM

The Philippines has been championing the switch off campaign since 2008 and has topped global participation records from 2009 to 2012 – earning the country the title of Earth Hour Hero Country

SWITCH OFF. Lights go off as Filipinos from across the country join the annual Earth Hour campaign.

Asian students use tech to help communities mitigate climate change

Mar 17, 2017 - 8:19 PM

Power Shift PH delegates encourage communities to start caring about climate change issues

HIGHLIGHTS: #ClimateActionPH workshop at Power Shift PH summit

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Check out the highlights of the workshop here

#ClimateActionPH: Household carbon footprint calculator

Mar 08, 2017 - 3:09 PM

Compute your monthly footprint in three key areas: energy consumption, transportation, and waste

Will you survive a world severely battered by climate change?

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:03 PM

How long will you last if one day you wake up to find that the world you used to know is gone?

Rappler Talk: #ClimateActionPH and Cebu's battle vs coal

Nov 28, 2016 - 11:11 AM

Join the discussion on Rappler Talk with climate action advocates on November 28 Monday at 11 am

Timeline: PH's shifting climate actions

Oct 21, 2016 - 5:34 PM

The Philippine government’s lukewarm stance today is a harsh departure from its aggressive position in the COP21

Why Duterte should support renewable energy

Jun 04, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Embracing the energy revolution and harnessing renewables doesn’t mean bankruptcy and sacrifice The facts show that it can bring us wealth cost savings and employment

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Filipino workers clear a canal at the vicinity of a wind farm facility in the town of Burgos, Ilocos Norte province, north of Manila, Philippines, 07 November 2015. Photo by Bernie Spin dela Rosa/EPA

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

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

Calls for climate action over Great Barrier Reef bleaching

Mar 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The reef can recover but we must speed up the shift to clean renewable energy says environmental group WWF

An undated handout photo obtained from the XL Catlin Seaview Survey on March 21, 2016 shows a diver filming a reef affected by bleaching off Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef.  Environmental groups March 21 urged greater action on climate change after the government declared the highest alert level over an epidemic of coral bleaching in the pristine northern reaches of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. / AFP / XL Catlin Seaview Survey / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / XL Catlin Seaview Survey" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == NO ARCHIVE

#EarthHour 2016: Change your profile photos for climate action

Mar 19, 2016 - 5:45 PM

Facebook users can change their profile pictures and donate their social feeds to show their support for Earth Hour 2016 and climate action

New coal plants would tip Earth to dangerous warming – report

Dec 02, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Greenhouse gas from 2 440 potential coal plants will breach the UN target of restricting Earth s temperature rise analysts say

DARKER DAYS AHEAD? A file photo dated March 2, 2012 shows steam and fumes emerging from the brown coal-fired power plant Niederaussem operated by RWE near Bergheim, Germany. Oliver Berg/EPA

'No planet B': Global rallies push for climate deal

Nov 30, 2015 - 8:15 AM

At least 683 000 hit the streets in 2 300 events across 175 countries says co organizer Avaaz

Commonwealth wants 'ambitious', legally-binding COP21 result

Nov 29, 2015 - 7:45 AM

Leaders from the 53 country family produce a message of Commonwealth ambition and determination for the COP21 talks in Paris

SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) , Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Shama (2-L), Maltese Prime MinisterJoseph Muscat (2-R) and Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth (R), attend a press conference at the main media center during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in Valletta, Malta, November 26, 2015. Photo by Lino Arrigo Azzopardii, EPA

#NowPH Day emphasizes need for climate action

Nov 26, 2015 - 2:24 PM

NowPH celebrates the National Day for Youth in Climate Action s inaugural year with activities to encourage the youth s involvement in demanding climate action at the Paris Climate Change Conference

CLIMATE ACTION. The National Day for Youth in Climate Action's inaugural celebration encourages the youth's participation to combat the threat of climate change. Image courtesy of Nico Villarete

Youth form human banner for #NowPH climate action day

Nov 25, 2015 - 2:36 PM

The youth kick off the National Day for Youth in Climate Action by forming a human banner to send a message

Climate change is also about health – United Nations

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Addressing climate change can help countries bring about a healthier population according to the World Health Organization

World headed for too-high 2.7ºC warming – experts

Oct 02, 2015 - 9:22 AM

The goal of limiting overall planet warming to 2 0ºC 3 6ºF from pre industrial levels is still out of reach the Climate Action Tracker CAT analysis finds

EMISSIONS. A picture dated 16 January 2013 shows smoke billowing out from a plant in Tokyo bay, Japan. Franck Robichon/EPA

Climate protest, emojis and packed subways for pope's US visit

Sep 21, 2015 - 11:49 PM

The following are briefs about the pope s tour which will also include stops in New York and Philadelphia

Pope Francis (L) waves as he arrives, accompanied by Cuba's President Raul Castro, at the airport in Havana, Cuba, September 19, 2015. Photo by Tony Gentle/EPA

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

Aquino's response to climate change: Action or inaction?

Jul 28, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Ma’am sana makarating itong kwento ko sa mga tao para may gawin na sila

Darwin’s fittest: On climate change and public health

Jul 24, 2015 - 2:06 PM

The human race is met with its most pressing challenge yet — a world of changing climate patterns For all we know this can be evolution’s test to determine which species will emerge the fittest one of all

VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse VULNERABLE. Rice and corn farmers may go deeper into poverty because of climate change. Photo by Jay Directo/Agence France-Presse

October bid for climate text after troubled round

Jun 11, 2015 - 6:43 PM

UPDATED In the coming months negotiators will seek to condense a sprawling blueprint into manageable options ahead of the November 30 December 11 conference in Paris where the carbon curbing deal is due to be sealed

BONN CONFERENCE. A general view of international government officials participating the UN climate convention in Bonn, Germany, 06 June 2014. Matthias Balk/EPA

On final day, Bonn climate talks seek exit from text mire

Jun 11, 2015 - 12:11 PM

After 10 days climate negotiations in Bonn have barely advanced in clearing a draft text of a thicket of problems

CLIMATE TALKS. Delegates attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, western Germany on June 1, 2015. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Climate peril stirring in permafrost, experts tell UN

Jun 10, 2015 - 12:50 PM

Releasing the carbon will create a vicious cycle in Earth s global warming problem: Emissions from permafrost could lead to out of control global warming

CLIMATE TALKS. A general view of international government officials participating the UN climate convention in Bonn, Germany, June 6, 2014. Matthias Balk/EPA

Australian climate activist delivers country’s apology for PH

Jun 07, 2015 - 8:13 PM

Failure of Australia to present ambitious carbon reduction commitments in Bonn climate talks criticized

CLIMATE JUSTICE. A group of activists from different NGO's participate in a spontaneous rally to call for assistance to victims of typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines, during the UNFCCC COP20 in Lima, Peru.

UN climate effort under pressure for pre-pact action

Jun 04, 2015 - 3:38 AM

Are we going to sit and wait until 2020 to act when the world is already being hit by climate change?

COP20: UN pushes ahead on 2015 climate deal

Dec 14, 2014 - 2:45 PM

UPDATED Agreement comes after a bitter dispute flared anew requiring major compromise that campaigners said pointed to a mountain of work ahead leading to a deal due to be sealed in Paris in December 2015

CLIMATE TALKS. Members of representative commissions of the countries participating in the climate change conferences, attend the seventh plenary meeting of the COP20 on December 13, 2014 in Lima. Cris Bouroncle/AFP

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

A defining moment for climate change

Jun 03, 2014 - 10:00 AM

In Bonn it is our hope that the world will be able to finally move forward even if slowly at first toward consensus


Obama: New pollution rules will reduce asthma, heart attacks

May 31, 2014 - 8:00 PM

US President Barack Obama describes the proposals as America s first climate action plan

PH groups: Obama should lead fight vs climate change

Apr 26, 2014 - 4:40 PM

Climate action groups hope the US president will show leadership in climate issues during his visit to the Philippines

CLIMATE LEADERSHIP. Philippine environmentalists want US President Barack Obama to make ambitious commitments to combat climate change. File photo by Agence France-Presse

US, partners must 'renounce' spy tactics: climate activists

Feb 01, 2014 - 7:18 PM

Climate Action Network reacted to media reports citing a leaked document from rogue NSA analyst Edward Snowden claiming to show the NSA and allies had spied on the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference