Rappler's latest stories on climate change
In 2020, the Arctic is likely to have warmed by more than twice as much as the global mean
One emergency worker says the coronavirus might be dissuading people from volunteering to help with the rescue efforts
In 2018, the international nongovernmental organization Global Witness said the Philippines was the most dangerous country to be an environmental activist
'Overheating of the planet is a problem, the last thing we needed was algae,' says tourist Marta Durante
'In the picture of how racial supremacy and environmental decay are put together, violence is front and center'
About 70% of Assam's World Heritage-listed Kaziranga National Park – home to two-thirds of the world's remaining one-horned rhinos – is submerged by the floods
At least 15 climate activists, who slammed the French government's bailing out of the aviation industry, are arrested for 'forbidden entry' and 'damage'
The Climate Pledge Fund will back efforts by startups and other firms in multiple sectors to 'facilitate the transition to a zero carbon economy,' Amazon says
'We made this mess, and if we want to still be around this planet, we fix it'
The drop in air traffic due to coronavirus lockdowns is translating into a reduction in pollution, and the industry doesn't expect to recover fully before 2023
'French machinations are forcing yet another African country into dependency on fossil fuels...in the name of the economic interests of French energy industrials and bankers,' says NGO Friends of the Earth
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Floods and mudslides cause nearly 230,000 people to be relocated and destroy more than 1,300 houses
Large swathes of Siberia have been unusually warm for several months running, the Copernicus Climate Change Service reports
'Supporting our local farmers and domestic agricultural industry should be an important foundation of a post-pandemic, green way of life'
The UN's climate science advisory panel makes it clear that time is not on our side
An expert says prolonged heat exposure increases the vulnerability of farmers and fisherfolk to 'climate-sensitive' illnesses, such as heat stress and heat stroke
In early April, coronavirus lockdowns led to a 17% reduction worldwide in carbon pollution compared to the same period in 2019, according to the first peer-reviewed assessment of the pandemic's impact on CO2 emissions
'One has to remember that like pathogens, climate change is not hampered by borders'
'Companies that receive this funding will be required to commit to future climate disclosures, and environmental sustainability goals,' says Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau
'If poverty persists and the conversion of ecosystems continues, pathogens will always have a venue to move from one host or one environment to the next'
'The literature on what a post-lockdown world would look like is growing. Balik-Probinsya need not be our dystopian contribution.'
Even if the Paris climate treaty goal of capping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius is met, oceans could rise by two meters by 2300
Surface-based weather observations have also declined, especially in Africa and parts of Central and South America where many stations are run manually
'The average temperature for the 12 months to April 2020 is close to 1.3C above the pre-industrial level,' the benchmark by which global warming is often measured, says Copernicus Climate Change Service
The 3 cities are recognized for their plans to reduce carbon emissions. Other finalists include Vancouver, Paris, Reykjavic, Mexico City, Los Angeles City, and Dong Hoi City in Vietnam.
'This pandemic that served as break from the excesses of neoliberalism is a window of opportunity to draw and build an alternative – an economic democracy'
'13 Philippine banks provided over P319 million worth of financial services to coal developers.... With this, more communities across the country will have to suffer the dirty and deadly impact of power generation from coal'
China is 'offsetting the progress of countries all around the world in reducing global emissions,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells reporters
The UN's World Meteorological Organization says it is time to flatten the curve on climate change as well, with its impact on the planet 'reaching a crescendo' in the past 5 years
'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 350.org
The Copernicus Climate Change Service says March 2020 was 0.68 degrees Celsius warmer than the average March from 1981 to 2010, and on par with March 2017 and 2019
Some previously untouched areas have now suffered 'moderate or severe bleaching,' says the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
'The outbreak proves once again that we fail to learn from our history. This reality is not just limited to armed conflicts, political patterns, or social revolutions; it also applies to the way we treat our environment.'
Pope Francis’s encyclical 'Laudato Si’' points to one undeniable fact: that human behavior is at the root of the ‘ecological crisis,’ and therefore at the heart of solving it
'Having clean air, water, and soil means that we can become who we have always wanted to be'
The rate of forest decline varies throughout the world, with the Amazon's absorption ability dropping far faster than the tropical forests of sub-Saharan Africa
Greta Thunberg dubs the law a 'surrender' to the threat of climate change
Even if humanity sharply reduces the fossil fuel pollution that drives global warming, more than a third of the planet's sandy shorelines could disappear by then
'Banks financing coal are not only funding the climate crisis, they are also enabling the continued suffering of coal-affected communities,' says Bishop Gerardo Alminaza
Greta Thunberg inspires millions of young people around the world by spearheading a movement since 2018 to demonstrate on Fridays in frustration at government efforts to tackle the issue
Triumphant campaigners call on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to finally cancel the project
The vault holds stocks of the world's agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe
'This degradation of nature is unprecedented in the history of mankind,' says IPBES executive secretary Anne Larigauderie
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the vast scale of the fires – which killed more than 30 people and destroyed thousands of homes – requires a new response from the bushfire-prone nation
China's carbon emissions have dropped by least 100 million metric tons over the past two weeks, the study says
'Extreme weather events could reduce reliability of power supply by 16%, which can easily lead to blackouts resulting huge economic losses,' says the lead researcher
The second severe storm in a week to hit Britain brings high winds of more than 140 kilometers an hour and more than a month's worth of rain in 48 hours in some places
Days of recent rainfall have extinguished the largest fires and brought those that remain under control