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[OPINION] What's at stake for the Philippines at COP24

Dec 01, 2018 - 3:46 PM

'Just as it has done in previous Conference of Parties, the Philippines needs to take an even more active role in navigating the complex web of climate negotiations and push for the proper implementation of the Paris agreement'

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

Merkel, Macron to front diplomatic push at UN climate talks

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:25 PM

The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of the Paris Agreement

PROTEST. This file photo taken on November 4, 2017 shows environmentalists holding up an Earth-shaped balloon reading 'Out of Coal' and decorated with an effigy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel seen in the smoke clouds of a power plant as they demonstrate in Bonn, western Germany, during a so-called Climate March against fossil-based energies like coal. Sascha Schuermann/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

Syria to join Paris climate pact, isolating U.S.

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:22 AM

(UPDATED) The United States mocks Syria's arrival in the climate change agreement, side-stepping the charge that it has isolated itself by being the world's sole hold-out

EMPTY SEAT. The seats of the US delegation are pictured prior to the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patirk Stollarz/AFP

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

Tiny Fiji looks for global impact at Bonn climate talks

Nov 05, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama brings a sobering message as he presides over UN climate talks in Bonn this week

COP23 CHAIR. In this file photo, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, speaks at the beginning of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 22, 2017 in Berlin. Kay Nietfeld/Pool/AFP

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

Nicaragua signs Paris climate agreement – official

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:30 AM

The announcement leaves the United States and Syria as the only countries holding out on the Paris deal

The flag of Nicaragua (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 14, 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

U.S. says no change in decision to pull out of Paris climate pact

Sep 17, 2017 - 10:32 AM

The remark come as environment ministers from some 30 countries gather in Montreal seeking headway on the Paris climate accord

In this file photo, US residents living in Japan and local residents hold a rally near the US embassy in Tokyo on March 16, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/File/AFP

From Paris to Houston, undeniable truth of climate change

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:00 PM

So if An Inconvenient Sequel isn t here to convince you that global warming is real if it s banking on you knowing what is it here to say?

AFTER HARVEY. In this file photo, Texas resident Jenna Fountain carries a bucket down Regency Drive to try to recover items from their flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas, September 1, 2017. Emily Kask/AFP

Pacific climate campaigner Tony de Brum dies at 72

Aug 23, 2017 - 10:51 AM

De Brum whose tireless advocacy pricked the world s conscience over the fate of low lying Pacific island nations threatened by rising seas passes away after a long battle with cancer

CLIMATE CHAMPION. This file photo taken on August 1, 2013 shows Tony de Brum, then minister-in-assistance to the president of the Marshall Islands, speaking at the Foreign Correspondents Association in Sydney. Greg Wood/AFP

Erdogan threatens not to ratify Paris climate accord

Jul 09, 2017 - 8:54 AM

Erdogan: After that step taken by America the position that we adopt is in the direction of not passing it in parliament

ERDOGAN IN HAMBURG. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a final press conference on the second day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Climate: Can G19 hold firm against Trump's G1?

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:29 PM

The G20 group of major economies gathers in Hamburg amid a storm of geopolitical crises threatening to push climate change down the agenda

A demonstrator wears a 'Planet Earth First' transfer on her cheek during a demonstration called by several NGOs ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 2, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

As Trump ditches Paris, California leads on environment

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Meeting Xi Jinping in China Governor Jerry Brown steps up as the global face of progressive climate policy in the US

CLIMATE ADVOCATE. In this picture taken on June 8, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing. Fred Dufour/AFP

U.S. partners vow to pursue climate fight without Trump

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:39 AM

Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti: Italy and the overwhelming majority of countries regard Paris as irreversible and non negotiable

NO TO TRUMP. A demonstrator wearing a US president Donald Trump mask protests during a demonstration on the first day of a G7 summit of Environment on June 11, 2017. In Bologna. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

U.S. partners vow to pursue climate fight without Trump

Jun 11, 2017 - 10:27 AM

4th UPDATE Italy and the overwhelming majority of countries regard Paris as irreversible and non negotiable says Italian Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti

HEADING TO BOLOGNA. In this file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks during a briefing at the White House June 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. backs UN call to save oceans but no action on climate

Jun 10, 2017 - 3:37 PM

The UN s first ever ocean conference opened June 5 under the shadow of the US exit from the 190 plus Paris agreement on climate change

WORLD OCEANS DAY. A special event was held in the General Assembly Hall to mark World Oceans Day June 8, 2017, at the United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

EU, China grab spotlight in climate fight after U.S. quits Paris deal

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:46 AM

In a potentially dramatic shift in diplomatic roles the European Union now aims to join heavyweight China in trying to galvanize the world into implementing the landmark 2015 agreement

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang (C) gestures and speak with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) as they stand next to European Council President Donald Tusk (L), prior to a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, on June 1, 2017 ahed of a meeting wit EU officials. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Virginia Mayo

World leaders vow to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED With France s Emmanuel Macron taking the lead they lash Trump s decision as misguided and vow to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the planet s future

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

As U.S. weighs climate pullout, UN wants world to be more ambitious

May 31, 2017 - 7:08 AM

Secretary General Antonio Guterres says it is absolutely essential that the world implements the 2015 Paris climate agreement with increased ambition

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks on climate action at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. Jewel Samad/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

Germany, China urge U.S. to stick to Paris climate pact

May 23, 2017 - 12:15 AM

At the 8th Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin both Germany and China say the United States leaving the agreement would not benefit it economically

URGING AMERICA. German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (2nd L) speaks during the press conference at the start of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Germany, May 22, 2017. Seated next to her (2nd R) is Xie Zhenhua, Chinese climate envoy. Photo courtesy BMUB/Thomas Kohler

Senate concurs in Paris climate deal ratification

Mar 14, 2017 - 4:03 PM

UPDATED Voting 22 0 senators seal the Philippines ratification of the landmark international agreement on climate change

APPROVED BY PH. In this file photo, a copy of the draft of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is pictured at the Philippine delegation office at the COP21 climate conference in Paris, France, December 2015. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Vernice Victorio on Duterte's approach to climate change

Mar 01, 2017 - 7:38 PM

Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson Vernice Victorio talks about President Rodrigo Duterte s signing of the Paris Agreement

Duterte eyes changes to PH contribution to Paris climate deal

Mar 01, 2017 - 3:18 PM

The President agrees to sign the Paris climate pact after being assured that the country s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution can still be revised

ROAD TO RATIFICATION. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Joint Climate Change Commission Board Meeting at the State Dining Room of Malacañang on January 31, 2017. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Duterte signs Paris climate deal

Mar 01, 2017 - 8:19 AM

UPDATED The Office of the President submits the signed Instrument of Accession to the Senate for concurrence on Wednesday March 1

TALKING CLIMATE CHANGE. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Climate Change Commission Board Meeting on January 31, 2017. File photo by Rolando Mailo/Presidential Photo

Paris climate deal submitted to Duterte for approval

Jan 31, 2017 - 11:21 PM

After the President signs the Instrument of Accession it will be sent to Senate for concurrence after which it becomes a legally binding treaty

DUTERTE AND CLIMATE CONCERNS. President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech at the ceremonial switch-on of the Sarangani Energy Corporation Power Plant in Maasim, Sarangani on January 26, 2017. File photo by Karl Normal Alonzo/Presidential Photo

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

'Yes we can': Barack Obama's complex legacy

Jan 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Whatever the historians write Barack Hussein Obama – America s first black president – can certainly claim some bona fide successes; but one dream got lost along the way

World mayors gather to plot Trump-era climate plan

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:58 AM

As leaders of busy polluted cities home to millions of people they want countries to push on with adopting the so called Paris Agreement to limit harmful emissions – an accord that Trump has cast doubt on

CLIMATE GATHERING. (From L to R) Mayor of Amman, Akel Eid Biltaji, Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera, Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, Secretary for the environment of Hong Kong, Wong Kam Sing, Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore and Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala pose for the media in the City Hall during the C40 Mayors Summit in Mexico City on November 30, 2016.  Hector Guererro/AFP

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

Leila de Lima, Duterte on climate pact, JV Ejercito | 6PM wRap

Nov 07, 2016 - 9:21 PM

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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

Duterte to sign Paris climate pact

Nov 07, 2016 - 4:32 PM

The President reaches the decision barely 3 months after he declared his misgivings about it

In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a message during the Regional Convention of Integrated Bar of the Philippines Greater Manila Chapter at Pandango Hall, Manila Hotel, November 4, 2016. Presidential Photo

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

Paris Agreement enters into force: Celebration and reality check

Nov 04, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Its early entry into force is a clear political signal that all the nations of the world are devoted to decisive global action on climate change

La Viña: Paris climate deal aligns with Duterte's 10-point agenda

Oct 30, 2016 - 12:30 PM

In time for the upcoming Morocco climate talks the Ateneo School of Government and the SSG Advisors present the reasons why the Paris Agreement on Climate Change should be ratified by the Philippines

A picture taken on November 25, 2015 in Le Bourget near Paris shows the entrance of the venue that hosted Paris' climate summit, also known as Cop21. Dominique Faget/AFP

World urged to scrap super greenhouse gases at Rwanda summit

Oct 14, 2016 - 8:58 AM

Envoys from nearly 200 nations are in the Rwandan capital to thrash out an agreement to phase out hydrofluorocarbons HFCs

Delegates attend the official opening of the 28th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali on October 13, 2016. Cyril Ndegeya/AFP

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

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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

Paris climate deal: Where are we now?

Oct 03, 2016 - 8:30 AM

India s ratification of the Paris climate agreement on Sunday October 2 brings the ambitious global warming deal a big step closer to coming into effect

Arnaud Bouissou/COP21

Paris climate accord closer after UN meeting

Sep 21, 2016 - 10:52 PM

UPDATED UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon voiced confidence that the accord through which countries commit to take action to stem the planet s rising temperatures would come into force by the end of the year

THE PARIS AGREEMENT. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks the United Nations during the Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement September 21, 2016 at the United Nations in New York.  Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Some 30 countries to ratify Paris climate accord at UN

Sep 21, 2016 - 9:06 AM

The global body said 30 states would submit their ratification at the UN General Assembly including Latin American heavyweights Argentina Brazil and Mexico

A file photo of the final plenary session of the COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris, France, December 12, 2015. Photo courtesy COP21/UN

France hopeful climate accord takes effect in November

Sep 20, 2016 - 10:56 AM

To take effect at least 55 countries that make up 55 of global greenhouse gas emissions must formally enter the agreement

A session during the 2015 UN climate change conference in Le Bourget, France, December 12, 2016. COP21 file photo