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'Bigger and stronger' storms on the horizon – experts

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:36 PM

Here are some answers to questions about the link between climate change and tropical storms known variously around the world as cyclones hurricanes and typhoons

TEXAS FLOODING. The South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas, is flooded by rains from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017. Photo by H. Ellessy /LamaLens / AFP

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

Cities brace for climate challenges

Apr 30, 2017 - 1:34 PM

Cities must make haste in reinforcing defenses against climate change induced flooding and heat waves experts warn this week

HEAVY SMOG. This picture taken on June 23, 2015 shows a woman riding an electric bike in smog covered Beijing. Photo by AFP

A low carbon future

Mar 26, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The Renewable Portfolio Standard can address the administration s least cost energy goals while encouraging renewable energy generation

#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

'Angry' Australian summer weather smashes records

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:27 PM

Intense heatwaves bushfires and flooding plagued the December February summer season with more than 200 records broken over 90 days the independent Climate Council said in a report

A visitor lies on Bondi beach on a stormy day in Sydney on March 8, 2017. Peter Parks/AFP

UN reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

Mar 02, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Mapping Antarctica’s extremes is essential for understanding weather patterns and teasing out natural climate variability from human induced climate change the WMO said in a statement

View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming – study

Feb 21, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Scientists in Britain find that small natural ponds gradually lose the capacity to soak up one kind of greenhouse gas and give off even more of another

Image courtesy WikiMedia Commons

Scientists debunk global warming 'pause'

Jan 05, 2017 - 7:35 AM

A reported pause in global warming between 1998 and 2014 was false according to US British research confirming the findings of a controversial US study on ocean warming

A container cargo vessel is seen under the midday sun on the horizon crossing the Pacific Ocean a few miles off the coast of Long Beach, California on January 12,2016. Frederic J Brown/AFP

Climate report says 2016 on pace to be hottest year yet

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:17 AM

Even without the final data from December a NOAA report says 2016 is on pace to be record warm

MELTING. This file photo taken on November 11, 2016 shows an aerial view of the Taylor Glacier near McMurdo Station in Antactica. Mark Ralston/Pool/AFP

'Fear is palpable' among U.S. climate scientists over Trump moves

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:42 AM

[There is] fear that there will be either funding cuts to really critical climate science work or retribution for their work on climate change

In this file photo, Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Southeastern Livestock Pavillion on October 12, 2016 in Ocala, Florida. Gerardo Mora/Getty Images/AFP

Megacities key to reaching global climate goals

Dec 01, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Michael Bloomberg: If we are going to avoid the worst impacts of global warming cities are going to have to play an even bigger role in the months and years ahead

An aerial view of Lower Manhattan at dusk, September 8, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Deciphering Trump's mixed signals on climate change

Nov 24, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Donald Trump s stay of execution for pulling the United States out of a landmark climate pact is welcomed by diplomats and experts even as they fret about appointments and decisions yet to come

The Bruckner and Heim glaciers where they flow into Johan Petersen Fjord in southeastern Greenland, September 2, 2016. Photo courtesy Jeremy Harbeck/NASA Goddard

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

Rapid transit key in fight against climate change – study

Oct 11, 2016 - 8:40 AM

Cities – home to more than half of humanity – account for nearly 3 4 of all heat trapping greenhouse gases

A picture taken on February 21, 2013, shows a metro train driving in the 15th district of Paris. Jacques Demarthon/File/AFP

Fossil fuel reserves would crush climate goals – report

Sep 22, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Fossil fuels from active fields and mines allowed to operate through their projected lifetimes would punch through the 2ºC cap for global warming laid down in the Paris Agreement

This file photo taken on January 21, 2016 shows pumpjack sitting on the outskirts of town at dawn in the Permian Basin oil field in the oil town of Midland, Texas. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

August 2016 ties July 2016 for hottest month on record

Sep 13, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Scientists from NASA s Goddard Institute for Space Studies reveal that the previous month was the warmest August in 136 years

Two girls play on a small wall during sunset in a neighborhood of the commune of Cite Soleil, Port-au-Prince, on August 22, 2016. Hector Retamal/AFP

Landfalling typhoons getting stronger – study

Sep 06, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Storms that make landfall in East and Southeast Asia are becoming more intense compared to those that stay in the open ocean a study shows

Super Typhoon Haiyan South of Tacloban, 22:30Z, November 7, 2013. Image courtesy NOAA

COP22 host Morocco's mosques are going green

Sep 06, 2016 - 11:44 AM

As Morocco counts down to COP22 its people are being exposed more and more to events and initiatives showcasing the country s involvement in protecting the planet

GOING GREEN. A general view taken on September 5, 2016 shows the As-Sounna mosque in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Fadel Senna/AFP

1991 Pinatubo explosion slowed down sea level rise – study

Aug 23, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Sea level rise temporarily slowed down because of the massive 1991 explosion but it is again speeding up scientists say

Mount Pinatubo's crater during the early stages of its 1991 eruption. Photo courtesy US Geological Survey

July 2016 hottest month ever recorded – NASA

Aug 17, 2016 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED July 2016 is officially the warmest month ever since modern record keeping began in 1880

A farmer drives a combine harvester during a wheat harvest at sunset on July 28, 2016 in Monthodon near Tours, central France. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

Australia boosts climate science research in U-turn

Aug 04, 2016 - 12:39 PM

Science Minister Greg Hunt: It s critical to our long term planning so climate science will be a bedrock function for research of the [national science body] CSIRO

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and Environment Minister Greg Hunt address the media in Sydney on March 23, 2016. Peter Parks/AFP

May 2016 goes down as Earth's hottest on record – NASA

Jun 15, 2016 - 8:36 AM

The Arctic in particular experienced abnormal heat causing Arctic sea ice and the Greenland ice sheet to start melting unusually early said NASA

An Indian man stands under the cascading water of a fountain in a decorative shallow pool adorning the gardens surrounding the India Gate monument on a hot Indian summer afternoon in New Delhi on May 20, 2016. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Oceans delay warming of Antarctic waters – study

May 31, 2016 - 7:57 AM

This icy insulation of the snowy continent – covered by a sheath of ice up to 4 kilometers 2 5 miles thick – could last for centuries

Totten Glacier. Photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

Third of coral 'dead or dying' in parts of Barrier Reef

May 30, 2016 - 10:31 AM

UPDATED The assessment was made following months of aerial and underwater surveys after the worst bleaching in recorded history first became evident in March as sea temperatures warm

DYING. An undated handout photo received on May 30, 2016, shows dying coral colonized by seaweed at Lizard Island during the current bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef. James Cook University/AFP

UN's Ban says time to scale up action on climate change

May 06, 2016 - 8:01 AM

We need to accelerate the speed scope and scale of our response locally and globally

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the opening ceremony of the High-Level Event for the Signature of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York USA, April 22, 2016. Andrew Gombert/EPA

60M people worldwide hit by El Niño – UN

Apr 27, 2016 - 8:09 AM

The 2015 2016 El Niño was one of the most powerful on record and has caused significant damage across 13 countries across Africa Asia Central and South America and the Pacific

The sun sets in Taguig city, Philippines, March 6, 2016. Stringer/EPA

Climate change: Is the 1.5ºC target a mirage?

Apr 22, 2016 - 7:30 AM

The Paris Agreement to try to cap global warming at 1 5ºC was a stunning political victory for poor countries threatened by climate change – but scientists tasked with explaining how to get there are less than thrilled

Filipino fishermen maneuver their boat as the sun sets in Manila Bay, Philippines, April 1, 2016. Francis R Malasig/EPA

El Niño damage in Cebu reaches P186M, so far

Apr 20, 2016 - 5:59 PM

The figure is based on the damage reports submitted by 22 out of 51 local government units

Coral bleaching hits 93% of Great Barrier Reef – scientists

Apr 20, 2016 - 3:52 PM

Researchers at James Cook University said only 7 of the huge reef had escaped the whitening triggered by warmer water temperatures

BLEACHING. This undated handout photo released on April 20, 2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a diver checking the bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AFP

Last month was hottest March in modern times – US

Apr 19, 2016 - 11:52 PM

UPDATED The average temperature planet wide was 2 20 degrees Fahrenheit 1 22 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average of 54 9 F 12 7 C the report says

Earth could become hotter than thought, study warns

Apr 09, 2016 - 7:50 AM

Researchers say their findings add to previous studies that have suggested clouds may make warming worse rather than lessen it

How vulnerable is Mindanao to El Niño?

Apr 03, 2016 - 4:22 PM

Because of its proximity to the equator Mindanao is the region most vulnerable to El Niño

Antarctica's melting ice may lift seas a meter by 2100 – study

Mar 31, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Over a longer time scale the study concludes the picture is even grimmer: within 500 years Earth s once frozen continent will have lifted water lines by more than 15 meters 50 feet

Totten Glacier in Antarctica. Photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

Climate changing at 'unprecedented' rate – UN

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:37 AM

Temperatures in the first two months of 2016 soared to new highs following a year that broke all previous records by a wide margin the UN s weather agency says

A father holding up his child at a waterpark at the children's garden in the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, March 17, 2016. Wallace Woon/EPA

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

Australia gripped in endless summer as heat breaks records

Mar 15, 2016 - 4:58 PM

The Bureau of Meteorology has said the abnormal conditions were affecting almost the entire country in early March the month which marks the start of autumn

Children cool off on a hot summer day at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2016. Made Nagi/EPA

Coal-minded leaders left behind by green energy growth - Al Gore

Mar 15, 2016 - 11:48 AM

If President Benigno Aquino III were in the audience he would have been inconvenienced by the former US Vice President s An Inconvenient Truth presentation in Manila

epa05210727 Former US Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore gestures to the audience during his presentation at the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, 14 March 2016. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps training is part of the Climate Reality Project founded and chaired by Al Gore committed to solving the climate crisis. On 12 March, Al Gore visited a mass grave in Tacloban which was hit by the strongest typhoon, Haiyan in November 2013 killing more than 6,300 people. The Philippines Climate Reality Leadership Corps training will be held from 14-16 March. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

Evidence of coral bleaching on Barrier Reef as sea warms

Mar 01, 2016 - 3:38 PM

But we are concerned about a growing incidence of minor to moderate bleaching at multiple locations along the reef as the peak of summer approaches

This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Sarah Lai/AFP

Acidic oceans stifling coral growth – study

Feb 25, 2016 - 9:49 AM

The decline of shallow water corals home to a quarter of the ocean s species and a lifeline for a billion people has long been in evidence

In this file photo released by the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS) on October 2, 2012, shows bleaching of coral at North Keppel Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia. AIMS/EPA

Climate change 'forcing species to move'

Feb 10, 2016 - 2:20 PM

Data on thousands of species found that many had shifted their ranges towards the poles or up mountains over the past century

A picture made available on 20 June 2014 shows an elephant dust baths at sunrise at the Tsavo wildlife lodge in Voi, Kenya, 19 June 2014. Daniel Irungu/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

Study: Warmer oceans, sea levels up; PH highest rate

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:48 AM

The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated and is likely about twice as much as previously calculated

Earth shatters warming records: 2015 hottest 'by far'

Jan 21, 2016 - 12:06 AM

UPDATED Not only was 2015 the warmest worldwide since 1880 it shattered the previous record held in 2014 by the widest margin ever observed

HOTTEST IN MODERN TIMES. This picture taken June 15, 2010 shows cracked and parched earth at central Thailand's biggest water reservoir, the Pasak Cholasit Dam in Lopburi province, northeast of Bangkok, Thailand. File Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

Oceans getting warmer faster, deeper – study

Jan 19, 2016 - 8:58 AM

The oceans have soaked up as much heat from global warming over the last two decades as during the preceding 130 years – and in the long run could be a ticking time bomb that disrupts weather and climate globally

In this file photo, a man looks out over the Atlantic Ocean towards a rainbow beneath a storm cloud off the cliffs of Chapmans Peak in Cape Town, South Africa May 31, 2011. Nic Bothma/EPA

2015 a 'tipping point' for climate change

Jan 18, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Nature along with the usually fractious family of nations conspired to make it a landmark year

In this file photo, two banners read 'Stop Climate Crimes' and 'Debout et Determines pour le Climat' (Raised and involved for Climate) as thousands of people demonstrate in front of the Eiffel Tower for climate change in Paris, France, December 12, 2015. Etienne Laurent/EPA

#COP21: Scientists say draft climate pact a good start

Dec 13, 2015 - 12:03 AM

The draft Paris Agreement on climate change recognizes imperatives of the science community to tackle climate change

French President Francois Hollande, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during the Comite de Paris session at the UN climate change conference, Paris, France, December 12, 2015. Photo courtesy COP21

#COP21: Climate pact puts fossil fuels on 'wrong side' of history

Dec 12, 2015 - 11:16 PM

The fossil fuel era must end and soon environmental groups and activists

Climate change is the new battleground for human rights

Dec 10, 2015 - 5:15 PM

People and the planet should not be treated as collateral damage in the name of economic growth and profit

Earth needs leaders who believe in climate science – Kerry

Dec 09, 2015 - 2:17 PM

Kerry: We are going to make Paris the demarcation point where we begin to get the job done to save the planet period

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the 'Earth to Paris' event, at the Petit Palais in Paris, France, December 7, 2015. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia