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Trump willing to sign a revamped Paris climate deal

Jan 28, 2018 - 8:31 AM

While the president remains firm in his criticism of the historic accord, which was signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, he said he would be willing to sign up to a revamped deal

REVISION NEEDED. US president Donald Trump wants changes in the Paris climate deal before signing his nation back in. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

[OPINION] TRAIN at a crossroads on a coal tax

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Our electricity bills would likely increase not because of a coal tax but because coal will become more expensive in the years to come relative to renewable energy

Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

Dec 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM

With the current emission reduction targets set us on a pathway to 2.7-3.1 degrees Celsius, the report illustrates the urgent need for country leaders to step up their efforts to reach the targets set in the Paris climate agreement

Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques - COP21 (Paris, Le Bourget)

Al Gore's Climate Reality Project names Pinoy 'Media Climate Champions'

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:46 PM

For communicating climate reality journalists Howie Severino GMA 7 Imelda Abano PNEJ Atom Araullo ABS CBN and Voltaire Tupaz Rappler are recognized at the premiere screening of the documentary An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to power on Monday August 28

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

Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour

Mar 25, 2017 - 5:49 PM

UPDATED Millions of people from some 170 countries and territories are expected to take part in the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal oil and gas to drive cars and power plants

EARTH HOUR. The ferris wheel at Luna Park and Sydney Harbour Bridge are plunged into darkness for the Earth Hour environmental campaign in Sydney on March 25, 2017. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

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

Senate to OK Paris climate deal before March 18 – Legarda

Mar 01, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Senator Loren Legarda who is set to sponsor the measure is confident they have the numbers to concur with the ratification of the Paris climate deal

Photo by Camille Elemia

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

Philippines to ratify Paris climate deal by July

Jan 09, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III is confident the Senate will ratify the deal after President Rodrigo Duterte signs it

RATIFICATION. The Philippines is set to ratify the landmark Paris climate deal by July 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo.

Duterte: Climate change real but Paris treaty unfair

Dec 09, 2016 - 5:53 PM

While the President believes there is really climate change he thinks the treaty will only lead rich countries to bully poor ones

UNFAIR DEAL? President Rodrigo Duterte visits Tacloban City as he arrives at the mass graves to attend the 3rd year commemoration of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City on November 8. File photo by Karl Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Brave faces at climate talks despite Trump win

Nov 13, 2016 - 8:06 AM

No the election of Donald Trump does not hover over this COP anymore says Moroccan foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar

BRAVE FACE. COP22 president Salaheddine Mezouar delivering a speech during the opening session of the COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh. Photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Shock and angst in Asia as Trump rises

Nov 09, 2016 - 2:11 PM

Viewers at election watching events around Asia stared at giant screens tallying the returns as they digested the impact of Trump possibly heading the world s most powerful nation

Supporters of US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton gather to watch elections results at a bar in Sydney, Australia on November 9, 2016. William West/AFP

WATCH: Advocates urge PH Senate to ratify Paris climate deal after Duterte nod

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:31 PM

Nearly 100 countries ratify or accept the landmark agreement that seeks to curb global warming but the Philippines is not among them

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

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

There are bigger battles outside the Paris Agreement

Nov 04, 2016 - 3:11 PM

It is actually commendable how President Duterte asserts our people’s right to develop as the foundation of his argument a right of vulnerable and poor nations that is given only tokenisms in the agreement

Ramos to gov't: Ratify climate deal or Filipinos will suffer

Oct 30, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Former president Fidel V Ramos wants President Rodrigo Duterte to approve the climate deal so the Senate may ratify it because it would advance the interests of Filipinos

In this file picture taken on November 25, 2013, a ship is washed ashore crushing houses in Tacloban, Leyte Province, after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the central Philippines. Noel Celis/File/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

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

Canada ratifies Paris climate accord

Oct 06, 2016 - 7:52 AM

The 207 to 81 vote in the House of Commons came 30 days before the pact comes into force globally and brings the total number of nations that have endorsed it to 74

In this file photo, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signs the Paris Agreement during the United Nations High-Level Event for the Signature of the Paris Agreement April 22, 2016 in New York. Jewel Samad/AFP

Rodrigo Duterte, Leila de Lima, Paris climate pact | 12PM wRap

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

Obama, DiCaprio talk about 'race against time' on climate

Oct 04, 2016 - 5:29 PM

DiCaprio: If you do not believe in climate change you do not believe in facts or in science and therefore in my humble opinion you should not be allowed to be in public office

HOT TOPIC. US President Barack Obama speaks during a discussion on climate change with actor Leonardo DiCaprio (R) and climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe (C) during the South by South Lawn (SXSL) festival at the White House on October 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/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

India ratifies historic Paris climate change pact

Oct 02, 2016 - 4:47 PM

3rd UPDATE The UN US and France all hail India s move with UN chief Ban Ki moon saying it builds on the continued strong political momentum

FOR CLIMATE CHANGE. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, greets the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly September 27, 2014 in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

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

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

'Turning point': China, US formally join Paris climate pact

Sep 03, 2016 - 6:35 PM

UPDATED China is responsible for almost a quarter of the world s greenhouse gas emissions with the US in second place on around 15 so their participation in the Paris Agreement is crucial

DARK DAYS SOON OVER? In this file photo, cars pass the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Power Generator Company coal power plant in Shanghai on March 22, 2016. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Environmental groups, advocates to Duterte: ‘Let us talk’

Jul 19, 2016 - 8:09 PM

Environmental groups and advocates urge the president to look at the vital role the Philippines plays in the global climate pact

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

8 reasons why PH should honor UN climate commitments

Jul 19, 2016 - 12:17 PM

The whole world has started to recognize that environment and development go hand in hand Why can t we?

IMPORTANT POINTS. Here are the facts about the climate deal. Photo courtesy of COP21

NAIA runway, Lopez on Duterte, NoKor missile | 12PM wRap

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

Duterte, National ID, Mendoza | 6PM wRap

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

France becomes first major nation to ratify UN climate deal

Jun 15, 2016 - 5:42 PM

UPDATED But French President Francois Hollande says the UN deal will not come into force unless at least 55 countries responsible for at least 55 of global greenhouse gas emissions ratify it

RATIFIED. (L-R) French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, French President Francois Hollande, Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal and French Minister for the Overseas Territories George Pau-Langevin attend the ratification ceremony of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France June 15 2016. Jacky Naegelen/Pool/EPA

Trump casts shadow over UN climate talks

May 26, 2016 - 8:32 AM

Diplomats from 196 nations huddled in Bonn are keenly aware of the fact that the The Donald is now within spitting distance of the White House – and it s making a lot of them nervous

French Environment Minister Segolene Royal speaks during the opening ceremony of the Bonn Climate Change Conference as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, western Germany, on May 16, 2016. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

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

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

Rappler Talk: What PH can learn from Hawaii’s renewable energy bid

May 18, 2016 - 1:06 PM

Hawaii recently passed a law to shift to 100 renewable energy sources Maria Ressa interviews the director of Hawaii’s Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism to find out the cues the Philippines can take from the US state

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

#ClimateActionPH: It’s time for the Philippines to get serious about climate change

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:07 PM

The country’s vulnerability to climate change is made worse by poverty its lack of knowledge and means to protect itself and its inability to cope and manage its surroundings

WATCH: Leonardo DiCaprio's speech at UN climate signing

Apr 23, 2016 - 7:04 PM

The world is now watching the Oscar winner tells leaders signing the Paris climate deal

LEONARDO DICAPRIO. The US actor and UN Messenger of Peace speaks at the High-Level Event for the Signature of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

A story of stars: The rights of Lumad and the Paris Agreement

Apr 23, 2016 - 10:00 AM

By including a provision on human rights protection the Paris Agreement provides a holistic approach to addressing climate change

Aquino at COP21 Paris, France, photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA ; Lumad photo by Derek Alviola/Rappler