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Amazon, African forests turning from CO2 sink to source – study

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:48 PM

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

AMAZON. View of the Amazon jungle. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Climate change threatens half World Heritage sites' glaciers – report

May 01, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Authors of a new study 'predict glacier extinction by 2100 under a high emission scenario in 21 of the 46 natural World Heritage sites where glaciers are currently found'

Alpine glaciers risk 90% melt by 2100 – study

Apr 09, 2019 - 11:15 PM

A team of researchers in Switzerland finds that due to historic emissions and current CO2 levels, the Alps will lose half of its glaciers no matter what is done about emissions

Rhone Glacier image from Shutterstock

Methane on Mars: A new discovery or just a lot of hot air?

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:30 AM

There have been no direct observations of living organisms or fossils on Mars so far. But there are other types of evidence.

NEW DISCOVERY? Methane detected at Mars’ Gale Crater (the center picture). Kevin Gill/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Raw materials behind half of global emissions – U.N.

Mar 12, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Authors of a major new report present lawmakers and businesses with a stark choice: drastically reform the global economy to get more from less, or risk the collapse of global infrastructure

Drop beef and save millions of lives, slash emissions

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:58 PM

A new research conducted for the World Economic Forum shows that efforts to replace meat and especially beef could provide huge benefits for human health and the environment

1.5ºC climate goal 'very unlikely' but doable – draft UN report

Jan 13, 2018 - 9:37 AM

'There is a very high risk that under current emissions trajectories, and current national pledges, global warming will exceed 1.5ºC above preindustrial levels,' says the 1,000-page report prepared by hundreds of scientists

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

Developing world says rich nations shirking on climate

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The diplomatic spat underscores the difficulty of reaching a consensus at the 196-nation talks

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. Visitors stand in front of a banner reading "changing minds, not the climate" at a pavillion on November 8, 2017 during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

California extends tough climate policy measures to 2030

Jul 18, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Governor Jerry Brown wants to make California a leader in meeting standards set by the Paris climate accord especially after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement on June 1

GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN. In this picture taken on June 8, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown speaks during an energy policy conference in Beijing. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

2020 deadline to avert climate catastrophe – experts

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:10 AM

The authors call on leaders set to gather at the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany on July 7 8 to highlight 2020 as a make or break point for taking action

BONE DRY. An Indian shepherd walks on the dry bed of a river at Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district, some 55 kilometers from Hyderabad on May 30, 2017, in the southern Indian state of Telangana. Noah Seelam/AFP

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

Feb 21, 2017 - 1:31 PM

A community in Bataan complains of health problems that were allegedly caused by the power plants in their area

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

Déjà vu: Why I am strongly against our signing the Paris climate deal

Nov 06, 2016 - 5:25 PM

The reality is that this is a deal crafted to suit the United States China and other big emitters

Children swim at the sea near houses constructed on the breakwater at Manila Bay on March 14, 2016. Families living beside the shore are vulnerable to storm surges during a typhoon. Former US vice-president Al Gore, who is visiting the Philippines as part of his crusade against climate change, has warned that storms will hit the Philippines with more strength and frequency due to the rising temperature of the atmosphere, leaving the archipelagic nation as one of the most vulnerable to typhoon-spawned waves and rising water levels. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

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

Climate pact goes live, turning up heat at UN talks

Nov 04, 2016 - 8:29 AM

After the dramatic breakthrough in Paris last December diplomats and experts are lowering expectations a year later

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. In this file photo, smoke from the chimneys billow over St. Petersburg, March 3, 2005.  File photo by Sergey Kulikov/Interpress/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

CHR to top carbon emitters: Face human rights probe

Jul 28, 2016 - 7:25 PM

For the first time a national human rights body is officially taking steps to address the impacts of climate change on human rights and the responsibility of private actors says environmental group Greenpeace

#ClimateActionPH: How does food production contribute to climate change?

Jun 10, 2016 - 6:01 PM

The agriculture sector accounts for the second biggest share of the country s greenhouse gas emissions according to latest data But addressing the problem is easier said than done

Review of PH energy policy underway

May 26, 2016 - 4:57 PM

It is the obligation of the government to act to save the people from climate change and not wait says Emmanuel De Guzman vice chair of the Climate Change Commission

Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth – study

May 24, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Researchers predict that average temperatures would climb by up to 9 5°C if all known reserves of oil gas and coal are burned

Facts about China's 2016-2020 growth plan

Mar 05, 2016 - 7:33 PM

Here s what you should know about China s 13th 5 Year Plan which is due to be approved by the National People s Congress

NEW PLAN. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave after the opening of the 4th Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo by Wu Hong/EPA

US, Canada and Mexico sign clean energy pact

Feb 13, 2016 - 9:38 AM

The trio will also collaborate on environmental stewardship

Abandon coal, oil or face climate disaster – experts

Jan 21, 2016 - 7:58 PM

Experts at the World Economic Forum in Davos urge mankind to prevent a global catastrophe

Turn climate pledges into concrete action – France

Jan 12, 2016 - 1:11 PM

The French ecology minister calls for the swift implementation of the COP21 deal

Some vulnerable countries accept 'compromise' on 1.5°C warming cap

Dec 11, 2015 - 12:11 PM

As COP21 enters its final stretch some nations say they can accept new wording on the draft deal s warming limit

MARATHON TALKS. Members of delegations watch a meeting of country negotiators facilitated by COP21 president and French foreign minister Laurent Fabius on the early morning December 11, 2015. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

US House blocks carbon emission rules, Obama set to veto

Dec 02, 2015 - 7:33 AM

Many conservatives deny climate change is a result of human industry and agriculture

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE. US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at ODCE in Paris, France, December 1, 2015. Photo by Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Paris and its climate legacy for future generations

Nov 30, 2015 - 1:47 PM

Keeping global temperature rise to below 2°C of the average pre industrial level may not be enough to avert dangerous consequences but 2°C gives us a target to focus upon

'Catastrophe' climate warnings as greenhouse gases hit new high

Nov 09, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are now reaching levels not seen on Earth for more than 800 000 maybe even one million years the WMO says

EMISSIONS. A photo taken on October 31, 2013 in Haubourdin, northern France shows smoke from a factory. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

Dirty cloud 9: Who are the world's top carbon emitters?

Oct 29, 2015 - 8:36 AM

Take a look at what the world s biggest carbon emitters plan to do to combat climate change

Climate pact: The rocky road to Paris... and beyond

Oct 24, 2015 - 8:39 AM

The climate pledges made so far are insufficient and it is therefore essential to have a mechanism for ratcheting up those pledges every 5 years says Martin Kaiser of Greenpeace

ROAD TO PARIS. Delegates seen during the United Nations (UN) climate conference in Bonn, Germany, 20 October 2015. The conference is held in preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris, France, from November 30 to December 11, 2015. Photo by Oliver Berg/EPA

Indonesia’s climate plan: Good start, but improvements crucial

Sep 18, 2015 - 10:44 AM

As the world’s sixth largest emitter of greenhouse gases Indonesia’s climate commitment is an important piece of the global response to climate change

Australia PM Abbott defends emissions target

Aug 15, 2015 - 4:00 PM

The government announces plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 of 2005 levels by 2030 well below the recommendation by the independent Climate Change Authority

ABBOTT ON EMISSIONS. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 11 August 2015

Climate action plans: How are ASEAN countries doing?

Jul 07, 2015 - 2:00 PM

How are ASEAN countries faring with their climate action pledges in preparation for the December Paris climate talks?

Dutch court orders state to slash greenhouse emissions

Jun 24, 2015 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED Climate experts call the ruling a milestone saying it will encourage concerned citizens in other countries to take their own governments to court to force them to cut the gases blamed for global warming

Why PH should commit to being fossil fuel free

Jun 05, 2015 - 11:45 AM

This balance of national urban and regional action has proven a powerful collective solution to reducing national emissions

DRIVING GLOBAL WARMING. Coal provides 40% of the world's electricity but spews out 39% of global carbon dioxide emissions

Japan eyeing 26% greenhouse gas cut – officials

May 01, 2015 - 3:32 PM

The pledge is immediately dubbed unambitious by environmental groups with Tokyo based campaigners Kiko Network pointing out that 26 cut from 2013 works out at just 17 cut from 1990 levels

OBAMA AND ABE. US President Barack Obama (R) and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan (2nd R) visit the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, District of Columbia, USA, on 27 April 2015. Prime Minister Abe is in the Nation's Capital to discuss a range of economic, security, and global issues, including progress on the Trans Pacific Partnership, Japan's expanding role in the Alliance, and climate change. EPA/Pete Marovich

Mexico sets greenhouse gas target for UN climate talks

Mar 28, 2015 - 9:19 AM

The Mexican government s plan foresees emissions peaking in 2026 with greenhouse gases falling 22 and black carbon dropping 51 by 2030

Ateneo to help gov't keep tabs on carbon emissions

Feb 03, 2015 - 1:52 PM

UPDATED A P7 59 million contract is awarded to the university to evaluate how effective the government s reforestation project is in curbing climate change

Deadlocked climate talks head for extra time

Dec 13, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Countries disagree on how differentiation will be applied in a process next year of declaring national pledges for curbing Earth warming greenhouse gas emissions

LAST DAY. View of assistant delegates at a plenary session during the 20th UN Climate Change Conference COP20 held in the city of Lima, Peru, 12 December 2014. Photo by Paolo Aguilar/EPA

Climate: EU set for 24% emissions cut by 2020

Oct 28, 2014 - 11:54 PM

The EU bloc is also on its way to meeting the target of having renewable sources account for at least 20 of energy needs by 2020 compared to 1990 levels

LOWERED EMISSIONS. European Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard of Denmark gives a press briefing as the European Commission proposed amending the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) so that aviation emissions would be covered for the part of flights that takes place in European regional airspace, at the EU headquarters in Brussels , Belgium 16 October 2016. Olivier Hoslet/EPA

UN climate summit will fail unless US sets big goal: EU

Oct 28, 2014 - 10:25 PM

EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard: The Americans have to come forward with something ambitious something tangible and something concrete

POLLUTION. A man takes pictures of buildings blanketed by haze in Singapore on June 19, 2013. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

US, China can tip balance in climate quest: study

Oct 21, 2014 - 10:54 PM

Notes a report As the largest emitters of greenhouse gases both the US and China could lead by significantly improving their action to global best practice

POLLUTION. A file photo dated 25 November 2011 showing heavy midmorning traffic amidst air pollution in Beijing, China. Adrian Bradshaw/EPA

‘Climate summit good kickoff but not enough’

Sep 24, 2014 - 6:58 PM

Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson Lucille Sering says the pledges in the summit to cut greenhouse gas emissions were not as ambitious as what vulnerable countries like the Philippines need

'BUILDING MOMENTUM.' Climate Change Commissioner Lucille Sering tells Rappler the UN Climate Summit was 'encouraging' but also fell short of expectations. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

NASA launches carbon-tracking satellite

Jul 02, 2014 - 11:33 PM

The successful takeoff is a boon to NASA after two previous bids to launch Earth science spacecraft – one for carbon and another for aerosols – failed due to rocket malfunctions in 2009 and 2011


NASA readies satellite to measure atmospheric CO2

Jun 13, 2014 - 8:47 AM

NASA envisions it becoming the lead satellite for a 6 strong fleet that will circle the Earth every 99 minutes allowing nearly simultaneous observations across the globe

Building blocks missing for 2015 climate pact – ministers

Jun 07, 2014 - 11:20 AM

The Paris agreement is meant to set the cap on years of haggling among the 195 parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

A photo taken on October 31, 2013 in Haubourdin, northern France shows smoke from a factory. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

Germany now EU's worst polluter as CO2 emissions rise

May 07, 2014 - 11:23 PM

Germany Britain France Italy Poland Spain and the Netherlands account for 77 of the EU s CO2 emissions

Japan defends greenhouse gas U-turn at climate talks

Nov 16, 2013 - 12:10 AM

Japan defended its decision to scale back its greenhouse gas reduction target saying the move was forced by the Fukushima nuclear accident

Australia to sign up for Kyoto 2 - minister

Nov 09, 2012 - 8:49 AM

Australia is among the world s worst per capita polluters with a heavy reliance on coal mining and exports Most of its electricity comes from coal fired power stations