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Tourists trampling on New Zealand's tranquility – report

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:41 PM

The South Pacific nation has long marketed itself as '100% Pure' and 'clean and green', but has seen a huge growth in visitors in recent years

UNDER SCRUTINY. New Zealand's adventure terrorism industry is now under intense scrutiny after the White Island volcanic eruption which killed 18 people. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Slash emissions now or face climate disaster, U.N. warns

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:28 AM

'We are not running out of time – we are already out of time,' says Alden Meyer, director of policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists

Earth to warm more quickly, new climate models show

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The new calculations suggest the Paris Agreement goals of capping global warming at 'well below' two degrees, and at 1.5C if possible, will be harder to reach

The cold will inherit the Earth

May 12, 2019 - 11:00 AM

It is not 'wealthy country warming' that is happening, but global warming. We all live in a planet that has been warming.

World's oceans are heating up at a quickening pace – study

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The findings in the US journal Science debunk previous reports that suggested a so-called pause in global warming in recent years

Earth risks tipping into 'hothouse' state – study

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:03 AM

If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs – as they currently do each year – the Earth will pass a tipping point

EMISSIONS. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, global warming has been caused mainly by burning oil, gas and especially carbon-rich coal. Image from Shutterstock.

NASA program to track greenhouse gas is canceled

May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Now, President Donald Trump's administration has quietly killed the CMS,' a report says, describing the move as the latest in a 'broad attack on climate science' mounted by the White House

Planet-warming methane from livestock underestimated – study

Sep 29, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Revised calculations of methane produced per head of cattle show that global livestock emissions in 2011 are 11% higher than estimates based on data from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change

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

How to feed a billion people (and get rock-hard abs)

Apr 22, 2017 - 3:55 PM

By protecting fisheries humanity can raise yearly wild seafood yields by 100 million metric tonnes – enough to feed a billion people every day forever

CORAL TRIANGLE. A vast shoal of sardines surround a diver in the Visayas. The Philippines is part of the Coral Triangle, the world’s most biodiverse marine area. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin/Oceana

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

Surging methane emissions imperil climate goals

Dec 12, 2016 - 3:50 PM

After rising slowly from 2000 to 2006 the concentration of methane in the air climbed 10 times more quickly the following decade a study reveals

A methane extraction platform is seen at the Kivu Lake, in Gisenyi, Rwanda on April 17, 2016. Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Climate diplomats push back against Trump victory

Nov 09, 2016 - 6:34 PM

Trump cannot prevent the implementation of the landmark Paris pact inked in the French capital last December says Segolene Royal France s environment minister and outgoing head of the UN climate forum

THE CLIMATE CHANGE FIGHT. French Environment Minister Segolene Royal delivers a speech during the opening session of the COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh on November 7, 2016. Photo by Fadel Senna/ AFP

Nations agree on phase-out of super greenhouse gases

Oct 15, 2016 - 1:21 PM

3rd UPDATE Representatives from almost 200 countries reach an agreement on ending the use of hydrofluorocarbons

AGREEMENT. US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech in front of people who attend the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali, on October 14, 2016. Cyril Ndegeya/AFP

World edges closer to major greenhouse gas deal in Rwanda

Oct 15, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Tough negotiations have seen major developing nations such as India put up a fight over the timeline to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons and the financing of the transition

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

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

Kigali meeting to tackle super greenhouse gases

Oct 08, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Observers are hopeful that after years of talks countries are poised to commit to phasing out hydrofluorocarbons

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this photograph taken on March 15, 2016, a blanket of smog extends over a densely populated neighborhood adjacent to the main airport in New Delhi. India is the world's third biggest carbon emitter. File photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP

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Aug 03, 2016 - 12:15 PM

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Global heat, sea level hit record highs in 2015

Aug 02, 2016 - 11:57 PM

Experts warn sea level rise will accelerate in the coming decades putting millions of lives at risk worldwide

GLOBAL WARMING. View of the Magdalena River in Honda, Tolima department, Colombia on February 9, 2016. Affected by El Nino, the Magdalena, Colombia's main river, is in its lowest level in 15 years. Juan Jose Horta/AFP

Meat and climate change: What's the connection?

Jun 12, 2016 - 3:06 PM

Before biting into that juicy burger be aware of how meat production and consumption contributes to climate change

CONVERSATION: #WorldMeatFreeDay, your diet, and climate change

Jun 11, 2016 - 11:40 PM

Climate change is a very real threat but you can do something about it – starting with what you eat

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

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

Top investors urge leaders to sign Paris climate accord

Apr 19, 2016 - 6:25 PM

They say the agreement delivered an unequivocal signal for investors to shift assets towards the low carbon economy

epa05198857 A photo made available on 07 March 2016 shows a Thai farmer walking on parched land at a rice paddy field in Chachoengsao province, Thailand, 06 March 2016. Thailand is facing the worst drought in decades caused by climate change and a renewed El Nino combined with seasonal hot weather, which will affect the country's rice paddy fields and impact on its crop production. The military junta that rules Thailand told farmers to cultivate less rice and urged the public to use water sparingly as part of the water saving campaign. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

How fossil fuels destroy biodiversity

Apr 13, 2016 - 11:01 AM

If the Philippines continues to depend on fossil fuels it will undoubtedly worsen the conditions of wildlife in the country and subsequently our well being as a society

Graphic by Nico Villarete / Rappler. Images courtesy Shutterstock.

Renewable energy: Powering a sustainable future

Apr 07, 2016 - 12:45 PM

The fight against fossil fuels is more than just a political and economic issue; it has become a moral stand that our next leader must support for the betterment of the people

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

China emissions goals less ambitious than 2015 cuts – plan

Mar 05, 2016 - 6:01 PM

Every one of us has an obligation to protect the environment – we call on every member of society to act and contribute to the building of a beautiful China says Premier Li Keqiang

AIR POLLUTION. Even as its cities are blanketed by smog, China is lowering its goal for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions for 2016. Photo by How Hwee Young/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

Aquino's COP21 speech: What didn't make the cut?

Dec 04, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Failing to recognize the deep seated problems of climate change means we will fail in the search for genuine solutions

COP21 powered by fossil fuels?

Dec 04, 2015 - 9:22 AM

Two reports reveal the corporate sponsors behind the climate summit in Paris

The changing normal in Philippine climate

Nov 25, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Climate change is amplifying extreme weather events regionally thus the new normal is characterized by heavy precipitation episodes severe flooding heat waves wild fires searing droughts and more intense tropical cyclones

Global carbon pricing off menu at Paris climate talks

Nov 24, 2015 - 2:06 PM

Despite major support behind carbon pricing schemes the Paris talks will not address putting a global price on pollution

Steam billows out of the cooling towers of the Vattenfall AG brown coal power plant in Jaenschwalde, Germany, November 11, 2015. Patrick Pleul/EPA

Climate summit: The crunch issues

Nov 22, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Here are the key points of contention at the UN climate change conference in France

TARGET. A woman walks in front of a poster bearing the message 'Objective 2 degrees' in reference to the projected agreement to limit the increase of global warming to two degrees Celsius, in Paris, France, November 12, 2015. Ian Langsdon/EPA

Britain signals closure of dirty coal power plants

Nov 18, 2015 - 9:26 PM

Environmentalists welcome the announcement but warn that the British government plans to switch to gas or nuclear power stations instead

CLOSING DOWN. A picture taken on November 10 shows Ferrybridge C power station, near Knottingley in northern England. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Indonesians' new love for steak means increased greenhouse gas emissions

Nov 18, 2015 - 6:06 PM

Emissions are predicted to jump dramatically as demand skyrockets since the livestock sector is a major contributor to climate change – accounting for 14 5 of the total global amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity

LOVE FOR STEAK. Indonesians' growing love for meat means more greenhouse gas emissions from the country of 250 million people. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

Kerry says Paris climate deal will not be legally binding – report

Nov 12, 2015 - 12:29 PM

Kerry to the Financial Times: It s definitively not going to be a treaty They re not going to be legally binding reduction targets like Kyoto or something

A picture taken on October 30, 2015 shows stickers of the COP21, in Paris, ahead of the Climate Change Conference 2015. Dominique Faget/AFP

Cyclists and advocates to ride for survival on the B.I.G. Ride

Nov 12, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Press release: Thousands of cyclists call on APEC leaders to integrate bikes in sustainable solutions to transportation and climate change

INTERACTIVE: The commuter's climate change calculator

Nov 12, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Computing the environmental cost of your daily commute in Metro Manila: How does it affect the environment?

Your commute, your climate: An explainer

Nov 12, 2015 - 5:47 AM

Here is an explanation of how we got the values in the Your commute your climate interactive project

Climate summit: 'considerable task ahead', says France

Nov 10, 2015 - 9:39 PM

UPDATED UN climate chief Christiana Figueres: It continues to be entirely possible to come to an agreement despite all the challenges in front of us

CLIMATE TALKS. An illustration picture taken on July 5, 2015 in Paris, shows a mini Eiffel Tower replica set among ox-eye daisies, ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21). Photo by Joel Saget/AFP

Global warming: Earth in 'uncharted territory'

Nov 09, 2015 - 11:46 PM

This represents an important marker as the world continues to warm due to human influence the Met Office says

Image from Shutterstock

China raises coal use figure by hundreds of millions of tons

Nov 04, 2015 - 4:17 PM

UPDATED The new figures suggest that Chinese emissions have been a significantly larger driver of global warming than previously thought

This picture taken on August 5, 2015 shows an excavator moving coal onto a truck at a coal port in Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu province. AFP

Blowing in the wind: how to stop cow burps warming Earth

Nov 04, 2015 - 9:29 AM

Ruminant animals emit methane a gas that is more than 20 times more efficient than carbon dioxide in trapping the sun s heat

GASSY. A Normandy cow is pictured on October 23, 2015, at a farm in Courcite, northwestern France. Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Renewables key in race against climate change clock

Nov 01, 2015 - 8:02 PM

The window of opportunity for decarbonizing the global economy fast enough to avoid devastating climate change is barely ajar

RENEWABLE ENERGY. A man walks past solar panels at a solar carport on October 26, 2015 at the Garden City shopping mall in Nairobi. Simon Maina/AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: The Southeast Asian haze crisis

Nov 01, 2015 - 7:18 PM

A quick guide to the Southeast Asia haze crisis

TOXIC AIR. Commuters travel along a road as thick haze blankets Pekanbaru on September 16, 2014.Forza Alfachrozie/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Castration for pedophiles, greenhouse gases from forest fires

Oct 22, 2015 - 7:07 AM

Other news include the new hajj stampede death toll and the human trafficking crisis in Southeast Asia

Indonesia forest fires produce more greenhouse gas than all US economic activity

Oct 21, 2015 - 5:19 PM

The shock assessment came as Jakarta said the number of blazes was increasing across the archipelago despite a multinational fire fighting effort

GREENHOUSE GASES. The forest fires from Indonesia are emitting more greenhouse gases than all US economic activity according to a report. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Now 'right moment' for carbon tax – IMF chief

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:39 AM

Besides discouraging pollution Lagarde says taxing greenhouse gas emissions would have the added bonus of helping governments boost their revenues

TALKING CLIMATE. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a panel discussion on Climate Change at the National Theater on October 7, 2015 in Lima, Peru. IMF - Stephen Jaffe/AFP