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COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

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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

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

BONN, Germany (Nov. 7, 2017) — Following a cascade of grim reports on the gathering pace of global warming, Fiji’s prime minister on Monday, November 6, appealed for “urgent action” on climate change at UN negotiations in Bonn. Continue reading COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

Duterte eyes changes to PH contribution to Paris climate deal

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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

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

MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte agreed to sign the Paris climate deal after being assured that the ambitious contribution submitted by the Philippines to the United Nations under the deal can still be revised. Continue reading Duterte eyes changes to PH contribution to Paris climate deal

Duterte signs Paris climate deal

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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

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

MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — Despite his misgivings, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Continue reading Duterte signs Paris climate deal

Duterte won’t honor int’l pacts on carbon emissions

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

The Philippine president says he wants to kick an ambassador for asking if the Philippine government would honor its commitments to reduce greenhouse gases

MANILA, Philippines (July 18, 2016) — President Rodrigo Duterte “will not honor” international agreements binding the Philippines to limit its carbon emissions.  Continue reading Duterte won’t honor int’l pacts on carbon emissions

Climate change, Is the 1.5ºC target a mirage

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

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

PARIS, France (Apr. 23, 2016) — The Paris Agreement to try to cap global warming at 1.5ºC was a stunning political victory for poor countries threatened by climate change.

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Island states come to UN ready to move on climate deal

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AFTER THE STORM. A handout picture made available by UNICEF on February 25, 2016 shows a child’s toy lies abandoned tattered and torn amongst the piles of debris left behind by the Category 5 Cyclone Winston that flattened the island of Koro, Fiji. Handout photo by Joseph Hing/Unicef/EPA

The world’s island states will come to the United Nations not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force

UNITED NATIONS (Apr. 22, 2016) — With their very existence under threat from climate change, the world’s island states come to the United Nations on Friday, April 22, not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force.

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Signing of global climate pact a victory for PH

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CLIMATE DEAL.In this file photo, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje delivers a statement at the COP21 UN climate change summit in Le Bourget, France, December 2015. Rappler file photo

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje will sign the Paris Agreement at the UN headquarters on behalf of the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (Apr. 21, 2016) — The signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change this Friday, April 22, is a “victory” for the Philippines, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said.

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Pacific nations lead the way on Paris climate accord

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Marshall Islands president: ‘By becoming one of the first countries to ratify the Paris agreement, we have shown our determination to continue to lead this fight from the front’

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Mar. 21, 2016) — Battered by massive cyclones, El Niño-fueled drought and swollen king tides, fragile Pacific island nations vulnerable to climate change are leading the charge in implementing the landmark Paris climate deal.

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Al Gore, Democracy hacked and how we can save it

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CLIMATE, TECHNOLOGY, AND POLITICS. Former US Vice President Al Gore talks with Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa on climate, technology, democracy, and politics on the sidelines of the 31st leadership training in Manila by The Climate Reality Project
‘We’re right in the middle of this transition. We have one foot in the television mass media age, and the other foot is stepping into the Internet age,’ Al Gore tells Rappler

March 20, 2016 — Technology is driving this time of creative destruction, and it impacts all aspects of human endeavor.

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Civil aviation takes first step towards capping carbon emissions

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A plane is approaching the illuminated landing runway at sunset at the airport of Duesseldorf, Germany, October 25, 2014. Marcel Kusch/EPA
The recommendation has been highly anticipated as aircraft carbon emissions are not part of a landmark pact on fighting climate change hammered out in Paris

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 10, 2016) — Experts have agreed on proposals for the first binding limits on carbon emissions for the aviation industry, a move welcomed Tuesday, February 9, by UN chief Ban Ki-moon as a boost to the battle against climate change.

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