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Air pollution kills thousands in megacities despite COVID lockdowns

KUALA LUMPUR — Air pollution caused tens of thousands of deaths in the world’s five most populous cities last year despite coronavirus lockdowns, researchers...

How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to...

By Cameron Tonkinwise and Abby Mellick Lopes Our cities, designed for one set of climatic ranges, are increasingly “out of place” as average temperatures rise....

Texas deep freeze leaves millions without power, 21 dead

LUBBOCK, Texas — A historic winter storm has killed at least 21 people, left millions of Texans without power, and spun killer tornadoes into the US Southeast on Tuesday.

Bolder climate action could save millions of lives each year by...

TORONTO — Countries could save millions of lives annually by 2040 if they commit to bolder plans to cut planet-heating emissions and curb global warming in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, researchers said Tuesday.

K-pop for the planet: Fans of South Korean stars take up...

From petitioning to save forests to raising cash for disaster victims, a growing army of K-pop fans worldwide has emerged as the latest force in the global fight against climate change. 

Climate risks jostle with pandemic as fractured world struggles to respond,...

LONDON — Failure to stem climate change poses as serious a global risk as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, in both the scale of impact and level of threat, top business and other leaders warned on Tuesday.

Record climate disasters in Asia-Pacific push millions to ‘breaking point’

KUALA LUMPUR — Asia-Pacific has faced a record number of climate-related disasters in 2020, affecting tens of millions of vulnerable people already hit hard...

UN chief urges leaders of every country to declare ‘climate emergency’

LONDON/BRUSSELS — United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on every country to declare a “climate emergency” on Saturday, as world leaders marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord made mostly incremental pledges relative to the scale of the crisis.

Pounded by pandemic ‘storm,’ poor nations need climate finance more than...

BARCELONA — Many developing nations are under huge financial stress from the COVID-19 crisis, making it more important than ever that they receive the funding promised by rich nations to help them tackle climate change, said the head of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

DoH official says climate change bigger challenge than COVID-19

ADDRESSING climate change and protecting the environment will reduce the risk of disease outbreaks, with a government official saying that disrupted climates pose an open-ended threat with a range of impacts on public health greater than the threat posed by COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019).

Tropical food farmers must grow more on less land, as climate...

KUALA LUMPUR — Tropical farmers will struggle to meet rising food demand unless they sustainably boost yields on the same land, with rising forest protection and carbon prices aimed at fighting climate change expected to hinder agriculture expansion, researchers said on Monday.

2020 likely world’s second-hottest year, UN says

GENEVA — This year is on track to be the second hottest on record, behind 2016, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

DoF’s Dominguez calls for ‘aggressive’ action to mitigate climate change

FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III asked the Climate Change Commission (CCC) to be more aggressive in mitigating the impact of climate change, in the wake of consecutive calamities that have set back the economy even further while it is still dealing with the pandemic.

Sustaining the environment through reducing CO2 emissions

Industries’ contributions towards zero-carbon environment tracked in 2nd leg of BusinessWorld Insights Sustaining Sustainability Series By Adrian Paul B. Conoza, Special Features Writer In an accelerated...

Climate projects offered as path to unlocking investment

CLIMATE CHANGE mitigation projects will help attract foreign investment, starting with government-backed attempts to upgrade facilities to international standards, experts said.

Surge in natural disasters takes heavy human and economic toll —...

Philippines among countries with highest number of disaster events GENEVA — Extreme weather events have increased dramatically in the past 20 years, taking a heavy...

Pull investments from companies not committed to environment, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday urged people to pull investments from companies that are not committed to protecting the environment, adding his...

If world handles climate like COVID-19, UN chief says: ‘I fear...

NEW YORK — The United States, China, and Russia fought on Thursday during a United Nations (UN) Security Council meeting on the coronavirus pandemic...

Cabinet cluster seeks P152.4B for climate resiliency program

THE Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCAM-DRR) is seeking a budget of P152.4 billion for 2021 climate and risk resiliency program projects. 

In SUVs and on planes, richest 1% drive climate-heating emissions

LONDON — Prone to frequent flying, a passion for SUVs and big spending, the richest 1% of the world’s population produced twice as many planet-heating emissions as the poorest half of humanity over the last quarter-century, researchers said on Monday.

La Nina may disrupt global food supply, send prices higher

The La Nina weather system could roil global food production, sending prices higher, as potential droughts and floods bring upheaval to a suite of...

Dealing with climate change remains ‘top priority’ for gov’t

CLIMATE CHANGE remains a top priority for the national government even as it deals with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said.

US EPA to propose first-ever airplane emissions standards, sources say

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to announce on Wednesday the first proposed US emissions standards for commercial aircraft, officials briefed on the matter said.

Burger King’s climate solution is a limited-supply Whopper

Burger King will begin selling Whoppers sourced from cows that belch out less methane as the fast-food industry grapples with a questionable sustainability record.

Cow burps, leaky pipelines put Earth on high-end warming track

Global emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas multiple times more potent than CO2, rose by 9% in the decade through 2017, putting Earth on a track to warm by more than 3 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, according to an international study scheduled to be released Wednesday.

Does it pay to protect nature? A new study weighs in

LONDON — With Earth’s wildlife now facing an extinction crisis, a group of economists and scientists is hoping to persuade governments that it pays to protect nature.

Singapore in survival mode looks to reinvent itself — yet again

The pandemic is proving the ultimate test for Singapore, the tiny city-state that has a reputation of reinventing itself during times of crises.

China’s worsening floods highlight extreme weather threat

Weeks of torrential rain in southern China have left millions of people without homes and caused billions of yuan in economic losses, with environmental groups warning the extreme floods are likely to become more common.

Singapore plans more than $14 billion to super-charge innovation

Singapore is positioning itself for a post-COVID world with massive investment in innovation, over and above the immediate support it’s giving to help the economy rebound from possibly its worst downturn on record.

Pushing for sustainability

Climate change is perhaps the biggest challenge facing the modern world today. At the recently concluded 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum in...

‘Green swan’ climate event could trigger global crisis

CLIMATE CHANGE threatens to provoke “green swan” events that could trigger a systemic financial crisis unless authorities act against such risks, according to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

PHL companies urged to adopt sustainable finance

PHILIPPINE companies are being urged to consider sustainable financing solutions, as their operations may face risks brought by climate change in the future.

Banks worth $47 trillion adopt UN-backed climate principles

UNITED NATIONS — Banks with more than $47 trillion in assets, or a third of the global industry, adopted new United Nations-backed “responsible banking” principles to fight climate change on Sunday that would shift their loan books away from fossil fuels.

Godzilla from radioactive colossus to unlikely climate hero

LONDON — Ever since Godzilla first rampaged across cinema screens 65 years ago, film critics have seen the reptilian anti-hero as a symbol of the fears gnawing away in the deepest recesses of moviegoers’ minds.

Duterte slams climate change conferences

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte, before an audience of Japanese businessmen on Friday, slammed the series of international climate-change conferences amid the continuing impact of that phenomenon.

Disaster Preparedness: How ready are the banks?

THE PHILIPPINES is among the most vulnerable to the impact of natural disasters and climate change. Last year saw 24 tropical depressions, 20 tropical storms, 16 typhoons, one super typhoon, and at least 13 earthquake episodes.

The rewards of sustainability and energy efficiency

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) contends that unsustainable patterns of energy production and consumption pose a threat to human health and quality of...

A radical plan to slow climate change: Eat less meat

IF YOU want to save the planet, put down your burger. Or rather, finish it, savoring every single bite, and mentally prepare yourself not to have another until at least next week.

Duterte to send only one representative to climate change meetings abroad

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Wednesday night said he will send only one representative in any conference on climate change abroad.

Earth’s intact forests vanishing at accelerating pace: scientists

PARIS — Earth’s intact forests shrank by an area larger than Austria every year from 2014 to 2016 at a 20 percent faster rate than during the previous decade, scientists said Wednesday as the UN unveiled an initiative to harness the “untapped potential” of the land sector to fight climate change.

NZ halts new offshore oil and gas exploration in face of...

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand is halting all new offshore oil and gas exploration to become a global leader in the fight against...

Electric cars may be cheaper than gas guzzlers in seven years

Electric cars may be cheaper than their petroleum counterparts by 2025 if the cost of lithium-ion batteries continues to fall. Some models will cost the...

Ayala Land sets 450 hectares to carbon forests for sustainability

The world is changing at an alarming rate, and not all for the good. While the continued progress of technology and the lasting effects...

How museums fight fires, floods and climate change

AS FLAMES lit up the hills just across the freeway, torching mansions, the thousands of works of art in the Getty Center hung unperturbed....

Rich nations far behind on $100-billion climate pledge — study

PARIS -- Wealthy countries are falling well short of their pledge to provide $100 billion a year to developing countries by 2020 as part...