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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...

Deadly heat from climate change may hit slums hardest

MIAMI -- With sheet metal roofs, concrete floors, poor ventilation, and spotty electricity, crowded urban slums in Africa can expect to get even hotter...

Big role seen for US at climate talks despite withdrawal from...

OSLO/LONDON -- The United States will play a big role at global talks next month on shaping the Paris agreement on climate change, to...

Tillerson says US could stay in Paris climate accord

WASHINGTON -- The United States could remain in the Paris climate accord under the right conditions, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday,...

Climate change and hurricanes: Do we need a smoking gun?

PARIS -- Many climate scientists are convinced that mega-storms Harvey and Irma -- which left scores dead and caused massive economic losses -- were...

Ambitious wine makers, climate change makes for good, cheap Pinot

GREAT Pinot Noirs, as a friend once put it, have a near-sexual allure. The first taste can turn you into a bottle stalker, which...

Small odds of reaching 2°C

PARIS — There is a 5% chance of limiting average global warming to under 2°C (3.6° Fahrenheit), the target set in the 2015 climate-rescue...

‘Our daily bread’ has hidden climate costs

PARIS — Nearly half the environmental impact of a loaf of bread comes from the “unsustainable use” of fertilizers on wheat crops, researchers said...

Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming

PARIS -- Tiny natural ponds pose an overlooked danger for speeding up global warming, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature...

Renewables can’t deliver Paris climate goals: study

PARIS -- Expansion of renewable energy cannot by itself stave off catastrophic climate change, scientists warned Monday. Even if solar and wind capacity continues to...

Study forecasts balmier England, even hotter Mumbai

PARIS — Northern Europe, Canada and Russia will enjoy balmier winters by century’s end even as the average number of mild days per year...

China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

BEIJING — China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information...

Fighting climate change, one plate at a time

MONDAYS WITHOUT MEAT could mean a lot for your health and the health of the planet, an advocacy group said. Meatless Monday-Philippines, a non-government organization...

Last five years were hottest on record, more signs heat is...

MARRAKESH, MOROCCO — The past five years were the hottest on record with mounting evidence that heat waves, floods, and rising sea levels are...

Spend climate cash smartly to make it stretch, experts urge

MARRAKESH, MOROCCO — When heavy rains hit the tiny West African nation of Togo in September, filling a hydropower dam close to overflowing, the...

Antarctic glacier thinning more rapidly than thought: study

PARIS — A large glacier in West Antarctica lost up to half a kilometer in thickness in seven years, thinning more quickly than scientists...

Rapid transit is key in fight against climate change: study

PARIS -- Big cities worldwide have expanded faster than their rapid transit systems, leading to higher levels of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and commuter...

Invasive insects cause tens of billions in damage

PARIS — Invasive insects cause at least $77 billion (€69 billion) in damage every year, according to a study released Tuesday that says this...

August shatters global heat records for 16th month in a row

MIAMI -- Last month was the hottest August in modern times and marked the 16th month in a row when global records for heat...

Warming oceans are ‘sick,’ global scientists warn

HONOLULU — Global warming is making the oceans sicker than ever before, spreading disease among animals and humans and threatening food security across the...

Last month was hottest June on record

WASHINGTON -- Last month was the hottest June in modern history, marking the 14th consecutive month that global heat records have been broken, the...

E. Asian shipping emissions kill tens of thousands

PARIS -- A sharp rise in shipping emissions in east Asia is killing tens of thousands of people in the region every year and...