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Sinking feeling: Philippine cities facing 'slow-motion disaster'

Manila - When Mary Ann San Jose moved to Sitio Pariahan more than two decades ago, she could walk to the local chapel. Today, reaching it requires a swim.

Climate sceptic ex-PM Abbott falls in Australia election

Sydney - Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, infamous for once calling the science behind climate change "crap", has become the first big scalp in the country's elections Saturday.

'Super corals' give glimmer of hope for world's dying reefs

Apo - Hawaiian "super corals" that have recovered despite living in warm and acidic water offer a glimmer of hope that dying reefs across the world could be saved, a new study says.

415.26 parts per million: CO2 levels hit historic high

Paris - Scientists in the United States have detected the highest levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere since records began, sounding new alarm over the relentless rise of man-made greenhouse gas emissions..

Indigenous Australians take government to UN over climate change

Sydney - Indigenous residents of low-lying islands off northern Australia will submit a landmark complaint with the United Nations on Monday accusing the government of violating their human rights by failing to tackle climate change.

UN kicks off major climate change effort

Wellington - Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has kicked off a major United Nations push for progress on what he calls the defining issue of our time: climate change.

UN kicks off major climate change effort

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls it the defining issue of our time: climate change is moving to the center stage at the United Nations, three years after the Paris agreement went into force.

Protests reported as millions without power, one week after India cyclone

New Delhi - Millions of people are living without power or shelter in eastern India, a week after a devastating cyclone hit the region, officials said Saturday, as reports emerged of angry survivors protesting over the slow pace of relief.

The only way is down: subterranean survival warning

Naples - Solutions to the biggest threats facing our planet lie underground, according to experts who insist climate change, overpopulation and food shortages can all be tackled by going subterranean.

Most EU countries cut CO2 emissions last year: estimates

Apo - Most European Union countries reduced carbon dioxide emissions last year, estimates showed Wednesday, marking a turnaround in the battle against greenhouse gases as campaigners urged faster action to avoid the most damaging effects of climate change.

New Zealand unveils plan to go carbon neutral by 2050

Wellington - New Zealand introduced legislation Wednesday to make the South Pacific nation carbon neutral by 2050, although greenhouse gas emissions from the economically vital agricultural sector will not have to meet the commitment.

US climate sceptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

Rovaniemi - For the first time in over two decades, member states of the Arctic Council failed to agree on a final declaration at their bi-annual ministerial meeting on Tuesday, due to a US refusal to mention climate change.

US climate change refusal sinks Arctic declaration: delegates

Rovaniemi - Members of the Arctic Council meeting in Finland's far north on Tuesday failed to issue their traditional final declaration due to a US refusal to mention climate change, delegates said.

Carbon tax best way to cut greenhouse gas emissions: IMF

Washington - At $70 per ton of carbon dioxide, a carbon tax would be the most efficient means of cutting greenhouse gas emissions, according to an International Monetary Fund report published Friday.

UK advisers set to recommend 2050 carbon neutral deadline

London - The UK's top advisory body on climate change is set to recommend the government reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, in a move that would help Britain reclaim its global leadership on the environment.

UN biodiversity conference to lay groundwork for Nature rescue plan

Paris - Diplomats from 130 nations gathered in Paris on Monday to validate a grim UN assessment of the state of Nature and lay the groundwork for a rescue plan for life on Earth.

Tropical forest the size of England destroyed in 2018: report

Paris - Last year humanity destroyed an expanse of tropical forest nearly the size of England, the fourth largest decline since global satellite data become available in 2001, researchers reported Thursday.

Climate protests disrupt London's bustling financial hub

London - Environmentalists glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange entrance and staged impromptu concerts in the middle of traffic on the final day of a campaign that brought parts of the UK capital to a halt.

Climate protests hit London's bustling financial hub

London - Environmentalists glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange entrance and staged impromptu concerts in the middle of traffic on the final day of a campaign that brought parts of the UK capital to a standstill.

Tropical forest the size of England destroyed in 2018: report

Paris - Last year humanity destroyed an expanse of tropical forest nearly the size of England, the third largest decline since global satellite data become available in 2001, researchers reported Thursday.

North America driving global oil and gas pipeline 'boom'

Paris - The global pace of new oil and gas pipeline construction has tripled in less than two decades, a multi-billion-dollar boom in infrastructure that experts warned Thursday could torpedo hopes for limiting global warming.

One million species risk extinction due to humans: draft UN report

Paris - Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends.

$5-tn fuel exploration plans 'incompatible' with climate goals

Paris - Plans by oil and gas majors to spend $4.9 trillion on fuel exploration are "poles apart" from the goal of the Paris climate deal to limit the global temperature rise, a new analysis showed Tuesday.

Climate change protesters halt London street blockade

London - Some of London's busiest streets re-opened Monday for the first time in a week as climate change protesters regrouped and plotted a new course after police made more than 1,000 arrests.

Costa Rica bets on ending fossil fuel use by 2050

San Jos - Eric Orlich and his wife Gioconda Rojas own two electric vehicles, which they charge at home in the garage thanks to solar panels on their roof.

Kakapow! Rare world's fattest parrot has record breeding season

Wellington - The world's fattest parrot, the critically endangered kakapo, has enjoyed a record breaking breeding season, New Zealand scientists said Thursday, with climate change possibly aiding the species' unique mating spree.

New premier of Canada's Alberta to roll back environmental protections

Ottawa - The new conservative leader of Canada's oil-rich Alberta province said Wednesday he will nix its carbon tax, opening up a new battlefront with liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of October national elections.

EU Parliament rejects bid to strip Exxon lobbyists of access

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Tuesday rejected a move to strip ExxonMobil lobbyists of their access badges after the US oil giant missed the assembly's first hearing into claims it knowingly misled the public on climate change.

European voters urged to mobilise behind child climate activists

Strasbourg - Sweden's teenage activist Greta Thunberg choked backed tears on Tuesday as she warned of climate disaster and urged Europeans to vote in next month's elections to press for decisive action on cutting greenhouse gases.

Nearly 300 arrested at London climate protests

London - Nearly 300 people have been arrested in ongoing climate change protests in London that brought parts of the British capital to a standstill, police said Tuesday.
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