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FRANKFURT AM MAIN: Buffeted by scandals and threatened by driving bans, diesel has become the bete noire of the auto industry. But as the second anniversary of ‘dieselgate’ approaches, is the engine of choice for millions of European drivers really in its death throes?

Read more: Two years after ‘dieselgate’, can diesel be saved?

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Production of high-quality coffees such as Arabica are at risk as a result of rising temperatures and changes in the bee population. AFP file photo

WASHINGTON: Climate change is threatening the Latin American zones most favorable for growing coffee, according to a study out Monday that warns seed production could drop by nearly 90 percent by 2050.

Read more: Climate change threatens Latin America coffee producers

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ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy Cimatu called for more convergence among member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in promoting mangrove development and conservation.

Read more: Cimatu: Mangroves critical to Asean

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SINGAPORE – Hurricane Harvey, which pummeled the Texas coast at the end of August, and Hurricane Irma, which caused catastrophic damage in the Caribbean and Florida this month, are the latest manifestation of a jump in extreme floods and storms.

Read more: Being better prepared for the spike in floods and storms

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For communicating climate reality, journalists Howie Severino (GMA 7), Imelda Abano (PNEJ), Atom Araullo (ABS-CBN), and Voltaire Tupaz (Rappler) are recognized at the premiere screening of the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to power," on Monday, August 28.

MEDIA CLIMATE CHAMPIONS. Journalists Voltaire Tupaz of Rappler, Atom Araullo of ABS-CBN, and Imelda Visaya Abano of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists (L-R) cover the historic 21st Conference of Parties of the UN Convention Framework on Climate Change (COP21) in France. Photo courtesy of Imelda Abano

MANILA, Philippines – Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore's Climate Reality Project recognized four journalists from the Philippines who covered the historic Paris climate change conference and issues on global warming.

GMA 7 investigative journalist Howie Severino, Philippine EnviroNews editor-in-chief Imelda Visaya Abano, ABS-CBN multimedia journalist Atom Araullo, and Rappler's MovePH editor Voltaire Tupaz were named "Media Climate Champions" at the premiere screening of the documentary "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," on Monday, August 28. (IN PHOTOS: 'An Inconvenient Sequel' premieres in PH)

Read more: Al Gore's Climate Reality Project names Pinoy 'Media Climate Champions'

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  • Cyclone set to make landfall Tuesday, second storm closing in
  • Nation is battered by an average of 20 cyclones each year
Flooding in Manila on Sept. 12. Photographer: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Philippine financial markets were closed on Tuesday along with government offices and schools as heavy overnight rains flooded parts of the capital Manila and nearby provinces.

Read more: Philippine Markets Shut as Waist-High Storm Waters Flood Capital

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Members of the Texas National Guard wading through floodwaters in Orange, Texas, on Saturday. People’s emissions of heat-trapping gases have increased the likelihood and severity of heat waves, extreme rainfall and storm surges. (AFP PIC)

LIKE most Americans recently, we have been transfixed by the still unfolding disaster in Houston and coastal Texas, described on the airwaves as “unprecedented” and “beyond anything experienced”.

On  the other side of the globe, another climate-related calamity has been unfolding, though it has received less attention: the ongoing monsoon flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal that has killed more than 1,400 people and displaced millions. As in Houston, recovery there will take years.

Read more: What scientists want you to see in flood waters

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Politics aside, it’s time to get serious about adaptation.

People wait to enter the Germain Arena, which has served as a shelter from Hurricane Irma, on Saturday in Estero, Florida. Even as economic losses from disasters have risen, the number of human lives lost has dropped.

Over the span of just weeks, two of the nation’s most population-dense regions began a long and difficult road to recovery. Houstonians have already launched their extensive process of rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey, and Floridians are just starting to return home to assess the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma. In the same period, wildfires continued to scorch the Western United States, Mexico’s most powerful earthquake in a century struck just off its southern coast, and monsoons persisted in their deadly deluge of parts of northern India. As we seek the best way to offer assistance, we’re also considering how we can prevent suffering and loss from natural disasters like these in the future.

Read more: The Most Important Thing We Can Do to Prepare for Weather Extremes

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