Climate Change

Antarctica: Why It's Important

Frontier | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK

Antarctica holds 90% of the world's ice and, what may seem as a cold and desolate place, is in fact one of the most important wildernesses on Earth an...

Five Reasons Why Trump Can't Tear Up The Paris Agreement

Emily Buchanan | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Emily Buchanan

Trump is threatening to pull out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark commitment struck by nearly 200 nations aimed at limiting global warming to well below 2°C. As the world's second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, the U.S. plays a massive role in achieving this. It's hard to imagine how we'll do it without them. But there's hope.

Can Waste Solve The Waste Problem?

Tim Plenderleith | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Tech
Tim Plenderleith

Could we halt the downward spiral by using waste to solve the waste crisis? With McKinsey rolling out projections as high as $1 trillion to gain from a closed-loop economy, circularity seems to have our 'thumbs up' in principle. The truth is however, we are a far cry from adopting its practical reality in our design-distribution streams.

Global Warming Is A National Security Risk. Why Don't We Treat It Like One?

Ben Brown | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Ben Brown

The UK is in the middle of a historic general election, yet climate change has barely been whispered by any of the major candidates. And the president of the United States wants to rip up the landmark Paris agreement. Why?

Delivering Sustainable Transport In Africa's Cities

Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dr. Álvaro Sobrinho

Africa's Cities: Opening Doors to the World, a lack of quality and cost-efficient transportation is one of the main challenges facing the continent's urban centres. Many African cities' mass transit relies on informal minibus systems whose low passenger capacity prevents them from achieving economies of scale, and small taxis.

The Most Important Issue Affecting Us All Has Been Ignored In The Election Campaign

Basit Mahmood | Posted 07.05.2017 | UK Politics
Basit Mahmood

Irrespective of what aspirations the major governing parties have for our country, none of these will be possible unless we live in a habitable climate. If we are to tackle the most pressing issue affecting the future of humanity, it will require courage on behalf of our mainstream politicians, to have a much broader vision than one simply focused on a narrow vision of Brexit and to go beyond the confines of identity politics. For the challenges posed by climate change affect us all. It's about time they took centre stage.

'World's Greatest Living Explorer' Has A Warning For Donald Trump On Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes - one of a handful of people to witness the devastating effects of climate change firsthand - has warned Donald Trump ab...

How Climate Change Is Deepening The Humanitarian Disaster In East Africa

Tracy Carty | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
Tracy Carty

Photo credit: Tina Hillier/Oxfam While some still deny the severity of climate change and question the need to combat it, others are struggling for t...

If India Goes Ahead With Current Power Plans, Global Climate Goals Will Be Unachievable

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Tech

India is in a position to “single-handedly jeopardise” internationally agreed-upon climate commitments if proposed power grid plans go ahead, acco...

British And American Climate Researchers March Together

Bob Ward | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Bob Ward

On Saturday I tried to highlight these threats again and to show American climate scientists that their counterparts in the UK and around the world are shoulder to shoulder with them as they stand up for their profession.

Earth Day 2017: How To Get Involved In UK Events

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Tech

On Saturday 22 April, millions will join forces to celebrate the natural world. Last year, Earth Day marked the signing of the Paris Agreement, an act...

Will The March For Science Increase Public Support For Science?

Chris Shaw | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Tech
Chris Shaw

I use the word risk because our experience, from years of work combining academic research with real world practice in public engagement, tells us that the march, if it is only associated with environmental science and climate change, could end up entrenching the political polarization around climate science

Climate Change Is Going To Massively Increase Severe Turbulence On Flights

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Tech

Turbulence strong enough to throw unbuckled passengers around a cabin could become twice or even three times more likely as a result of climate change...

The March Of Renewable Energy Is Unstoppable Even By President Trump

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Adnan Al-Daini

President Trump's energy policy is doomed to failure as it comes into collision with economic reality. The advance of renewable energy sources is now unstoppable. So here is my prediction: the keystone pipeline will not get built and new coal mines will not be opened in the US or anywhere else in the world.

This Forest Is Being Pumped Full Of Carbon Dioxide To Mimic The Future Of Global Warming

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Tech

Deep in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside, scientists have constructed an elaborate laboratory to mimic the future of global warming. Huge ma...

Where The Wild Things Will Be Next

Dr Nathalie Pettorelli | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli

If I was to mention "climate change" and "biodiversity", what picture appears first in your mind? Emaciated polar bears on shrinking ice floes? Bleach...

Trump's Assault On Climate Change Is Capitalism At Its Worst: Civil Society Must Resist

Ewan Somerville | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

The beast of capitalism has slid under most noses for too long, but now it is exhibited within the White House for all to see. Trump and his team are not 'maniacs', the world has not 'gone mad'. No these people know exactly what they are doing, and they love such escapist labels. It is precisely us, civil society, that must stop them in their tracks with this loud and clear message: you may have ruled the world until now, but no longer.

How Climate Change Threatens Progress To Reach Everyone, Everywhere With Water

Barbara Frost | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Barbara Frost

A woman and her child on their way to collect clean water in the village of Nerculo, Niassa, Mozambique. WaterAid/ Panos/ Adam Patterson World Water ...

Researches Climate Change, Funds Climate Change: Why Fossil Free UCL Will Escalate

Olivia Goldin | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics
Olivia Goldin

As a society, we must push all energy companies to become accountable green investors and contribute meaningfully to the global shift away from fossil fuels. Until they do so, we will continue to intensify pressure on our institutions to reject an industry that compromises all of our futures in the name of profit - and, ultimately, remove its social license to operate.

What Next For Carney's Climate Task Force?

Sam Maule | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Sam Maule

As things stand then, under the Task Force's framework companies are unlikely to measure the risks of climate policy failure or rapid climate policy 'success'. That doesn't bode well for their management.

Don't Believe The Hype Around Fake News

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK
Neil Durkin

In DeLillo's White Noise the narrator Gladney spends a lot of time with his academic colleague, Murray Jay Siskind, a cynical New Yorker with a penchant for constant theorising. Gladney, half-appalled, sums up his colleague's acidic take on the world: "Murray says we are fragile creatures surrounded by a world of hostile facts. Facts threaten our happiness and security."

Can Tech Combat The Climate Crisis?

Andrew Moore | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Tech
Andrew Moore

Unbelievably, there are those who still insist on denying the existence of the world's environmental crisis, and worryingly, some of these are in pivotal positions when it comes to what happens in the next 10 years. This by the way is the period in which many experts believe we still have a chance to mitigate the rise in global temperatures.

Can Renewables Provide Power 24/7? Removing The Final Obstacle To Large-Scale Deployment Of Renewable Energy

Dr Eddie O'Connor | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Tech
Dr Eddie O'Connor

For a long time, the rap against renewable technologies was that they simply weren't reliable - that they destabilised existing electricity grids and that they didn't deliver "firm" (that is, uninterrupted) power. That's changing.

Chocolate Giants In New Bid To Save The Rainforests

Tony Juniper | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Tony Juniper

Perhaps as a result of these efforts the warm feelings engendered by the world's ultimate comfort food could be all the more pleasant, if companies can indeed successfully build forest protection and restoration into how they procure their most vital and amazing ingredient.

Why Women Will Save The World

Angela Terry | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Angela Terry

all women everywhere I have a little daughter who always counts the number of girl superheros on telly. Unfortunately, female action heros are still outnumbered in children's cartoons however in real life this is happily not the case.