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No Country Successfully Reducing Obesity

Peter Byass | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Byass

Perhaps this headline is obvious to any of us who are out and about in today's world - the one population health index that we can all observe is the apparently ever growing epidemic of people who are a little heavier than they might be - and in some cases very much heavier.

What Has Happened to Michael Gove?

James Snell | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The worst thing about it is that Michael Gove has the potential to be a truly excellent minister. He is an intelligent man, who genuinely cares about his department and education in general. I can see no reason to indicate that he is motivated by anything other than the best of intentions.

Oh No! Not Climate Change Again!

Adrien Maseri | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adrien Maseri

Do university students actually care about climate change? And are they doing anything to stop it? Concerned by apparent contradiction in the behavior of my student colleagues, I took the initiative to address the issue and carried out research to try and understand students' reaction to the statement, "Oh No! Not Climate Change Again!".

Asia-Pacific Is Leading the World on Carbon Emissions Trading

Adam Matthews | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

This article is co-authored with Terry Townshend who is Head of Policy at GLOBE International It is not well know that Kazakhstan -- a nation whose l...

Climate Change - 'The Ultimate in Boring Conversation'?

Gregor Smith | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

German magazine Der Spiegel recently conducted an interview with Randy Olson, a renowned biology professor and producer of documentaries, primarily su...

EBRD Energy Investments Do Right By the Planet

Riccardo Puliti | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Riccardo Puliti

We have heard a lot of comment from anti-coal campaigners in the last several months, especially during the public consultation period for the new energy strategy. Their opinion is important to us, as are opinions of all stakeholders. But presenting the EBRD as the last institution that clings to coal and focuses on fossil fuels is incorrect on many levels.

Time for EBRD to Retire Old King Coal Definitely

Samantha J Smith | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

In the last few months institutions that specialise in development finance like the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the French Development Bank as well as the Export - Import bank of the United States have been lining up to announce an end to investments in coal.

Post-Warsaw, Why We Must Now Redouble Efforts to Secure a Global Climate Deal by 2015

Adam Matthews | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

Warsaw revealed some serious divisions amongst groups of countries, and the language used became ever more heated. Indeed, the negotiations may well have raised the curtain on what will be some very difficult discussions when countries come forward with their 'contributions' from the end of next year.

How the UN General Assembly Can Make Itself Relevant to the Key Challenges of the 21st Century

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Unusually, the UN General Assembly (GA) has been in media headlines in recent days. In response to recent spying allegations, German and Brazilian di...

My Top 14 Bonkers Things About the World

Marcus Chown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Marcus Chown

My latest book is about everything... from finance to thermodynamics, sex to special relativity, human evolution to holography. In researching and writing it, I began to appreciate more and more what a wonderful world we live in -one far more incredible than anything we could possibly have invented. Here are just some of the bonkers things I learnt.

Climate Science From Qualified Commentators

Asher Minns | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK
Asher Minns

This week, more than most since I woke to 'Climategate' in 2009, I've been forced to read made-up stuff in the UK press about climate change data, nonsense about climate change scientists, and twaddle about the people and process of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Education Transforms

Pauline Rose | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

People around the world know that education is the key to a better life. Voters from over 190 countries who responded to the United Nations My World survey said providing a good education for all was the best way to build a better world. There's a huge gap between that goal and reality, however: 250million children are still being denied a chance to learn the basics.

Coping with Climate Change

Andrew Matthews | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

Over the past few weeks it's been hard to swing a sunburned shoulder without hitting some sage advice on the subject of keeping cool in the 'heatwave'. Judging by the tone of rising hysteria if you're not at this very moment stuffing your fridge with pillows while running a tepid bath and eating a curry then hell mend you.

Obama Is Right - 'We Need to Act' on Climate Change

Natalie Bennett | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Not only do we have a still strong second-term US president vowing to take executive action to set limits on carbon dioxide emissions, but his strong stance is going to empower other politicians and bureaucrats around the world, from China to the EU, India to Australia, as well as here in the UK, to take up the cudgels and fight again for effective action.

A Climate Change Wake Up Call From the World Bank

Joe Ware | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Joe Ware

The World Bank should also look in the mirror and learn lessons from its own report. Currently it schizophrenically recognises the dangers of climate change while investing billions of dollars every year in coal, oil and gas projects

The Energy Bill Must Live Up to a Strong EU Ambition

Nick Molho | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Molho

Members of Parliament have an important opportunity at Report Stage of the Energy Bill to ensure the Bill provides investors with the long-term volume and financial certainty they need if the UK is going to reduce its emissions quickly and cost-effectively

Democracy in the Anthropocene? Science and Sustainable Development Goals at the UN

Melissa Leach | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Politics
Melissa Leach

Last week, I was one of 28 scientists, and a handful of social scientists, invited by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs to discuss science and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), successors to the Millennium Development Goals.

A Letter of Complaint to Our Spring Season!

Bwoywonder | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Bwoywonder

Dear Spring, I want a refund! Not only have you failed to supply the correct type of weather standard to your time of month, but you somehow gave me that of last season! Snow!

Best Time to Visit Six of the World's Best Destinations

Mark Hodson | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

Arriving at the wrong time of year is an easy mistake to make, particularly on a long-haul holiday. You could land in the middle of a tropical cyclone. You may find you've paid over the odds to travel in the peak season, when the 'off' season would have been just as good.

Time to Lead on Climate Change, Mr Cameron

Dr Keith Allott | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Keith Allott

Climate change is no longer an abstract future threat, it is on our doorstep. The alarm bells are ringing louder than ever. But the lack of response from the world's political leaders is baffling - and will certainly seem so to future generations.

The Hard Facts: Weather Kills People in Africa and Asia

Peter Byass | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK
Peter Byass

What can't be emphasised too strongly here is that these are analyses of real deaths and actual weather. They are not simulations or models - and it reflects the great strength of the INDEPTH Network that it is possible to analyse factual information in this way from parts of the world where reliable data are usually in short supply.

Do You Know Where Green Electricity Will Come From?

Intelligence Squared | Posted 01.05.2012 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

By:Professor Stuart Haszeldine If electricity had a colour then today that would be black, and so would the water circulating in our heating (or cool...

Can We Fix Climate Change Whilst Continuing to Grow?

Sam Maule | Posted 21.04.2012 | UK Politics
Sam Maule

Thomas Malthus famously argued that the human population was doomed to collapse because, as it continued to grow, food production would not be able to keep up, preventing the population's previously inexorable rise. When Malthus was writing, at the end of the 18th century, the world's population was around 1 billion. It is now roughly 7 billion.

Michael Rundle

UK Climate Change Report 'Masks Depth Of Global Impact'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK

Climate change is set to change almost every aspect of life in the UK, according to a landmark government report - but as environmental activists poin...

Extraordinary 'Wave Clouds' Seen Over Birmingham, Alabama (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alastair Plumb | Posted 21.12.2011 | UK Comedy

Bring up cloud formations at a party, and chances are you'll be left well alone for the rest of the evening. But when it comes to "wave clouds" - ...