UK Climate

Will the World Humanitarian Summit Deliver?

Aaron Oxley | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Aaron Oxley

Leaders meeting at the World Humanitarian Summit could transform the way we respond to the increasingly severe disasters caused by climate change. Her...

April Broke A Global Temperature Record, But Then So Did The Previous Six Months

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Tech

NASA announced some rather worrying climate news over the weekend. Last month was officially the hottest April ever recorded, smashing previous target...

Hunger Hurts: Extreme Weather is Killing Crops and Causing Hunger

Mike Noyes | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK
Mike Noyes

El Nino has caused the lowest recorded rainfall across parts of Southern Africa in decades. Crops and livestock are dying as drought takes hold. El Nino has already made more than 34 million people hungry in Eastern and Southern Africa. That number is set to double in the next 12 months.

Let's Make History on April 22

Samantha J Smith | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Samantha J Smith

Remember this number: 1.5 degrees. That's the upper limit for global warming that our governments will try to stay under, as agreed at the global climate negotiations in Paris last year. Everything all of us do from this point on will be measured against it.

Why Our Science Institutions Fail Us: The Case Of Boaty McBoatface

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Tech
Adrienne Macartney

A new type of science communication is desperately needed. Perhaps it will only happen when academia and science institutions genuinely smash the walls of their ivory towers and become open to people from more diverse walks of life.

Taklub or Leave It: What We're Missing in Depicting Climate Change on Film

Bethan Forrest | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bethan Forrest

Taklub, the winner of the 2015 Cli-Fi Award for Best Film (titled the Cliffies) is a devastatingly human and raw exploration of the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda) which hit South-East Asia, causing particular destruction in the Philippines in 2013. The film is an intimate affair which focuses on how one family piece their lives back together.

Hope in the Heat: Millennials Weigh in on COP-21

Adele Barlow | Posted 09.12.2015 | UK
Adele Barlow

A friend attending COP-21 made the mammoth conference sound like a glorified science fair. "Each country has a pavilion showing what it does in terms of climate change," he described, adding that "the fact that it just looks like another trade show" didn't sit well in his psyche.

How Not Cutting Trees Has Become One of the World's Most Successful Climate Efforts

Samantha J Smith | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Samantha J Smith

We are only a few weeks away from the COP21 climate summit in Paris. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 11 per cent of global carbon emissions come from deforestation. That is about the same amount as the emissions from all the world's cars. Efforts to stop deforestation are more important than ever.

David Cameron Has to Catch Up With Germany and France on Climate Change

Andreas Sieber | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Andreas Sieber

It is only 50 days until what might be the most important climate conference, the COP 21 in Paris. This week in Bonn diplomats from all over the world...

The Green Climate Fund - a Win-Win Opportunity for both Environment and Business

One Young World | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

The world clearly needs to address climate change and the set-up of the GCF seems like a win-win situation for every stakeholder involved. Therefore, insurance companies and financial institutions should engage at a larger scale to take on more responsibility and play a greater part to combat climate change.

How a Climate Treaty Can Solve Future Refugee Crisis

Andreas Sieber | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Andreas Sieber

This might appear odd to some. But as long as political leaders are not willing to take refugees a humanitarian refugee policy needs incentives. There are less than 100 days left until the climate conference in Paris. Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel has taken several steps to push a climate treaty. David Cameroon should use the remaining time to do the same.

Climate Change on the Frontline With Isis

Hannah Griffiths | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Hannah Griffiths

The world faces numerous problems but climate change is unmatched in its scope and how indiscriminately it affects people regardless of faith, creed or colour. If even those living on the edge of war in the Middle East can see the need for serious action then maybe it's time for us to use our voice and help them.

There's Still Every Reason for Osborne to Be a Green Ally

David Nussbaum | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
David Nussbaum

This Budget may be likely to reduce the growth in the size of the state. But the Government will still wield huge power to create the conditions in which clean, green enterprise can flourish.

Pope's Climate Message Will Ring Out Far Beyond the Church

Liz Hutchins | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Liz Hutchins

Neither Friends of the Earth nor Pope Francis are anti-business. Laudato si isn't calling for an end to capitalism; for everything to re-nationalised. But, as the encyclical says 'The environment is one of those goods that cannot be adequately safeguarded or promoted by market forces.' Amen to that and ditto in the case of inequality.

Speak Up About Climate Change for the Sake of Those You Love

Sophie Dodgeon | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Sophie Dodgeon

When it comes to climate change, the talk is often about the impact on future generations. The implication is that consequences are still some way off in the future and, despite the scary headlines, we don't need to worry too much about them now. But for those of us who are deeply concerned about the effect carbon emissions are having on people and planet, this isn't helpful.

It's Time to End Rich Countries' Massive Support for Coal Abroad

Samantha J Smith | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Samantha J Smith

In the next two weeks, leaders of developed countries can show they are serious about climate by ending their financing for coal mines and power plants abroad. Will they do it?

Tackling Climate Change Does More Than Tackle Climate Change

Joe Ware | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Joe Ware

One of the rocks that climate change sceptics like to throw at those advocating action to tackle climate change is that it's all very well for the rich developed world to reduce its carbon footprint but it's immoral to ask the world's poor to give up cheap energy such as coal. Yes, climate change may be happening, they say, but it's unfair to pull up the fossil fuel ladder from developing countries.

Reviving the role of Japan in Africa's Development

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

While TICAD presents Africa with a powerful instrumental instrument for mobilizing the Means of Implementing the Sustainable development goals, those of us in Africa with an interest in this cannot afford to sit back and wait for the agenda to be agreed.

"It's the Environment, Stupid"

Nick Molho | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Molho

Any Government interested in the long-term resilience and success of its national economy should recognise this and incorporate ambitious environmental policies as part of its economic plan.

Action on the Environment Is Too Important to Be Used as a Political Football

Nick Molho | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Nick Molho

Once the Autumn Statement is out later this week, the momentum towards the upcoming General Election in the UK will be gathering pace. So far, the political and media discourse around the election has been marked by a certain amount of uncertainty and negativity about the future social and economic situation in the UK...

Rwanda Starts Its Engine of Green Growth

Dr Rose Mukankomeje | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK
Dr Rose Mukankomeje

On Thursday, Rwanda's Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi, launched the Fund for the Environment and Climate Change, modelled on a 'green bank' concept and designed to invest in projects that promote sustainability and tackle climate change. The fund is the first of its kind in Rwanda and the biggest in Africa and comes just weeks after the UN Climate Summit in New York...

The Climate Has Changed: How Business is Turning Risk into Opportunity

Sandrine Dixson-Declève | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Today marks a significant moment for society at large. The message from more and more companies, citizens and governments is clear: building a low carbon economy globally, nationally and locally can make us more prosperous.

Why Girls Need Sunshine: Three Reasons Why World Leaders Gathering in New York Next Week Must Take Real Action on Climate Change

Samantha J Smith | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

Sometimes you come across incredible ways to take action on climate change. Ways that not only lower harmful emissions but that also improve lives.

No Country Successfully Reducing Obesity

Peter Byass | Posted 26.07.2014 | 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.