From Paris to the Peanut Crop - Why the Climate Deal Must Not Forsake the World's Poorest

Barbara Frost | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

The future of the UN's new Global Goals and the promises to end extreme poverty, the health and well-being of those who are most vulnerable, and even the fate of peanut crops like Diallo's are all at stake as these world leaders return home to consider the promises made. What is needed next is action to ensure finance for adaptation goes where it's most needed, and that the poorest and most vulnerable are given priority.

Climate Change: Merci M. Fabius

Alistair Burnett | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

French may no longer be the language of international diplomacy, but French diplomats have not lost their touch.

The Five Key Takeaways From the Paris Climate Change Agreement

Martin Koehring | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Martin Koehring

The Paris Climate Change Conference (also known as COP21) is a political milestone in the global fight against climate change. All 195 participating countries agreed to the resulting Paris Agreement. I will examine the key lessons from the negotiations in five categories that matter the most: diplomacy, politics, law, business and economics.

Out of Nothing, from a Frozen Land: Santa Claus and the Disaster of Unlimited Consumption

Kester Brewin | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK
Kester Brewin

This is the better meaning of Christmas: not that we receive from a supply that will never end, but that, in the dead of night, in acknowledgement of the limited resources that this world has, we recognise our common worth and equality and share what we have with those who have less.

Do Public Demonstrations Need to Be More Inclusive?

Matt Hawkins | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

As I write this, thousands are gathering in Paris to urge world leaders to make a binding commitment to tackle climate change. I have to admit - I feel guilty for not being amongst them, for not doing my bit to swell the ranks and help in raising awareness of a cause that has such global significance.

My Solo Adventure in Paris After the Terror Attacks, and How Locals Can Help Travellers Explore Safely

Laura Zito | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Zito

After a fun-filled, if exhausting, first day the nine of us regrouped at a gorgeous Parisian Airbnb apartment located a stone's throw from the Bastille, just six stops on the metro from Gare du Nord train station.

'Unprecedented' Climate Deal Would Limit Warming To Well Below 2C

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 12.12.2015 | UK

A new legally binding climate deal would limit global warming to well below 2C if adopted, it has been announced. France's Foreign Minister Laurent...

Why Europe Needs Paris More Than Most

Baroness Bryony Worthington | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Bryony Worthington

On Saturday, when the final agreement emerges, the EU more than any other economic block will need to see a clear and unambiguous signal that the world is serious about tackling this issue and that the momentum for change is now unstoppable.

Adapting to Climate Change - How Bangladesh Is Fighting Back

Mike Noyes | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Mike Noyes

Rising sea levels, erratic rainfall and strong storms are leading to widespread flooding, destruction of food supplies and the loss of lives. The people who are the least to blame for climate change are the worst affected by its ravages...

Paris to Finalise New Global Sustainability Framework for Billions

Lord Prescott | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Lord Prescott

A Paris deal would be the final piece in the post-2015 global sustainability framework jigsaw. Such an agreement would also bolster the prospects of a carbon system emerging, from Asia-Pacific to the Americas, with potential to become a game-changing development in the fight against global warming.

COP21 and The Corporate Coup

James Crawley | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
James Crawley

What we are experiencing in Paris amounts to a corporate coup aimed at preventing progress and effective solutions to our climate crisis. Now more than ever we need to advocate for system change rather than climate change, with climate activists planning creative ways to inform the public not only of the false solutions on offer, but the real solutions that will lead to positive change in our world.

Life After Paris, Syria, Turkey and After So Many Other Innocent Lives Lost...

Sacha Knop | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Sacha Knop

Fear: it spreads invisibly and silently. Being at a concert recently, it became really clear how Paris has affected us all, even when we think it hasn't. The first thing we noticed was that it took incredibly long to get into the venue. Why? The security check was understandably tight.

A Deal in Paris Won't Help Girl X, Yet

Paul Reza Afshar | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Paul Reza Afshar

Carbon-sink building materials, bike helmets which ionise particulate matter, monitoring PM2.5 levels at building sites and major traffic junctions. All seeming technologies of the future but all offering potential solutions to London's worsening air problem. It's time we have that conversation, before it's too late.

I Support Air Strikes and I Don't Know Why

Georgina Edwards | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgina Edwards

Our country's history plainly shows that the long term consequences of doing nothing in the face of fascism are far more significant than the short term comforts of retreating into isolation. So while air strikes may seem like an overly expensive, dangerous and risky gesture of solidarity for France and the other innocents who have died at the hands of ISIS, as I've attempted to show, there is no real alternative...

Standing on the Shoulders of 18-year-olds

Rachel Lees | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Rachel Lees

With COP21 in full swing, COY acted as a charged and poignant prelude. For starters climate change will affect this generation more than any other. Secondly, it's on these teenage shoulders that our future rests...

Have We Grown Numb?

Jasmine Luby Barrow | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jasmine Luby Barrow

Imminent threats of terrorism are currently at the heart of concern in both the western and third world. In Britain, we are still mourning the loss of innocent lives, close to home in Paris.

An Update From COP 21, Wednesday 2nd December

George Ferguson | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
George Ferguson

Bristol - in its usual pioneering spirit - is a founder member of the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities, a great global project which funds a full time Chief Resilience Officer for the city and supports our resilience planning with consultancy advice and the powerful shared resource that 100 very different cities brings.

A New Climate Deal?

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

It feels like the dust has only just settled on September's UN General Assembly and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Here we are though in the midst of the UNFCCC's annual climate circus, its' Conference of the Parties (COP).

How Relevant Is Food Waste in the Climate Change Debate?

Jenny Dawson | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Dawson

As many leaders from around the world meet in Paris to discuss world climate change this week, will food waste get onto the agenda or will it remain the 'big elephant in the room' as usual?!

An Update From COP 21, Tuesday 1st December

George Ferguson | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
George Ferguson

Since arriving on Monday it has been exciting and informative to meet with delegates from across the world who are promoting the importance of this ge...

Stirring Up Islamophobia To Sell Newspapers Is a Disgrace

Bob Morgan | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Bob Morgan

After the disgraceful and misleading story in the Sun newspaper - alleging that one in five UK Muslims had sympathy for Jihadi fighters - it seems imp...

'Have We Learned Nothing?' - Why I Am Against UK Military Action In Syria

Shahrar Ali | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Shahrar Ali

On 26 November 2015, in his address to the Commons, Cameron said he would not seek a vote on military action in Syria unless he thought he could win. ...

Where There's a Will There's a Way

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

Imagine you needed to solve the greatest problem facing humanity; a problem that was universally acknowledged and whose solution was an urgent necessity. Most of us would do anything to save a person we love. Surely we would also spend any amount of money, mortgage our futures even, to save the planet, our life-support system, from catastrophic climate change? But with such commitment and devotion comes vulnerability. This is particularly so when it comes to the issue of climate finance.

Paris Attacks Memorial Candles Hurled At Police As Climate Protest Turns Violent

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 29.11.2015 | UK

Over 200 people have been arrested in Paris after a climate change protest at the memorial site for the victims of the city's terrorist attacks turned...

Syria: Why I Am a Reluctant Bomber

Robin Lustig | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

In the interests of taste and decency, let us look away from the gruesome spectacle of the civil war that has engulfed the Labour party and concentrate instead on the far more serious conflict in Syria. So here are some questions that you might like to ask yourself (with my answers) before you decide whether you agree with David Cameron that the UK should now join the international military action against IS in Syria.