5 Things The UK Must Do To Prepare For The Next Heatwave

5 Things The UK Must Do To Prepare For The Next Heatwave

The 2018 summer heatwave in the UK broke records – and it won’t be the last spell of such severe heat. In fact, climate change means that hot summers which would once occur twice a century may soon occur twice a decade.

The Stormy Outlook For Insurance-linked Securities

The Stormy Outlook For Insurance-linked Securities

The world has witnessed a shocking series of disastrous events in 2017. Devastating hurricanes and Mexico’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake were just some of the catastrophes to captivate our collective attention.

Why Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer To The Climate Crisis

Why Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer To The Climate Crisis

In November 2018, the Woolsey Fire scorched nearly 100,000 acres of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, destroying forests, fields and more than 1,500 structures, and forcing the evacuation of nearly 300,000 people over 14 days.

Misreading The Story Of Climate Change And The Maya

Misreading The Story Of Climate Change And The Maya

Carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere have reached 415 parts per million – a level that last occurred more than three million years ago, long before the evolution of humans.

Why Climate Change Is Worsening Public Health Problems

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Around the world, the health care debate often revolves around access. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, recently announced: “All roads lead to universal health coverage.”

How Can Trees Really Cool Our Cities Down?

How Can Trees Really Cool Our Cities Down?

In cities around the world, trees are often planted to help control temperatures and mitigate the effects of the “urban heat island”. But while trees have been called “nature’s air conditioners”, in practice, scientists often have difficulty demonstrating their cooling properties.

The Carbon Tax That Would Leave Households Better Off

The Carbon Tax That Would Leave Households Better Off

Today, as part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality, we release a study entitled A Climate Dividend for Australians that offers a practical solution to the twin problems of climate change and energy affordability.

How To Pay For A Green New Deal

How To Pay For A Green New Deal

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey are calling for a “Green New Deal” that would involve massive government spending to shift the U.S. economy away from its reliance on carbon.

Why the ocean you know and love won’t exist in 50 years

Coral reefs may not be able to survive another human decade because of the environmental stress we have placed on them, says author David Wallace-Wells. He posits that without meaningful changes to

The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet

The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet

The ideas behind regenerative farming are simple and ancient. The way to stop climate change might be buried in 300 square feet of earth in the Venice neighborhood of Los ­Angeles, amid kale and potatoes.

How Frigid Polar Vortex Blasts Are Connected To Global Warming

How Frigid Polar Vortex Blasts Are Connected To Global Warming
A record-breaking cold wave is sending literal shivers down the spines of millions of Americans. Temperatures across the upper Midwest are forecast to fall an astonishing 50 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) below normal this week – as low as 35 degrees below zero.

Why Are Sea Levels Rising So Unevenly?

Why Are Sea Levels Rising So Unevenly?
Scientists say the answer is in the ice. Scientists know that sea levels have risen more in some places during the past century than in others.

How Carbon Taxes Can Work

How Carbon Taxes Can WorkA carbon tax makes fossil fuels like oil and coal more expensive. That, in turn, leads consumers and industries to use less of them.

How The World Is Progressing On Clean Energy

progree towards clean energy 1 4Rapid progress towards clean energy is needed to meet the global ambition to limit warming to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial temperatures.

How Cheap Oil Is Blocking Progress On Climate Change

How Cheap Oil Is Blocking Progress On Climate ChangeThe relationship between supply and demand, a fundamental economic concept, holds that when the price of something rises, people use less of it. Similarly, when prices fall, they use more.

Why It’s Going To Get Hot And Dry All Over At The Same Time

Why It’s Going To Get Hot And Dry All Over At The Same TimeThe kind of hot, dry conditions that can shrink crop yields, destabilize food prices, and lay the groundwork for devastating wildfires are increasingly striking multiple regions simultaneously as a result of a warming climate, according to a new study.

Why the Migrant Caravan Story Is a Climate Change Story

Why the Migrant Caravan Story Is a Climate Change StoryDrought, crop failure, storms, and land disputes pit the rich against the poor, and Central America is ground zero for climate change. Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador lie in the trajectory of the so-called “dry corridor” of Central America that stretches from Southern Mexico to Panama. This epithet is a recently adopted description of the region, to describe the droughts that have risen in intensity and frequency over the last 10 years.

The Surprising Way Plastics Could Actually Help Fight Climate Change

The Surprising Way Plastics Could Actually Help Fight Climate ChangeWhat do your car, phone, soda bottle and shoes have in common? They’re all largely made from petroleum. This nonrenewable resource gets processed into a versatile set of chemicals called polymers – or more commonly, plastics. Over 5 billion gallons of oil each year are converted into plastics alone.

How We Can Eat Our Fish And Fight Climate Change Too

How We Can Eat Our Fish And Fight Climate Change Too

Kwan Phayao, a large, crescent moon of a lake in Northern Thailand, is home to about 50 fish species, several hundred small-scale farmers and fishers, and the city of Phayao, where 18,000 people live.

What Would A Fair Energy Transition Look Like?

fair energy transition 11 27Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced last week that a federal Labor government would create a Just Transition Authority to overseee Australia’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

How Do We Know There Is A Link Between Climate Change and Wildfires?

How We Know There Is A Link Between Climate Change and Wildfires
Once again, the summer and fall of 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere has brought us an epidemic of major wildfires. These burn forests, houses and other structures, displace thousands of people and animals, and cause major disruptions in people’s lives.

From German Trains To South Korean Buses, Hydrogen Fuel Is Back In The Energy Picture

From German Trains To South Korean Buses, Hydrogen Fuel Is Back In The Energy Picture
As the price of renewable energy drops and storage technologies mature, hydrogen fuel is drawing fresh attention. Perhaps, finally, hydrogen’s moment has arrived. Japan is planning to use the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to showcase its vision for a hydrogen society and has invested US$348 million in establishing hydrogen refueling stations and other infrastructure. Germany has launched the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains...

Are We Are Heading For A New Cretaceous Period, Not For A New Normal

Are We Are Heading For A New Cretaceous Period, Not For A New Normal
A lazy buzz phrase – ‘Is this the new normal?’ – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it’s worse than that – we’re on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.

Cows Exude Lots Of Methane, But Will Taxing Beef Cut Emissions?

Cows Exude Lots Of Methane, But Will Taxing Beef Cut Emissions?
Will taxing meat products based on their carbon footprint reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve public health? The answer is maybe, but not notably — and it will come with significant costs.

How A Game Can Move People From Climate Apathy To Action

How A Game Can Move People From Climate Apathy To Action
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been called a “deafening” alarm and an “ear-splitting wake-up call” about the need for sweeping climate action. But will one more scientific report move countries to dramatically cut emissions?

The Un-united States Of America Part 2: The Storm Before The Storm

The Un-united States Of America Part 2: The Storm Before The Storm

I was recently sent a slick piece of fossil-fuel-propaganda that was mostly full of half-truths to tell a lie. If nothing else, it does make one listen to arguments on possible needed limits to free speech. However, limiting access for venues of speech is a slippery slope, but so is damaging the public with untruths. Is it OK to tell lies for financial gain that harms the public?

How Climate Change Could Cause A Global Beer Shortage

How Climate Change Could Cause A Global Beer Shortage

The price of beer could double under unchecked climate change, as droughts and extreme temperatures cause barley yields to drop. That’s one conclusion of research we recently published in Nature Plants.

Cultural Heritage Has A Lot To Teach Us About Climate Change

Cultural Heritage Has A Lot To Teach Us About Climate Change
Museums, archaeological sites and historical buildings are rarely included in conversations about climate change, which tend to focus on the wider impact and global threats to our contemporary world. Yet these threats impact everything, from local cultural practices to iconic sites of outstanding universal value. In light of this, it’s worth exploring the relationship between our heritage and the changing global climate in more detail.

Your Guide To Cyclone Science

Your Guide To Cyclone Science
Cyclone Winston struck Fiji on February 20, 2016, leaving a trail of destruction. Winston was a Category 5 cyclone (the strongest rating) with reported wind speeds of almost 300 km per hour. This made it among the strongest cyclones ever to make landfall globally, and the and the strongest recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.

Global Warming Varies Greatly Depending Where You Live

Global Warming Varies Greatly Depending Where You Live
As part of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the international community committed in 2015 to limit rising global temperatures to “well below” 2C by the end of the 21st century and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5C”.

Climate Change Concerns Unite Generations X And Y

Climate Change Concerns Unite Generations X And Y
Two generations of Australians, Generations X and Y, say climate change is their number one cause for concern, according to a new report. Contrary to stereotypes of young generations being narcissistic or complacent, researchers say both groups are united in concerns about the future of the environment.

Rogue Hurricanes That Head Northwards May Be New Normal

Rogue Hurricanes That Head Northwards May Be New NormalShortly after Hurricane Helene formed off the coast of West Africa on September 7, it did something unusual. Instead of following most hurricanes westward across the Atlantic, Helene turned north towards the UK and Ireland. Now downgraded to an “ex-hurricane”, Storm Helene is nonetheless expected to bring strong winds across much of England and Wales when it hits on September 17.

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