Australia doesn’t currently export renewable energy. But an ambitious new solar project is poised to change that. The proposed Sun Cable project envisions a ten gigawatt capacity solar farm...
With a recession looming, it’s time to come up with a good recovery plan. There is no point in simply reinventing an outdated economic model, and recent research by economists and health experts has underlined how instead a “green recovery” could benefit not just the climate but also human health and prosperity.
The idea of a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is gaining traction around the world. The UK recently pledged to invest £350 million to cut emissions from heavy industry.
The onus to live sustainably has never been greater. It drives everyday actions from making sure we recycle our rubbish to carrying reusable cups and bottles with us wherever we go.
Social Distancing Is Making Public Transport Worse For The Environment Than Cars – Here's How To Fix It
During lockdown, travel restrictions caused car and public transport use to plummet across the UK. On April 12 2020, the number of daily trips by car fell to 22%, compared to a typical day the year before. Public transport use dropped too.
Why has Earth’s climate remained so stable over geological time? The answer just might rock you.
Even before the pandemic, the proportion of people working from home was slowly but steadily increasing. But COVID-19 has put the practice into hyper-drive.
If the world is to transition to a climate-compatible future, much will turn on new innovations in clean energy and whether they can be deployed at a large scale.
For the last few decades, the consensus among leading economists has been that putting a price on carbon is the most efficient way to reduce emissions.
All over the world, architects and engineers are crafting cutting-edge skyscrapers from one of the most renewable and sustainable materials available to humanity — wood.
Forests are thought to be crucial in the fight against climate change – and with good reason. We’ve known for a long time that the extra CO₂ humans are putting in the atmosphere makes ...
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says negative emissions technologies will be needed to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to well below 2℃. In other words, just cutting emissions is not enough – we must also take existing greenhouse gases from the air.
Seven millennia since its invention, leather remains one of the most durable and versatile natural materials. However, some consumers question the ethical ramifications and environmental sustainability of wearing products sourced from animals.
The demand for cheaper, greener electricity means that the energy landscape is changing faster than at any other point in history.
If you’ve driven through an area where companies extract oil and gas from shale formations, you’ve probably seen flames dancing at the tops of vertical pipes.
Since 2010, wind energy has seen sustained growth worldwide, with the amount of energy generated by offshore wind increasing by nearly 30% each year.
I would like to know how much difference we could make to our commitment under the Paris Agreement and our total greenhouse gas emissions if we removed all cows and sheep from the country and grew plants in their place
Private sector banks in the UK should have a central role in financing climate action and supporting a just transition to a low carbon economy.
Researchers are looking to kelp for help storing carbon dioxide far beneath the surface of the sea.
There is a lot of discussion on the benefits of electric cars versus fossil fuel cars in the context of lithium mining. Please can you tell me which one weighs in better on the environmental impact in terms of global warming and why?
Every car has an optimal speed range that results in minimum fuel consumption, but this range differs between vehicle types, design and age.
For airlines, the reckoning is no longer far away on the horizon. It’s now a jumbo jet meters from the runway, landing gear down.
The Australian government’s investment roadmap for low-emissions technologies promises more taxpayers’ money to the gas industry but fails to deliver the policy needed for people to support a transition to renewable energy.
If I were to buy an electric vehicle it would add to the load on the national grid. Is the only way we are currently able to add the extra power to burn more coal?
Green growth has emerged as the dominant narrative for tackling contemporary environmental problems.
The tornadoes that swept across the Southeast this spring were a warning to communities nationwide:
COVID-19 has radically changed our travel habits in just a matter of weeks. Walking and cycling are up, as people enjoy their daily exercise or take essential journeys they might otherwise have made by public transport.
The numbers of people cycling and walking in public spaces during COVID-19 has skyrocketed.
Agriculture has long been framed in the global climate action discussion as a sector whose activities conflict with meeting greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.
Politicians and business people are fond of making promises to plant thousands of trees to slow climate change. But who actually plants those trees, and who tends them as they grow?
Climate deniers have been hanging out for the United Nations’ next big summit to fail. In a sense, the coronavirus and its induced policy responses have more than satisfied their wildest dreams, precipitating a global recession that they no doubt hope has pushed the issue of the low-carbon transition well down the political and policy agenda.
‘We’re doomed’: a common refrain in casual conversation about climate change. It signals an awareness that we cannot, strictly speaking, avert climate change.
Every aspect of our lives has been affected by the coronavirus. The global economy has slowed, people have retreated to their homes and thousands have died or become seriously ill.
This isn’t a normal period of disruption, which is usually caused by failures in supply such as road accidents or industrial action. In this case it is the lack of demand that is the problem.
Science warns us that the 2020s will be humanity’s last opportunity to save itself from a climate catastrophe.
Tropical forests matter to each and every one of us. They suck colossal quantities of carbon out of the atmosphere, providing a crucial brake on the rate of climate change.
Luxembourg recently became the first country in the world to make all public transport free.
A common demand in discussions about climate change is to respect the science. This is appropriate. We should all be paying close attention to the urgent and terrifying conclusions being published by climate scientists.
As the brutal reality of climate change dawned this summer, you may have asked yourself a hard question: am I well-prepared to live in a warmer world?
If you’re a traveller who cares about reducing your carbon footprint, are some airlines better to fly with than others?
Australia’s recent bushfire crisis will be remembered for many things – not least, the tragic loss of life, property and landscape.
When we talk about innovations to deal with the climate crisis, we tend to think of new technologies developed by physical scientists.
Experienced anglers recognize that for a trout, the ultimate “steak dinner” is a stonefly or mayfly.
This erasure of one government’s climate project by its successor was only the tip of the melting iceberg.
It’s far easier to avoid burning fossil fuels than it is to clean up CO₂ emissions once they’re in the Earth’s atmosphere.
Mayors Bill de Blasio of New York and Sadiq Khan of London on Tuesday urged every major city in the world to divest from the fossil fuel industries that are wrecking the planet.
How does your food shop affect the planet? Well, think of it like this
Geothermal means, literally, “earth heat”. The temperature of the earth increases as we drill deeper towards its core.
Intensive agriculture may be nourishing most of the Earth’s inhabitants, but it’s doing the opposite to earth itself.
The most important individual climate action will depend on each person’s particular circumstances
About a quarter of all the greenhouse gas emissions that humans generate each year come from how we feed the world.
Climate fiction, climate change fiction, “cli-fi” – whatever you want to call it – has emerged as a literary trend that’s gained astonishing traction over the past ten years.
As bushfires rage and our cities lie shrouded in smoke, climate change is shaping as a likely topic of conversation at the family dinner table this Christmas.
Reforestation has enormous potential as a cheap and natural way of sucking heat-absorbing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and restoring the degraded natural world
Eighteen countries from developed economies have had declining carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels for at least a decade.
When it comes to tackling climate change the UK is still taking baby steps. A lot more needs to be done – and fast – to hit the 2050 net zero carbon emission targets, which involves offsetting any emissions by absorbing an equivalent amount from the atmosphere.
Coastal wetlands don’t cover much global area but they punch well above their carbon weight by sequestering the most atmospheric carbon dioxide of all natural ecosystems
Stabilising The Global Population Is Not A Solution To The Climate Emergency – But We Should Do It Anyway
A global coalition of 11,000 scientists has come up with a plan for dealing with the climate emergency.
It’s no secret that cutting down trees is a main driver of climate change. But a forgotten group of plants is critically important to fixing our climate — and they are being destroyed at an alarming rate.
Like many Americans, I worry about the state of the planet and try to make a positive impact through decisions in my day-to-day life.
The Energy Technologies Institute recently reported that without carbon capture and storage (CCS), the cost of reaching the UK’s climate change targets will double from around £30 billion per year in 2050. So how does it work?
A new report from the International Energy Agency released Friday claims that wind power could be a $1 trillion business by 2040 and that the power provided by the green technology has the potential to outstrip global energy needs.
In a speech to the National Press Club, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull declared that the key requirements for Australia’s electricity system are that it should be affordable, reliable, and able to help meet national emissions-reduction targets.
A walk into the future, in a British city where housing is sustainable, energy is locally owned, food is abundant, and the work week is just three days long.
Materialism may influence us to choose “green buying” rather than not buying anything at all, research finds.
Countries across the globe are trying to wind down coal production. While this will help in the battle against climate change, those communities that have specialised in coal mining may see their local job market decline or be eliminated entirely.
As the world grapples with climate change, we urgently need to find ways of reducing our CO₂ emissions. Sectors which rely heavily on fossil fuels, such as energy and aviation, are commonly held to be the worst offenders.
A closer look at one of the most familiar responses offered to the climate crisis.
Not all carbon is created equal. Writer Jackson Carpenter argues that the power to stop climate change rests on recognizing different kinds of carbon – a shift in perspective that allows us to change
Rooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world.
The idea of a four-day working week is gaining traction. Recently, several high-profile companies have trialled reduced hours. And in the UK, the Labour Party has pledged a 32-hour four day work week within ten years should it come to power.
Cities are at the forefront fighting against climate change in a range of ways, according to a new article.
Electric cars, trains, trams and boats already exist. That logically leads to the question: why are we not seeing large electric aircraft? And will we see them any time soon?
Humanity’s existential crisis can be resolved only when we the people stand united behind a vision of the world we truly want.
Researchers working in the field of climate change communications have, for many years, been confronted with the same puzzle
Building a new world will require first reexamining—and dismantling—the cultural ethos of productivity that creeps into our lives every day.
Seaweed is a lot more than marine debris you find on the beach. It may play a big role in the effort to mitigate climate change, researchers say.
The main solution to climate change is well known – stop burning fossil fuels.
About a quarter of all the greenhouse gas emissions that humans generate each year come from how we feed the world.
The IPCC special report, Climate Change and Land, released last night, has found a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the “land”: largely farming, food production, land clearing and deforestation.
Challenge prizes – which offer a cash incentive to those working to solve a particular problem – are becoming a force for change by allowing entrepreneurs and innovators, often overlooked by existing grant and procurement systems, to develop solutions to the world’s greatest problems.
Wicked problems are issues so complex and dependent on so many factors that it is hard to grasp what exactly the problem is, or how to tackle it.
Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale is “the best climate change solution available”, according to a new study.
Shared dockless electric scooters, or e-scooters, transport riders over short distances in cities. Ride share companies promote them as an environmentally friendly choice that reduces dependence on cars.
Animal populations have declined on average by 60% since 1970, and it’s predicted that around a million species are at risk of extinction.
The Paris climate talks hoped to set out how we can reduce the amount of carbon we’re pumping into the atmosphere.
Natural climate solutions let nature do the hard work in the fight against climate change by restoring habitats such as forests and wetlands. This could absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help biodiversity thrive.
U.S. states and cities hand out tens of billions in taxpayer dollars every year to companies as economic incentives.
Greening our cities has become one of the great global imperatives of the 21st century including to tackle climate change. And Australia’s sprawling car-based cities are gradually changing to embrace green or living infrastructure.
New research offers a hard link between reforestation of marginal, degraded, or abandoned agricultural land and significant benefits in water quality.
Climate scientists insist in a recent report that fundamental changes in how energy is consumed and supplied are urgently required to avoid serious damage to life and property
A new technology produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels exclusively from sunlight and air.
As the climate crisis is increasingly felt across the globe, protesters take to the streets and politicians scrabble to respond, a crucial question is beginning to emerge.
The “tragedy of the horizons,” a term coined by Canada’s Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been haunting the financial sector ever since climate change began posing serious threats to the planet.
By end of the century, rising seas will flood more than 500 coastal cities, affecting 1.5 billion people worldwide. Some estimates predict surging sea level rise of two meters by 2100.
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.
Climate change is no longer a financial problem, just a political one. Mitigating climate change by decarbonizing our economy would add trillions of dollars in new investments
Whenever I visit the Sahara I am struck by how sunny and hot it is and how clear the sky can be.