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Climate change could tarnish the flavour of cava, study suggests

Daisy Dunne

23rd August, 2017

The devastating impacts of climate change can sometimes be to terrible to contemplate. The fact that cava, the popular alternative to Champagne, may be under threat should be sobering enough for dinner table discussions. DAISY DUNNE reports more...

How to win the climate wars – talk about local ‘pollution’ not global warming

Tae Hoon Kim

23rd August, 2017

Donald Trump has walked away from the Paris Agreement and environmentalists are having to deal with a climate denier occupying the White House. The best way to reach out to Trump supporters may be to warn against local pollution rather than talk about icebergs or atmospheric science, argues energy politics expert TAE HOON KIM more...

Ecologist Special Report: The Al Hima Revival

Curtis Abraham

22nd August, 2017

Throughout history, Islam has contributed innovative ideas that have helped advance world civilization. The al Hima initiative in Jordan is one such example. This ancient practice is currently being revived as a land management (natural resource management) strategy in pastoralist areas of the Middle East and North Africa and is being seen as a bulwark against climate change, desertification and drought. CURTIS ABRAHAM reports more...

Dealing with climate migration: 'what matters are our actions'

Arthur Wyns

21st August, 2017

Human induced climate change will have many effects on people’s homes, livelihoods and current way of living. But what happens with the millions that will be displaced? ARTHUR WYNS takes a look at Bangladesh, a low-lying country of delta’s marshes and Sundarbans that is at the forefront of dealing with climate migration. more...

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Saudi Crown Prince about to learn the price of global climate change mitigation

Brendan Montague

21st August, 2017

The sale of a slice of Saudi Aramco will be the biggest initial public offering (IPO) in human history. The Crown Prince believes his company is worth a total of $2 trillion. But investors must consider current low oil prices and climate mitigation policies when assessing value. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports more...

Waste not want not - an old motto for an era of mass production

Ilana Taub

18th August, 2017

A third of food produced globally is wasted - with over 2 million tonnes of fresh fruit and veg each year never reaching a shop shelf in the UK. This level of waste is staggering, especially when we consider all the energy and resources that went into producing the food in the first place. ILANA TAUB is on a mission... more...

How climate change is already disrupting lives in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Robyn Wilson

18th August, 2017

Climate change its causing flooding and droughts that damage agricultural land in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The "rice bowl" of Asia produces 57 percent of rice production for the country - including 80 percent of its exports. ROBYN WILSON met the farmers facing ruin. more...

Scientists find endangered Dartmoor Hill Ponies have rare genetic signature

Gilly Smith

17th August, 2017

Semi-wild 'Dartmoor Hillies' have a unique genetic signature which allows it to survive in challenging habitats. But the ponies are now under threat due to their human neighbours, reports GILLY SMITH more...

Geology in Britain cannot support fracking for oil and gas, expert claims

Brendan Montague

17th August, 2017

We’re 55 million years too late for hydraulic fracturing to work in the UK, claims Professor John Underhill, the chief scientist at Heriot-Watt University. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports more...

Donald Trump ends IPCC funding and 'abandons global science leadership'

Brenda Ekwurzel

17th August, 2017

The US has ended its funding to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change despite the serious national security implications for the country, argues BRENDA EKWURZEL more...

Biodiversity spending slashed by government as crisis grows

Tim Holms

16th August, 2017

Austerity is leading to serious cuts to Britain's investment in its natural environment at the same time biodiversity is under serious threat, reports TIM HOLMES more...

Does the Impossible Burger feed our desire to avoid necessary choices?

Pat Thomas

15th August, 2017

The development of meat-like foods is introducing GM and novel technology into our diets. This presents new risks to our health, but also to the complex development of behaviour to prevent environmental destruction, argues PAT THOMAS more...

'Flexitarians' join vegans in stampede for meat free restaurant treats

Catherine Early

15th August, 2017

There has been a huge rise in demand for vegan and vegetarian meals at cafes and restaurants across Britain - often from meat eaters. CATHERINE EARLY reports more...

The hidden environmental impacts of ‘platform capitalism’

Jamie Woodcock

14th August, 2017

The rise of platform capitalism - Uber, Deliveroo, Facebook - has witnessed billion dollar companies evade workers rights and regulation. This does not bode well for environmental regulations, argues JAMIE WOODCOCK more...

Lawson's climate denial met with 'rapid, referenced and robust' debunking

Brendan Montague

14th August, 2017

Lord Lawson was invited onto the BBC Radio 4 Today programme to debate the risk of climate change. Scientists, former BBC journalists and politicians have all questioned the wisdom of this decision. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports more...

Does Game of Thrones contain a Stark warning about global warming?

Joe Ware

13 August, 2017

Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen debate the threat posed by the dead White Walkers from North of the Wall. Is this escapism, or is it an allegory for climate change, asks JOE WARE more...

A hard deadline: we must stop building new carbon infrastructure by 2018

Stephen Leahy

10th August, 2017

There will be enough fossil fuel-burning stuff - cars, homes, factories, power plants - built by next year to blow through our carbon budget for a 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise. Never mind staying below a safer, saner 1.5 degrees of global warming, warns STEPHEN LEAHY more...

Former bosses tell Britain’s biggest energy firms to end fossil fuel dependency

Brendan Montague

9th August, 2017

Forum for the Future, an international sustainability non-profit, has published a report in which former energy bosses, ministers and civil servants advise the Big Six energy companies to back renewables, reports BRENDAN MONTAGUE more...

How borrowing could become the new buying - and help save the planet

Catherine Early

8th August, 2017

What do steam cleaners, camping gear and ukuleles have in common? They are among the most popular items on loan at the Library of Things, a space where people can loan products rather than buy them, only to leave them on a shelf gathering dust after one or two uses, reports CATHERINE EARLY more...

Indian authorities accused of 'drowning the homes of 40,000 families'

Nick Meynen

8th August, 2017

The Sardar Sarovar Dam in India is already one of the world’s most controversial. With last month’s decision to forcibly displace another 40,000 families without proper relocation and compensation, Indian authorities seem eager to make it the worst dam ever. But an increasingly publicised hunger strike is putting pressure on India's prime minister, reports NICK MEYNEN more...

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