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Scientists had thought that Arctic rivers like the Kolyma in Siberia carry dissolved carbon from melting permafrost to the oceans. They were wrong - it's all emitted to the atmosphere as CO2. Photo: Магадан via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA).

Thawing Arctic carbon threatens 'runaway' global warming

Tim Radford

14th May 2015

Arctic warming is releasing ancient organic matter that's been deep-frozen for millennia, writes Tim Radford. And now scientists have discovered its fate: within weeks it's all digested by bacteria and released to the atmosphere as CO2 - with potentially catastrophic impacts on climate. more...
The rate of growth in China's emissions from fossil fuels has been declining for a decade - but in 2014 it switched into reverse.

China's fossil fuel emissions fell 3% in 2014

Lauri Myllyvirta / Greenpeace EnergyDesk

27th February 2015

China has just recorded its first fall in emissions from burning fossil fuels in 15 years, writes Lauri Myllyvirta. The sharp decline has surprised analysts, and reflects the fast growing proportion of renewables in the country's power supply. more...
Tagebau Garzweiler strip mine, Germany. Photo: Bert Kaufmann (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Coal's dark cloud hangs over Germany's energy revolution

Henner Weithöner

22nd January 2015

Germany cut emissions and boosted renewables to record levels last year, writes Henner Weithöner. Yet the country's coal burn remains the EU's highest - and ambitious emissions targets can only be met by closing coal-burning power stations. more...
Looks like they got it right: the 2014 People's Climate March in New York City. Photo: South Bend Voice via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.

UNEP calls for world to be carbon neutral in 40 years

Helle Abelvik-Lawson / Greenpeace Energy Desk

3rd January 2014

If the world is to hit crucial climate change targets, emissions must reach 'net zero' much sooner than previously thought, by 2055-2070, writes Helle Abelvik-Lawson - and then go into reverse as we pull CO2 out of the atmosphere. more...
350.org

TAKE ACTION to help end government subsidies for dirty energy

Grace Philip

25th May, 2012

Global grassroots movement, 350.org is gathering support to persuade world leaders to stop subsidising fossil fuels at the Rio Earth Summit more...
cut flowers

How to… buy cut flowers

Rebecca Campbell

16th March, 2012

Sunday is Mother's Day, which for many of us, means flowers. But how green are your blooms and can you really get a bunch that doesn’t come with a price for the planet? more...
High speed train speeding by in a blur

HS2: can the UK fast-track a better rail system?

Bethany Hubbard

27th January, 2012

Are the UK's new high speed rail plans part of a sustainable future for public transport in the UK or a big statement that only benefits a minority? more...
Million Carbon Coaches campaign

TAKE ACTION: are you a carbon coach in the making?

Dave Hampton

25th January, 2012

Mission impossible or radical manifesto? This year Dave Hampton aims to create a million coaches to help inspire real action on climate change more...
10:10 Lighter Later campaign

TAKE ACTION: Urge your MP to vote for 10:10's climate-friendly Daylight Saving Bill

Priyanka Mogul

20th January, 2012

Adding an extra hour of daylight would decrease carbon emissions, promote outdoor activities and make travel safer. Make sure your MP supports the Daylight Saving Bill in today's vote more...
Hyatt Hotels

Behind the Brand: Hyatt Hotels

Peter Salisbury

16th November, 2011

The carbon footprint produced by travel doesn’t evaporate at the airport - hotels are big energy consumers, polluters and carbon emitters too. The Ecologist looks into hotel chain Hyatt's efforts to go green more...
Footprint of food chart

Lamb, beef and cheese have largest food footprint

Ecologist

27th July, 2011

US analysis highlights the high greenhouse gas emissions of popular animal products in comparison to alternatives like lentils, rice and tomatoes more...
Geoengineering

Sceptics told they'd be 'foolish' to ignore potential of geoengineering

Eifion Rees

25th July, 2011

As global climate talks stall, calls for more trials of ideas to alter the world's climate known as 'geoengineering' are likely to grow more...

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aeroplane takes off

European airlines to start controversial biofuel-powered flights

William McLennan

24th June, 2011

The use of plant-based fuels for flights, backed by the EU, could contribute to higher food prices and increased greenhouse gas emissions more...
Climate change protest

Record carbon emissions leave climate on the brink

Fiona Harvey, guardian environment correspondent

29th May, 2011

Highest ever carbon emissions from energy sector puts hopes of preventing temperature rises of 2C in doubt, according to IEA chief economist more...
Dr Simon Lewis

Dr Simon Lewis: we're playing Russian roulette with a large portion of the Amazon

Tom Levitt

27th May, 2011

The world's largest rainforest is under combined threat from deforestation and human-caused climate change. In an interview with the Ecologist, tropical forest expert Dr Simon Lewis explains what is happening more...
solar impulse plane

Solar powered flights: the future of aviation?

Valentina Jovanovski

19th May, 2011

Last Friday saw the successful completion of the world’s first international solar-powered flight. But, asks Valentina Jovanovski, will this innovation really change the face of air travel or is it just another white elephant? more...
beach

Carbon offsetting version two: a greener way to travel?

Valentina Jovanovski

12th May

Carbon offsetting isn't perfect but Much Better Adventures’ partnership with environmental charity, the Converging World, has produced an initiative that just might work more...
Drilling equipment

UK gas fracking boom 'may be dirtier than coal'

Tom Levitt

13th April, 2011

As well as local outrage over 'fracking' drilling there is new evidence its greenhouse gas footprint may be higher than that of coal. Tom Levitt reports from the centre of this potential gas boom near Blackpool more...
Open cast tar sands mine in Alberta, Canada

Europe moves to ban imports of tar sands oil from Canada

William McLennan

29th March, 2011

An attempt to classify tar sands oil as more environmentally-damaging than conventional oil would effectively ban its sale within European Member States more...
A green bulb

10 things to do during Climate Week

Jeff Holman

16th March, 2011

Fancy going to a clothing upcycling workshop, learning how to cook insects from a celebrity chef or sharing tips on greening your office or school? Here's the Ecologist's pick of ideas to get you geared up for Climate Week more...
Uk flooding

Man-made climate change doubling risk of extreme flooding

The Ecologist

17th February, 2011

By allowing emissions to to rise humans may have doubled the likelihood of further floods like those that struck the UK in 2000, say climate scientists in first attempt to prove link between man-made climate change and extreme weather more...

UK's greenhouse gas emissions reductions an 'illusion'

Eifion Rees

2nd February, 2011

The UK may appear to have made great progress in reducing its carbon emissions, but declaring only what it produces, rather than consumes, presents a skewed picture of its carbon responsibilities and the balance sheet more...
Map of world

An atlas of pollution: The world in carbon dioxide emissions

Fiona Harvey, guardian environment correspondent

31st, January 2011

Continuing expansion of China has offset the reduction in carbon emissions in recession-hit western countries, according to data released by US more...
Aviation protest

City Airport expansion highlights scale of aviation dilemma

Mark Jansen

21st January, 2011

As the UK government deliberates its new aviation policy campaigners warn that moves to approve airport expansion would put climate targets at risk more...
Passing over a credit card

Energy rationing would give 'common purpose' in cutting carbon emissions

Tom Levitt

19th January, 2011

The idea of a personal energy allowance, dismissed by government officials, could help ensure fair and equal access to energy and spur collective action to meet emission reduction targets says a new report more...

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