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General Mills breakfast cereals at the Entrance to Price Chopper February 2014. Photo: Mike Mozart / JeepersMedia via Flickr.com.

General Mills promises - only deforestation-free palm oil

The Ecologist

24th March 2014

From now on General Mills, a major US food conglomerate, will buy only palm oil that does not contribute to deforestation or the loss of high carbon tropical peatlands. more...
Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion. Photo: http://underclassrising.net/ via Flickr.com.

Seeing through the hot air: Farage vs Clegg, and Lucas on trial

Rupert Read

23rd March 2014

Two unusual political events will take place next week. The Green MP Caroline Lucas goes on trial for protesting against fracking. And Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage go head to head on TV. Rupert Read contrasts the underlying political agendas ... more...
Swamp about 30 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Photo: Todd Hall via Flickr.com.

Warmer freshwater ecosystems emit more methane

Tim Radford

22nd March 2014

Scientists think the amount of methane emitted to the atmosphere from freshwater ecosystems will increase as the climate warms, reports Tim Radford. And that will trigger further warming. more...
Sky pilot, alpine buttercup and old-man-of-the-mountain in full bloom in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Photo: John Holm / Wikimedia Commons.

Rockies flora signal warming times

Tim Radford

20th March 2014

An intensive study of the flora of one meadow in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado over 39 years reveals a consistent long term pattern of change: first flowers 6 days per decade earlier, last flowers 3 days per decades later. more...
Dancing in the forest - Baka children in the rainforest of Cameroon. The Baka have been there for millennia, but the government 'owns' the forest and its carbon. Photo: Baka.co.uk/ .

Forest Peoples at risk from 'carbon grab'

Oliver Tickell

20th March 2014

A new 'carbon grab' is under way as governments and corporations seize valuable rights to the carbon stored in standing forests, with UN and World Bank support. But there's no benefit for forest communities - who even risk expulsion to make way for 'carbon plantations', more...
Craig Sams with members of the Poyonaam Women's Group, Belize. Photo: Carbon Gold.

Biochar is 'carbon gold' for Belize's cacao farmers

Craig Sams

5th April 2014

A 'harmonic convergence' in the Mayan calendar set off something big for Craig Sams and his Belizean partners. First, Green & Blacks chocolate - and now an even more ambitious project to restore the world's soils using biochar and organic farming systems. more...
Stop the Koch brothers. Image: Free Press Pics via Flickr.com.

Climate misinformation is criminally negligent

Lawrence Torcello

14th March 2014

Those who finance and direct strategic campaigns to undermine the public's ability to develop and voice informed opinions on climate change should - writes Lawrence Rorcello - face criminal penalties. more...
A seizure of canisters of CFCs and HCFCs labelled as CFC-12 and CFC-22. Photo: EIA.

Euro Parliament ratifies F-gas ban - 'huge gain for climate'

The Ecologist

13th March 2014

The European Parliament has today adopted a ner Regulation to phase-down the use of super greenhouse gases - known as 'F-gases' - some of which are thousands of times more powerful than CO2. more...
Smokestack. Photo: ribarnica via Flickr.com.

May 2014 - Voting for the climate

Olaf Corry

12th March 2013

Climate policy should be the big issue for voters heading for the polls in May's Euro elections, writes Olaf Corry - the EU's emissions are plenty high enough do matter, and the European Parliament is at the heart of the action. more...
ICESCAPE scientist Karen Frey taking optical measurements in a melt pond, with US Coast Guard Cutter Healy. Photo: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center / Kathryn Hansen.

Arctic at its warmest for 40,000 years

Tim Radford

10th March 2014

It's long been established that Arctic Ocean sea ice is on the retreat, writes Tim Radford. But it's the pace of change that's surprising scientists: latest studies show that the ice-free period is increasing by 5 days / decade. more...
Buy clean water! Nassarawa State, Nigeria. Photo: MikeBlyth via Flickr.com.

For Nigeria, tackling climate change is a security imperative

Bukola Saraki

8th March 2014

Nigeria is suffering political instability resulting from desertification and pollution, writes Senator Bukola Saraki. As Africa's most populous country it has no choice but to engage in the fight against climate change, its causes, and its consequences. more...
The ice-covered, cloud-shrouded mountains of NE Greenland, where the ice is melting far faster than previously known. Photo: Visit Greenland via Flickr.com.

'Stable' NE Greenland ice sheet is melting away

Shfaqat Abbas Khan

18th March 2014

A new study has found that the NE section of the Greenland ice sheet - thought to be stable due to the extreme cold - has been losing ice since 2006 with increasing speed. And as Shfaqat Abbas Khan reports, that has huge implications for global sea level rise. more...

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The US military is the world's single largest consumer of fossil fuels. Pictured here is US Navy Aircraft Carrier USS John C Stennis. Photo: Defence Images via Flickr.com.

Pentagon warns of climate change 'devastation'

Steve Horn

6th March 2014

Unlike many US politicians the Pentagon is a firm believer in climate science. But although it foretells climate devastation on a global scale, reports Steve Horn, it has no credible plan to cut its own gigantic fossil fuel burn. more...
Before the rain: Laguna Colorada, Bolivia. Photo: Robin Fernandes via Flickr.com.

Bolivia and Britain - a tale of two floods

Maddy Ryle

11th March 2014

Living between southern England and Bolivia, Maddy Ryle finds inconsistent media attitudes in reporting extreme weather and climate change - and searches out new narratives that engage and empower communities across the world. more...
Cameron to the rescue: the politicisation of the UK's 2014 floods has not been conducive to enlightening discourse. Photo: The Prime Minister's Office via Flickr.com.

The floods - blaming the climate change messengers

George Marshall

6th March 2014

Mainstream media reporting of the recent UK storms rapidly degenerated into narratives of blame focused on environmentalists, writes George Marshall. It's time they uncovered the real villains! more...
Traditional qamutik (sled) on Cape Dorset. Photo: Ansgar Walk / Wikimedia Commons.

First Americans lived on Beringia for thousands of years

Scott Armstrong Elias

7th March 2014

The ancestors of America's Indians lived in Beringia - the land exposed during the last ice age that is now the Bering Strait - for millennia, genetic studies have determined. Scott Armstrong Elias reports. more...
A regular Sunday shopping in Chennai, India. Photo: McKay Savage via Flickr.com.

Gandhi's nightmare has come true

Subhankar Banerjee

18th March 2014

The era of mass consumption has reached India, bringing about a frenzy of over-consumption, pollution and ecological havoc. But so long as there's money to be made, asks Subhankar Banerjee, why worry about climate change? more...
On its way to Drax? A loader picking up trees from a clearcut for Enviva near the Ahoskie mill, North Carolina. Photo: Dogwood Alliance.

Biofuel and biomass 'sustainability standards' are pure greenwash

Almuth Ernsting

10th March 2014

Who and what are biofuel sustainability standards designed to benefit? They are meant to safeguard forests and communities, writes Almuth Ernsting - but their real purpose is to protect the biofuel industry ... more...

Rising sea levels threaten Los Angeles

Tim Radford

2nd March 2014

As much of California and the western US endures a severe drought, the city of Los Angeles is at increasing risk from rising sea levels. Tim Radford reports on the risks to the 12,000 square mile conurbation. more...
Aerial picture of Horns offshore wind farm in Denmark. Photo: Vattenfall via Flickr.com.

Offshore wind could calm hurricanes

Tim Radford

11th March 2014

US scientists say that very large wind farms could not only withstand a hurricane: they would also weaken it and so protect coastal communities. As Tim Radford reports, wind farms could just have saved New Orleans ... more...
A family of Columbian Mammoths at the La Brea Tarpits Zoo (Pliocene section). Photo: Steve Rawley via Flickr.com.

Are we recreating a 3 million year-old past?

Richard Pancost

2nd March 2014

Our emissions of greenhouse gases may end up recreating the conditions of the Pliocene era of 2.6 to 5.3 million years ago. Warm and wet, life could still thrive, writes Richard Pancost. As for a 40 metre rise in sea level ... more...
Photo: Teymur Madjderey via Flickr.com.

Time to wake up to the Climate Denial Beast

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

26th February 2014

The truth is often extraordinary - perhaps because it is so rare that we are told it. This disturbing speech by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse shines the bright light of truth on the US's huge, shadow-dwelling climate denial industry. more...
Weather vane, St Helen's Church, Norwich, UK. Photo: LEOL30 via Flickr.com.

The media's climate Fail - we must move beyond mere anger

Vanessa Spedding

24th February 2014

Following the BBC's abysmal reporting of climate change, Vanessa Spedding believes that news 'consumers' must transcend their outrage at media ignorance of climate, and demand new, inspiring narratives. more...
Mmm ... a wholesome freegan breakfast.  Photo: Maria Evrenos.

My 'freegan' week in London - surviving without money

Maria Evrenos

22nd February 2014

Maria Evrenos left her wallet at home for a week to discover that even an inexperienced urban forager can survive without money for a week by treasuring other people's trash. more...
The 'Seven Wonders' Creation Museum near Mount St. Helens, Oregon. Photo: hansen.berlin via Flickr.com.

God's plan for climate change

J P Sottile

5th March 2014

How, and why, does the US Right and its evangelical 'Christian' wing campaign for mal-education, ignorance, corporate dominance, and the profligate consumption of fossil fuels? J P Sottile explores an alien planet ... more...

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