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15 residential areas of Gaza have been flooded by up to 2 metres of sewage contaminated floodwater.

Gaza wrecked by storm, floods, acute cold, sewage overflows and power cuts

Oliver Tickell

16th December 2013

The UN has described the Gaza Strip as a 'disaster area' following the onslaught of Storm Alexa and called on the international community to lift the blockade and allow recovery efforts to proceed. more...
Solar panels like these in Oxford could provide much of the UK's electricity. Photo: Adrian Arbib - www.arbib.org / r-eco.co.uk .

Sustainable energy for all

David Eliott

16th December 2013

Can we really produce all our electricity from renewable sources? Yes, says David Elliott - and at lower cost than by using fossil fuels and nuclear power. But powerful forces are opposed to change ... more...
The flood that would have hit London last week - without the Thames Barrier. Photo: the Environment Agency.

London flood surge 'worst in 60 years'

Oliver Tickell

9th December 2013

Revealed: the devastating flood London nearly suffered last week. more...

Green Climate Fund opens in Korea

The Ecologist

7th December 2013

The Green Climate Fund (GCF), which aims to finance the world's transition to a low carbon economy, has opened its headquarters in Songdo, Korea. more...
Winston Churchill. Photo: Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons.

Climate change is about survival - not economics

Tom Burke

11 December 2013

Climate change is an existential threat to humans and our civilisation. A rapid transition to a renewable energy system must take place if we are to survive, argues Tom Burke - never mind the economics. more...
Beautiful but threatened by rising seas: Betio island, Kiribati. Photo: Shevelev Alexey / Shutterstock.

Kiribati and the impending climate refugee crisis

Sandi Keane / Independent Australia

3rd December 2013

The New Zealand courts have refused to grant asylum to a 'climate refugee' from the Pacific island of Kiribati. But as Sandi Keane reports, the underlying problem is set to increase to a stupendous scale. more...

Europe must prepare for extreme weather events

The Ecologist

2nd December 2013

Europe has to plan for future extreme weather incidents, according to a new report by EASAC. Heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers, so as climate change gathers place, there is an urgent need for action at both national and EU levels. more...
Gagged protester at COP19 in Warsaw. Photo: Langelle / GJEP-GFC.

Never again - end fossil fuel influence in UN climate talks!

The undersigned organisations

25th November 2013

Every COP has been subject to the influence of polluting corporations - but none so completely as COP19 in Warsaw. Now 70 organisations are demanding new rules to protect future climate talks from the influence of the fossil fuel industry.
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Ships at Svalbard. Photo: Christopher Ware.

Arctic at risk from invasive species

Christopher Ware

25th November 2013

As the Arctic ice melts, new shipping routes are opening up for tourism, mining and other commercial purposes, cutting journey times and fuel costs. And as Christopher Ware reports, a new danger arises - invasive alien species disrupting fragile Arctic ecosystems ... more...
UNFCCC COP19, Warsaw. Photo: pusheurope.org/ .

COP19 - All countries accept emissions targets

Paul Brown in Warsaw

23rd November 2013

Paul Brown, co-editor of the Climate News Network, makes his final despatch from Warsaw on the unscheduled last day of the climate talks. Compromises on all sides have kept hopes alive - just! more...
NGO leaders at COP19 announce their mass walkout. Photo: pusheurope.org/ .

The Warsaw Walkout and the Climate Movement

Alexander Reid Ross

22nd November 2013

Yesterday, as climate talks degraded into a sideshow for the coal industry, more than 800 conference participants walked out. So where now for the climate movement? Alexander Reid Ross argues for an end to collaboration, and the beginning of a deeper resistance. more...

Beacons: stories for our not so distant future

Edgar Vaid

21st November 2013

Edgar Vaid reviews a collection of short stories visualising our future as imagined by a number of well known authors ... more...

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Mining taking place at an Australian open pit coal mine. Photo: Kadda / Shutterstock.com.

The climate change saboteurs

Binoy Kampmark

20th November 2013

At the COP19 in climate conference in Warsaw, a new coalition has formed - 'the climate saboteurs'. Key members are Australia, Canada, Japan. They are resolute in crushing the hopes of developing countries already suffering climate catastrophes like Typhoon Haiyan. more...

NAFTA: Investigate Canada's failure to protect Polar Bears

The Ecologist

20th November 2013

A key NAFTA body has recommended a formal investigation into Canada's refusal to protect its polar bears despite the grave threats posed to them by climate change. more...

Ocean acidity rising at 'unprecedented rate'

The Ecologist

19th November 2013

The unprecedented rate of ocean acidification is one of the most alarming phenomena generated by climate change and the only way to mitigate the dangers is to reduce CO2 emissions significantly. more...
Christiana Figueres speaks. Photo: Arend Kuester / flikr.com.

Leave your coal in the ground!

Christiana Figueres

18th November 2013

Speaking to the World Coal Association in Warsaw, the UNFCCC's executive secretary tells the coal industry: invest in renewables; and leave most of your coal underground. more...

Campaigners cry 'insanity' as UNEP postpones frozen gas report

Oliver Tickell

18th November 2013

UNEP today postponed the launch of a highly controversial report - branded as "lunatic" by climate campaigners - at the COP19 talks in Warsaw. more...
Christiania Figueres. Photo: Oxfam International.

Open letter to Christiania Figueres

Clémence Hutin

17th November 2013

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UNFCCC, personally excluded Clémence Hutin from COP19 for standing in solidarity with the Philippines. In so doing she betrayed her own rhetoric and revealed the UNFCCC's true colours - anti-youth, anti-democratic and beholden to corporate interests. more...
Hinkley protest

Nuclear subsidies: Open letter to Commissioner Almunia

Gerry Wolff

15th November 2013

Following the UK Government's announcement of huge public subsidies for the proposed Hinkley C nuclear power station in Somerset, England, Energy Fair has called on EU Commissioner Almunia to open a formal investigation for breaches of competition law. more...
Corporate logos on show at COP19.

COP19, Warsaw - Corporations rule OK!

Rachel Tansey

15th November 2013

Big business, industry and finance, keen to set the agenda and shape the rules in the interests of their profits - and at the expense of climate justice - have infiltrated COP19. more...

COP19: Poor countries in the dark on climate finance

Oliver Tickell

14th November 2013

Poor countries are being left with little idea about what money is available to help them cope with climate change because of murky accounting and a lack of transparency by rich countries, according to an Oxfam study. more...
Yeb Sano surrounded by supporters at COP19.

COP19: ejected for expressing solidarity with the Philippines

Clémence Hutin

13th November 2013

At COP19 in Warsaw, corporations rule the roost while climate change activists are ejected - in this case for supporting Philippines delegate Yeb Sano. more...
Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Typhoon Haiyan: a perfect storm of corruption and neglect

Doracie Zoleta-Nantes

13th November 2013

Why did Typhoon Haiyan wreak such havoc on the Philippines? In a country that sees 20 tropical storms every year, it would be natural to expect some form of planning for such disasters. But a neglectful government distracted by political chaos meant Filipinos received little warning of the coming storm. more...

Arctic 30: Greenpeace turns on Shell

The Ecologist

13th November 2013

As the detention of Greenpeace's 'Arctic 30' by Russian security services approaches its second month, a shift of campaign tactics is taking place. Now Shell, Gazprom's partner in developing oil and gas on the Arctic Shelf, is in the firing line. more...
Peter Greaves

Fossil Free Europe Tour

Peter Greaves

13th November 2013

Bill McKibben is a charismatic speaker, a sort of Billy Graham for the Environment, filled with an evangelical fervour, writes Peter Greaves. But ... more...

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