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COPtimism: Why arts and culture hold the key to positive climate action

Alison Tickell

17th November 2017

As COP23 draws to a close, the environmental community turns to world leaders to provide solutions to the great challenge of our time. Arguing that civic engagement is key, ALISON TICKELL from Julie’s Bicycle reflects on the vital role that the arts sector can play in shaping the culture around climate change more...

An overview of COP23 from the world's lowest lying country

Thoriq Ibrahim

16th November, 2017

THORIQ IBRAHIM, the Maldives Minister of Environment and Energy and chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, argues for optimism at COP23 and asks fellow leaders to make it into a 'joyous occasion'. more...

Uncontacted people are still being massacred in the Amazon

Lewis Evans

15th November 2017

Massacres like that reported to have taken place recently in the Amazon are sadly neither new nor uncommon. For uncontacted tribal peoples, the colonial era continues, as bandits and extractive industries, abetted by a corrupt government, inflict violence and plunder on them. LEWIS EVANS puts this brutality into context, and examines potential solutions. more...

How do we stop the next Dieselgate? With Sustainable Development Goals and environmental standards

Natalie Bennett

14th November, 2017

The law of unintended consequences is usually assumed to mean the best will in the world can still cause terrible harm. But the need to understand the causes of climate change is forcing societies to address other risks from industrial production, argues NATALIE BENNETT. more...

No more individual vs collective action: we need both to protect our climate

Elizabeth Wainwright

13th November, 2017

If we want to see sustained collective action, we must work to uncover the stories that bind us and call us to care in the first place -- after all, the ‘corporations’ that we attack our also our neighbours. Nature Editor ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT reflects on the false dichotomy of ‘us vs them’, and ‘individual vs collective’ action in responding to the climate crisis. more...

A message for the planet: beware the urgency gap

Natalie Bennett

10th November, 2017

The former co-leader of the Green party, NATALIE BENNETT is in Bonn where she tells of the story of two cities: the politicians on one side performing seemingly endless negotiations and the scientists and NGOs on the other calling for urgent action. more...

Wake up and smell the methane: Europe has nine years left of its carbon budget

Katie Hodgetts

9th November, 2017

Professor Kevin Anderson and Dr John Broderick have published a new report commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe examining the climate impact of natural gas. The findings contradict industry public relations, KATIE HODGETTS argues. more...

Leaders must look to Pacific Islands to understand the importance of building water resilience

Mark Fletcher

7th November, 2017

Water resilience is among the most important discussions at the COP23, taking place in Bonn. This is particularly true for the communities living in the Pacific Islands. But also for all countries facing floods and famine in the decades to come. MARK FLETCHER calls for global action. more...

Governments can no longer ignore war’s impact on people - and planet

Doug Weir

6th November, 2017

The United Nations’ International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict takes place on November 6. The international community must face up to the reality that protecting the environment from conflict is vital to protect people, argues DOUG WEIR. more...

Theresa May must act before Brexit to turn the tide towards living seas for Britain

Joan Edwards

25th October, 2017

The Wildlife Trusts has today launched a new report which sets a challenge to the government to bring back living seas, and shows a way forward. JOAN EDWARDS wades in to the debate. more...

Indigenous resistance: my fight for land and life in Colombia

Angelica Ortiz

12th October, 2017

On World Day of Indigenous Resistance, Wayúu woman ANGELICA ORITZ shares her experience as a human rights defender, living and fighting for the future of her community in the shadow of the largest opencast mine in Colombia more...

Tree reasons why ancient oaks survived the felling of ancient forests in Britain

Peter Fiennes

11th September, 2017

Britain has 2,000 ancient yew trees yet there are only about 100 left in mainland Europe. England is home to more than 100 great oaks - trees aged over 800 years - more than the entire region from Calais to Cadiz. Author PETER FIENNES reflects on why so many old British trees have been saved from the axe more...

Blogs

My coal childhood - lessons for Australia from Germany's mine pit lakes

Anica Niepraschk

2nd August, 2017

How do you solve the problem of ‘retired' mine pits aka huge abandoned holes in the ground? Turning them into lakes is a popular solution but maybe not the best one says ANICA NIEPRASCK who should know since she grew up in the Lausitz region of Germany in a community surrounded by these massive, dangerous and polluting land holes more...

Introduction to Rewilding

Kara Moses

14th July, 2017

Everyone is talking about rewilding at the moment. The debate around it is shaking up the conservation sector and public interest in it is huge, with a growing movement of people advocating the restoration of our degraded ecosystems. But what does it really mean to rewild? And how would you go about doing it if you actually have some land? more...

Comment

COPtimism: Why arts and culture hold the key to positive climate action

Alison Tickell

17th November 2017

As COP23 draws to a close, the environmental community turns to world leaders to provide solutions to the great challenge of our time. Arguing that civic engagement is key, ALISON TICKELL from Julie’s Bicycle reflects on the vital role that the arts sector can play in shaping the culture around climate change more...

An overview of COP23 from the world's lowest lying country

Thoriq Ibrahim

16th November, 2017

THORIQ IBRAHIM, the Maldives Minister of Environment and Energy and chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, argues for optimism at COP23 and asks fellow leaders to make it into a 'joyous occasion'. more...

Letters

Letter: water use need not stall desert solar power

Dr Gerry Wolff

25th August, 2010

CSP trough-based system Yes, pioneering concentrating solar power plants are thirsty facilities, but their water use requirements could be made dramatically less more...

Letter - Time to get serious with the EU Emission Trading Scheme

27th May, 2010

Mark Chadwick

Carbon dioxide emissions Mark Chadwick from Carbon Clear argues a full auctioning of ETS permits is needed if the trading scheme is to start working more...

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