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Climate Change

Beijing's blue skies...or little white lies?

Olivia Boyd

6th July, 2012

Beijing's polluted skies Fed up with fudged statistics Beijing’s increasingly environmentally-aware population has forced its Government to come clean about air pollution in the city. more...

Bjørn Lomborg: 'Five inches...? I can't even remember that figure'

Richard Orange

3rd February, 2012

Bjorn Lomborg Despite no scientific training Bjørn Lomborg has had a strong influence on the climate change debate, positioning himself against climate deniers and campaigners who say that climate change is a global emergency more...

Arctic special Sami reindeer herders struggle against Arctic oil and gas expansion

Joel Tozer

19th October, 2011

Reindeer herders Climate change and a rise in oil and gas exploration are bringing a host of problems for the indigenous Sami reindeer herders in the Arctic regions more...

Himalayan glaciers are 'not just melting, they are dying'

Jonathan Mitchell

13th July, 2011

Glaciers Many glaciers are melting away at a rapid rate. This could have serious consequences for half a billion people who depend on the ‘eternal snows’ to water their crops and for drinking. But as Jonathan Mitchell reports from Nepal, not everyone appears concerned more...

Climate change fuels violence as hunger drives cattle poaching in East Africa

Jocelyn T Edwards

17th June, 2011

climate change violence The cattle keepers of Karamoja have raided each others' herds for generations: for prestige, to pay dowries and increase wealth. But the thefts are increasingly driven by hunger caused by a changing climate. Jocelyn T Edwards reports from Uganda
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Fair trade carbon credits: will certification benefit people and planet?

Adam Corner

3rd May, 2011

Fair trade carbon trading In Uganda, as in the rest of the world, carbon trading is a controversial topic. But could the concept of fair trade carbon credits revolutionise the sector, or is it just a distraction from the bigger problems with carbon markets? Adam Corner investigates more...

Growing conflicts over Tanzania's 'charismatic carbon'

Thembi Mutch

7th September 2010

Deforestation The country's forests are at the centre of a new global scramble to 'buy up' carbon, but as Thembi Mutch reports, is the process really going to benefit the environment or people? more...

Suffocating seas: how climate change is reducing ocean oxygen levels

Carrie Madren

26th July, 2010

Sunlight filtering through seawater The main impacts of climate change - changing weather patterns, melting glaciers, sea level rise - are well known. But its ability to reduce oxygen levels in the deep ocean is little reported... more...

Have greens got it wrong about tar sands?

David Strahan

8th December, 2009

Dumper truck on tar sands road For environmentalists, tar sands are a 'climate crime'; for peak oil experts, they can never do the job of ordinary crude. But neither critique tells the full story: that exploiting tar sands may worsen both the climate crisis, and the energy crisis... more...

Will sugar be the oil of the 21st century?

Matilda Lee

1st December, 2009

Sugar You can turn it into everything from fuel to plastics. But will the surge in demand for sugar end up having a serious environmental impact? more...

All carbon is not born equal

Eric Marx

17th November, 2009

Does a tonne of fossil carbon equal a tonne of biological carbon? Are we risking serious problems if action to tackle deforestation assumes that a tonne of tree carbon is the same as a tonne of fossil carbon? more...

How can we tell which companies are really green?

David Ord

6th October, 2009

Green handshake Green claims are everywhere: surely there must be some simple way of measuring exactly what impact a company is having on the climate? more...

The first climate evacuation: what have we learned?

Dan Box

28th July, 2009

Carteret Evacuation Earlier this year, journalist Dan Box won recognition from environmentalist George Monbiot for documenting the world's first climate change evacuation, of the Carteret islands in the South Pacific. Now, he returns to his experiences to ask if this is the first evacuation of many, how should we do it in future? more...

Biochar: can charcoal really stop global warming?

Almuth Ernsting

30th June, 2009

A lump of charcoal Biochar - the charcoaled remains of agricultural waste - is being hailed as a huge opportunity to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. But is the science sound, and do we have enough waste to go around? more...

Home truths - low-carbon materials key to greener dwellings

James Hulme

1st June 2009

Material_evidence Forget complex, high-end technologies – basic truths and natural, low-carbon materials hold the key to sustainable and truly energy-efficient homes, argues James Hulme more...

Sustainable cities- rethinking sustainable building

Pat Thomas

1st June, 2009

stacked cards Sustainability consultant Dr David Strong tells Pat Thomas why the way we think about sustainable building needs to be demolished and rebuilt
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A green building debate

Mark Hoare and Bill Dunster

1st June, 2009

Investigations Two views on form and function in the green building debate that must be sensitive to the local environment and responsive to the local character, cultural diversity and ecology of its place without diluting its uniqueness.

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Sustainable cities: the future of the human habitat

Hank Dittmar

1st June 2009

Sustainable city Guest editor Hank Dittmar presents a series of articles on the green cities of tomorrow, and explains why they hold hope for us all more...

Reducing carbon emissions from deforestation

Mark Anslow

1st March 2009

Investigations We can all agree on what the problem is, it’s settling on a solution that’s the difficult part. Mark Anslow explores the complicated world of deforestation more...

Sustainable transport - a green roadmap?

Hank Dittmar

1st June, 2009

Green_roadmap Sustainable transport offers not only a golden ticket out of our pollution- and traffic-choked cities, but also a means of improving the health and well-being of travellers and society alike. more...

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