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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...
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...

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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...
'Foreclosing the Future' by Bruce Rich book cover.

Foreclosing the Future - can the World Bank ever reform?

Tom Griffiths

24th February 2014

Will the World Bank ever change? After decades of promises, initiatives, accords and re-branding, Bruce rich finds that the World Bank is the same old indiscriminate money-pump, still funding social and environmental catastrophe worldwide. 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...
Earthworks under way and trees felled at the 'World Logistics Hub' site. Photo: Jonathan Gatward / intouchphotos.webs.com.

Manchester Airport - the concrete shadow spreads

Rose Bridger

22nd February 2014

The new Manchester Airport Enterprise Zone is causing the piecemeal environmental destruction of Green Belt countryside, reports Rose Bridger - all sacrificed to an archaic vision of fossil-powered economic growth. more...
Can we talk about climate change now? Flooded Oxford residents take to the streets. Among their problems, sewage contamination of flood waters and non-flushing toilets. Photo: Adam Ramsay.

After the deluge - Britain's new politics of climate change

Jonathon Porritt

20th February 2014

Floods, giant waves and billions of pounds of destruction to the UK's homes, businesses and key national infrastructure could revolutionise climate politics, writes Jonathon Porritt. But no thanks to the increasingly pathetic BBC! more...
Dunedin Highland Games. This picture really did come up on a creative commons image search for Owen Paterson. Photo: theSuperStar via Flickr.com.

Owen Paterson - the invisible Minister

Lesley Docksey

18th February 2014

Storms, floods, tidal surges, a failed badger cull, GMO controversies ... then Owen Paterson, widely considered the worst Environment Secretary we have ever had, vanished. Lesley Docksey wonders - will he ever return? more...
Natalie Bennett presents Sunday Politics travel news, 2 Feb 2014. Photo: from BBC Sunday Politics.

Flooding and climate - we need action!

Natalie Bennett

14th February 2014

It's time for the Government to get serious about the flooding - and the climate change that is driving it, says Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett. Cameron should begin by dredging the muck out of his own Cabinet. more...
Flooding in Oxford. Photo: Tejvan Pettinger via Flickr.com.

Ten steps to protect the UK from floods

The Ecologist

14th February 2014

Reversing the Environment Agency cuts, tightening planning rules for flood plains, holding rainwater back in upland catchments ... all part of the Green Party's new ten-point flood management and resilience plan. more...
A forest fire rages in California, in the grips of a record-breaking drought. Photo:  jcookfisher via Flickr.com.

Climate Disasters

Ralph Nader

23rd February 2014

Fossil fuel interests are calling all the shots in the US Congress, writes Ralph Nader. Now is the time for Al Gore and other wealthy 'Greens' to finance a strong lobby for the climate in Washington DC. The cost? Just $25 million a year would pay for 100 lobbyists. more...
Sochi 2014: a spectacle fit for a Tsar - but not a snowflake in sight. Photo: Republic of Korea via Flickr.com.

Winter Olympians say: protect our winters!

Andrew Newell, US Ski Team 2014

11th February 2014

As ice and snow melt away in sweltering Sochi, US Ski Team member Andrew Newell and another 104 Olympians call for action on climate change - and a commitment to a global agreement before the Paris climate talks in 2015. more...
Can we talk about climate change now? Flooded Oxford residents take to the streets. Among their problems, sewage contamination of flood waters and non-flushing toilets. Photo: Adam Ramsay.

Climate change is making the world sick

Geordan Shannon

11th February 2014

Sea–level rises, changes to the severity of monsoon seasons and rainfall, flooding, droughts and heatwaves are all having an increasing impact on human health, writes Geordon Shannon. more...

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