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Heavy rain at Warsash, England. Photo: Ian Hughes via Flickr.com.

Climate change - bringing the UK worse winters

Alex Kirby

10th February 2013

Scientists at the UK Met Office say all the evidence supports the theory that the exceptionally wet and stormy winter affecting much of Britain is caused at least in part by climate change. more...
Preservation of the fragile Arctic sea ice is essential if we are to prevent abrupt climate change. Photo: NASA.

We must prevent abrupt climate change

John Nissen

8th February 2014

Weird weather from serious flooding in the UK to acute cold and drought in the USA follows from the warming Arctic and disruptions to the jet stream, writes John Nissen. We must act now to prevent sudden changes in global climate. more...
Giant waves on the seafront at Seaham, County Durham. Photo: Ian Britton via Flickr.com.

Storm surges to cost $100 trillion a year as sea levels rise

The Ecologist

5th February 2014

New research predicts that coastal regions face massive increases in damages from storm surge flooding over the 21st century - to $100 trillion annually, more than the world's entire economic product today. more...
Chernobyl / Pripyat Exclusion Zone. Graffiti on a wall facing the amusement park in central Pripyat. Photo: Pedro Moura Pinheiro via Flickr.com.

The true cost of disaster insurance makes nuclear power uncompetitive

Ingmar Schumacher

6th February 2014

The European Commission is assessing how it should augment its nuclear disaster insurance. Ingmar Schumacher calls for full transparency of insurance costs in the cost-benefit evaluation of the nuclear industry. more...
Swan at base camp on the 2013 expedition. Photo: 2041.com.

Operation Deep South

Isabel Sepkowitz

7th February 2014

Robert Swan - the first person to walk to both North and South Poles - will lead his 10th annual International Antarctic Expedition this coming March as part of his Antarctica 2041 campaign. Isabel Sepkowitz discovered what it's all about. more...
Magellanic penguins, Rio Negro, Argentina. Photo: S-t-v via Flickr.com.

Argentina: unseasonal storms imperil Magellanic penguins

Tim Radford

4th February 2014

Scientists have identified climate change as the direct cause of rising mortality among penguin chicks hatched in Argentina, as unseasonal storms hit a once arid coastal region. more...
Grizzly bear with bison carcass, Yellowstone National Park. Photo: YellowstoneNPS via Flickr.com.

Yellowstone grizzlies face trophy-hunting threat

Anna Taylor

31st January 2014

Yellowstone's Grizzly bears are facing multiple threats, writes Anna Taylor - from proposals to remove their protection under the US Endangered Species Act, and shortages of key foods caused by climate change. more...

Paterson slashes UK climate change budget

Sophie Morlin-Yron

28th January 2014

Reports of severe flooding around the UK, widely believed to be linked to climate change, pour in. But Owen Paterson, reports Sophie Morlin-Yron, has sharply cut the budget for coping with the effects of climate change. more...
Salmon leaping at the Falls of Shinn, Scotland. Salmon need to be in good condition to return to their up-river spawning grounds. Photo: Gary Henderson via Flickr.com.

Wild salmon starve at sea as North Atlantic warms

Chris Todd

8th February 2014

The migrations of wild salmon over thousands of kilometres are an enduring mystery, writes Chris Todd - as are the reasons for a steep and alarming decline in salmon weight, fat and overall condition. more...
‘All the oil wells of Arabia will not sweeten this deal’. Lady Macbeth in front of painting. Photo: Hugh Warwick.

Fighting Big Oil's cynical arts sponsorship

Chris Garrard

27th January 2014

A growing movement is opposing fossil fuel industry sponsorship of the arts. Pop-up protests and performances denouncing Shell, BP and others are winning the popular vote, writes Chris Garrard. more...
Global temperatures by year. Image: NASA Earth Observatory.

2013 - the world's temperature kept on rising

Sophie Morlin-Yron

27th January 2014

Global temperatures in 2013 sustained the global warming trend, while the year recorded the highest levels of carbon dioxide yet. Sophie Morlin-Yron reports on NASA's latest findings. more...
Champa from Dibulganj Village, is suffering from Tuberculosis. Photo: Sarah Stirk.

India's coal inferno

Sarah Stirk

28th January 2014

India's planned power expansion depends overwhelmingly on coal, with over a hundred huge new generation units planned by 2030. Sarah Stirk reports on the nightmare the dash for coal is bringing to once peaceful rural communities. more...

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Danish offshore wind turbine, Burbo Bank. Photo: Danish Wind Industry Association via Flickr.com.

Weeny, weedy, weaky: the EU's new climate plan

Oliver Tickell

22nd January 2014

Europe's new targets for carbon emissions and renewable energy are severely retrograde and fly in the face of both science and economics. They will endanger climate and retard the renewable energy revolution. more...
Ancient tree - possibly a Black cottonwood -  on Big Tree Hike on Vancouver's North Shore. Photo: Rob Baxter via Flickr.com.

Big old trees grow faster, absorb more carbon

Adeshola Ore

28th January 2014

Large, older trees have been found to grow faster and absorb carbon dioxide more rapidly than younger, smaller trees, writes Adeshola Ore - contrary to the previous view that trees’ growth slowed as they developed. more...

Warming climate will bring more extreme 'El Nino' events

Tim Radford

2nd January 2014

Rising global temperatures are likely to double the frequency of the most severe El Niños - the periodic atmospheric disruptions which affect weather across the globe. Tim Radford reports more...
The watery world of beavers. This wetland was created by a 100m beaver dam across the valley. Photo: Paul Ramsay / beaversatbamff.blogspot.co.uk.

Time to bring back Nature's flood management engineer - the beaver

Louise Ramsay

20th January 2014

As climate change brings more rain, Britain is suffering from the extinction here of our native flood engineer - the beaver. Louise Ramsay says it's high time to re-introduce these charismatic rodents all over Britain. more...

UKIP to ban 'all teaching of global warming'

The Ecologist

17th January 2014

The United Kingdom Independence Party will ban the teaching of climate change in schools, if it wins the 2015 elections, says UKIP education spokesman Derek Clark MEP. more...
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum). Photo: Paolo via Flickr.com.

Swiss wildlife climbing up the mountains

Tim Radford

16th January 2014

Wildlife in Switzerland is seeking relief from warming temperatures by moving higher up the mountains, reports Tim Radford. more...
An illustration of a resilient architecture: fossils of a marine ecosystem from the Permian period, about 250 to 300 million years ago. These ecosystems were resilient enough to endure dramatic changes over millions of years. Image by Professor Mark A. Wi

The biological basis of resilient cities

Michael W. Mehaffy & Nikos A. Salingaros

25th January 2014

Biological systems offer design strategies for successfully adapting to an age of climate change and resource depletion. Insights from nature will be essential in creating a green and sustainable future for humankind. more...
Chinese arrival at the Shokalskiy. From video by Intrepid Science.

Stuck in the Antarctic ice we set out to study

Erik van Sebille

13th January 2014.

Antarctica is a desolate place. That much we know, but nothing prepares you for it until you actually get there, writes Erik can Sebille, recently escaped from an icy imprisonment. more...
Ellie Harrison campaigning for a publicly owned railway system. Photo: Robin Prime.

Power for the people!

Ellie Harrison

9th January 2014

Ellie Harrison explains how her concerns about climate change led to her founding two dynamic campaigns to make Britain's vital national infrastructure publicly owned and accountable once more. more...
Olivine beach at South Point, Hawaii - as the green-hued rock and sand is weathered by the waves, it sequesters carbon dioxide. Photo: Lauren Bacon via Flickr.com.

No to Carbon Capture and Storage!

Olaf Schuiling

8th January 2014

Dutch MPs may approve an expenditure of €150 million for a CCS plant to separate CO2 and store it under the North Sea. Professor Olaf Schuiling begs them to refuse - and pursue greener alternatives! more...
M/V Akademik Shokalskiy at anchor in the Penola Strait, off Petermann Island, in Antarctica. Photo: AntarcticBoy via Flickr.com.

Global warming scientists stuck in Antarctic summer freeze?

Stephan Lewandowsky

7th January 2014

Climate change skeptics have seized on the tale of the 'global warming scientists' stranded in Antarctica by a summer freeze-up. But Stephan Lewandowsky says there is more to the story than meets the eye ... more...
Flooded street in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Photo: LaShawn Pagan.

Puerto Rico's years of unseasonal rain

La Shawn Pagán

7th January 2014

The world's weather news is dominated by storms in Europe and extreme cold in North America. But as La Shawn Pagán reports, Puerto Rico has just had 85 inches of rain in one month, and its three wettest years ever, more...
Kayapo Indians on a road block to stop the Belo Monte Dam in the Brazilian Amazon. Photo: International Rivers via Flickr.com.

Amazon forest loss risks water security across South America

Paul Brown.

30th December 2013

Water, food supplies and energy production are all in jeopardy as the Amazon forest is felled for profit. And as Paul Brown writes, the damage is spreading well beyond Amazonia itself ...
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