Climate

    How the climate change story ends is still in our hands
    27 May 2023

    News this week about the planet rapidly approaching the critical global-warming threshold of a 1.5°C rise above pre-industrial levels has frightened and dismayed many. The report from World Meteorological Organisation scientists was published shortly after the world’s fourth-warmest April since records began in 1950 and months ahead of the Cop28 summit in the UAE. Although […]

    Cop28 is an ideal opportunity to help Iraq, Syria and Yemen access climate funds
    23 May 2023

    Vulnerable Middle East countries affected by conflict should be offered easier access to global finance to help mitigate the effects of climate change, humanitarian experts said on Thursday. In a joint report focusing on Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Norwegian Red Cross said the combined effects of […]

    World reports fourth-warmest April since records began in 1950
    11 May 2023

    Last month’s average temperatures across the world were the fourth warmest for April since records began in 1950. The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) found temperatures were above average over south-west Europe last month, with Spain and Portugal recording their highest April temperatures. The C3S, which is part of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts and […]

    Could quantum computing solve climate change
    08 May 2023

    It is a measure of how technology has advanced that a modern smartphone is now more powerful than the vast computer Nasa used to manage the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, which culminated in Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon. This extraordinary progress in computing power is set to continue and even accelerate, because the […]

    New ‘road map’ for climate action on the cards at Cop28
    05 May 2023

    The Cop28 summit in the UAE could produce a new global battle plan to curb the worst effects of climate change, diplomats have said. A new “road map” could set out a way forward on switching to clean energy and helping vulnerable countries prepare for disasters. The idea was discussed at talks in Berlin this week jointly hosted by Germany and […]

    Dr Sultan Al Jaber pushes for Cop28 to overcome low levels of global climate trust
    04 May 2023

    Getting global climate goals back on track means the Cop28 summit in the UAE must rise to meet high expectations and overcome low levels of trust, especially in the countries hardest hit by change, said Dr Sultan Al Jaber, the meeting’s president-designate. Pointing to the latest report that the world was “off-track” to meet the […]

    Olaf Scholz and Rishi Sunak urged to support climate finance reform
    02 May 2023

    The leaders of Britain and Germany have been challenged to throw their weight behind a shake-up of global finance to pay for climate action in developing countries. The call comes as Germany hosts the three-day Petersberg Climate Dialogue, a summit laying the groundwork for Cop28 in the UAE. The developing world is lobbying for funds to deal with climate-related disasters that are […]

    Foreign Office under fire for scrapping top climate diplomat role
    16 Apr 2023

    The UK government has been criticised for scrapping its most senior climate diplomat post, previously held by Nick Bridge. Prof Sir David King, the former special representative for climate change from 2013-2017, called the decision “extremely disappointing” and a “very backward step”. He urged the government to reconsider and appoint a strong person for the role. Prof King highlighted […]

    What can you do in the fight against climate change?
    11 Apr 2023

    Economic woes now trump environmental concerns around the world, according to a recent study by market research company Ipsos. While sustainability still ranks within the top five issues in many countries, there is also a growing feeling of despondence among people as to how much impact they can make on an individual level. This is compounded by […]

    UK to impose unlimited fines on water companies for pollution
    03 Apr 2023

    The UK government is set to announce new plans that will impose tougher fines on water companies to tackle pollution. Environment secretary Therese Coffey is expected to unveil the measures next week. The government aims to “make polluters pay” and establish a “water restoration fund” where fines levied on water companies will be placed. Under the proposed plans, water companies […]