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Reclaim the Power

At the height of the Falklands War in 1982, Elvis Costello penned the lyrics of the song Shipbuilding.  The song reflected on the moral conflict that arose because the war saved some of the jobs in Britain’s fast declining shipyards.  The song asks us to consider whether our need to …

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Study finds alarming Amazon carbon release


Large forests such as the Amazon rainforest act as the land-based lungs of the planet; absorbing carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen.  Within limits, this process can offset some of the carbon released into the atmosphere by human activity.  However, in a new paper in Global Change Biology, scientists from Stanford …

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Climate change comes home to Europe

York Floods

Those of us lucky enough to live in the developed economies of Western Europe have been fortunate enough to avoid the worst effects of climate change despite being largely responsible for it… until now.  But a new study in the journal Climatic Change has found that this is about to …

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Corporate America backs climate action

Corporate America

In a snub to climate denying politicians, US corporations have been queuing up to support new regulations designed to meet the carbon reduction targets in the Paris Agreement. According to Benjamin Hulac in Scientific American: “More than 100 companies—including brand-name firms like Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., HP Inc., Johnson & …

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The real immigrant crisis


Scientists at Umea University, Sweden warn that climate change is increasing the habitat range of mosquitos that were previously restricted to tropical regions. A combination of tourism and warming has already allowed mosquitos to migrate into Southern Europe in high summer.  However, as the northern hemisphere temperature increases, both the …

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Who should lead the fight against climate change?

Climate March

Efforts to tackle climate change have been hamstrung by a disconnect between national and international policy-making bodies and citizens.  This often results in governments adopting unrealistic targets that they have no idea how to achieve, while individual citizens are left wondering what, if anything, we should be doing. Perhaps the …

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Restructure or throw our children under a bus


Failure to make big shifts fast would amount to putting our children and grandchildren in the path of a speeding bus according to Laurie Goering at Reuters. According to experts at a meeting of the Thomson Reuters Foundation: “Meeting the goals of a new global agreement to tackle climate change …

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