Just Stop Oil: protests will be even more disruptive if they kick off panic buying

Protesters from the climate activist groups Just Stop Oil and Extinction Rebellion have blocked at least 11 fuel depots across England and disrupted supplies (though it’s always tough to quantify exactly how much disruption there has been). Petrol stations also experienced delays back in September 2021, partly due to a lack of drivers and resulting […]

12 best ways to get cars out of cities – ranked by new research

A stretch of the Champs-Élysées around the Arc de Triomphe in Paris is due to be pedestrianised by 2030. Shutterstock Question: what do the following statistics have in common? The second-largest (and growing) source of climate pollution in Europe. The leading killer of children in both the US and Europe. A principal cause of stress-inducing […]

Here’s why UK tides are soon going to play a much bigger part in powering your home

Much of the UK’s tidal energy infrastructure is based in Scottish waters. First Minister of Scotland/Flickr, CC BY-NC Tidal energy has long lurked at the back of the UK’s renewable energy arsenal, outshone by its wind and solar counterparts due in part to early issues with technology readiness and high costs. Yet with recent research […]

Slow fashion: saving the planet with style

Caterina Trimarchi/Shutterstock Each time you drag a new item of clothing into a virtual shopping basket, you may be supporting an industry responsible for 10% of global CO₂ emissions – not to mention widespread social harm. Fast fashion, the industry trend which whisks the latest catwalk designs into stores by way of polluting factories and […]

Do mushrooms really use language to talk to each other? A fungi expert investigates

Alexander_Volkov/Shutterstock Nearly all of Earth’s organisms communicate with each other in one way or another, from the nods and dances and squeaks and bellows of animals, through to the invisible chemical signals emitted by plant leaves and roots. But what about fungi? Are mushrooms as inanimate as they seem – or is something more exciting […]

The State of the Climate in 2021

The State of the Climate in 2021

In his annual Condition of the climate report, Ole Humlum, emeritus professor at the University of Oslo, examines detailed patterns in temperature changes in the atmosphere and oceans along with trends in climate impact. Many of these show no significant trends and indicate that poorly understood natural cycles are involved. Ole Humlum: State of the […]

China turns cities into sponges to stop flooding

In the coming decade, China is expanding its plans for sponge cities. They can help prevent flooding, promote biodiversity and cut emissions. But what exactly are these cities and how do they work?