Neighbourhood green space is in rapid decline, deepening both the climate and mental health crises
Tom Falcon Harding / shutterstock The past 20 or so years of housing development in England and Wales has decimated community access to green space. That’s according to a new report from think tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF), which has brought together data on the age of housing developments, public green space provision and […]
Rainforest trees may have been dying faster since the 1980s because of climate change
Tropical trees in Australia’s rainforests have been dying at double the previous rate since the 1980s, seemingly because of climate impacts, according to the findings of a long-term international study. This research has found the death rates of tropical trees have doubled in the last 35 years, as global warming increases the drying power of […]
How taking a closer look at your family tree can help you get to grips with climate change
Tracing our ancestors’ connections to colonialism and industrialisation can help us personally connect with the climate crisis. Shutterstock Engaging people when it comes to climate change can be challenging. Climate conversations are often technical and dry, making it hard to see how it connects to our own lives. As a historical researcher I’ve been figuring […]
Canaries in the coal mine: why birds can tell us so much about the health of Earth
A Eurasian jay (_Garrulus glandarius_) sighting suggests a productive oak tree is nearby. Andy Jenner/Shutterstock Following a deadly explosion in a Welsh coal mine in 1896, an engineer called John Haldane invented a type of bird cage that allowed canaries to accompany miners into the depths. The small songbirds are much more sensitive than humans […]
EU Climate Advisory Board chair elected
The new European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change has elected Professor Ottmar Edenhofer as its chairperson for a term of four years. His task will be to represent the Advisory Board and organise its work, which is to provide the European Union (EU) with independent scientific knowledge, expertise and advice on climate change and […]
UN chief Antonio Guterres calls for renewables push following damning climate report
The UN chief has called for more investment in renewables and an end to the millions of dollars in subsidies for fossil fuels. Several climate indicators broke troubling records last year.
Tweed Valley Osprey Project – Defensive Parents
Ms. O and PW3 had some disturbances this week and were seen looking up at the sky. PW 3 is dripping with eggs, defensively, winged and ringing alarms and alarms. We cannot see what caused the alarm and we can assume that it could be another hacker in their territory. But even when we raised […]
Carbon pollution pushed environmental breakdown to record levels in 2021
People have warped the climate so much that in 2021 oceans grew hotter, higher and more acidic than ever recorded, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
Pollution kills 9 million people a year, new study finds
The latest figures put pollution on par with smoking in terms of global deaths. In comparison, COVID-19 killed about 6.7 million people globally since the pandemic began.