Government must back UK train travel or risk long-term retreat to cars

Government must back UK train travel or risk long-term retreat to cars Jon Fitton/Shutterstock There’s no doubt that the UK’s railways have been hit hard by the pandemic. Recent figures from the Office of Rail and Road show a huge drop in passenger numbers, from April 2020 to March 2021.…

Climate transition delay could cost the UK trillions

Climate transition delay could cost the UK trillions Mark Burrows (Nottingham, UK) / shutterstock From power plants to coffee cups or your childhood home, everything that makes up the economy has a life expectancy. Much of what we make and consume lasts just weeks, months or years. However, lots of…

How plankton helped create the Earth’s mountains 2 billion years ago

How plankton helped create the Earth’s mountains 2 billion years ago The Himalayas. Liudmila Kotvictchkaia/Shutterstock A world without the great mountain ranges – the Himalayas, the Alps, the Rockies, the Andes – is unimaginable, but they were not always a part of the Earth’s geography. Mountains didn’t start forming widely…

COP26 is over – here’s how the UK can keep up momentum on climate action

COP26 is over – here’s how the UK can keep up momentum on climate action Toby Parkes/Shutterstock The Glasgow climate pact is sealed and COP26 is fading into memory. The UK’s presidency of the 26th UN climate change summit yielded mixed results, from the first mention of fossil fuels in…

Can the tourism industry survive the climate crisis?

From the Solomon Islands to Denali national park, how five communities reliant on tourism are coping as climate change upends their industryOne of the terrible ironies of the climate crisis is that some of the most beautiful – and popular – places in the world are also the most vulnerable.…

Climate change is making monogamous albatrosses divorce – new research

Climate change is making monogamous albatrosses divorce – new research Changing environmental conditions can put stress on coupled-up animals. Natasha Gillies, Author provided Not all relationships end in “happily ever after”, and birds are no exception. While more than 90% of bird species form monogamous couples, many of these will…

Last-minute attempt to stop Shell’s oil exploration of whale breeding grounds

Campaigners file legal challenge against seismic survey along South Africa’s Eastern Cape provinceAn 11th hour attempt has been launched to try to halt plans by Shell to explore for oil in vital whale breeding grounds along the Wild Coast of eastern South Africa.Campaigners filed an urgent legal challenge against the…

Religious communities can make the difference in winning the fight against climate change

Religious communities can make the difference in winning the fight against climate change All major religions call on their followers to respect the Earth. Takver/Wikimedia The threat of climate change signals a “code red for humanity”, and we are running out of time to transition away from carbon and prevent…

Data storage, mining and wind: oceans seen as new frontier but at what cost?

Industries gazing out to sea for more space, more cold, clean water and more wind offer a glimpse of the future and its risksIn September 2017, a giant, floating fish farm capable of raising 1.5 million salmon was installed in central Norway. Besides its vast size – the circular structure…

Mythic white sperm whale captured on film near Jamaica

Type of whale immortalised in Moby-Dick has only been spotted handful of times this centuryIt is the most mythic animal in the ocean: a white sperm whale, filmed on Monday by Leo van Toly, watching from a Dutch merchant ship off Jamaica. Moving gracefully, outrageously pale against the blue waters…

A powerful and underappreciated ally in the climate crisis? Fungi | Toby Kiers and Merlin Sheldrake

Mycorrhizal fungal networks are a major global carbon sink. When we destroy them, we sabotage our efforts to limit global heatingIf we want to tackle the climate crisis, we need to address a global blindspot: the vast underground fungal networks that sequester carbon and sustain much of life on Earth.Fungi…

Sweden’s flight-free movement: how views about holiday air travel are changing

Sweden’s flight-free movement: how views about holiday air travel are changing Train journeys have been embraced as climate-friendly travel. Michael715/Shutterstock Air travel is often presented as desirable, despite its high environmental cost. In Sweden, however, a movement advocating avoiding flying has gained influence since 2016, and has started to change…

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