Earth, Climate.

The overwhelming consensus amongst scientists is that climate change and global warming is caused by humans; that it’s having a damaging affect on weather patterns, accelerating extinction of wildlife, negatively impacting on agriculture, water supply, sea level, air quality. If we don’t radically change our diets, our fuel supply, the way capitalism recklessly plunders the world’s dwindling resources, we will enter a period of global food shortages, mass migration and conflict.

  • An energy revolution is possible – but only if leaders get imaginative about how to fund it
    An energy revolution is possible – but only if leaders get imaginative about how to fund it Wind power has been bolstered by government subsidies. Falkenpost/Pixabay Limiting climate change will require an unprecedented global movement to make low-carbon technologies the norm. COP26 – the UN climate conference held last November in Glasgow – showed that…
  • Birds and bees: why new buildings need to support the natural world
    Birds and bees: why new buildings need to support the natural world Starlings and other birds like to nest in house eaves. Tony Skerl/Shutterstock Nature can thrive in cities with the right opportunities, and some English councils are working to help develop homes for wildlife within new buildings. New planning laws in Brighton and Hove…
  • 2022 XR Strategy Tour – find your local stop!
    Three and a half years ago we started the biggest Civil Resistance movement in Britain since the Suffragettes. Some say it’s the most successful start-up in history, with groups in over 100 countries and on every continent – even Antarctica. The reality? We’ve only just got started. And in 2022 we step up. This year…
  • Renewables are cheaper than ever – so why are household energy bills only going up?
    Renewables are cheaper than ever – so why are household energy bills only going up? Fokke Baarssen/Shutterstock Not for the first time, global energy markets are in turmoil. Internationally traded gas prices more than quadrupled in 2021. In their wake, many energy suppliers have gone bust and household bills across Europe are set to soar.…
  • Ireland has the wind and seas to become an offshore superpower
    Ireland has the wind and seas to become an offshore superpower The Irish government signed up to the recent Glasgow Climate Pact and used the summit to announce a raft of ambitious goals, including the development of 5 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy up to 2030. That would more than double the country’s current…
  • Urban health, wellbeing and food supplies are all under threat: growing more food in cities could change that
    Urban health, wellbeing and food supplies are all under threat: growing more food in cities could change that Only 3% of UK households eat homegrown fruit and vegetables. Katya_Ershova/Pixabay A supply of fresh fruit and vegetables is crucial to a healthy nation – and to building a food system that makes us well instead of…
  • Why lowering everyone’s energy bills is a better solution than targeting only the most vulnerable
    Why lowering everyone’s energy bills is a better solution than targeting only the most vulnerable Vitolda Klein/Unsplash, CC BY-SA Energy bills will rise by as much as 50% from April 2022 unless the government intervenes, as Britain’s energy regulator Ofgem is expected to raise its price cap. Many households face a cost of living crisis…
  • Unusually calm and cloudy weather led to resurgence in fossil fuel use in 2021
    Unusually calm and cloudy weather led to resurgence in fossil fuel use in 2021 2021 was an unusually calm year in British waters. Kaisn / shutterstock Great Britain’s wind turbines and solar panels both saw a drop in their electrical output in 2021. It was the first drop since 2016 for wind, and the first…
  • BREAKING: Three XR Christians ACQUITTED for Shadwell DLR action
    Three XR members who stopped a DLR train at Shadwell station were lawfully exercising their right to peaceful protest, a jury has found. Reverend Sue Parfitt, 79 Father Martin Newell, 54, and Phil Kingston, 85, were all found not guilty of obstructing trains or carriages on the railway under the malicious damages act. None of…
  • Deforestation is causing more storms in west Africa, finds 30-year satellite study
    Deforestation is causing more storms in west Africa, finds 30-year satellite study Deforestation in Sierra Leone, 2013. fivepointsix / shutterstock We know that forests are crucial to fighting global climate change, but another important and perhaps less appreciated aspect is the way they affect the climate on a much more local scale. Our research shows…
  • The wiring in your plane could soon be made from recycled plastic — new research
    The wiring in your plane could soon be made from recycled plastic — new research Lightening aeroplanes' loads helps to reduce their emissions. TobiasRehbein/Pixabay Every aeroplane contains a complex network of electrical cabling that keeps it flying smoothly. For every four passengers in a modern aircraft, you can expect about one mile of cable. That…
  • Why haven’t petrol prices gone back down yet? A new business model might explain why
    Why haven’t petrol prices gone back down yet? A new business model might explain why Petrol prices reflect lots of elements not just crude oil wholesale cost. Tomas K/Shutterstock Across the UK the cost of filling up cars shot up in November when wholesale oil prices rose. But when crude oil prices went down again,…
  • Five fascinating insights into the inner lives of plants
    Five fascinating insights into the inner lives of plants Romolo Tavani/Shutterstock Approximately 4.5 billion years ago, Earth’s land surface was barren and devoid of life. It would take another 2 billion years for the first single-celled organisms to appear in the ocean, including the first algae Grypania spiralis, which was about the size of a…
  • First XR jury trial of 2022 begins for Shadwell 3
    The trial is underway for three XR members who stopped a DLR train at Shadwell station in 2019. Phil Kingston, 85, Reverend Sue Parfitt, 79 and Father Martin Newell, 54 – all also members of Christian Climate Action – are charged with obstructing trains or carriages on the railway under the malicious damages act. None…
  • Africa faces an uphill battle against western emissions to combat climate change
    Africa faces an uphill battle against western emissions to combat climate change Although African nations contribute the least to climate change, many are bearing its worst burdens. Omoeko Media/Wikimedia The UN climate summit COP26, held in November 2021, focused the world’s attention on the urgent need to tackle climate change and concluded with 197 countries…
  • Technology has made buildings less climate-friendly: but we can look back in time for solutions
    Technology has made buildings less climate-friendly: but we can look back in time for solutions Technological advances have made many buildings less environmentally friendly. Micuradu/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA It’s been claimed that technology is the answer to the climate crisis. By eventually separating economic growth from its effects on the environment through improving energy efficiency, the…
  • Meat and dairy gobble up farming subsidies worldwide, which is bad for your health and the planet
    Meat and dairy gobble up farming subsidies worldwide, which is bad for your health and the planet Radanasta/Shutterstock The global food system is in disarray. Animal agriculture is a major driver of global heating, and as many as 12 million deaths from heart disease, stroke, cancers and diabetes are each year connected to eating the…
  • Antarctica’s unique ecosystem is threatened by invasive species ‘hitchhiking’ on ships
    Antarctica’s unique ecosystem is threatened by invasive species ‘hitchhiking’ on ships knelson20 / shutterstock Antarctica has been relatively isolated from the rest of the world for millions of years but these days ships could potentially introduce marine animals and seaweeds. Invasive species can have drastic consequences for ecosystems, for example by taking over areas and…
  • Why TV decluttering shows need to clean up their act
    Why TV decluttering shows need to clean up their act GoodStudio / shutterstock Homes across Britain looking fine on the outside but secretly they’re drowning on their inside…Homes, people, lives, they’re crushed by loads of stuff. This is the opening sequence of Nick Knowles’ Big House Clearout, a TV show on Channel 5 in the…
  • Energy prices are unlikely to fall in 2022 or beyond – not until major importers get serious about green transition
    Energy prices are unlikely to fall in 2022 or beyond – not until major importers get serious about green transition Chinese demand for LNG is one of the factors keeping gas prices so high. ImagineChina Limited With today’s high oil prices and record gas prices, it is easy to forget that the situation was reversed…
  • Don’t Look Up shows bashing people over the head with facts does not work
    Don’t Look Up shows bashing people over the head with facts does not work The global top three programmes on Netflix currently include the heroic quest of a monster hunter; the escapades of an American woman in Paris; and, at number one, a dark comedy about climate change called Don’t Look Up. The film, directed…
  • Here’s why China probably won’t dominate the electric car market this year
    Here’s why China probably won’t dominate the electric car market this year The electric vehicle market across the world is growing fast. CSUF Photos/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA In the wake of surging electric vehicle (EV) sales in China, it might seem that the Chinese market has already won the “EV race” – meaning the race to…
  • Underwater videos could help explain why thousands of starfish are stranded on Welsh beaches
    Underwater videos could help explain why thousands of starfish are stranded on Welsh beaches Storms this winter have left thousands of starfish lying stranded along the Welsh coast. Many starfish are still alive when they get washed ashore but many will die as they cannot survive being exposed in the air for too long. Until…
  • Newsletter January 2022
    2021: A Year in Protest As the year progressed, the pandemic and subsequent lockdown continued to make climate actions challenging, if not impossible. Gatherings of large groups became difficult or often illegal. Once-thriving local and regional meetings had become restricted largely to Zoom. But that did not stop people from XR and associated groups across…
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