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.

  • Greta Thunberg tells US to 'use your common sense' on climate crisis – video
    Greta Thunberg appeared virtually before a House subcommittee Thursday to call on US officials to do more, saying it’s ‘not too late’ to make real changes in the fight against climate change. ‘The simple fact and uncomfortable fact is that if we are to live up to our promises and commitments in the Paris agreement,…
  • Changes to giant ocean eddies could have ‘devastating effects’ globally
    Researchers fear increasing energy in these eddies could affect ability of Southern Ocean to absorb C02Swirling and meandering ocean currents that help shape the world’s climate have gone through a “global-scale reorganisation” over the past three decades, according to new research.The amount of energy in these ocean currents, which can be from 10km to 100km…
  • REBELLION OF ONE – the home straight! : TIME CHANGE to 11AM
    How is your preparation for Rebellion Of One going? With a week and a half to go, we are on the home straight! If you are looking for a little inspiration, we will be sending a short series of messages which might stiffen your resolve to take action alone, together, on 1 May.  ONE International…
  • Some say we can ‘solar-engineer’ ourselves out of the climate crisis. Don’t buy it | Ray Pierrehumbert and Michael E Mann
    What could go wrong with this idea? Well, quite a lotAs we arrive at Earth Day, there is renewed hope in the battle to avert catastrophic climate change. Under newly elected president Joe Biden, the US has reasserted global leadership in this defining challenge of our time, bringing world leaders together in Washington this week…
  • ‘Teeming with biodiversity’: green groups buy Belize forest to protect it ‘in perpetuity’
    Conservation organisations purchase 950 sq km biodiversity hotspot, helping to secure a vital wildlife corridor“These logs are historic,” says Elma Kay, standing in Belize Maya Forest, where she has been doing an inventory of felled trees. “These are the last logs that were cut here, for mahogany and other hardwoods, left behind by the previous…
  • BREAKING: ‘This is an act of care’ – Extinction Rebellion women break windows at HSBC Canary Wharf HQ in latest action to highlight the financing of climate breakdown
    Email: press@extinctionrebellion.ukPhone: +44(0)7986671716Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Media Assets | Donate#RepairHarm #HSBC #FossilBanks #MoneyRebellion At 7am on Thursday 22nd of April, the 51st Earth Day, nine women from Extinction Rebellion and political party Burning Pink broke windows at the HSBC headquarters in Canary Wharf. The women wore patches with the words ‘better broken windows than broken promises’ in reference to the Suffragettes acts…
  • ‘Do something’: an intimate look at the personal lives of climate activists
    Documentary The Race to Save the World makes the case for the urgency of climate action by burrowing deep into the lives of those on the frontlineEarly in the morning on 2 September 2014, Abby Brockway left her home in Seattle and, along with two dozen other climate activists, drove about a half hour north…
  • Joe Biden faces major test building US credibility at climate summit
    President will unveil new emissions reduction target while much will hinge upon cooperation between China and USJoe Biden’s desire to re-establish US leadership on the climate crisis will face a severe test this week at a summit the president hopes will rebuild American credibility and kickstart a spluttering international effort to stave off the effects…
  • Crises collide as climate emergency pushes America’s homeless population to the brink
    As homelessness rises, climate-related disasters make matters worse. But Covid relief measures and Biden’s infrastructure proposal are providing cause for cautious optimismTerri Domer knows well what a brewing storm looks like.Domer, 62, an Iowa native, has spent her life watching thunderstorms gather and tornadoes dash across rolling hills. Last August, when the midday sky darkened…
  • Lower UK air pollution limits to prevent deaths, says coroner
    Report following 2013 death of Ella Kissi-Debrah, 9, calls for Britain to follow WHO recommendationsLegally binding maximum levels of particulate air pollution should be lowered in the UK to be in line with World Health Organization limits, a coroner has said.UK levels for two particularly harmful kinds of pollution are currently twice as high as…
  • The Guardian view on new climate goals: a destination is not enough | Editorial
    Bad decisions are harming the UK’s green credentials. Boris Johnson must get beyond targets if he wants be taken seriously The starting gun has been fired. With a pledge to cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by 2035 compared with 1990 levels, Boris Johnson’s government has begun the bidding process that will set…
  • Australia’s ambition on climate change is held back by a toxic mix of rightwing politics, media and vested interests | Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull
    Two former prime ministers, Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull, write the world shouldn’t give up hope on Australia just yetFormer US intelligence director backs Turnbull and Rudd’s call for Murdoch media inquiryIt was always expected that Joe Biden’s election would be a massive shot in the arm for international climate action, but the scale of…
  • With climate anxiety on the rise, therapists are learning how to cope
    Many psychologists say they feel unequipped to handle a growing number of patients despairing over the state of the planet. A new contingent of mental health professionals aims to fix thatAndrew Bryant, a therapist based in Tacoma, Washington, felt helpless the first time climate change came up in his office. It was 2016, and a…
  • ‘Within minutes I was weeping’: the US pastor using scripture to mobilize climate action
    Religious leaders, who know how to relate to communities on an emotional level, may be best positioned to convince people to support climate activism, experts sayThe Rev Scott Hardin-Nieri regularly revisits the story of Noah’s ark. “People look at that story fondly, because they focus on all the animals that were saved,” the pastor says.…
  • Australia has coped fairly well with the pandemic. With climate change? It’s a different story | Greg Jericho
    Our economy remains one of the most highly dependent upon greenhouse gasesThe release last week of the OECD’s Going for Growth 2021 report on Australia provided a needed reality check for those thinking Australia’s economy is the envy of the rest of the world. But more importantly, it reminded us of just how poorly Australia…
  • ‘Relentless’ climate crisis intensified in 2020, says UN report
    Pandemic had no effect on emissions but made impacts of global heating even worse for millions of people, report saysThere was a “relentless” intensification of the climate crisis in 2020, according to the UN’s World Meteorological Organization.The coronavirus pandemic made the accelerating impacts of global heating even worse for millions of people. But the temporary…
  • Vanessa ‘Nessie’ Stevenson, 58, gardener from Wirksworth
    Nessie was arrested on 17th April 2019 on Great George St at Parliament Square during the 2019 April Rebellion and charged with Obstruction of the Highway. She pleaded guilty on 27th September 2019 at City of London Magistrates’ Court and was given a six month conditional discharge and £105 court costs. She was arrested again…
  • Sewage island: how Britain spews its waste into the sea
    Untreated waste regularly flows into waters across England and Wales. Is it time to radically rethink sewerage – or do away with sewers altogether?The pandemic has not been the only crisis we’ve been wading through over the past 12 months: 2020 was a banner year in much of Britain for sewage spills. Last July a…
  • Do oil companies deserve reparations for fossil fuel bans? They'll try to get them | Nicolás M Perrone
    Energy conglomerates have recourse to special courts and legal regimes that they helped design – and they won’t go down without a fightPhasing out fossil fuel is a crucial step to address the climate emergency. But to do so will mean facing not only political and economic obstacles, but legal ones. Fossil fuel companies can…
  • Stefania Morosi, 43, yoga teacher from West London
    #DisobeyInTheDock Stefania was sentenced to 14 days in prison for contempt of court on 16th April 2021 after gluing herself to furniture and livestreaming from the court room during her own plea hearing. Stefania took the action while appearing at City of London Magistrates’ Court charged with a Section 14 offence. The charge followed her…
  • How can NSW allow new coalmines while committing to net zero emissions? It’s bizarre | Richard Denniss
    New mines won’t boost world demand for Australian coal — but they will cannibalise jobs from existing coalminesThe New South Wales government is simultaneously committed to a net-zero emissions target for 2050 at the same time as new coalmines in the Hunter Valley with the capacity to produce 10 times more coal than Adani’s Carmichael…
  • The wisdom of water: 12 ways to use blue spaces to improve your health and happiness
    From relaxing baths to seaside swims, water can be a balm in difficult times. Catherine Kelly, the author of a new book on blue spaces, shares her tipsIt was after her mother died that Catherine Kelly learned the healing power of water. Following instincts that she did not yet understand, she moved to live alone…
  • Supermarket ‘bags for life’ must cost more to cut plastic use, urge campaigners
    UK’s ‘bag for a week’ habit is no green alternative – rather, it has created more problems for the environmentGreen campaigners have urged higher prices for so-called bags for life after dramatic sales increases at some retailers since the ending of sales of single-use plastic carrier bags.Marks & Spencer sold six times as many bags…
  • Vodka, toothpaste, yoga mats … the new technology making items out of thin air
    An exhibition at London’s Science Museum shows how far carbon capture research has comeTackling climate change may bring unexpected benefits, London’s Science Museum will reveal next month. A special exhibition on carbon capture, the fledgling technology of extracting greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and emissions from factories, will display bottles of vodka, tubes of toothpaste,…