Climate Change : Features

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  • TOWARDS COPENHAGEN: 4 Apocalypse fatigue: losing the public on climate change

    17 November 2009

    Even as the climate science becomes more definitive, polls show that public concern in the United States about global warming has been declining. What will it take to rally Americans behind the need to take strong action on cutting carbon emissions? Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger answer this question in this report from the yale e360 website.

  • TOWARDS COPENHAGEN 2: Without drastic CO2 cuts immediately, the world faces a massive 'Oh shit' moment

    15 October 2009

    This second. in a series of commentaries in the run-up to the Copenhagen climate talks in December, is by Mark Hertgaard, fellow of The Open Society Institute, and environment correspondent of The Nation magazine, where it first appeared.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Ontario on course for a greener future

    7 October 2009

    Canada does not have a brilliant reputation in the fight against climate change. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on record as a climate sceptic before he came to power. And only last month, Joseph Hansen, a scientist famous for blowing the whistle on the climate problem, said there were few countries that have done more to undermine international efforts to fight climate change in recent years, than Canada. Yet, as I discovered on a visit to Ontario, this vast province, often referred to as the economic engine of the country, is seriously committed to phasing out all coal-fired electricity generation within five years and to becoming North America's leading green jurisdiction.

  • SPECIAL REPORT Death of the Nile: Egypt's climate change crisis

    27 August 2009

    After many centuries of struggle against foreign invaders, the farmers of Egypt's delta region - which supplies 60 per cent of the country's food - face an even greater catastrophe. Climate change, sea rise and the reduced flow of fresh Nile water threatens to erode, swamp and salinate these fertile lands, destroying the one resource needed to feed Egypt's fast growing population. Jack Shenker travelled through the region to prepare this Special Report for The Guardian. Pictures are by Jason Larkin.

  • COMMENTARY: Copenhagen challenge: bridging the China-US divide

    15 June 2009

    The United States powered its rise to affluence with fossil fuels, and China resents being told it should not be free to do the same. So as negotiators prepare for crucial climate talks this December, the prospects for reaching agreement remain far from certain. This commentary is published here by special arrangement with Yale e360

  • ANALYSIS: Melting ice raises spectre of displaced humanity

    3 June 2009

    The latest evidence indicates that the speed of ice melt in Antarctica and Greenland is speeding up. A team of scientists from the National Snow and Ice Data Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research concluded that the ice is melting much faster than climate models had predicted.

  • Editor's Blog: Final warning

    20 April 2009

    In his latest book, The Vanishing Face of Gaia, A Final Warning, James Lovelock is quite clear that the underlying cause of our environmental predicament is the huge growth of the human population, whose activities and wastes are polluting and heating up the earth and destroying its rich biodiversity.

  • SPECIAL REPORT 'Biochar' might help ease global warming

    17 March 2009

    As multibillion-dollar projects intended to sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) in deep geologic storage continue to seek financial support, the fertile black soils in the Amazon basin suggest a cheaper, lower-tech route toward the same destination. Here David J. Tenenbaum looks at the potential of charcoal, in the form of 'biochar', to help soak up climate-changing gas in the atmosphere.

  • Editor's blog: Great Expectations

    20 February 2009

    The burden laid upon President Obama following his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States - to try and solve the world's problems, along with those of his own country - is huge.

  • Climate change threat to food security

    22 January 2009

    Climate change is a contributory factor to the food price crisis, and its impact on agriculture and food security in developing countries is expected to get more serious.