Climate Change : Features

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  • COMMENTARY: Reflections on Poznan

    14 January 2009

    Looking back at the Poznan climate conference, Sunita Narain, Director of Delhi based Centre for Science and Environment, is struck by the unwillingness of western governments to take the tough decisions needed to bring down carbon emissions at home, while attempting to offset them elsewhere.

  • Editor's blog: Costing the Earth

    13 January 2009

    Our recent report on the annual value of coral reefs and mangroves in Belize - put at between US$150-196 million, or between 12 and 15 per cent of the country's GDP - raises a very topical question. [See: Annual value of Belize reefs runs into many millions.] At a time when governments are handing out almost unlimited billions of taxpayers' money to banks and consumers in an attempt to defuse the credit crunch, what price should we be putting on the coming eco-crunch?

  • A Green Agenda for Obama's First 100 Days

    12 January 2009

    Yale Environment 360, a new environmental website launched by the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, asked a wide-ranging group of environmental activists, scientists, and thinkers to answer the following question: If you were advising Barack Obama, what would you tell him are the most important environmental and energy initiatives that he should launch during his first 100 days? The results are reproduced here by special arrangement with Yale Environment 360.

  • Plan B: Reducing energy demand by 2020

    7 January 2009

    Projections from the International Energy Agency show global energy demand growing by close to 30 per cent by 2020, setting the stage for massive growth in the carbon dioxide emissions that are warming our planet. But dramatically ramping up energy efficiency would allow the world to not only avoid growth in energy demand but actually reduce global demand to below 2006 levels by 2020.

  • Renewable energy can counter economic downturn

    11 December 2008

    At a time when major US companies are announcing job layoffs almost daily, the renewable energy industry is hiring new workers every day to build wind farms, install rooftop solar arrays, and build solar thermal and geothermal power plants. The output of industrial firms that manufacture the equipment for these energy facilities is expanding by well over 30 per cent a year. These investments both create jobs and help prevent climate change from spiraling out of control.

  • COMMENTARY: Mobilising against the threatened wasteland

    3 December 2008

    "There are many things we do not know about the future", says Lester Brown in this call to arms to save the environmental underpinnings of human society. "But one thing we do know is that business as usual will not continue for much longer. Massive change is inevitable. Will the change come because we move quickly to restructure the economy or because we fail to act and civilisation begins to unravel?"

  • ANALYSIS Can UK cut gas emissions by a fifth by 2020?

    3 December 2008

    Earlier this week the UK government's climate change committee proposed ambitious targets to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by a fifth in just over a decade. This would be done by transforming the way electricity is produced and redesigning buildings, appliances and cars. But can it be done? In this analysis The Guardian Environment correspondent, David Adam, says only if the usual yawning gap between aims and outcomes is, this time, overcome.

  • Hope rises for 'carbon sinks'

    1 December 2008

    As of November 24, 2008, the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is up to nearly 388 ppm, the highest it's been for at least 650,000 years, and the rate of increase is ever accelerating. Scientists believe that these devastating figures could signal that the earth's natural capacity to absorb billions of tons of CO2 each year is being lost.

  • ANALYSIS Under a sooty exterior A green China emerges

    18 November 2008

    You've heard the environmental horror stories: rivers running black, air unfit to breathe, two new coal-fired power plants a week. But thanks to a surging entrepreneurial spirit and new policies, China is fast becoming a leader in green innovation, from recycling to developing electric cars to harnessing the wind. This article by Fred Pearce is reproduced by arrangement with Yale Environment 360

  • Editor's blog: Going Green

    15 August 2008

    Several new stories on this website highlight the growing predicament of politicians faced with the essential need to cut down fast and firmly on carbon emissions from all sources if the world is to be saved from climate catastrophe, and the more immediate demands by the people and industry for cheap and plentiful power supplies.