Climate Change : Features

There are 83 documents in this section.

  • Keeping the lights on

    30 July 2007

    Walt Patterson has devoted much of his life to the problems of energy. Now he has put together, in an important new book, his definitive thoughts on sustainable energy in a world threatened by climate change and declining oil supplies. In this exclusive article for Planet 21, he sets out the book's central message: 'energy policy means infrastructure policy.'

  • Rising waters in the Sunderbans create climatic refugees

    15 June 2007

    There is much speculation about the future effects of sea level rise on coastal communities as a result of climate change. But, according to this report from Sagar Island, in West Bengal, climate refugees are already fleeing from the catastrophic rise in sea levels in the Indian Sundarbans.

  • Why climate change is not caused by the sun

    19 March 2007

    Fresh controversy over the true cause of climate change has been sparked in Britain by the recent Channel 4 documentary provocatively entitled 'The Great Global Warning Swindle'. This argued that the main cause is not human behaviour but the activity of the sun. Here Dr Richard Betts, of the UK Meteorological Office's Hadley Centre, explains why the climate change now being experienced could not have been caused by the sun.

  • INTERVIEW WITH SIR DAVID KING Civilisation faces 'greatest challenge'

    24 February 2007

    Sir David King, Chief Scientist to the British Government, says in an interview published this week that climate change is 'the biggest challenge our civilisation has ever had to face up to'. This extract from that interview by Jon Hughes, deputy editor of The Ecologist, is published here by arrangement with that magazine.


    18 December 2006

    James Lovelock, eminent scientist, inventor, author and originator of the Gaia hypothesis that the earth is in effect a living, self-regulating organism, was the subject of a recent revealing interview by Washington Post staff writer Michael Powell. In this he explains just why he believes this time, that we have pushed the earth too far. The interview is reproduced here in full with the author's permission.

  • Climate talks adrift

    20 November 2006

    Experts at the climate change conference in Nairobi agree that radical action is required, yet the political response has fallen short. Rod Harbinson explains why the summit has been a let-down for developing countries, and warns of a looming climate communication crisis.

  • Scratching the bare earth for food

    13 November 2006

    Africa faces the greatest immediate dangers of climate change, according to a recent UN report, timed to coincide with the world climate change conference in Nairobi. The report warns that Africa could face a large loss of wildlife habitat and falling crop yields in less than a generation. But tens of millions of poor rural Africans are already experiencing the grim realities of global warming says Kenyan journalist, Ochieng' Ogodo, in this first hand report.

  • What future for India's monsoons in a warmer world?

    28 September 2006

    Climate change poses different problems in different parts of the world. In India one pressing concern is the impact of global warming on the precious monsoon rains, as Sunita Narain explains in these extracts from the latest editorial comment in the magazine Down to Earth.

  • 'Africa must plan for climate change'

    26 September 2006

    Africa already has extreme variability of rainfall, and an uneven distribution of water resources. Climate change is expected to increase this variability, with direct impact on river flows and rain-fed agriculture. New policies towards water use on the continent are urgently needed says Lori Pottinger.

  • Katrina signals start of climate exodus

    4 September 2006

    Those of us who track the effects of global warming had assumed that the first large flow of climate refugees would probably be in the South Pacific with the abandonment of Tuvalu or other low-lying islands. We were wrong. The first massive movement of climate refugees has been that of people away from the Gulf Coast of the United States.