Climate Change : Features

There are 83 documents in this section.

  • Measuring the true cost of heat waves

    31 July 2006

    The recent heatwaves in Europe and California are a reminder that extreme weather events are expected to become ever more frequent as the planet heats up. But what were the real consequences of the last European heat wave in 2003? Health officials now believe they were even more serious than previously thought. Janet Larsen reports.

  • Warming Siberia could change the planet

    20 February 2006

    The Lena River is the ninth-longest river in the world and it flows through one of the world's iciest lands, where the sun is seldom seen during winter. Nearly 80 per cent of the watershed is continuous permafrost - earth that never thaws fully, even in summer. However, climate change is reaching this remote outpost; with consequences not just locally but, probably, for the rest of the world as well.

  • 'Climate change is undeniably real, caused by human activities, and has serious consequences'

    5 December 2005

    In his final address as Present of the Royal Society, Britains national academy of Science, Lord May pulls no punches in warning about the dangers of runaway greenhouse gas emissions. The following excerpt on climate change is taken from the Annual Anniversary Address given by Lord May.

  • COMMENT: Katrina comes home to roost

    10 September 2005

    President Bush is to blame for the scale of the disaster as a result of his administration's policies and actions, says former Clinton adviser, Sidney Blumenthal.

  • COMMENTARY: The business of climate change

    20 August 2005

    This commentary on the recent agreement by six countries (India, China, the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea) to co-operate in a pact to combat climate change - outside the Kyoto Protocol - is by Darryl d'Monte, founder President of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists.

  • Ice is melting everywhere

    3 May 2005

    Recent research by the British Antarctic Survey has found that 87 per cent of the Antarctic glaciers are shrinking as the climate warms (see ). But says Danielle Massey of the Earth Policy Institute, this is only one aspect of a global meltdown, with uncertain consequences, This is her report.

  • COMMENTARY: Seizing the Kyoto opportunity

    16 February 2005

    The Kyoto Protocol, which comes into force today, offers the world a fresh start on an issue marked by international divisiveness for the last 15 years. Attention now turns to the crucial next steps: meeting the Kyoto targets and forging a new agreement to cover the period beyond 2012.

  • Africa braces for the fallout of global warming

    17 March 2004

    Africa is expected to be one of the continents hardest hit by global warming. New reports find that key ecosystems in Southern Africa are already facing hotter, drier weather, as Emmanuel Koro reports.

  • COMMENT: Will industry hijack EU climate policy?

    5 March 2004

    When it comes to tackling climate change, the lines seem to be clear. The European Union (EU) is with the good guys - countries that have signed the Kyoto Protocol and are seriously looking at how to reduce CO2 emissions. Right? Well, maybe not, says Jennifer Morgan.

  • COMMENTARY: Russia's climate card

    10 February 2004

    In January this year Jonathan Lash, President of the World Resources Institute, moderated a panel at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, to discuss the provocative proposition: "Global Climate Change: Mother Nature's Weapon of Mass Destruction?" The discussion was full of surprises, not least for the views of the eminent Russian delegate, as Jonathan Lash explains.