Tag: environment

Joe Biden to reveal US emissions pledge in key climate crisis moment

President will also call on major economies to join him in bold action at virtual summit of 40 world leaders So what has the rest of the world promised to do about climate change? Joe Biden faces a key test of his commitment to climate action this week, when he sets out his core plans […]

US and China commit to cooperating on climate crisis

World’s biggest polluters release joint commitment to climate action following John Kerry visit to Shanghai The US and China have “committed to cooperating” on the pressing issue of climate change, the two sides said in a joint statement on Saturday, following a visit to Shanghai by US climate envoy John Kerry. “The United States and […]

Environment minister Sussan Ley says climate action not her portfolio in stoush with states

Ley understood to have told state counterparts coordinating with them on climate mitigation beyond her portfolio The environment minister, Sussan Ley, has rebuffed a push by her state counterparts to be kept in the loop about the Morrison government’s plans for climate action ahead of international talks in Glasgow in November – telling them she […]

Whitest-ever paint could help cool heating Earth, study shows

New paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat into space, reducing need for air conditioning The whitest-ever paint has been produced by academic researchers, with the aim of boosting the cooling of buildings and tackling the climate crisis. The new paint reflects 98% of sunlight as well as radiating infrared heat […]

Climate crisis: Boris Johnson ‘too cosy’ with vested interests to take serious action

Report author calls for thorough clean-up of political donations, directorships and embedded interns Boris Johnson’s government is “too cosy” with vested interests in business to take strong action on the climate crisis, the author of a report on “the polluting elite”, has warned. Peter Newell, a professor of international relations at the University of Sussex, […]

Sea levels are going to rise by at least 2ft. We can do something about it | Harold R Wanless

To avoid the grimmest outlook posed by warming oceans, we need to extract heat-trapping gases from the atmosphere The climate emergency is bigger than many experts, elected officials, and activists realize. Humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions have overheated the Earth’s atmosphere, unleashing punishing heat waves, hurricanes, and other extreme weather – that much is widely understood. […]

Business travellers planning to cut future flights, poll finds

Only a third of business flyers expect to return to same level of air travel as before coronavirus pandemic Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Most business travellers in the UK will take fewer flights than they used to, according to a poll, thanks to increased use of video conferencing. Only a […]

The world won’t be greener until it’s fairer | Simone Tagliapietra

Action on the climate crisis must come with a social contract to protect the poor and vulnerable As a climate policy researcher, I am often asked: what is the biggest obstacle to decarbonisation? My answer has changed profoundly over the last couple of years. I used to point to the lack of affordable green technologies […]

Greta Thunberg says she will not attend Cop26 climate summit

Swedish activist says uneven Covid vaccine rollout means countries would not participate on even terms The Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has said she will not attend the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow in November, saying the uneven distribution of Covid-19 vaccines would mean countries could not participate on even terms. The 18-year-old activist said […]

Banks should invest in nature to fight climate crisis, says Prince William

Duke tells IMF and World Bank event that investment in reforestation and cleaner oceans must be stepped up Banks can help to turn the tide in the battle against climate breakdown by investing more in nature, the Duke of Cambridge has said. Prince William told a joint International Monetary Fund and World Bank event on […]