Rich countries to pay for developing world’s climate disasters

The UN’s climate conference in Egypt limped over the finish line Sunday morning with a commitment to launch a fund to compensate poor countries suffering from catastrophic climate-change events. The breakthrough spared the COP27 event from total collapse.

8 billion and counting

This week, the world’s population ticks over a historic milestone. But in the next century, society will be reshaped dramatically — and soon we’ll hit a decline we’ll never reverse.

World close to ‘irreversible’ climate breakdown, says UN

The UN environment agency’s report finds there is “no credible pathway to 1.5C in place” and that “woefully inadequate” progress on cutting carbon emissions means the only way to limit the worst impacts is a “rapid transformation of societies”.

Telescopes on the moon

Our future in space relies on settling the Moon and using it as a base to probe the deepest questions in the cosmos.

Africa can and must be a leader in clean energy

Kenya’s president Ruto writes: Africa is the continent most affected by climate change and yet the least responsible for it. Despite this, Africa has the opportunity to lead the world and show that we do not need to destroy the climate to prosper.

Methane gas: What’s the big deal?

Methane leaking from pipelines on the floor of the Baltic Sea are only the tip of the iceberg: Scientists have reported that methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are far worse than previously thought.

Can AI help us talk to whales and other animals?

Speaking to animals has long been a fantasy. But now a dizzyingly ambitious project is harnessing all the power of modern science in an attempt to understand what whales say – and then hold conversations with them.

How many people can Earth handle?

Towards the end of 2022, the human population on Earth is expected to reach eight billion. To mark the occasion, BBC Future takes a look at one of the most controversial issues of our time. Are there too many of us? Or is this the wrong question?