BEST Futures coordinator wins IPPY book award

Graeme Taylor has won a bronze medal in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards for A Paramedic’s Tales. He is also the author of Evolution’s Edge: The Coming Collapse and Transformation of Our World, which won an IPPY gold medal in 2009.

The search for alien tech

Radio signals is old hat: now it’s all about hunting for extraterrestrial technosignatures. But do we want to be found?

Climate change: Why Australia refuses to give up coal

Australia’s 2030 emissions target is half the US and UK benchmarks. It has resisted joining the two-thirds of countries who have pledged net zero emissions by 2050. And instead of phasing out coal, it’s committed to digging for more.

What’s at stake at COP26?

A UN climate summit in Glasgow will pressure world leaders to stop burning fossil fuels, stabilize global temperatures, and share money to adapt to increasingly extreme weather.

The five biggest threats to our natural world

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has identified the main drivers of biodiversity loss: changes in land and sea use; exploitation of natural resources; climate change; pollution; and invasion of alien species.

Canadians are among the world’s worst carbon emitters

A new report shows Canada is trailing behind other wealthy countries when it comes to cutting carbon emissions, and outlines concrete steps that can be taken to help the world limit warming to the 1.5 C goal set by the Paris Agreement.

Xi declares end to Chinese support for new coal power abroad

China will end its support for new coal power projects overseas, president Xi Jinping told the UN General Assembly. China has been the biggest public financer of foreign coal, particularly in rapidly-growing Asian economies, but has slowed down recently.

90% of global farm subsidies damage people and planet, says UN

Almost 90% of the $540bn in global subsidies given to farmers every year are “harmful”, a UN report has found. This support damages people’s health, fuels the climate crisis, destroys nature, and drives inequality by excluding smallholder farmers.