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.

Carbon sinks: How nature helps fight climate change

Forests, soils, and oceans are the unsung heroes of our climate, storing the greenhouse gases that cause global heating. But humans are destroying more and more natural CO2 sinks, damaging our most successful tool to halt a climate catastrophe.

Capitalism is killing the planet

George Monbiot says it’s time to stop buying into our own destruction. Instead of focusing on ‘micro consumerist bollocks’ like ditching our plastic coffee cups, we must challenge the pursuit of wealth and level down, not up.

What’s the beef with cows and the climate crisis?

Reducing methane emissions is seen as the biggest opportunity for slowing global heating by 2040. The UN wants a shift away from outsized meat and dairy industries, especially in high-income countries. Yet production continues to rise.

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.