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.

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.

Earth’s tipping points could be closer than we think

Complex systems, such as the atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere seek equilibrium. When they are pushed too far out of one equilibrium state, they can flip suddenly into another. Once a transition has happened, it cannot realistically be reversed.

Climate change: IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity’

Human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and sometimes irreversible ways, says a major UN scientific report. It warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts, and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade.