UN launches Madrid climate conference

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described as “utterly inadequate” efforts to stop climate change. He noted that the world has the scientific knowledge and technical means to limit global warming but political will is lacking.

Saving the Whanganui

Granted personhood by New Zealand’s parliament, the Whanganui is the first river to be recognised as an indivisible, living being. But what happens when the river encounters development, farming, forestry, and run-off that challenge its health and ecology?

Climate tipping points — too risky to bet against

Evidence is mounting that tipping points in the Earth system — such as the loss of the Amazon rainforest or the West Antarctic ice sheet — could be more likely than was thought, potentially committing the world to widespread, long-term irreversible changes.

History as a giant data set

Calculating the patterns and cycles of the past could lead us to a better understanding of history. Could it also help us prevent a looming crisis?

Climategate 10 years on: what lessons have we learned?

Climategate marks its 10th anniversary this month – an opportune moment to reflect on just how serious was its impact on efforts to stop Earth from being ravaged by rising seas, spreading deserts, disappearing coral reefs, and suffocating heat.

A view from everywhere all the time

Tech companies are rapidly networking the environment in ways that will transform our perception of nature—just as social media reshaped our relationships with each other. What could possibly go wrong?

Healthy diet means a healthy planet, study shows

The analysis assessed the health and environmental impacts of 15 foods common in Western diets and found fruit, vegetables, beans, and wholegrains were best for both avoiding disease and protecting the climate and water resources.
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