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Tourism, that quintessentially elitist pursuit, is now responsible for almost 8 percent of global CO₂ emissions. Blake Barlow/Unsplash

Inequality and climate change: the rich must step up

In the face of climate change, the poorest are suffering from the excess emissions of CO₂ linked to the lifestyle of the richest. It is time to act, in the name of climate and social justice.
The Darling River near Louth NSW, April 2019, in the midst of a drought compounded by upstream irrigation policies. Jaana Dielenberg

As the dust of the election settles, Australia’s wildlife still needs a pathway for recovery

In the event, the federal election turned out to be more about the economy than the environment. But there are steps the Coalition government can take to help conservation and boost the economy too.
Many cities have plans in place to adapt to or mitigate the effects of climate change. But are they credible? An ongoing study looks into the question. David Blackwell/Flickr

Are our cities effectively planning for climate change?

In the fight against climate change, cities are now seen as having a major role to play. An ongoing study examines the effectiveness of the adaptation and mitigation plans of 126 coastal cities.
The heat makes the drought even worse, because it makes the plants more thirsty so they have to drink more. Tim J Keegan/flickr

Curious Kids: why do we have a drought?

We can't make it rain. But you are already helping if you don't use more water than you need. And you can talk to your parents about the planet getting warmer, because the heat makes drought worse.
The lack of political will to meet emission targets could see more extreme flooding in the future, like what happened the Québec community of Gatineau in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Emission targets: If there’s a (political) will, there’s a way

Achieving climate objectives is economically realistic, but won't be possible without the support of a real transition strategy that is still lacking at all levels of government in Canada.
Coal smokestacks are seen peeking through the clouds in Kentucky. Both Canada and the U.S. need Green New Deals to help create healthy and sustainable economies that are no longer reliant on fossil fuels. Nik Shuliahin/Unsplash

Canada needs its own Green New Deal

A Green New Deal would confront both climate change and social inequality. Its prospects in the United States are uncertain, but Canada should endeavour to develop one of its own anyway.
COP24 venue Spodek arena in Katowice, Poland. Milosz Maslanka/Shutterstock

COP24: what to expect

Climate change conferences can be bewildering. Here's a recap of how we got here, what to look out for at COP24 and what comes next.

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