Symbolic gesture or assertion of state power? Declaring a climate 'emergency' walks a fine line between hopeful rhetoric and risk to democracy.
Erosion damage caused by Hurricane Hanna is seen along the Fisher border wall, a privately funded border fence, along the Rio Grande River near Mission, Texas, on July 30, 2020.
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As a zoonotic virus, COVID-19 is itself a symptom of human-influenced climate change. It is also indicative of the humanitarian impact of future environmental crises.
Journalists are better at covering the climate crisis but there's still room for improvement.
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The response to coronavirus shows us that people can still work together to do the right thing.
Montreal climate march, September 27 2019.
New research shows changing your lifestyle for environmental reasons can lead you into political action.
The UN's climate change conference is coming to the UK this year, and former industrial powerhouse Glasgow is just the city to demonstrate its environmental commitment.
What is the climate emergency, and whose climate crisis is it anyway?
Our food, finance, and logistics systems are more vulnerable than we think.
Our food, finance, and logistics systems are worringly vulnerable to climate shocks – we can't rule out collapses within a decade.
Thousands of people evacuated Calgary when its two rivers flooded in June 2013.
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Hundreds of Canadian municipalities have declared climate emergencies but many have yet to take action.
While Australian fiction of the 19th century portrayed bushfires as isolated events. This week, more than 50 fires burned in NSW.
Tales of heroic rescues and bush Christmases in Australian fiction of the 19th century describe a time when the fire season was confined to summer.
Global population is rising.
There are plenty other good reasons to stabilise the global population.
Swedish activist and student Greta Thunberg, centre, takes part in the Climate Strike in Montreal on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
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Economic growth and climate change are related. It is time to question the economics and foster discussions about the hard decisions we must make.
Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks as she takes part during the Climate Strike in New York. Tens of thousands of protesters joined rallies on Sept. 20 as a day of worldwide demonstrations calling for action against climate change.
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The kids are right when it comes to climate change, says an ethicist: adults have a moral and ethical responsibility to take the necessary actions to stop climate change.
As the emergency develops, our understanding of what is reasonable and lawful will inevitably change.
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Climate activists are using the 'extraordinary emergency' of climate change as a legal defence to justify law breaking.
A researcher completing bleaching surveys in the southern Great Barrier Reef after a major bleaching event.
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Few feel the pain of the Great Barrier Reef's decline more acutely than the scientists trying to save it. Ahead of a UN climate summit, two researchers write of their grief, and hope.
The climate crisis is itself an appalling lapse in duty of care by decision-makers, but we shouldn’t overlook this duty in our response.
Climate change is a super-wicked problem. With a growing sense of urgency to act on climate change, it is vital we strike a balance between encouraging action and limiting pushback.
People who have been affected by extreme weather events might experience mental health issues.
When we think about the health impacts of climate change, the effects of rising temperatures on physical health are often front of mind. But climate change affects people's mental health, too.
Shouting out loud.
Scientists from all over the world agree that the impacts of climate change will get worse, unless action is taken now.
The Greens and independent MPs are pushing for Australia to declare a national ‘climate emergency’, in line with several other nations.
Because climate change is so heavily politicised, the declaration of a national emergency would be a disaster for the major parties – and for bringing greater awareness to the problem.
Scientists working together with local people to create an eco-sea wall to protect against coastal erosion.
A biodegradable sea wall is cheaper than a concrete wall. In addition, it's easy for local people to replicate.