An illuminated iceberg as part of a project by Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter for COP26.
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Artists do more than tell us there’s a problem. They can add nuance to the complex web of interconnected issues we face and tell stories about loss, possibility and transformation.
Soybeans sprout on an Illinois farm through corn stubble left on an unplowed field from the previous season – an example of no-till farming.
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Policymakers want to pay farmers for storing carbon in soil, but there are no uniform rules yet for measuring, reporting or verifying the results. Four scholars offer some ground rules.
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Discord and doubt are the last things the world needs at this critical moment.
South Africa still depends on coal for most of its electricity.
Climate pledges must be more ambitious and focus on early and aggressive action to deal with global emissions.
Corn cobs dried up after a drought in eastern France in 2015.
The climate issue cannot be considered less urgent than the social or economic crisis.
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We may only have 12 years to stop climate change and the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015 seems more in doubt than ever. What can we hope to come out of COP24?
COP24 venue Spodek arena in Katowice, Poland.
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.
A too rapid transition to a low-carbon economy would threaten financial stability. A slow transition would run the risk of exceeding irreversible ecological thresholds.
Many bitcoins equals a heavy environmental burden.
The digital world is taking more and more space in our lives… and dramatically increasing electrical use. It’s a serious problem given the urgent need fight climate change.
As Australia looks to expand the coal industry at home, it’s also ramping up regional diplomacy aimed at avoiding condemnation by those at the front line of climate change.
The uncovering of Seoul’s Cheonggye stream, which was once covered by a highway, shows the kind of initiatives cities can take.
From citizens who sit on the boards of energy companies to neighbourhoods that help fund local wind farms, community action is critical to the environmental movement.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg announce plans to ratify the Paris climate deal, which could be severely weakened by a US change of heart.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced plans to ratify the Paris climate agreement, a day after US participation in the treaty was thrown into dought by Donald Trump’s election victory.
Bhokul has faced the loss of her family’s land, and the loss of their income. Now climate change threatens her livelihood even more.
Meet Bhokal, who has already lost so much due to environmental disasters, and who needs the Paris agreement to be a success.
Hard decisions must be made, and commitments must be backed up by concrete action at this year’s climate conference in Morocco.
The Paris climate conference made key plans to avert global warming. The conference in Morocco will hope to put these plans in action.
Less than a year after the Paris negotiations, the process is gathering pace.
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Just 11 months after the Paris climate talks, the resulting treaty has come into force. The rapid ratification looks set to heap even more pressure on Australia to come up with a credible climate policy.
If sea level rise takes away someone’s land, should that country be compensated and how?
Despite the fanfare of signing the Paris Agreement on climate, little progress has been made on compensating poor countries for irreparable damages from climate change.
More than 160 nations will sign the Paris Agreement on its opening day – a record for a United Nations treaty.
More than 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on April 22. But enough countries will also need to ratify the treaty domestically before it can become international law.
South Africa has a long way to go to make a fair contribution to the global goals set out under the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement marks an important step towards climate change mitigation – one in which developed and developing countries alike take action.
We’re talking about a lot of seeds.
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The concerns about genetically modified foods are well known. But when we look at population and climate projections, what happens if we don’t use them to increase our food supply?
Bill Gates pioneered the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, an initiative by 28 billionaires to push for more funding for clean energy.
In the age of austerity, governments have limited resources to invest in new areas of research – like clean energy – that have multiple risks. Billionaires like Bill Gates can help plug the gap.