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The hard truths of climate change — by the numbers

Monday - A set of troubling charts shows how little progress nations have made toward limiting greenhouse-gas emissions.

Make phones that last longer and we could cut emissions

Friday - Extending the lifespan of smartphones by just one year would significantly reduce carbon emissions in the European Union, according to a new report .

Why we must see humanity and nature as one

Friday - From transport and housing to food production and fashion, our civilisation is driving climate and ecological breakdown.

CLIMATE ACTION: Meet the good, the bad and the ugly

Burning the Amazon forests

Thursday - Ahead of next week's UN climate summit, noted Australian climate academic BILL HARE takes stock of the world's best and worst performers on climate action - including some surprise success stories.

Can a climate-conscious diet include meat?

Thursday - Two new studies are making the case that people in high-income countries need to cut back on livestock-based foods, but they're also suggesting that one-size-fits-all recommendations won't work in all cases.

Trollbots swarm Twitter with climate attacks

18 Sep 19 - A new tool is tracking automated and otherwise questionable social media accounts as they sow disinformation, discord and division. Climate change is a target.

Global warming hotspots pass safe limit

18 Sep 19 - By land and sea, some of the planet’s hotspots are already above the temperature agreed by scientists and politicians as the maximum allowable to prevent a disastrous climate crisis.


$1m-a-minute farm subsidies drive crisis, says report

17 Sep 19 - The public is providing more than $1m per minute in global farm subsidies, much of which is driving the climate crisis and destruction of wildlife, according to a new report.

The 'Lionesses' changed our measure of climate ambition

17 Sep 19 - In 2013, a group of women sat around the kitchen table at Glen House, a country estate in the Scottish borders.

Deforestation getting worse, says study

16 Sep 19 - Big agribusinesses aren't doing enough to stop deforestation in their supply chains, critics say.

KNEES UP: Hot days in the field might see test stars in shorts

12 Sep 19 - The changing climate has brought to the holy temple of cricket a raft of possible consequences, from more drinks breaks to playing in shorts.

Building climate defences could boost economies

11 Sep 19 - Countries could reap a $7 trillion economic prize by investing in measures to adapt to a changing climate, according to an analysis backed by Ban Ki-Moon, Bill Gates and the head of the World Bank.

Big Food 'failing to face up to role' in emergency

5 Sep 19 - The world’s biggest producers of meat, dairy and seafood are failing to tackle the enormous impact they are having on the planet through deforestation, the routine use of antibiotics and greenhouse...

Don't leave crisis to 'neanderthals', says Kerry

5 Sep 19 - Humanity risks marching off a cliff unless governments take immediate action to fight the climate emergency, says former US secretary of state John Kerry.

Belt and Road could weaken global 2deg target

4 Sep 19 - China’s multi-trillion dollar global investment plans could blow the 2deg warming limit set by the Paris Agreement without curbs on pollution, a new study says.

What does '12 years left to act' really mean?

3 Sep 19 - Where does the idea of the planet having 11 or 12 years left to act on climate change come from, and what does it actually mean?

Russia likely to ratify Paris Agreement

3 Sep 19 - Officials in Moscow say the Russian government plans, after several years’ hesitation, to ratify the global agreement, the Paris climate accord, within the next few months.

Pilgrims to Mecca risk being killed by heat

30 Aug 19 - Many of the nearly two million Muslim pilgrims who journey to Saudi Arabia annually will soon be in severe danger of death from the extreme heat.

There's only one way nuclear war could be a cool idea

28 Aug 19 - Smoke from Canadian forest fires was so vast it bore comparison with a nuclear bomb’s mushroom cloud – and the global cooling that might unleash.


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