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27 08 2022 | 07:27

William MacAskill: ‘There are 80 trillion people yet to come. They need us to start protecting them’

The moral philosopher gives most of his earnings to charity, says we need more not less economic growth to tackle global heating, and in a striking new book argues that it’s our duty to ensure the…

27 08 2022 | 06:28

Revealed: how climate breakdown is supercharging toll of extreme weather

The devastating intensification of extreme weather is laid bare today in a Guardian analysis that shows how people across the world are losing their lives and livelihoods due to more deadly and more…

27 08 2022 | 06:23

Why you need to worry about the ‘wet-bulb temperature’

In March, April and May this year, India and its neighbours endured repeated heatwaves that exposed more than a billion people to dangerously hot conditions. India broke several temperature records.…

22 08 2022 | 07:56

Fate of ‘sleeping giant’ East Antarctic ice sheet ‘in our hands’ – study

The fate of the world’s biggest ice sheet rests in the hands of humanity, a new analysis has shown. If global heating is limited to 2C, the vast East Antarctic ice sheet should remain stable, but if…

17 08 2022 | 16:29

African nations expected to make case for big rise in fossil fuel output

Leaders of African countries are likely to use the next UN climate summit in November to push for massive new investment in fossil fuels in Africa, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

17 08 2022 | 16:28

What does the US-China row mean for climate change?

China’s decision to halt cooperation with the US over the climate crisis has provoked alarm, with seasoned climate diplomats urging a swift resumption of talks to help stave off worsening global…

17 08 2022 | 16:28

Australia should abandon goal to limit global heating to 1.5C, says gas company eyeing Beetaloo Basin

A gas company with interests in the Beetaloo Basin is calling on the federal government to rewrite its climate change legislation to abandon the “unattainable” objective of trying to limit global…

17 08 2022 | 16:00

Floods, storms and heatwaves are a direct product of the climate crisis – that’s a fact, so where is the action?

In November 2015, prolonged and heavy rainfall dumped 341mm (13.4in) of rain in Honister, Cumbria, within 24 hours. Just as in 2009 and again in 2013, when massive rainstorms inundated Cumbria and…

12 07 2022 | 07:15

Global dismay as supreme court ruling leaves Biden’s climate policy in tatters

Joe Biden’s election triggered a global surge in optimism that the climate crisis would, finally, be decisively confronted. But the US supreme court’s decision last week to curtail America’s ability…

05 07 2022 | 07:12

The Global South has the power to force radical climate action

During the past several years it has become clear that the international climate negotiations are failing to address the climate crisis. Existing policies have us on track for 3.2 degrees Celsius (5.…

22 06 2022 | 11:57

Are cool roofs the future for Australian cities?

Outdoor air temperature and cooling energy consumption can be significantly reduced by solar reflective material, research finds. A UNSW Sydney research team’s technological and cost-benefit…

20 06 2022 | 12:16

Climate change: Rising sea levels threaten 200,000 England properties

Nearly 200,000 properties in England may have to be abandoned due to rising sea levels by 2050, a report says. It looks at where water will cause most damage and whether defences are technically and…

02 06 2022 | 10:25

Greenhouse gas removal ‘not a silver bullet to achieve net zero’

Many of the UK’s top scientists working on carbon capture technologies do not believe they will be developed and scaled up in time to reach net zero and limit global heating to 1.5C.

26 05 2022 | 07:03

Shut down fossil fuel production sites early to avoid climate chaos, says study

Nearly half of existing fossil fuel production sites need to be shut down early if global heating is to be limited to 1.5C, the internationally agreed goal for avoiding climate catastrophe, according…

13 05 2022 | 12:50

‘Devastating’: 91% of reefs surveyed on Great Barrier Reef affected by coral bleaching in 2022

Coral bleaching affected 91% of reefs surveyed along the Great Barrier Reef this year, according to a report by government scientists that confirms the natural landmark has suffered its sixth mass…

10 05 2022 | 07:44

Incredibly, current climate pledges could keep heating below 2C – but our work isn’t over

The climate crisis is often seen in binary terms. Precise temperature targets – limiting global heating to 1.5C or 2C – imply decisive moments of victory or loss. Headlines warn that we have only “12…