By Archie Milligan We regularly see news headlines that use phrases such as, ‘Unprecedented Hurricanes’ and ‘Hurricane leaves unprecedented damage’. However, many of these stories don’t address the outstanding risks associated with areas affected by natural disasters. They overlook the fact that across the globe we are moving into zones of hazard and building inContinue reading “Climate Vulnerability is a Global Crisis”
“[T]he combination of energy and food shocks are a tipping point that will push Western societies over the edge”, warned an anonymous source at a top US financial institution. “[W]e are anticipating dangerous levels of civil unrest that could spiral into an unprecedented social crisis.” Recently, the Byline Times reported that Global banks and investment firms areContinue reading “Financial Institutions Prepare for Civil Unrest”
Source:Voa News I’ll start by cutting out beef. Beef comes from cows, cows produce methane, methane accelerates climate change. So I’ll start by cutting out beef. But he’s eating a steak at the table next to me! She’s got beef mince in her supermarket trolley! They’re having roast beef every sunday! My local supermarket hasContinue reading “The Government tells us that individual solutions can solve the climate crisis- they’re wrong!”
Starting in 2012, the New England Climate Adaptation Project (NECAP) began a new and exciting trial to attempt to draw local citizens and leaders’ attention to the effects of climate change. They began by selecting four coastal towns across the US and started researching how each town will need to adapt its way of functioningContinue reading “Can Role Play Help Us Adapt To Climate Change?”
By Harry Gray In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C. It called for ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’ to reduce the risks of increasing climate change. But where can we start? What can we doContinue reading “The Urgent Need To Retrofit Our Homes”
By Harry Gray In February of 1971 Edgar Mitchell made history by being the sixth person to set foot on the moon. He spent nine hours on the lunar surface working as part of the Apollo 14 programme. During this time, he collected nearly one hundred pounds of lunar samples for laboratory examination, performed complexContinue reading “International Cooperation on Climate Change is Failing, and People want Change”
By Elise Peterson-Trujillo (from Public Citizen) and Justin Stevens In August 2021, the global insurance firm AIG was the headline sponsor for the British Women’s Open Golf Tournament. In the same month, the Sixth IPCC report made clear that, in order to keep the planet within 1.5°C of warming, all fossil fuel production must beContinue reading “Insurers fuelling climate crisis”
In 2021 the Parliamentary Elections for Scotland returned a majority for pro-independence parties, with the support of the Green Party alongside the SNP. The momentum for another independence momentum builds.
When we think of tackling climate change, the first thing that comes to mind is reducing greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide, methane, chlorofluorocarbons). Alongside this, we may consider ways to improve natural ‘carbon sinks’, such as planting forests. But there is another element – one that has, for the most part, been consigned as a secondary consideration, or even something that is deliberately avoided. It is, of course, climate adaptation.
The second wave of COVID-19 is still hitting many countries, and total lock-downs are the norm. Working from home and travel bans have resulted in a fall in CO2 emissions, outpacing the 2008 recession and even WWII. So has this bought us more time, and is the climate emergency now a little less urgent?