Earth’s total carbon store

Scientists estimate Earth’s total carbon store Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionCarbon is all around us – in the trees and in the rocks There are 1.85 billion, billion tonnes of carbon on Earth, with more than 99% of it resident beneath our feet. Scientists from the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) project have spent 10 years assessing […]

Amazon fires

Merkel backs Macron’s call for G7 talks on Amazon fires German chancellor ‘convinced of emergency’ but Brazil’s leader accuses European leaders of colonialism Play Video 1:49 Large swathes of the Amazon rainforest are burning – video report Angela Merkel has backed Emmanuel Macron’s call to put the fires in the Amazon on the agenda at […]

Plant-based diet can fight climate change – UN

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionVegan burgers are now a fixture on many restaurant menus Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said. A major report on land use and climate change says the West’s high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming. But scientists and officials stopped […]

Climate change: Hungry nations add the least to global CO2

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionBurundi has contributed little to rising temperatures, but will be hit hard by some of the effects The impoverished African nation of Burundi comes top of a list of the world’s most food-insecure countries says Christian Aid. The charity argues that Burundi and others are now keenly feeling the impacts of climate […]

UK needs sustainability act to avert economic collapse, says IPPR

A placard rests on the kerb as members of Extinction Rebellion block a bridge in Leeds Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images Britain needs an overarching new sustainability law to bolster natural life-support systems and prevent economic and social collapse, according to proposals from one of the country’s most influential leftwing thinktanks. The paper says policymakers have […]

We must change food production to save the world, says leaked report

Cutting carbon from transport and energy ‘not enough’ IPCC finds Hereford beef cattle. The IPCC report says meat consumption should be cut to reduce methane emissions. Photograph: Australian Scenics/Getty Images Attempts to solve the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions from only cars, factories and power plants are doomed to failure, scientists will warn this […]

The five species affected by plastic pollution

From crabs to whales, bacteria to humans, the plastic in our seas is harming life all along the food chain A flesh-footed shearwater in flight near New Zealand. Photograph: FLPA/Alamy Stock Photo Seabirds Scientists from the University of Tasmania reported last week that plastic ingestion is having a negative impact on the health of flesh-footed […]

Climate change: July ‘marginally’ warmest month on record

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES A preliminary analysis of global temperature data for July suggests it may have “marginally” become the warmest month on record. Figures from the first 29 days of a month in which many countries had heatwaves are “on a par” or slightly higher than a record set in July 2016. The assessment was […]

Climate change: Heatwave made up to 3C hotter by warming

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES The searing July heatwave that hit Europe last week was made both more likely and more intense by human-induced climate change, scientists say. A rapid attribution study says that heating added up to 3C to the intensity of the event that scorched the UK, France and the Netherlands. In France, the heatwave […]