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Latest stories

Can Europe decarbonise its heavy industry?

Yes, though it won’t be easy

Crickets are an indicator of ecosystem health

The chirps of insects tell an important story


Devastating floods like Pakistan’s will be more common in a warming world

Rapidly melting glaciers could mean more such tragedies


Australia passes a law to reduce emissions, at last

That will not stop it from opening new coal mines

The Alaskan wilderness reveals the past and the future

The oil flows more slowly, the climate changes more quickly

Ireland’s dreams of exporting wind power are plausible

But first it will have to conquer deep and stormy seas

Heatwaves and floods around the world may be a taste of years to come



Politics

Climate change may lead to staggering levels of migration

Gaia Vince and Anatol Lieven ask how the world might cope

Can South-East Asian countries learn to share power?

Why a super-grid connecting the region remains a long way off


Why Egypt’s plans for solar power are left in the shade

The government is keen on rooftop panels. Its citizens are not


Traditional farming practices are being boosted in Guatemala

The lack of viable economic alternatives means many want to move north



Business and finance

A drought in China hits industry

The ill effects of hot weather and drought



State-run oil giants will make or break the energy transition

They are intent on pumping more oil for years to come—but even they cannot completely ignore climate change

ESG should be boiled down to one simple measure: emissions

Three letters that won’t save the planet

A broken system needs urgent repairs

The environmental, social and governance (ESG) approach to investment is broken. It needs to be streamlined and stripped of sanctimoniousness, argues Henry Tricks



Science and data

Heatwaves kill more Americans than hurricanes, tornadoes and floods

Yet some local governments are still not taking extreme heat seriously

In the world of greenery, no good deed goes unpunished

Reducing oil consumption may make sulphur production more polluting


Ways to make aviation fuel green

Airlines hope to become carbon neutral by 2050


Explainer: The increase in simultaneous heatwaves

Climate change is to blame, though the exact mechanism is unclear

How safe is nuclear energy?

Despite some notable disasters, nuclear power is one of the least deadly sources of energy



Climate videos

How chemical pollution is suffocating the sea

Many parts of the ocean are being starved of oxygen. This threatens marine life and adds to climate change

Was COP26 a success?

Our correspondent runs through the most important takeaways from the UN climate conference


Can carbon markets reduce carbon emissions?

So far, progress has been slow


Eating our way to a more sustainable future

Insects, lab-grown meat and vertically-farmed produce could all be on our plates

Who should fix climate change?

Governments, companies or individuals?

How can the world’s energy be decarbonised?

We answer your questions on how the sector can become more sustainable



Understanding climate change

Climate adaptation policies are needed more than ever

People are already suffering from catastrophic losses as a result of extreme weather events like cyclone Amphan

The world’s energy system must be transformed completely

It has been changed before, but never as fast or fully as must happen now


Damage from climate change will be widespread and sometimes surprising

It will go far beyond drought, melting ice sheets and crop failures


Humanity’s immense impact on Earth’s climate and carbon cycle

Much needs to be done for the damage to be reversed

How modelling articulates the science of climate change

From paper and pencil to the world’s fastest computers

Why tackling global warming is a challenge without precedent

The first of six weekly briefs looks at the history of efforts to limit greenhouse-gas emissions