Environment and Climate Change

Scientists Say We’re About to Enter a New Epoch in Human History

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The news: Scientists are gathering in Berlin, Germany today to debate whether humanity’s impact on the planet (think global warming) is drastic enough to merit a new name that will mark the reign of humans: the Anthropocene. The interdisciplinary body of 30 scientists, called the Anthropocene Working Group, has a self-imposed deadline, 2016, to submit a formal proposal that would make the ... Read More »

Richard Flanagan ‘ashamed to be Australian’ over environmental policies

Richard Flanagan: ‘I don’t understand why our government seems committed to destroying what we have that’s unique in the world.’ Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

Man Booker prize winner says he is saddened by the Australian government’s environmental policies and prime minister Tony Abbott’s statement that ‘coal is good for humanity’  Jump to comments The winner of the Man Booker prize, Richard Flanagan says he is “ashamed to be an Australian” because of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s environmental policies. Flanagan has won the prestigious ... Read More »

Unesco threatens to put Venice on its Heritage at Risk list

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Concern over development projects prompts request for a monitoring mission This Friday, 17 October, is the final deadline for environmental comments to be submitted to the Italian government regarding its desion to deep-dredge a channel through the lagoon so that the vast cruise ships can enter the port of Venice without sailing through the city. Since the decision was announced ... Read More »

Opinion: To Combat Malnutrition, Don’t Just Produce More Food—Produce Better Food

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Two billion people lack essential micronutrients in their diets. We need to create more nutritious food systems, says FAO director-general. Our current food systems face a tough challenge: ensuring food security as well as a balanced diet for everyone around the globe. The figures are striking: Around 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger, and roughly two billion people suffer ... Read More »

Tony Abbott says ‘coal is good for humanity’ while opening mine

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‘Coal is vital for the future energy needs of the world, so let’s have no demonisation of coal’ says PM Tony Abbott has declared “coal is good for humanity” while opening a coalmine in Queensland. The prime minister, who describes himself as a conservationist, said coal was vital to the world and that fossil fuel should not be demonised. “Coal is ... Read More »

Gaudí, an inspiration to architects—and a famous chef

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This month’s congress on Gaudí will focus on the church of Colònia Güell A conference on the designer, alternately called a madman and a genius, is taking place in Barcelona It is said that when the head of Barcelona’s school of architecture gave a young Antoni Gaudí his degree in 1878, he said it wasn’t clear if he was presenting ... Read More »

It’s Not All Doom and Gloom: What We Can Do Now for the Arctic

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Last week I was in New York, where policy makers and the public alike spoke out about climate change. None of us are strangers to the realities of climate change — steadily climbing temperatures and carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, melting ice and rising sea levels. However, fewer people are aware of how they can help to tackle the problem. While ... Read More »

Satellite images show Aral Sea basin ‘completely dried’

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An area of the Central Asian inland sea – once the fourth largest in the world – was left parched in August, according to Nasa photographs  Jump to comments A large section of the Aral Sea has completely dried up for the first time in modern history, according to Nasa. Images from the US space agency’s Terra satellite released last week ... Read More »