Environment

What is Cop26 and what could be achieved?
A climate change protest outside the Palace of Westminster
Fact file

What is Cop26 and what could be achieved?

Delegates expected to land in Scotland in matter of weeks
22 Sep 2021
Insulate Britain: who are they and what do they want?
Insulate Britain protesters
Profile

Insulate Britain: who are they and what do they want?

The climate activists have blocked M25 repeatedly over past week
21 Sep 2021
COP26: will China play ball on climate change?
Emissions in China
Today’s big question

COP26: will China play ball on climate change?

Fears grow that the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter will not co-operate at forthcoming climate talks
20 Sep 2021
The most extreme weather events in 2021
Wildfire in Greece
In pictures

The most extreme weather events in 2021

Hundreds of lives have been claimed by devastating weather this year
20 Sep 2021
The ethics of having children in the age of climate change
Extinction Rebellion
Why we’re talking about . . .

The ethics of having children in the age of climate change

International survey finds one in four young people ‘hesitant’ about starting families amid global warming fears
16 Sep 2021
Hydrogen cars explained
Toyota Mirai
Getting to grips with . . .

Hydrogen cars explained

Rollout of the vehicles being hampered by lack of tech infrastructure
16 Sep 2021
How ‘direct air capture’ turns carbon dioxide into stone
Direct air capture containers
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How ‘direct air capture’ turns carbon dioxide into stone

Experts say the technology could reduce current greenhouse gas levels within years
8 Sep 2021

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Explained: why Rome is sinking
A sinkhole swallows cars in Rome in 2018
In Depth

Explained: why Rome is sinking

Italian capital has been declared the ‘sinkhole capital of Europe’
7 Sep 2021
How carbon offsetting works
Flying plane
Getting to grips with . . .

How carbon offsetting works

Experts question efficiency and effectiveness of unregulated schemes that allegedly cancel out travel emissions
6 Sep 2021
Germany’s left turn, glass shortages and a gaming ban
Test tubes in a lab
Podcast

Germany’s left turn, glass shortages and a gaming ban

Are German voters turning away from Angela Merkel and the centre-right? What’s really causing an NHS test tube shortage? And why is China banning game…
3 Sep 2021
The cities most at risk from climate change
Flooded street in Brooklyn, New York
Fact file

The cities most at risk from climate change

Urban populations in coastal areas face most severe impacts from rising temperatures
2 Sep 2021
Plague jabs, Havana syndrome and meat-free Mondays
A plague doctor
Podcast

Plague jabs, Havana syndrome and meat-free Mondays

Will a new vaccine finally banish the Black Death? Why are US diplomats falling ill all over the world? And is flexitarianism a step to permanent chan…
27 Aug 2021
Do Extinction Rebellion’s tactics help or hinder its cause?
Extinction Rebellion protesters in Covent Garden
Today’s big question

Do Extinction Rebellion’s tactics help or hinder its cause?

Climate activists planning series of protests after ‘paralysing’ London’s West End
24 Aug 2021
French wine industry hit by wildfires and ‘historic’ low harvest 
A firefighting helicopter flies above a wildfire near the Château des Bertrands winery in the Var region of Provence, France 
In Depth

French wine industry hit by wildfires and ‘historic’ low harvest 

Rosé wine-growing areas in Provence were devastated by the blaze
24 Aug 2021
Pensions, elephants and middle-class drugs
An elephant eats some leaves
Podcast

Pensions, elephants and middle-class drugs

Why is the government changing pension rules? How did a herd of elephants cross China? And will well-heeled drug users be named and shamed?
20 Aug 2021
Does Boris Johnson’s green agenda go far enough?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
In Focus

Does Boris Johnson’s green agenda go far enough?

The ‘awkward squad’ are threatening to make trouble over net zero
20 Aug 2021
How much will it cost the UK to get to net zero?
Boris Johnson sits in front of projected earth
In Depth

How much will it cost the UK to get to net zero?

Details still needed on who will bear cost of upfront investment
19 Aug 2021
Mercenaries, climate angst and the right to repair
Podcast

Mercenaries, climate angst and the right to repair

What are Russian soldiers doing in Libya? Are doom-laden climate headlines bad for our mental health? And are DIY gadget fixers about to get a break?
13 Aug 2021
Majority of Brits back stronger action to combat climate change
Extinction Rebellion protesters at Carbis Bay during the G7 summit
Between the lines

Majority of Brits back stronger action to combat climate change

Public in favour of greater clean energy investment and limits on flying
11 Aug 2021
The potential paths for climate change roadmap
Firefighters battle ongoing wildfires in Greece
Getting to grips with . . .

The potential paths for climate change roadmap

Experts say government intervention will be key in tackling environmental crisis
10 Aug 2021
IPCC’s report on climate change: ‘the frightening future that awaits us’
Greek wildfires
Getting to grips with . . .

IPCC’s report on climate change: ‘the frightening future that awaits us’

Landmark study says global temperatures likely to rise by 1.5C over next 20 years
9 Aug 2021
Thousands flee as ‘apocalyptic’ Greek fires intensify
Greece wildfires
In Depth

Thousands flee as ‘apocalyptic’ Greek fires intensify

British firefighters deployed to Greece to help battle devastating blaze threatening capital city
9 Aug 2021
Fires, floods and storms: America’s ‘permanent emergency’ has begun
Vehicles and a home are engulfed in flames
In Brief

Fires, floods and storms: America’s ‘permanent emergency’ has begun

This summer of climate horror feels like the ‘first, vertiginous 15 minutes of a disaster movie’, says The New York Times
6 Aug 2021
Pay cheques, sporting pressure and ancient plants
Equal pay campaigners
Podcast

Pay cheques, sporting pressure and ancient plants

Should we all know what our colleagues are paid? How will Olympic athletes cope with social media scrutiny? And could a strange desert plant unlock hu…
6 Aug 2021
Gulf Stream collapse explained
Greenland ice climate change
Fact file

Gulf Stream collapse explained

Study warns of famine, extreme cold and rising sea levels if planet’s key heat distributor shuts down
6 Aug 2021
Toxic run-off from cities, oil spills and fly-tipping: the state of England’s rivers
A person crosses from England to Wales over Bigsweir Bridge
In Depth

Toxic run-off from cities, oil spills and fly-tipping: the state of England’s rivers

How bad is the problem of pollution in our waterways? And what is being done about it?
6 Aug 2021
The Green New Deal
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders
Getting to grips with . . .

The Green New Deal

Ambitious resolution provides ‘framework’ for future climate plans
6 Aug 2021
Is the UK acting too slowly on climate change?
Activists hold banners and placards in Parliament Square
In Brief

Is the UK acting too slowly on climate change?

‘Every day, new evidence accumulates that humanity is on an unsustainable path’
6 Aug 2021
The Battle of Stonehenge: what to know about the controversial £1.7bn tunnel project
Stonehenge traffic
In Depth

The Battle of Stonehenge: what to know about the controversial £1.7bn tunnel project

Building a tunnel on the stretch of the A303 passing Stonehenge has been mooted for years. Now it might become a reality
2 Aug 2021
Flash floods, Tunisian turmoil and rich racing
Flash floods in London in July 2021
Podcast

Flash floods, Tunisian turmoil and rich racing

Are cities ready for a rise in extreme weather? Why has Tunisia’s president sacked the prime minister? And is the ‘most expensive race on earth’ worth…
30 Jul 2021
The best places to survive the collapse of society
View from Titterstone Clee Hill
Why we’re talking about . . .

The best places to survive the collapse of society

Experts rank island nations at top of ‘most resilient’ list
30 Jul 2021
The pros and cons of nuclear energy
Nuclear power plant
Getting to grips with . . .

The pros and cons of nuclear energy

Scientists say nuclear power is essential to efforts to tackle climate change
29 Jul 2021
Is Iran on the verge of sparking a water war?
A boy drinking water
In Depth

Is Iran on the verge of sparking a water war?

Shortages trigger nationwide protests as ‘political and economic apocalypse’ looms
29 Jul 2021
Will London’s Tube stations face more floods?
Man holds umbrella outside London Underground station
Why we’re talking about . . .

Will London’s Tube stations face more floods?

An unpublished London Underground report identified 85 Tube stations as being at ‘high risk’ of flooding
26 Jul 2021
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