Environment

Mortgage penalties, waste and femcels
Houses for sale
Podcast

Mortgage penalties, waste and femcels

Should mortgages cost more for inefficient homes? Can companies be shamed into cutting wasted stock? And has the incel movement spread to women?
22 Oct 2021
Is it worth switching your gas boiler to a heat pump?
Boris Johnson
Why we’re talking about . . .

Is it worth switching your gas boiler to a heat pump?

The government hopes to have 5.5 million heat pumps in British homes by 2030
20 Oct 2021
The government’s green strategies in a nutshell
Rishi Sunak
Getting to grips with . . .

The government’s green strategies in a nutshell

Net zero plans for finance and homes are announced as the Treasury tots up the price tag
19 Oct 2021
Glasgow’s Cop26 ‘gold rush’: where will all the delegates stay?
The Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow will host the Cop26 summit
Behind the scenes

Glasgow’s Cop26 ‘gold rush’: where will all the delegates stay?

Inflated accommodation prices mean some visitors will travel from Edinburgh
19 Oct 2021
Prince William and the billionaire space race’s climate problem
Jeff Bezos (second left) and his Blue Origin crew after flying into space
Pros and cons

Prince William and the billionaire space race’s climate problem

Carbon emissions of four space tourists ‘up to 100 times more’ than passenger on long-haul flight
14 Oct 2021
What is the coldest UK winter on record?
Car pulls over in cold weather
Getting to grips with . . .

What is the coldest UK winter on record?

Britain and other countries warned of ‘full-blown crisis’ if temperatures plummet too low
14 Oct 2021
Dead ships, film strikes and pandemic travel
Oil pipeline
Podcast

Dead ships, film strikes and pandemic travel

Why is the UN worried about a supertanker in Yemen? Will strikes cause a streaming video shortage? And what next for the ‘zero-Covid’ success stories?…
8 Oct 2021

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What causes flooding?
Taxi drives on flooded London street
Getting to grips with . . .

What causes flooding?

Government hopes £5.2bn flood defence plan and lower emissions can protect UK homes and businesses
8 Oct 2021
Insulate Britain: what do they want?
Insulate Britain protesters
Profile

Insulate Britain: what do they want?

Home secretary plans to increase penalties for disrupting motorways amid road protest chaos
7 Oct 2021
Gene editing, joke theft and manifesting
Wheat farming
Podcast

Gene editing, joke theft and manifesting

Are we on the verge of a new agricultural revolution? Why are comedians going to court? And what on earth is manifesting?
1 Oct 2021
How gene editing works
A field being harvested
Fact file

How gene editing works

Regulations covering gene manipulation in agriculture are expected to be relaxed
29 Sep 2021
Clinical injustice, wireless power and pandas
A nurse with a vaccine
Podcast

Clinical injustice, wireless power and pandas

Why do so many clinical trials exclude women? Will we soon be free of power cables? And is panda fertility finally on the rise?
24 Sep 2021
What is Boris Johnson’s record on climate change?
Boris Johnson speech at UN
In Depth

What is Boris Johnson’s record on climate change?

PM tells world leaders to ‘grow up’ on tackling climate change
23 Sep 2021
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
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
Fact file

How ‘direct air capture’ turns carbon dioxide into stone

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