Environment

How the UK’s droughts compare with the rest of the world
Low water levels at Baitings Reservoir in West Yorkshire
Global lens

How the UK’s droughts compare with the rest of the world

UN warns that ‘land is drying up’ in countries across the globe
12 Aug 2022
Britain is getting wetter – so why are there hosepipe bans?
Bough Beech Reservoir in Tonbridge is currently showing as ‘below average’
Behind the scenes

Britain is getting wetter – so why are there hosepipe bans?

Met Office data shows we have enough water, the problems lie in timing
11 Aug 2022
What’s wrong with carbon offsetting?
Emissions seen in the sky from a coal-fired power plant
Podcasts

What’s wrong with carbon offsetting?

Critics question whether offsets are an effective tool to mitigate climate change – or just greenwashing
10 Aug 2022
How climate change might shape our holidays
Himandhoo, the Maldives
In Depth

How climate change might shape our holidays

As well as the method with which we travel, tourist hot spots are likely to change due to rising temperatures
10 Aug 2022
Is the Inflation Reduction Act a win for Biden?
Joe Biden
Talking point

Is the Inflation Reduction Act a win for Biden?

The law is designed to reduce not only inflation but also carbon emissions and prescription drug costs
9 Aug 2022
Are we experiencing ‘Insectageddon’?
A wasp on a flower is examined with a magnifying glass
Podcasts

Are we experiencing ‘Insectageddon’?

Population decline paints apocalyptic picture for Earth’s ecosystems
3 Aug 2022
A warming planet, a stubborn senate, a frustrated president
Joe Biden walking through South Lawn of the White House
Global lens

A warming planet, a stubborn senate, a frustrated president

Democrat senator Joe Manchin ‘pulled the plug’ on President Biden’s climate change legislation
29 Jul 2022

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Pros and cons of carbon offsetting
Small trees growing on a carbon offsetting farm
The great debate

Pros and cons of carbon offsetting

The popular but controversial tactic to limit greenhouse gases has faced continued scrutiny
28 Jul 2022
How drought may hit England
Dried out Woodhead Reservoir in Longdendale, UK
Getting to grips with . . .

How drought may hit England

National Drought Group considering tough restrictions to deal with hot, dry weather
26 Jul 2022
When will the next record-breaking heatwave hit Britain?
The smouldering ruins of houses following a large blaze in Wennington, Greater London
Today’s big question

When will the next record-breaking heatwave hit Britain?

Expert warns that yesterday’s high temperatures are ‘just the beginning’
20 Jul 2022
‘Snowflake Britain’: is the country overreacting to the heatwave?
Cooling down in London
Talking point

‘Snowflake Britain’: is the country overreacting to the heatwave?

As deaths rise, transport buckles and health services feel the strain, some are urging a bit of perspective
19 Jul 2022
Are overpopulation fears unfounded?
A crowd of people
Getting to grips with . . .

Are overpopulation fears unfounded?

Number of people on planet is growing at its slowest rate since 1950, says UN report
19 Jul 2022
What does hot weather do to your brain?
A group of women cool off in Trafalgar Square
Today’s big question

What does hot weather do to your brain?

Cognitive function, mental health and even crime are all linked to high temperatures
19 Jul 2022
Europe battles heatwave wildfires
Firefighter in Louchats, south-western France
In pictures

Europe battles heatwave wildfires

Thousands evacuated from their homes as heat-related death toll rises
18 Jul 2022
Why do heatwaves in the UK feel hotter than abroad?
People sitting in the sun by Tower Bridge in London in September 2021
Why we’re talking about . . .

Why do heatwaves in the UK feel hotter than abroad?

While the heat can be welcome when you’re on holiday, it can feel unbearable at home
15 Jul 2022
Does nuclear energy have an image problem?
Boris Johnson visits Hinkley Point C
Podcasts

Does nuclear energy have an image problem?

Government plans to expand UK’s nuclear network to help achieve net-zero
22 Jun 2022
DNA theft, an energy puzzle and news refuseniks
Podcasts

DNA theft, an energy puzzle and news refuseniks

Should we take steps to guard our genetic security? Is wind power overpriced? And why are so many of us turning off the news
17 Jun 2022
Animal-human conflict on the rise in India
Sign warning about elephants crossing
Unreported world

Animal-human conflict on the rise in India

Report says coexistence with wild animals in India is ‘reaching the threshold of tolerance’
15 Jun 2022
How Britain’s food system is set to change
Boris Johnson talks to a farm manager in Hayle, Cornwall
Getting to grips with . . .

How Britain’s food system is set to change

Critics claim ‘half-baked’ proposals will do little to improve food security, standards or sustainability
13 Jun 2022
Alcohol pricing, #JordanToo and coastal retreat
alcohol-pricing.jpg
Podcasts

Alcohol pricing, #JordanToo and coastal retreat

Has Scotland’s minimum drink price failed? Has Jordan reached a tipping point for women’s rights? And will seaside towns be abandoned to the waves?
10 Jun 2022
Gambling, flying and a cinematic comeback
Online gambling
Podcasts

Gambling, flying and a cinematic comeback

Why are strict new gambling laws in doubt? Can activists justify flying to an environmental conference? And is Top Gun: Maverick leading a celluloid r…
3 Jun 2022
The ‘wet bulb’ temperatures behind unprecedented heatwaves
A man tries to escape from a severe heatwave in Kolkata, India
Getting to grips with . . .

The ‘wet bulb’ temperatures behind unprecedented heatwaves

Heat and humidity combine to create deadly conditions that will only get more common
24 May 2022
India’s heatwave pushing limits of endurance
People rest in the shade under a bridge
Global lens

India’s heatwave pushing limits of endurance

Dozens are thought to have died, schools have been forced to close and taps have run dry
12 May 2022
Colonialism and climate change: the link examined
Demonstrators hold sign reading ‘the climate crisis is colonialism’ at Fridays for Future protest in Mexico City
Expert’s view

Colonialism and climate change: the link examined

Top scientists point to connection for first time in new IPCC study
25 Apr 2022
How the green agenda will affect the UK
Wind Turbines
In Depth

How the green agenda will affect the UK

Download The Week's guide to how the environmental landscape could change in the near future
14 Apr 2022
Just Stop Oil: who are the petrol protesters?
A Just Stop Oil protest
Today’s big question

Just Stop Oil: who are the petrol protesters?

Almost 350 people have been arrested since the group started taking action across the country on 1 April
12 Apr 2022
Are heat pumps worth the investment?
Air source heat pump
Expert’s view

Are heat pumps worth the investment?

Days of the gas boiler ‘are numbered’ as Britain heads towards a ‘home heating revolution’
11 Apr 2022
Arguments for and against nuclear power
Nuclear power plant
Pros and cons

Arguments for and against nuclear power

Nuclear energy forms the ‘centrepiece’ of Boris Johnson’s new energy strategy
7 Apr 2022
Boris Johnson’s energy strategy explained
Boris Johnson during a visit to the Hinkley Point nuclear power station
Fact file

Boris Johnson’s energy strategy explained

Nuclear energy at the heart of plan dismissed by critics as a ‘missed opportunity’
7 Apr 2022
What is carbon capture and storage?
A carbon capture facility in Longanet, Scotland
Fact file

What is carbon capture and storage?

The technology could help ‘neutralise’ emissions from power plants, according to UN report on climate change
5 Apr 2022
Chernobyl: what is the history, impact and present risk?
Chernobyl, Ukraine, Nuclear
In Brief

Chernobyl: what is the history, impact and present risk?

UN atomic agency to investigate reports that Russian troops left with radiation exposure
1 Apr 2022
Octoculture: why is the world’s first octopus farm so controversial?
Octopus at bottom of ocean
In Depth

Octoculture: why is the world’s first octopus farm so controversial?

Spanish firm’s plans have been met with fierce resistance from campaigners and scientists
11 Mar 2022
The pros and cons of fracking
A fracking site in California
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of fracking

Prime minister looking at ‘all options’ to secure the UK’s energy supplies
10 Mar 2022
Are beavers bad for the environment?
Beavers playing in a river
In Depth

Are beavers bad for the environment?

Farming and fisheries industries voice concern about reintroduction of wild species
10 Mar 2022
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