Crossing the carbon Rubicon
6 January 2017
As man-made global warming gets closer to the tipping point, Andrew Simms finds reasons to be positive about averting catastrophic climate change
TTIP: the corporate trump card
1 December 2014
The TTIP trade agreement could make it impossible for governments to legally ban fracking, writes Thomas McDonagh
Out damned spot
1 October 2014
Jyotsna Ram from the Art Not Oil coalition reports on the growing movement to get oil sponsorship out of the arts
Climate change plc
10 August 2013
From offshore drilling to gas fracking, it’s boom time for fossil fuels and the City is at the heart of it. Oscar Reyes says we need to challenge finance to win climate justice
31 December 2012
The government is backing the largest road building programme in 25 years. Andrea Needham reports
Why are wind farms sparking protest?
30 June 2012
Continuing controversy over wind farms in Wales illustrates the need for a redistribution of power and wealth in the energy sector, writes Kelvin Mason
Zero carbon Britain
25 July 2010
Kim Bryan examines a new report that sets out to show that it's possible to make Britain 'zero carbon' by 2030
Climate of change
1 December 2008
As the UN climate conference gathers in Poland, Janet Redman considers the prospects for a new deal on the climate
Agrofuels: are we winning?
14 October 2008
With mounting evidence of environmental damage and grave social consequences, making fuel from plants no longer seems such a good idea. But is the widespread criticism of agrofuels forcing policy changes? Oscar Reyes investigates
Coal in a hole
4 August 2008
The proposed new Kingsnorth power station promises 'clean coal', but the technology behind this claim is unproven. Ellen Potts looks behind the myths to examine why E On is lighting the path for a new generation of coal power
Voices of descent
3 October 2007
Addressing climate change can seem a colossal task. Melanie Jarman reports on the emerging 'transition town' movement, which is encouraging citizens' participation in long-term planning to change energy use at a local level
Local fighters lead climate war
1 August 2007
As the EU, the US and big business vie with each other to be recognised as taking serious action on climate change, Larry Lohmann wonders whether the real leadership is to be found elsewhere
Tents on the runway
1 July 2007
A rising tide of direct action on climate change is spreading across the UK. Tom Bailey records the spread of this movement, from last summer's Camp for Climate Action, which targeted the Drax power station, to this year's gathering near Heathrow Airport
Popular risings to the climate challenge
1 June 2007
How do we go about getting more people involved in responding to climate change? Popular education is the key, say Alice Cutler and Kim Bryan of the Trapese Collective
The great Channel 4 climate swindle
1 May 2007
With a much-touted documentary telling the British public that climate change is all an unsubstantiated myth, Andy Bowman unpicks the shady politics and cod science of Channel 4's latest attempt to up its ratings
The sting in the bio-buzz
1 March 2007
The EU’s new targets for biofuel use will result in the destruction of forests and livelihoods in the global South without a clear environmental gain, writes Jutta Kill
Carbon trade bandwagon
1 February 2007
With the Democrats rise to power in Washington, climate change has risen up the agenda in the form of carbon trading. Michael Dorsey critically examines emerging US climate policy
Carbon credits and the green desert
1 September 2006
As the struggle for land and water resources in Brazil intensifies, Heidi Bachram discovers that the new carbon market is an added burden for vulnerable communities.
1 August 2006
With some MPs now considering carbon rations as the cure-all for climate change, Heidi Bachram explores the effect it might have on the fuel-poor
Don’t bank on it
1 June 2006
With its poor track record on poverty, should the World Bank play a role in resolving the climate crisis?
What the US has done for us
1 May 2006
While the US is not world-renowned for being progressive on climate issues, Heidi Bachram finds that grassroots movements there have something to teach environmentalists.
No carbon copy of the west?
1 December 2005
With China’s energy consumption increasing by 65 per cent over the past three years alone, its rapid industrialisation has already made it the world’s second largest emitter of the greenhouse gases that accelerate climate change. Mel Jarman looks at how it is approaching the issue
(Micro)power for the people
1 September 2005
It's been described as the environmental equivalent of "the leap from the steam engine to the diesel locomotive". Melanie Jarman considers whether a shift to micropower generation is the solution to climate change
Don’t hold your breath
1 July 2005
As protesters prepare to give the G8 a warm Scottish welcome, Melanie Jarman predicts little chance of any agreement on climate change, save perhaps recognition, finally, that it is actually taking place
Taking the pledge
1 November 2004
The campaign to prevent airport expansion is gathering early momentum
Off-message at the World Bank
1 August 2004
A World Bank internal report has urged that the institution should cease investing in fossil-fuel projects. Sadly, the bank is unlikely to act accordingly.
No day after tomorrow
1 July 2004
There are plenty of things to say about The Day After Tomorrow, the recent $125m eco-catastrophe film. It's overlong, implausible, deeply derivative (a Poseidon Adventure on Ice), moderately well acted, thrilling in parts, and a film that will appeal to the kind of boy who likes to build elaborate models and then stamp on them.
Cruising for a bruising
1 June 2004
The prime minister seems to have woken up to the reality of climate change. So why is his government so recklessly keen on encouraging the aviation industry?
The end of the oil age
1 May 2004
Fossil fuel companies are about to become industrial dinosaurs. Efforts to postpone their extinction would only accelerate the overheating of the planet.
Interview with Mark Lynas, author of High Tide
1 April 2004
Mark Lynas spent three years travelling round the globe in search of one of the greatest untold tales of our time. Convinced that climate change was no longer a concern just for the future, Lynas set off to find that global warming is already having a tangible effect on people's lives. His wry observations and suggestions for change are brought together in High Tide: News from a Warming World, published this March. Melanie Jarman found out what he had to say for himself.
Why Planting Trees for Carbon Guilt Doesn’t Add Up
1 March 2004
What do the production and distribution of Dido's Life for Rent album; Formula 1 racing; and more environmentally conscious air passengers have in common? All have had trees planted or preserved to compensate for, or "offset", their carbon-emitting behaviour. Unfortunately, however attractive such an equation between problem (climate change-accelerating carbon dioxide emissions) and solution (plant trees) might be, it doesn't actually work.