climate change

Dead fish in sand

Can ‘green growth’ really avert global ecological collapse?

Martin Kirk
| 5th April 2018
The pursuit of economic growth is causing irreparable ecological damage - threatening to undermine human civilisation itself. But 'green growth' is no panacea for the problems we now face. Abandoning Gross Domestic Product and growth as measures for success is the only way to avoid failure, argues MARTIN KIRK

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Eiffel tower

Why fighting climate change can give us reasons to be cheerful

Louise Gray
| 5th April 2018
Climate change brings with it existential concern. But the actions we take to prevent runaway climate change can have extraordinary benefits for our economy, our health, our wellbeing and our relationship with the natural environment. It is these positive messages that can persuade people to act now, argues LOUISE GRAY

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Land degradation now at a critical level warn experts

Catherine Harte
| 26th March 2018
Less than a quarter of the Earth’s land surface has escaped the impact of human activity - and by 2050 experts estimate this will fall below 10 percent. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) today warns land degradation will negatively impact two thirds of humanity and is the biggest contributor to species extinction. CATHERINE HARTE reports

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The Indigenous Climate Action women fighting for mother earth

Katie Dancey-Downs
| 21st February 2018
Indigenous communities are dedicating themselves to protecting the land, ecosystems, and traditional cultures with thousands of years of history. In Canada, Lush Spring Prize 2017 winner Indigenous Climate Action is supporting some of those communities. Lush Times writer KATIE DANCEY-DOWNS visits Indigenous Climate Action to find out more.

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How climate change could intensify plague among black-tailed prairie dogs in the American West

Justice Burnaugh
| 19th February 2018
Mention the plague and people naturally think of the Black Death during the14th Century. Antibiotics have since made the plague a curable disease. But the plague is today sterilising ecosystems in the Western United States. And a warming climate could intensify these outbreaks and expand the plague’s range farther north and into higher altitudes. JUSTICE BURNAUGH investigates

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A long row of combine harvesters

Will 'climate smart agriculture' serve the public interest - or the drive for growing profits for private corporations?

Peter Newell
Jennifer Clapp
Zoe W. Brent
| 19th January 2018
'Climate smart agriculture' has become the buzz phrase at high level international policy discussions. But now there is a struggle over its definition. Is it the latest manifestation for corporate social responsibility or the title of a manifesto for real, grassroots led, change, ask PETER NEWELL, JENNIFER CLAPP and ZOE BRENT

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A power station

A just transition from coal demands a cross-regional sharing of benefits and costs

Natalie Bennett
| 4th January 2018
The UK was among the countries which signed up to the Powering Past Coal alliance, launched at the Bonn climate talks. But with coal generating just two percent of power in August, meeting the target of 2025 is all to easy. For other European countries - Poland and Spain included - phasing out coal will be an even greater challenge. NATALIE BENNETT investigates.

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