Patrizia Cuonzo

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Noam Chomsky: Climate Change and Nuclear War, Most Dangerous Threats to the Human Species

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Yes, Trump met with Al Gore. But his transition tells a very different climate story

On Monday, an eyebrow-raising meeting between Donald Trump and former vice president Al Gore added fuel to recent speculation that the president-elect might be softening his stance on climate change, which he’s famously referred to in the past as a “hoax invented by the Chinese.” Gore later told …

Climate Change

NASA creates new climate-science mission

Even under the threat of cuts under the incoming federal government, NASA announces a mission to study vegetation health and greenhouse gases.<p>NASA is the world leader in Earth and climate research, and it's now confirmed its commitment to that position. The space agency has just announced a brand …

Clean Technology

Climate protection gap widening, warns insurance report

<b>Experts have warned of a $100bn (£79bn) "protection gap" in the global insurance sector as a result of the rising impact of climate risks.</b><p>ClimateWise, based at the University of Cambridge, warned that the gap of uninsured or under-insured assets had quadrupled over the past three decades.<p>The …

University of Cambridge

Nature House...complete with Grow Your Own Figs... anyone?

The idea has yet to catch on in the UK but in Scandinavia, where the very first 'nature house' was built in the 1970s, the idea of surrounding your …

Scandinavia

Google to be powered 100% by renewable energy from 2017

Internet giant says renewable energy is increasingly lowest cost option and it will not rule out investing in nuclear power<p>Google’s data centres and the offices for its 60,000 staff will be powered entirely by renewable energy from next year, in what the company has called a “landmark moment”.<p>The …

Renewable Energy

British Antarctic research station to be moved due to deep crack in the ice

Dormant chasm has opened up and risks cutting the station off from the rest of the ice shelf<p>Britain is preparing to move its research station in the Antarctic 23km further inland because it is under threat from a growing crack in the ice.<p>The British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI research station has …

Antarctica

Pope Francis and climate politics

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>Reuters reports, “Pope Francis urged national leaders on Monday to implement global environmental agreements without delay, a …

Climate

Amplification of Cretaceous Warmth by Biological Cloud Feedbacks

That’s the title of an article in <i>Science</i> today (available here with subs.) I’m giving a talk this morning so don’t have a lot of time to comment on …

How has our rising palm oil consumption affected the communities where it comes from? Guest post by Ryan Edwards

<i>This is the seventh in our series of posts by Ph.D. students on the job market this year</i><br>The tripling of area planted with tropical oil crops since …

Labor Economics

Yoga, Meditation and Hypnotherapy: A Match Made in Heaven!

Osho talks in great depth about the links and similarities between meditation and hypnotherapy. Both have been around for a good while. He once said: …

We Survive Because Reality May Be Nothing Like We Think It Is

Professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine Donald H. Hoffman has doubts that reality is much like what we think it is. We …

The Camera In Your Pocket: How To Take Better Photos With Your iPhone

What you’ll discover in this 92 page eBook<p>In this 92 page eBook you’ll learn how to master three basic steps for better iPhone photography:<p>How light, …

Girls turn poo to clean power in Cameroon biogas push | Reuters

BUEA, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An initiative by youth organizations in Cameroon to turn human waste into biogas is reducing pollution and providing cheap, renewable energy to the growing populations of the university towns of Buea and Bamenda.<p>Bioenergy-Cameroon, a non-governmental …

Biogas

12 Utterly Quaint Places You Must Visit In Southern England

England is an incredibly beautiful country… although we’ve got some pretty incredible cities (here’s looking at you, London) there are a whole heap …

Luggage

To deal with climate change we need a new financial system

Abolishing debt-based currency isn’t a new idea, but it could hold the secret to ending our economies’ environmentally damaging addiction to growth<p>When it comes to global warming, we know that the real problem is not just fossil fuels – it is the logic of endless growth that is built into our …

Great Depression

Vast Moroccan Solar Power Plant is Hard Act for Africa to Follow

On the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco is building one of the world’s biggest solar power plants in a project largely funded by the European Union.<p>…

Renewable Energy

What lies beneath: As earth warms, diseases within permafrost become a bigger worry

Scientists are witnessing the theoretical turning into reality: infectious microbes emerging from a deep freeze<p><i>This article was originally published by Scientific American.</i><p>This past summer anthrax killed a 12-year-old boy in a remote part of Siberia. At least 20 other people, also from the Yamal …

Global Warming

Morocco sees no turning back for climate pact, despite Trump | Reuters

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - There is “no turning back” from a global accord to combat climate change, Morocco’s foreign minister said on the eve of U.N. talks in Marrakesh amid fears that Donald Trump will try to pull out if he wins the U.S. presidency.<p>Republican presidential nominee Donald …

Environmentalism

The road to decarbonization: next stop, Marrakesh

A year on from the COP21 summit, the Paris Agreement has come into force. While that's quite an achievement, there's still much to be done - starting …

Climate

Donald Trump Finally Said Something Concrete About Climate Policy

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has said very little about climate change during this campaign. We’ve mostly had to rely on his numerous pre-candidacy tweets declaring it a “bullshit” “hoax.”<p>But last week Trump finally did say something real about climate change ― that he would cut all …

Donald Trump

India's Capital Chokes Under the Worst Smog in Decades

If you couldn’t smell and taste the toxic filth hanging in the air, you might think that winter had come early to the Indian capital, New Delhi.<p>For …

Pollution

Carbon taxes do work

If letter-writer Blane Morse wants to give nuclear power a boost, he should be singing the praises of a carbon tax instead of criticizing it [“Nuclear power, not a carbon tax, can stop global warming,” letters, Nov. 1]. Today, nuclear power is not cost-competitive in part because we subsidize …

Fossil Fuels

The geology that causes Italy's spine to quake

The cluster of earthquakes that have hit Italy this year are the latest in a long history of destruction. Italy sits on the boundary where the African tectonic plate is diving down beneath the Eurasian plate<p>For people living along Italy’s picturesque Apennine mountain spine, these are worrying …

Natural Disasters

Climate change at the Great Barrier Reef is intergenerational theft. That's why my son's in this story

By including Toma in my film at the Great Barrier Reef I want to show how environmental disasters are creating a lonely world for our children<p>The short film I’ve made with the Guardian stars my son, Toma, aged four years and five months. That’s a little scary for me to write, since, up until this …

Great Barrier Reef

An act of domestic terrorism at Malheur wildlife refuge

<i>Re: “Parallels seen in protests of Dakota pipeline, Oregon refuge,” Oct. 29 news story.</i><p>The article about parallels between public land protests in …

Oregon

The Beautiful Italian Town Of San Gimignano

Last time we were in Italy on a road trip (in a rickshaw), one place I’d really wanted to visit was San Gimignano. I had lots of people recommend it …

Italy

Some of the world's strangest species could vanish before they're discovered

Scientists have described around 1.5 million species on Earth - but how many are still out there to be discovered? This is one of the most heated …

Zoology

US election uncertainty overshadows climate talks in Morocco

Under an ominous shadow cast by the US presidential election, the world's nations gather in Morocco Monday to flesh out a landmark climate deal that promises to save humanity from itself.<p>The just-activated Paris Agreement, inked in the French capital last December, is the first treaty binding all …

Climate