Paul Mitchell

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For the last time, warming is not slowing down!

That’s according to a new study in Science Advances<i>,</i> the latest installment in a debate that has refused to die.<p>The controversy started in 2013 with …

How scientific miscalculations could crash the climate | Andrew Simms

In the last month, experts have questioned the accuracy of current targets for both emissions reductions and the resources needed for climate action. So what does this mean for the planet?<p>Measurement can be simply a matter of getting things to fit– or a matter of life and death. By confusing …

Unmitigated climate change to shrink global economy by 23 percent, researchers find

Berkeley, California (Reuters) When the world heats up, economies around the globe will cool down. That’s according to a new study which predicts that rising temperatures due to climate change will wreak havoc on economic output.<p>“Our best estimate is that the global economy as a whole will be 23 …

Coal is not the solution to energy poverty, warn aid agencies

Clean energy is preferable to coal-focussed policies which could leave a billion people still without electricity, analysis suggests<p>Coal power plants are not the solution to help billions of people without electricity or clean cooking facilities, aid agencies have warned.

3 Kitchens, 3 Low-Cost DIY Wood Countertops

Having a durable, easy-on-the-eyes kitchen countertop doesn’t mean you have to spend as much as $100 per square foot for granite or quartz.

Tips for a Raised-Bed Vegetable Garden

Raised-bed gardening is a great way to grow vegetables – especially if the garden soil is poor or compacted or has poor drainage. And there's no …

What Did Actual Scientists Think Of The Pope’s Climate Encyclical?

The Vatican’s new encyclical is being hailed as one of the most important statements on climate change ever produced by the Catholic Church. But it’s …

Study: Average Typhoon Will Get 14 Percent More Intense by 2100

Hurricanes and cyclones could be an entire category more intense, on average, by the end of the century<p>For decades, meteorologists have known that warmer average ocean temperatures cause more powerful hurricanes and cyclones. And warmer seas lie in our future: The Earth's oceans, like a giant …

The Weekly: Foreign Aid

Foreign Aid

Can aid agencies help systems fix themselves? The implications of complexity for development cooperation

<i>Owen Barder gave a brilliant lecture on complexity and development to my LSE students earlier this year. Afterwards, I asked him to dig deeper into</i> …

Global Challenges Foundation

In 2015 the Global Challenges Foundation joined forces with Earth League, a network of the world’s 17 leading climate scientists, to develop the …

Climate

The Costs of Climate Adaptation, Explained in 4 Infographics | World Resources Institute

As global temperatures climb, so do the costs of adapting to a warmer world. Severe weather events are becoming more frequent, creating major budget …

2 Degrees Goal "Inadequate" - 20-nation Forum | CVF

International 2 °C Goal: “Inadequate”<p>Three independent reports highlight implications of 2 °C versus more ambitious objectives for human rights, the …

Climate

Scientists Are Turning Salt Water Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

The world needs this.<p>By inexpensively turning salt water into drinking water using sustainable solar power, a team from MIT in the US has not only …

Want to fix the climate? First, we have to change everything

There was an important launch earlier this week where a bunch of high-profile figures came together to sign on to a new game-changing enterprise. No, …

Civil Rights

RT @marialavis: I cannot stress how big I feel the Oslo Principles are. So I drew it. #Climate change. A matter of #humanrights. http://t.co/bFXa3wuPII

How To Tell If The Article About Climate You Are Reading Is B.S., In Four Easy Steps

class=”wide-photo-box” ><p>Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of …

Policy: Five priorities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Restructure data-gathering and evaluation networks to address climate change, energy, food, health and water provision, say Yonglong Lu and …

Sustainable Development Goals

How do you catch the sun to make electricity at night? This German inventor has an answer.

Wolfram Walter is a man obsessed with things electric.<p>He’s electrified his bicycle. He’s electrified his Porsche. When he introduces his dog, Paula, you almost expect him to tell you that he’s electrified her, too.<p>Not yet, but you never know. The engineer from a small town in southwestern Germany …

Solar Power To Become Cheapest Source Of Energy In Many Regions By 2025, German Experts Say

Solar power still amounts for a small share of net electricity generation around the world. In the USA, for instance, as of December 2014 it was responsible for just 0.45% of the total electricity produced.<p>Things are changing quite quickly, however, and if the German think tank Agora Energiewende …

Renewable Energy

Climate change: at last a breakthrough to our catastrophic political impasse? | Julia Powles and Tessa Khan

Expecting the Paris talks to succeed is a pious hope: but the Oslo principles, launched today, argue that governments are already in flagrant breach of their legal obligations to the planet<p>Today a group of eminent jurists accuse governments and enterprises of being in clear and flagrant breach of …

It will take 100 years for the world’s poorest to earn $1.25 a day

The sustainable development goals will aim to eradicate poverty by 2030 but our current economic model, built on GDP, could never be inclusive or sustainable<p>If you follow international news you will be accustomed to headlines announcing that world leaders have succeeded in cutting global poverty in …

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How to measure a global goal for adaptation?

Discussions have been heating up at the United Nations climate negotiations on how to set a global goal for adaptation. The idea is that the goal …

Green Climate Fund Moves Forward; Will Soon Disburse Climate Finance through 7 Institutions | World Resources Institute

<b>Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE)</b>, a small agency in Senegal that works to strengthen participatory environmental and natural resource management for …

IPCC Releases Complete AR5 Synthesis Report | News | SDG Knowledge Hub

18 March 2015: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released the complete version of the Synthesis Report (SYR) of the Fifth …