The UN #climate negotiations in Bonn have turned out to be of a very technical nature, with much of the Rulebook to be laid out that is needed to implement the Paris Agreement (PA) by 2020. Almost unnoticed, however, a proposal that is the first of its kind in UN history has been laid on the table at the end of the first week of COP23. ARTHUR WYNES reports.
As COP23 draws to a close, the environmental #Community turns to world #Leaders to provide solutions to the great challenge of our time. Arguing that civic engagement is key, ALISON TICKELL from Julie’s Bicycle reflects on the vital role that the arts sector can play in shaping the culture around #climate change
THORIQ IBRAHAM, the Maldives Minister of Environment and Energy and chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, argues for optimism at COP23 and asks fellow #Leaders to make it into a 'joyous occasion'.
Massacres like that reported to have taken place recently in the Amazon are sadly neither new nor uncommon. For uncontacted tribal peoples, the colonial era continues, as bandits and extractive industries, abetted by a corrupt government, inflict violence and plunder on them. LEWIS EVANS puts this brutality into context, and examines potential solutions.
Our bond with the natural world is ever changing. To look at how books capture this shifting relationship, new research project ‘Land Lines’ is looking for the nation’s favourite nature book. And The Ecologist will be launching a new series of book reviews to celebrate and learn from nature writing, writes ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT. Interested? -- You can get involved in both.
The law of unintended consequences is usually assumed to mean the best will in the world can still cause terrible harm. But the need to understand the causes of #Climate Change is forcing societies to address other risks from industrial production, argues NATALIE BENNETT.
If we want to see sustained collective action, we must work to uncover the stories that bind us and call us to care in the first place -- after all, the ‘corporations’ that we attack our also our neighbours. Nature Editor ELIZABETH WAINWRIGHT reflects on the false dichotomy of ‘us vs them’, and ‘individual vs collective’ #Action in responding to the #climate crisis.
Aspen trees are one of the most important in Scotland, yet due to #Deforestation and deer its population is falling. ALAN WATSON FEATHERSTONE reports on how Trees for Life are working to help the Aspen tree.
“Make people smile, and then ask for help”, was a philosophy embraced by the late adventurer Mark Shand. A convoy racing 500km across India in a collection of eclectic vehicles is aiming to do just that. CATHERINE EARLY reports.
Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Philippines - with 6,300 people killed. Those who survive are looking to the COP23 #climate talks in Bonn to ensure such horrors do not become a normal part of life. ALANAH TORRALBA reports.
James Hansen is making his second visit to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, COP23 in Bonn to declare the that the Paris Agreement “ambition” is a “hoax”. NICK BREEZE meets the man still raising the #climate alarm.
Professor Kevin Anderson and Dr John Broderick have published a new report commissioned by Friends of the Earth Europe examining the #climate#Impact of natural gas. The findings contradict #Industry public relations, KATIE HODGETTS argues.
New data from Fossil Free UK reveals the shocking extent of investment in fossil fuels by UK council pension funds despite the risks. BRENDAN MONTAGUE explores the changes that need to be made in order to avoid #climate catastrophe.
A new interactive map shows the rise of Blockadia - the direct-action phenomenon of people putting their bodies in the way of fossil fuel projects. Co-ordinators ALICE OWEN and DARIA RIVIN provide an insiders' guide.
Water resilience is among the most important discussions at the COP23 thing place in Bonn. This is particularly true for the #Communities living in the Pacific Islands. But also for all countries facing floods and famine in the decades to come. MARK FLETCHER calls for global action.
Lord Lawson, the chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, was invited on to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, where he mislead listeners about the #science of #climate change. Should the journalists on the programme have received better #Training on #climate science? Mat Hope reports.
The United Nations’ International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict takes place on November 6. The international #Community must face up to the reality that protecting the #Environment from conflict is vital to protect people, argues DOUG WEIR.
Dr Seuss’s The Lorax is in production at the Old Vic theatre in London. HARRIET GRIFFEY, cultural editor of The Ecologist describes it as a 'entertaining and heart-warming children’s musical' that speaks to current environmental issues.
The RSPB's annual Birdcrime report details the shocking levels of crime against birds of prey in the UK with many being deliberately and illegally killed. BRENDAN MONTAGUE reports on what might be a bleak future for the UK's birds of prey.