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The 'spongy' cities of the future

  2024-01-05 (or before) in BBC

As weather becomes more extremedue to climate change, cities need to become ‘spongier’. Auckland is leading the way, but for how long?

Amazon drought: 'We've never seen anything like this'

  2023-12-27 (or before) in BBC

This year's heat and drought in the Amazon intensify worries that it is approaching a tipping point.

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Drought | Tipping Points

'Firenado' sweeps through Australian outback

  2023-12-18 (or before) in BBC

There was "absolutely nothing we could do but sit back and watch", the company who shared the video said.

Wildlife in 'catastrophic decline' due to human destruction, scientists warn

  2023-12-09 (or before) in BBC

Conservation group WWF says global wildlife populations have shrunk by two-thirds since 1970.

  Tagged under: Wildlife

Yorkshire Water makes record £1m charities donation over pollution

  2023-11-30 in BBC

Yorkshire Water says it has made the voluntary payments following an incident in Harrogate in 2016.

Tuscany storm and floods ravage central Italy leaving six dead

  2023-11-06 (or before) in BBC

Six people are confirmed dead and several more are missing as winds and rain buffet parts of Italy.

  2023-10-29 (or before) in BBC

Hurricane Otis smashes into Mexico coast

  2023-10-25 in BBC

A man says windows collapsed in his hotel as people sheltered from the storm's path.

  Tagged under: Mexico | Collapse

Scottish farmers count the cost of Storm Babet floods

  2023-10-23 in BBC

NFU Scotland said crops are destroyed and the industry is trying to assess the extent of losses.

Second red warning expires as Storm Babet flooding continues

  2023-10-20 in BBC

The UK endured more downpours on Saturday as communities across the country counted the cost of floods.

Can we take the 'forever' out of forever chemicals?

  2023-10-19 in BBC

Nicknamed "forever chemicals", PFAS are ubiquitous. Now, scientists are looking to nature for ways to clean up the PFAS mess.

  Tagged under: PFAS aka Forever Chemicals

Lynmouth swim race cancelled due to sewage release - BBC News

  2023-09-02 (or before) in BBC

Organisers of an annual swim race in Devon cancel event due to fears of swimmers falling ill.

Anglian Water bills to rise to pay for infrastructure

  2023-08-21 in BBC

The East of England is "seriously water-stressed" and its biggest water firm is working on upgrades.

Pioneering wind-powered cargo ship sets sail - BBC News

  2023-08-21 (or before) in BBC

Inventors hope maiden voyage will help usher in new era of greener shipping.

  Tagged under: Wind Power

The truth about heat pumps and the power needed to run them - BBC News

  2023-08-20 (or before) in BBC

Climate editor Justin Rowlatt on the challenge of how to warm the UK's homes - but not the planet.

Italy storms: North hit by hail and rain as Sicily burns - BBC News

  2023-07-25 (or before) in BBC

Torrential rain and hailstorms hit northern regions while wildfires "encircle" Sicily's Palermo.

  Tagged under: Wildfires

How self-deception allows people to lie

  2023-07-24 (or before) in BBC

Self-deception can fool us into believing our own lies – and even make us more convincing.

Leicester study investigates pollution effect on bees - BBC News

  2023-07-14 (or before) in BBC

Dr Hannah Sampson says air pollution's impact on bees could have a knock on effect for humans.

  Tagged under: Bees

Scottish government scraps marine conservation plan - BBC News

  2023-06-29 (or before) in BBC

The proposals would have restricted fishing and other human activities in some coastal areas.

  Tagged under: Fish

Did Hyman Minsky find the secret behind financial crashes? - BBC News

  2023-06-28 (or before) in BBC

The US economist Hyman Minsky grew up during the Great Depression, which shaped his views as he sought to explain how it had happened and how a repeat could be prevented.

Canada wildfire season is now the worst on record - BBC News

  2023-06-28 (or before) in BBC

The wildfires have also produced record levels of carbon emissions, with the smoke reaching Europe.

  Tagged under: Sea Level | Wildfires

What is the windfall tax on oil and gas companies and how much do they pay? - BBC News

  2023-05-26 (or before) in BBC

Critics want the windfall tax to be extended after BP and Shell reported record profits in 2022.

  Tagged under: Shell | BP

Glass or plastic: which is better for the environment?

  2023-04-28 in BBC

For centuries we have used glass to store food, beverages, chemicals and cosmetics. But is it time to find a more sustainable alternative?

  Tagged under: Plastic | Recycling

Coal mine: Councillors advised to reject bid to keep Ffos-y-Fran open - BBC News

  2023-04-20 (or before) in BBC

Planning permission for the mine expired in 2022, but the operators applied for an extension.

Firewood theft: The forests where trees are going missing

  2023-03-02 (or before) in BBC

In many countries, poachers are stealing trees from forests in the middle of the night – and the problem may be getting worse.

  Tagged under: Trees

Are we on the road to civilisation collapse?

  2023-02-17 (or before) in BBC

Studying the demise of historic civilisations can tell us about the risk we face today, says collapse expert Luke Kemp. Worryingly, the signs are worsening.

  Tagged under: Collapse

Do people yet to be born have climate change rights?

  2023-02-17 (or before) in BBC

There are some who believe we should be taking future generations more into account in how we act on climate today.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Shell reports highest profits in 115 years - BBC News

  2023-02-05 (or before) in BBC

Critics call for higher taxes on energy firms as Shell reports a record $39.9bn of profit.

  Tagged under: Shell

COP27: BP chief listed as delegate for Mauritania - BBC News

  2022-11-19 (or before) in BBC

Chief executive of leading oil company is registered for COP27 as a delegate from poor African nation.

  Tagged under: COP27 | BP | Africa

How your phone battery creates striking alien landscapes

  2022-11-12 (or before) in BBC

There's a global hunt for lithium to power our phones and electric vehicles. BBC Future explores the distinctive terrain where the stuff is mined.

  Tagged under: Lithium | Batteries

How many people can Earth handle?

  2022-11-06 (or before) in BBC

This year, the human population on Earth is expected to reach eight billion. To mark the occasion, BBC Future takes a look at one of the most controversial issues of our time.

Climate change: UN warns key warming threshold slipping from sight - BBC News

  2022-10-27 (or before) in BBC

The past 12 months have been a "wasted year" on climate change says the UN Environment Programme.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Sewage hits dozens of beaches in England and Wales after heavy rain - BBC News

  2022-08-17 (or before) in BBC

Charity issues warning after water firms discharge untreated sewage to avoid potential flooding.

Drought hits Germany's Rhine River: 'We have 30cm of water left' - BBC News

  2022-08-13 (or before) in BBC

The Rhine is a key shipping route for Germany and Europe - so what happens if it's too shallow to use?

  Tagged under: Drought | Germany | Rivers

Megafire rips through swathes of land near Bordeaux

  2022-08-13 (or before) in BBC

Firefighters continue to try to extinguish the wildfire raging through the Gironde region.

  Tagged under: Wildfires

Climate change: 'Fifty-fifty chance' of breaching 1.5C warming limit - BBC News

  2022-05-19 (or before) in BBC

Scientists say there's now a strong chance that the world will warm by more than 1.5C by 2026.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Australia election: How climate is making Australia more unliveable - BBC News

  2022-05-19 (or before) in BBC

Climate-driven disasters are converging with key financial decisions like never before, experts say.

Biodiversity loss risks 'ecological meltdown' - scientists - BBC News

  2022-02-13 (or before) in BBC

The UK has an average of only 53% of its biodiversity left, well below the global average, study shows.

Why climate change is inherently racist

  2022-01-29 (or before) in BBC

Climate change divides along racial lines. Could tackling it help address longstanding injustices?

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Climate change: Fossil fuel production set to soar over next decade - BBC News

  2021-10-22 (or before) in BBC

Government plans to extract coal, oil and gas are incompatible with safe temperatures, says the UN.

  Tagged under: Coal | Climate Change

Climate change: Science failed to predict flood and heat intensity - BBC News

  2021-10-19 (or before) in BBC

Scientists want a super-computer powerful enough to accurately project the most damaging extremes.

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Predictions | Climate Change

Faster pace of climate change is 'scary', former chief scientist says - BBC News

  2021-10-19 (or before) in BBC

The UK should advance its climate targets by 10 years, says the UK’s former chief scientist.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

The harm from worrying about climate change

  2021-10-18 (or before) in BBC

Climate anxiety is affecting more people as climate change progresses. But there is a solution that can help ease the worry and slow climate breakdown at once, writes Christine Ro.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Climate Anxiety and Grief

Climate change: Voices from global south muted by climate science - BBC News

  2021-10-09 (or before) in BBC

Climate academics from some of the regions worst hit by warming are struggling to be published.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Climate reporting reaches melting point - BBC News

  2021-09-21 (or before) in BBC

A trip to a melting glacier will shape how the BBC's new climate editor reports on climate change.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Madagascar on the brink of climate change-induced famine - BBC News

  2021-09-06 (or before) in BBC

The country is on the brink of experiencing the world's first "climate change famine", the UN says.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Africa | Famine | Madagascar

River pollution in Wales: Swimmers warned over sewage - BBC News

  2021-08-09 (or before) in BBC

Waterways have become increasingly popular places to swim, especially with pools closed in lockdown.

  Tagged under: Rivers

UK already undergoing disruptive climate change - BBC News

  2021-07-30 (or before) in BBC

Last year was the third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest on record in the UK, scientists warn.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

India monsoon: Rescuers search for survivors after heavy rains - BBC News

  2021-07-25 (or before) in BBC

Heavy rains have battered India's western coast, leaving dozens dead and prompting mass evacuations.

  Tagged under: India

Road planners able to ignore climate change, campaigners claim - BBC News

  2021-07-23 (or before) in BBC

Government guidelines mean road planners can effectively ignore climate change, campaigners say.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Why North America's killer heat scares me - BBC News

  2021-07-07 (or before) in BBC

It's not the new record temperatures that concern the BBC's Roger Harrabin - it's the way they were smashed.

US environmental agency releases climate report delayed by Trump - BBC News

  2021-06-04 (or before) in BBC

Climate change-related environmental disasters have grown more common, according to the EPA.

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Climate Change

Climate change: Carbon emission promises 'put Earth on red alert' - BBC News

  2021-02-26 (or before) in BBC

Nations' current carbon-cutting plans will not keep global temperature rise below 1.5C, the UN says.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Climate change: Don't raid home insulation scheme, MPs urge ministers - BBC News

  2021-02-17 (or before) in BBC

The government hopes to claw back money from a £1.5bn fund to promote home insulation.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Insulation

Shell in Nigeria: Polluted communities 'can sue in English courts' - BBC News

  2021-02-14 (or before) in BBC

The UK Supreme Court's ruling is a victory for communities severely hit by pollution in the Niger Delta.

  Tagged under: Shell | Nigeria | Africa

Sir David Attenborough warns of climate 'crisis moment' - BBC News

  2021-01-10 (or before) in BBC

We're at a pivotal point in efforts to tackle climate change, the naturalist and broadcaster warns.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | David Attenborough

Climate change: The massive CO2 emitter you may not know about - BBC News

  2020-12-28 (or before) in BBC

Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. How can this be changed?

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Sydney records hottest November night on record - BBC News

  2020-11-29 (or before) in BBC

Australia, where it is still officially spring, is already seeing soaring heat in several states.

UK energy plant to use liquid air - BBC News

  2020-11-07 (or before) in BBC

The 50MW facility near Manchester hopes to store enough power for roughly 50,000 homes.

Climate change: Greenland's ice faces melting 'death sentence' - BBC News

  2020-11-04 (or before) in BBC

The massive ice sheet covering Greenland may have melted by a record amount this year, scientists say.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Ice Melting

US election 2020: What the results will mean for climate change - BBC News

  2020-10-19 (or before) in BBC

Who next occupies the White House could be decisive in the battle to limit global warming.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Has the world started to take climate change fight seriously? - BBC News

  2020-10-04 (or before) in BBC

A surprise announcement at the UN General Assembly has transformed the politics of cutting carbon.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Images reveal Iceland's glacier melt - BBC News

  2020-09-21 (or before) in BBC

A photography project has highlighted the extent of ice loss from Iceland’s largest glaciers.

Why soil is disappearing from farms

  2020-09-01 (or before) in BBC

The soil beneath our feet is something we take for granted – but we are running out.

  Tagged under: Farming

Is the hydrogen tech 'revolution' hope or hype? - BBC News

  2020-07-01 (or before) in BBC

Can hydrogen - a relatively clean source of fuel - help power the economy of the future?

  Tagged under: Hydrogen

Who is really to blame for climate change?

  2020-06-24 (or before) in BBC

We know that climate change is caused by human activity, but pinning down exactly who is responsible is trickier than it might seem.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Climate change: Planting new forests 'can do more harm than good' - BBC News

  2020-06-24 (or before) in BBC

Large-scale tree planting to fight climate change may backfire, two new studies have found.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Trees

Wareham Forest fire flare-ups continue to spread after six days - BBC News

  2020-05-24 (or before) in BBC

Fire crews say 45mph winds are proving a "huge risk" to the fire which has been burning for six days.

  Tagged under: Trees

Brazil's Amazon: Surge in deforestation as military prepares to deploy - BBC News

  2020-05-10 (or before) in BBC

The military is preparing to deploy to the region to try to stop illegal logging and mining.

  Tagged under: Deforestation | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil

Greenland and Antarctica ice loss accelerating - BBC News

  2020-03-12 (or before) in BBC

The Earth's great ice sheets are losing mass six times faster today than they were in the 1990s.

  Tagged under: Antarctic

Carbon emissions: Scale of UK fossil fuel support 'staggering' - BBC News

  2020-01-27 (or before) in BBC

The government is funding oil and gas projects abroad, despite a commitment to cut carbon emissions.

Where does recycling and rubbish from the UK go? - BBC News

  2020-01-25 (or before) in BBC

As Boris Johnson says we have to cut our use of plastic, where does our recycling and rubbish go?

Nicola Sturgeon: Wellbeing as important as economic growth - BBC News

  2020-01-24 (or before) in BBC

In a speech later, Ms Sturgeon will say Scotland is creating an economy where "collective wellbeing" is as fundamental as GDP.

  Tagged under: GDP | Economic Growth

New UK housing 'dominated by roads' - BBC News

  2020-01-22 (or before) in BBC

Roads are dominating new housing developments, a report says, despite more people wanting to drive less.

  Tagged under: Housing

Sweden sees rare fall in air passengers, as flight-shaming takes off - BBC News

  2020-01-11 (or before) in BBC

Passengers flying via Swedish airports fell 4% in 2019, airport operators Swedavia say.

Jakarta floods: 'Not ordinary rain', say officials - BBC News

  2020-01-02 (or before) in BBC

At least 21 people have died in the Indonesian capital amid record-breaking rainfall.

  Tagged under: Extreme Rainfall | Indonesia

Will Indonesia's new capital just move the problem to the jungle? - BBC News

  2020-01-02 (or before) in BBC

Activists say moving the capital to Borneo threatens indigenous people and Kalimantan's rich wildlife.

  Tagged under: Wildlife | Indonesia | Activism

Australia fires worsen as every state hits 40C - BBC News

  2019-12-30 (or before) in BBC

As the bushfires continue, mammoth blazes in Victoria are generating their own lightning.

  Tagged under: Bushfires

Climate change: Emissions edge up despite drop in coal - BBC News

  2019-12-05 (or before) in BBC

Emissions of CO2 have risen in 2019, say researchers, as oil and gas use continues to grow.

  Tagged under: Coal | Climate Change

Russia's Taymyr plan: Arctic coal for India risks pollution - BBC News

  2019-11-30 (or before) in BBC

A huge wildlife haven is at risk as Russian coal ships exploit melting Arctic ice in Siberia.

  Tagged under: India | Arctic | Coal | Wildlife | Ice Melting | Russia

Electric car future may depend on deep sea mining - BBC News

  2019-11-14 (or before) in BBC

Demand is soaring for the metal cobalt, an essential ingredient in batteries and abundant on the seabed.

  Tagged under: Batteries | Cobalt

Climate change: ‘Clear and unequivocal’ emergency, say scientists - BBC News

  2019-11-05 (or before) in BBC

Around 11,000 scientists have endorsed research that says the world is facing a climate emergency.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Building wind farms 'could destroy Welsh landscape' - BBC News

  2019-11-04 (or before) in BBC

Campaigners accept the need for renewable energy, but are concerned about the impact on tourism.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Wind Power

General election 2019: Labour pledges billions for home energy upgrades - BBC News

  2019-11-03 (or before) in BBC

The party says a huge programme to fund household energy-saving would reduce bills and create jobs.

Climate change: Oil industry argues for maximum production levels - BBC News

  2019-10-19 (or before) in BBC

Environmental campaigners say the industry needs to "get serious" about tackling climate change.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Central heating boilers 'put climate change goals at risk' - BBC News

  2019-10-15 (or before) in BBC

The UK will not meet its climate change targets without a revolution in home heating, a think tank says.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Climate change: Marine heatwaves kill coral instantly - BBC News

  2019-10-03 (or before) in BBC

Marine heat waves, associated with climate change, cause the rapid death of corals, research reveals.

  Tagged under: Coral Reefs | Heatwaves | Climate Change

Brazil worker who protected indigenous tribes killed in Amazon - BBC News

  2019-09-11 (or before) in BBC

Reports say an official who protected land from farmers and loggers was shot twice in the head.

  Tagged under: Farming | Amazon Rainforest | Brazil

How climate change will transform business and the workforce - BBC Future

  2019-09-09 (or before) by in BBC

Our planet is already feeling the effects of climate change, but it’s also poised to cause irreversible shifts in the ways we work, and the skills that employers need.

  Tagged under: Climate Change

Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months - BBC News

  2019-07-24 (or before) in BBC

There's a growing consensus that the next year-and-a-half are key in the battle against rising temperatures.

  Tagged under: Science | Global Warming | Climate Change

Report: US 2018 CO2 emissions saw biggest spike in years - BBC News

  2019-01-08 (or before) in BBC

Following three years of decline, US carbon emissions spiked in 2018, according to new research.

Have American newspapers given Donald Trump a gift? - BBC News

  2018-08-18 (or before) in BBC

The joint effort by US newspapers against Donald Trump is likely to prove counter-productive.

  Tagged under: Donald Trump

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