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What the ‘Africa Cop’ will actually mean for a continent at the centre of the climate crisis

African leaders hope this year’s location will focus attention on the vast, diverse continent where this year alone hundreds of people have died from floods and landslides in Nigeria and Uganda, while 37 million face starvation after consecutive droughts in the greater Horn of Africa.

What was at stake in Sharm El-Sheikh

Whilst the cost of inaction is far, far greater than the cost of inaction for many countries, it was difficult to come to an agreement to contribute to a fund helping those countries most affected by pollution from the industrial and most polluting countries.

2022 September 30 – Letter from Louise Boyle

Facing the deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history.

Reviews about nature for the first half of September

September 05 Switzerland’s glaciers are becoming a front-row seat to climate destruction For most of its existence glaciology has been a slow-moving profession, but this year is different. The belting heat waves that struck Europe over the past few months handed the specialists in Alpine ice sheets an unprecedented set of challenges. And some ofContinue reading “Reviews about nature for the first half of September”

Only time will tell if Britain’s new PM has what it takes to confront the biggest crisis of all

Fiona Harvey After a torrid summer of extreme heat, drought and raw sewage on the beaches, forming a suitable background to two months of political brawling, the hard-fought campaign to be the next prime minister of the UK finally ended this week. Liz Truss, the former foreign secretary, took up residence in Downing Street onContinue reading “Only time will tell if Britain’s new PM has what it takes to confront the biggest crisis of all”

New York Times view for 2022 August 29 – September 04

By Amelia Nierenberg Writer, Briefings August 29 We’re covering artillery strikes near a nuclear plant in Ukraine and a political scandal in Finland. Shelling around the Zaporizhzhia power plant has raised fears of a catastrophic nuclear accident.David Guttenfelder for The New York Times Attacks near Ukraine nuclear plant intensify Russian artillery strikes continued near theContinue reading “New York Times view for 2022 August 29 – September 04”

Bloomberg reporting on ecological matters end of August 2022

Unprecedented heat waves are melting snow and ice across the planet including in the iconic Himalayan range, where the mountains shelter the largest reserve of frozen freshwater outside the North and South poles. As Archana Chaudhary and Aaron Clark write, the immediate impact has been on Pakistan, where floods have submerged farmland and cities, affectingContinue reading “Bloomberg reporting on ecological matters end of August 2022”

Dutch homes built on wooden piles are rotting after severe drought

The Dutch are having to rethink their strategy of water management — trying to lock in groundwater instead of keeping the sea out. As dry summers caused groundwater levels to plunge, the poles of houses and the Rijksmuseum were exposed and fungi began to rot the foundations.

E is for everything

Dear reader Energy.   We’ve spent hundreds of years trying to understand it. We’ve picked it apart, harnessed it and herded it into equations like E = mc2 and E = 1/2m x v2 to baffle successive generations of schoolchildren.   Energy is no less central today than it was in the days of NewtonContinue reading “E is for everything”

Stories from The New York Times for the 4th week of August 2022

August 22 A photo provided by the Russian government said to show investigators at the site of a car bombing outside Moscow.Russian Investigative Committee/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A brazen attack near Moscow rattles Russians Russia has opened a murder investigation into the car bombing that killed Daria Dugina, 29, a hawkish political commentator whoContinue reading “Stories from The New York Times for the 4th week of August 2022”