Lessons from conflict and environmental pressures in the Eastern Mediterranean region

Andrea Duffy, Director of International Studies at the Colorado State University and an environmental historian discusses the lessons learned from episodes in Mediterranean history that share key features that offer a warning for the future in an article on The Conversation website.   What the Ottoman Empire can teach us about the consequences of climate … Continue reading Lessons from conflict and environmental pressures in the Eastern Mediterranean region

“Let 2021 be the year when the issue of loss and damage from human-induced climate change is recognised with utmost urgency and importance”

Saleemul Huq, a global expert on the links between climate change and sustainable development, particularly from the perspective of developing countries and a friend of EiD, gives his views on the loss and damage from climate change. In an article on the Daily Star website. Saleem is Director of the International Centre for Climate Change … Continue reading “Let 2021 be the year when the issue of loss and damage from human-induced climate change is recognised with utmost urgency and importance”

Miami hires the first official in the US appointed to focus solely on heatwaves

Having been to Miami, one certainly understands extreme heat and it is getting worse. The city and Dade county have hired a chief heat officer  to focus attention on what can be done to address the problem. Oliver Milman discusses recent developments in an article on the Guardian website.   Miami’s chief heat officer calls … Continue reading Miami hires the first official in the US appointed to focus solely on heatwaves

Our society has come to believe that technology is the solution to our climate crisis – it isn’t

With the climate crisis, Peter Sutoris argus this moment calls for humility – we cannot innovate ourselves out of this mess. The problem with believing technology is the solution is that it focuses on the symptoms, not the causes of environmental decay.  Peter Sutoris, is an anthropologist of development and the environment, and the author … Continue reading Our society has come to believe that technology is the solution to our climate crisis – it isn’t

“If we are really serious about overcoming climate change the next phase will be much harder than the last”

The first step is to recognise the challenges much more clearly and honestly. Pretending it will be easy risks making it impossible. It’ll take a rethink on taxes and investment of £50bn a year to hit their targets on emissions These are the messages of Paul Johnson, director of the UK’s Institute for Fiscal Studies … Continue reading “If we are really serious about overcoming climate change the next phase will be much harder than the last”

Highlighting some of the problems related to financing adaptation to climate change

Jessica Omukuti, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of York discusses many of the problems related to financing adaptation to climate change in an article on the Conversation website. What are your views?   Climate adaptation finance is ineffective and must be more transparent In 2019, an international climate fund approved a ten year US$9.3 million … Continue reading Highlighting some of the problems related to financing adaptation to climate change

Blog from Jane Marsh: How Much Does Climate Change Cost the Economy?

Over the past century, planet Earth has experienced various changes to its atmosphere's composition and weather patterns. The growing endangered species list and frequency of natural disasters signify the global ecosystem's price for our actions. Our environmental education and media exposure focus on ecological destruction. Though this is a major cause of rising global temperatures, … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: How Much Does Climate Change Cost the Economy?

Keeping temperature rises below 1.5℃ cannot be guaranteed, given the history of action to date, but the goal is certainly not impossible

From now until COP26 we are going to read more and more about the challenges to keep temperatures below 1.5℃. Some are arguing it is already impossible.  But four eminent academics argue that with the right political action, we can achieve such an objective. Bill Hare, Director, Climate Analytics, Adjunct Professor, Murdoch University (Perth), Visiting … Continue reading Keeping temperature rises below 1.5℃ cannot be guaranteed, given the history of action to date, but the goal is certainly not impossible

Climate change: “recently, more reasons for optimism have emerged than we’ve seen for decades’

Gabi Mocatta, Lecturer in Communication, Deakin University, and Research Fellow in Climate Change Communication, Climate Futures Program at the University of Tasmania and Rebecca Harris, Senior Lecturer in Climatology, Director, Climate Futures Program,  also at the University of Tasmania provide a sense of optimism in our addressing climate change in an article on The Conversation … Continue reading Climate change: “recently, more reasons for optimism have emerged than we’ve seen for decades’

The obvious dangers of the concept of net zero

James Dyke, Senior Lecturer in Global Systems, University of Exeter; Robert Watson, Emeritus Professor in Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia; and Wolfgang Knorr, Senior Research Scientist, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University bring their more than 80 years thinking about climate change to discuss their views on the concept of net zero in … Continue reading The obvious dangers of the concept of net zero