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Krkonose National Park, Giant Mountains National Park, Eastern Bohemia, Czech Republic, Europe

Explainer: How data adjustments affect global temperature records

Over the past two centuries, the times of day, locations and methods of measuring temperature have all changed dramatically. For example, where once... Read More

Global temperature | Jul 19. 2017.
AG36E7 Back yard operation to process used cooking oil for use as fuel in diesel vehicles at Burry Port Carmarthenshire West Wales UK

In-depth: The challenge of using biofuels to cut transport emissions

Liquid biofuels still have a significant role to play in meeting the UK’s climate change targets, a new report says. ... Read More

Technology | Jul 19. 2017.
Aberdeen, the oil capital of Scotland

Explainer: The challenge of defining fossil fuel subsidies

Just over a year ago, the G7 group of nations pledged to end all “inefficient fossil fuel subsidies” by 2025. ... Read More

Explainers | Jun 12. 2017.

Explainer: Dealing with the 'loss and damage' caused by climate change

Scaling down our emissions and building resilience against climate change can only take us so far. Some negative impacts and damages are now... Read More

Explainers | May 9. 2017.
Mid-air view of et contrails in the sky

Explainer: The challenge of tackling aviation's non-CO2 emissions

Last October, the 191 member states of the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreed to a new deal to cap international... Read More

Explainers | Mar 15. 2017.

Explainer: How much did climate change 'cost' in the 20th century?

From heatwaves to hurricanes, working out the dollar cost of climate change is a tough task. Often used by policymakers to weigh up the costs and... Read More

Explainers | Mar 1. 2017.
The BritNed cable on its reel, that forms the interconnector between the UK and the Netherlands

In-depth: The whole system costs of renewables

Dramatic cost reductions mean wind and solar can now compete on price with conventional sources of energy in many parts of the world, including the... Read More

Renewables | Feb 22. 2017.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Marines from 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group arrived in New York recently to aid the National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in humanitarian operations, focusing recently on Breezy Point, N.Y

Q&A: The social cost of carbon

The social cost of carbon (SCC) has been called "the most important number you've never heard of" because it underpins climate regulations in... Read More

Explainers | Feb 14. 2017.
Building nets to harvest water from fog

Mapped: Climate adaptation around the world

From floating islands to fog harvesting, Carbon Brief's interactive map looks at how people around the world are adapting to the impacts of climate... Read More

Features | Nov 8. 2016.
Air conditioners on the wall on the back street

Explainer: Why a UN climate deal on HFCs matters

Update 15/10/16 — A deal was agreed by almost 200 countries on 15 October 2016. The agreement means that developed countries will start to... Read More

GHGs and aerosols | Oct 10. 2016.
Ban Ki-moon addresses the European Parliament on the Paris Agreement, Oct 4 2016

Explainer: Paris Agreement on climate change to 'enter into force'

The Paris Agreement will formally come into force next month, legally binding countries that have ratified the deal to act on the pledges made last... Read More

International policy | Oct 6. 2016.
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