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Young Orangutan sitting in a tree, Borneo, Indonesia.

Explainer: Can the world ‘halt and reverse’ biodiversity loss by 2030?

Last month, 196 countries including the EU member states agreed to a new global mission to “halt and reverse” biodiversity loss by 2030. Agree... Read More

Nature | Jan 16. 2023.
Workers install solar photovoltaic panels in Pakistan.

Explainer: How can climate finance be increased from 'billions to trillions'?

From the moment in the early 1990s when nations began grappling with the threat posed by climate change, money has been at the heart of discussions.&... Read More

International policy | Nov 4. 2022.
African elephant at a waterhole in Chobe National Park, Botswana with bush fire in the background

Explainer: Can climate change and biodiversity loss be tackled together?

A wildfire racing across a hillside has become emblematic of climate change. And for good reason: a quarter of the world’s natural landscapes now f... Read More

Explainers | Jun 16. 2022.
Torrential rain causes flash flooding in Aylestone in Leicester

Explainer: What the new IPCC report says about extreme weather and climate change

The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the science of climate change lands in the aftermath of a series of deadl... Read More

IPCC | Aug 10. 2021.
Chinas new climate leaders group gathers for its first plenary meeting in Beijing on 26 May

Explainer: China creates new ‘leaders group’ to help deliver its climate goals

China’s state media has provided the first details about a new high-level climate “leaders group” formed to direct the country’s emission-red... Read More

China Policy | Jun 3. 2021.
Atmosphere-with-clouds-and-rainbow

Explainer: Will global warming ‘stop’ as soon as net-zero emissions are reached?

Media reports frequently claim that the world is facing “committed warming” in the future as a result of past emissions, meaning higher temperatu... Read More

Emissions | Apr 29. 2021.
Firemen battle with the flames in Kalamos 2017.

Explainer: How climate change is affecting wildfires around the world

This year has seen unprecedented wildfires cause havoc across the world. Australia recently battled its largest bushfire on record, while parts of th... Read More

Explainers | Jul 14. 2020.
Icy landscape, pack ice, Weddell Sea, Antarctica.

Explainer: How the rise and fall of CO2 levels influenced the ice ages

The Earth’s climate has been quite stable over the past 11,000 years, playing an important role in the development of human civilisation.  ... Read More

Ice | Jul 2. 2020.
Visualisation using NASA's MERRA dataset to model the jet stream over North America, between June and July, 1988. Credit: Science History Images / Alamy Stock Photo. T81PF2

Jet stream: Is climate change causing more ‘blocking’ weather events?

The past few months have seen some remarkable weather, from the UK’s sunniest spring on record to Siberia’s dramatic heatwave and “zombie wildf... Read More

Extreme weather | Jun 12. 2020.
Drought In Hilapgwa Valley, Zambia. Credit: Art Directors & TRIP / Alamy Stock Photo

Q&A: Could climate change and biodiversity loss raise the risk of pandemics?

Across the world, millions of people have tested positive for Covid-19 – and countless more have seen their lifestyles completely transformed as a ... Read More

Public health | May 15. 2020.
Sunlight streaming through the trees at Dinas Forest, timber plantation, Ponterwyd, Ceredigion Wales UK

In-depth Q&A: How will tree planting help the UK meet its climate goals?

The UK has just three decades to reach net-zero emissions and tree planting has emerged as a prominent part of the government’s plan to get there. ... Read More

Explainers | Mar 18. 2020.
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