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Latest stories

Fewer people are dying in floods in China

Money, dams and better planning are helping; climate change is not

How the world depends on small cobalt miners

The metal is key to the global energy transition. But its artisanal market is broken


A new web of Arab railways could transform the Middle East

But old enmities block many of the links


Which European countries know the least about climate change?

A new survey finds people underestimate the scientific consensus

More Brazilians are dying in floods and downpours

It’s not just the water that is killing them

The North Sea has fuelled Britain for 50 years. What next?

Its long-term future is as a high-tech carbon dump

How to fix the world’s energy emergency without wrecking the environment



Politics

Miami’s submarine future

American government is no match for global warming

A plan to revive South Korea’s nuclear-power sector faces obstacles

But it could help wean the country off fossil fuels


Gulf states have spent billions to build cities in the sea

They are expensive, often bad for the environment, and may end up underwater


A Peruvian farmer takes on Germany’s largest electricity firm

The outcome of the climate lawsuit will have global implications

Australia’s election sets a heartening precedent on climate change

Maybe in America, too, greening politics seems impossible…until it isn’t



Business and finance

The rights and wrongs of investing in natural gas

Should multilateral development banks finance gas projects?

The property industry has a huge carbon footprint. Here’s how to reduce it

Some buildings should be retrofitted, others torn down


The crypto crash will shake up attempts to rescue old power plants

It could put some less efficient ones out of business


What’s gone wrong with the Committee to Save the Planet?

Anti-woke warriors attack three juicy targets

The construction industry remains horribly climate-unfriendly

Governments are falling well short in their efforts to turn things around

Britain’s overstretched electricity grid is delaying housing projects

The grid needs to be expanded to cope with the demands of net zero



Science

The first underground warren for disposing of spent nuclear fuel

Finland leads the way. Sweden and others may follow


Carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere hit another new record

The relentless rise is caused by burning fossil fuels


Corals are threatened by global warming

A bit of pre-emptive tinkering by people might help to save them

Those in peril in the sea

A mix of natural resilience and human ingenuity can save endangered ecosystems

Plant-based proteins are no longer a side dish in diets

Their makers’ place as the main course is another matter



Climate videos

How chemical pollution is suffocating the sea

Many parts of the ocean are being starved of oxygen. This threatens marine life and adds to climate change

Was COP26 a success?

Our correspondent runs through the most important takeaways from the UN climate conference


Can carbon markets reduce carbon emissions?

So far, progress has been slow


Eating our way to a more sustainable future

Insects, lab-grown meat and vertically-farmed produce could all be on our plates

Who should fix climate change?

Governments, companies or individuals?

How can the world’s energy be decarbonised?

We answer your questions on how the sector can become more sustainable



Understanding climate change

Climate adaptation policies are needed more than ever

People are already suffering from catastrophic losses as a result of extreme weather events like cyclone Amphan

The world’s energy system must be transformed completely

It has been changed before, but never as fast or fully as must happen now


Damage from climate change will be widespread and sometimes surprising

It will go far beyond drought, melting ice sheets and crop failures


Humanity’s immense impact on Earth’s climate and carbon cycle

Much needs to be done for the damage to be reversed

How modelling articulates the science of climate change

From paper and pencil to the world’s fastest computers

Why tackling global warming is a challenge without precedent

The first of six weekly briefs looks at the history of efforts to limit greenhouse-gas emissions