Tag Archives: climate change

Heat and health: Dar es Salaam’s informal settlements need help

Tanzania, Dar es Salaam: increasing temperatures under climate change are likely to be a significant risk to human health in informal settlements. Flickr/Slum Dwellers International Lorena Pasquini, University of Cape Town In the coming decades, heat will become one of the most significant and visible impacts of climate change, particularly in Africa, where temperatures are expected to increase faster than …

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Electric car supplies are running out – and could drastically slow down the journey to net-zero

Shutterstock/ALDECA studio Tom Stacey, Anglia Ruskin University The road map to replacing old fashioned carbon emitting cars with electric vehicles is well developed – at least in theory. All the major car makers (and even some of the smaller ones) are publicly committed to electric. But actually buying a new electric car? That’s another matter entirely. Volkswagen, the largest car …

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Desalination may be key to averting global water shortage, but it will take time

As the most water-scarce region on the planet, the Middle East is particularly reliant on desalination technology. Maxim Petrichuk/Shutterstock Kiran Tota-Maharaj, Aston University Clean freshwater is critical for sustaining human life. However, 1.1 billion people lack access to it worldwide. Desalination represents an increasingly popular way of addressing this. Desalination is the process of extracting salt from saline water to …

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Pakistan floods: what role did climate change play?

Ben Clarke, University of Oxford; Friederike Otto, Imperial College London, and Luke Harrington, University of Waikato Pakistan is experiencing the most devastating and widespread floods in its history, with the country’s climate minister saying waters have reached across a third of the nation. The growing tally of impacts is dire. More than 1,100 people have been killed, a million homes …

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Heatwaves: why ethnic minorities in the UK are more vulnerable, and what to do about it

Charles Ogunbode, University of Nottingham and Jeremy Kidwell, University of Birmingham Temperatures in the UK recently breached 40°C for the first time in recorded history. The country is set to experience more frequent and more extreme heatwaves as carbon emissions continue to accumulate in the atmosphere. Heatwaves have worrying implications for human health including sleep loss, mental illness, and increased …

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Five books that will change how you think about the environment and climate change

Pexels Ti-han Chang, University of Central Lancashire and Henry Dicks, IAE Lyon School of Management – Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 We are constantly being bombarded with dire warnings about the environmental and climate emergency. Act now, we are told, or face an unprecedented global catastrophe. But while the solutions proposed – solar panels, heat pumps, eating less meat – …

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Who wins as energy bills soar? Oil and gas companies

Ingvar Tjostheim/Shutterstock Jack Marley, The Conversation Your annual energy bill could rise by another £800 in October according to UK electricity and gas market regulator Ofgem, which is set to lift the cap on energy prices (the maximum that energy suppliers can charge customers on a default tariff) in the autumn. The cap was already raised by £693 last month, …

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Other casualties of Putin’s war in Ukraine: Russia’s climate goals and science

Katja Doose, University of Fribourg and Alexander Vorbrugg, Université de Berne As the European Union moves closer to an embargo deal on Russian oil, there is much talk about the impact of war-related sanctions on Europe’s energy transition and the world’s decarbonisation efforts. But the sanctions also have strong implications for Russia’s already slow and rather unsure green transition, be …

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