Tag Archives: climate change

Young Muslim women are leading environmental movements grounded in their beliefs

Jana Jandal Alirifai, a 17-year-old Syrian Canadian and coordinator for Climate Strike Canada, participated as a Syrian delegate in the MockCOP26. (Tahmina Aziz), Author provided Memona Hossain, University of Toronto Weeks prior to the lockdowns and closures that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary General António Guterres said 2020 would be a “pivotal year for how we address climate …

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Ice stupas: the artificial mini glaciers bringing water to some of the driest, coldest places on Earth

Nishant Tiku/University of Aberdeen, Author provided Matteo Spagnolo, University of Aberdeen Glaciers are not just spectacular indicators of climate change as they shrink and disappear due to global warming. They are also, for many communities, an irreplaceable source of fresh water. During the melting season in summer, a portion of mountain glacier surface releases water that is essential to the …

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Greta Thunberg emerged from five decades of environmental youth activism in Sweden

Björn Lundberg, Lund University and David Larsson Heidenblad, Lund University After 18 months of digital campaigning, young people are again taking to the streets demanding climate justice, with attention now directed at the UN climate summit in Glasgow and a protest march on November 5. When a 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began her Skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for climate) outside …

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What is COP26? Here’s how global climate negotiations work and what’s expected from the Glasgow summit

U.N. climate summits bring together representatives of almost every country. UNFCCC Shelley Inglis, University of Dayton Leer en español Over two weeks in November, world leaders and national negotiators will meet in Scotland to discuss what to do about climate change. It’s a complex process that can be hard to make sense of from the outside, but it’s how international …

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Renewable energy is fuelling a forgotten conflict in Africa’s last colony

SAHARALAND / shutterstock Joanna Allan, Northumbria University, Newcastle Morocco has positioned itself as a global leader in the fight against climate change, with one of the highest-rated national action plans. But though the north African country intends to generate half its electricity from renewables by 2030, its plans show that much of this energy will come from wind and solar …

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What African countries got out of COP26

In January 2015, a three-day rain displaced nearly quarter of a million people, devastated 64,000 hectares of land, and killed several hundred people in Malawi. Ashley Cooper/Getty Images Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences The 26th United Nations climate change conference, COP26, recently came to an end, having aimed to get countries united in the fight against climate …

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Vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets could save you money – new research

Going plant-based doesn’t have to mean spending more. marilyn barbone/ Shutterstock Marco Springmann, University of Oxford Many people are choosing to make the switch to plant-based diets for many reasons – including as a way of cutting their climate footprint or to be healthier. Yet there’s long been the notion that plant-based diets are inherently more expensive than following a …

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Five things you need to know about the Glasgow Climate Pact

Simon Lewis, UCL and Mark Maslin, UCL The COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow have finished and the gavel has come down on the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed by all 197 countries. If the 2015 Paris Agreement provided the framework for countries to tackle climate change then Glasgow, six years on, was the first major test of this high-water mark …

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How the world’s militaries hide their huge carbon emissions

Christian Cachola / US DoD flickr Doug Weir, King’s College London; Benjamin Neimark, Lancaster University, and Oliver Belcher, Durham University Climate change leadership requires more than stirring speeches. It means facing up to hard truths. One truth that governments around the world are struggling with is the immense contribution their militaries are making to the climate crisis. For example, the …

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