Tag Archives: Climate

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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Curious Kids: why do we have a drought?

The heat makes the drought even worse, because it makes the plants more thirsty so they have to drink more. Tim J Keegan/flickr, CC BY-SA Albert Van Dijk, Australian National University Curious Kids is a series for children. Send your question to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au. You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation, …

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Glasgow COP26: climate finance pledges from rich nations are inadequate and time is running out

Shutterstock Melanie Pill, Australian National University The make-or-break United Nations climate talks in Glasgow have begun. Much attention so far has rightly focused on the emissions reduction ambition each nation is taking to the negotiations. But another key goal of the talks is to dramatically scale up so-called “climate finance” for developing nations. Climate finance is money paid by wealthy …

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Mozambique’s fossil fuel drive is entrenching poverty and conflict

Oil and gas extraction can have dire consequences for the countries in which it takes place. ARMBRUSTERBIZ/Pixabay Joshua Kirshner, University of York; Daniela Salite, University of York, and Matthew Cotton, Teesside University Earlier this year, militants stormed the coastal town of Palma, Mozambique, which lies close to vast plants for extracting liquefied natural gas (LNG). Dozens of people were killed …

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Mozambique’s fossil fuel drive is entrenching poverty and conflict

Oil and gas extraction can have dire consequences for the countries in which it takes place. ARMBRUSTERBIZ/Pixabay Joshua Kirshner, University of York; Daniela Salite, University of York et Matthew Cotton, Teesside University Earlier this year, militants stormed the coastal town of Palma, Mozambique, which lies close to vast plants for extracting liquefied natural gas (LNG). Dozens of people were killed …

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Forests go into growth ‘overdrive’ to recover from drought – new study

Tom Ovenden, Author provided Tom Ovenden, University of Stirling and Alistair Jump, University of Stirling One in 12 people could face severe drought every year by 2100, according to a recent study. And water stored on two-thirds of the Earth’s land surface will shrink as the climate warms. As plant ecologists, we’re concerned with what that means for forests – …

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Climate Explained: what would happen if we cut down the Amazon rainforest?

Gustavo Frazao Sebastian Leuzinger, Auckland University of Technology CC BY-ND Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz What would happen if we cut down the entire Amazon rainforest? …

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Climate research is critical in Africa: how to make it more visible

Biometeorology is the study of the role of climate on plants, animals and humans. Getty Images

Biometeorology is the study of the role of climate on plants, animals and humans. Getty Images Jennifer Fitchett, University of the Witwatersrand Weather and climate have far-reaching effects on every part of life. The timing of seasons, range of daily and seasonal temperatures, the amount of rainfall – these all influence things as diverse as food production, disease prevalence and …

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Climate explained: are consumers willing to pay more for climate-friendly products?

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Shutterstock/Alliance Images Gary Mortimer, Queensland University of Technology CC BY-ND Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I’m seeing quite a few “climate-friendly” products at the supermarket. Are …

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