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Popular climate change documentaries often privilege wealthier countries and offer unbalanced coverage

Leonardo DiCaprio, right, speaks with Earth scientist and deputy director of NASA’s Goddard Sciences and Exploration Directorate, Piers Sellers, for the climate change documentary, ‘Before the Flood.’ (Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), CC BY-SA Reuben Rose-Redwood, University of Victoria and Paige Bennett, University of Victoria When world leaders meet in Glasgow, Scotland, for the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) …

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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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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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Inspiration from the 1970s for today’s young environmentalists

Allotments were popular in the 1970s and are now busy again. Air Images/Shutterstock Steven McCabe, Birmingham City University Cult 1970s BBC TV show The Good Life examined Tom and Barbara Good’s experience of attempting to opt out of the rat race by becoming self-sufficient. They grew vegetables in their back garden, milked a goat, tried to knit their own clothes …

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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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Why tackling deforestation is so important for slowing climate change

Dudarev Mikhail/Shutterstock Tom Pugh, Lund University Humanity injects an almost incomprehensible 42 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) into the atmosphere every year. The majority of this comes from burning fossil fuels, but a substantial portion, about 16%, arises from how we use the land. Most of these land-use emissions are caused by deforestation, particularly in the tropics. In order …

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