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October 29, 2021

COP26: Crunch time for the climate

It’s the last chance for the climate. Of course, this is said before every annual COP, but for COP26, which starts this weekend in Glasgow, it really is the case. […]

October 25, 2021

COP26 climate change summit: Here’s what each degree of global warming would mean for the planet

It has become something of a cliché, in advance of each annual climate summit, to say that it represents the “last chance to save the climate” or somesuch. For COP26 […]

October 20, 2021

Greater than 99% consensus on human caused climate change in the peer-reviewed scientific literature

The scientific consensus that humans are altering the climate has reached 99.9%, according to a paper of which I was lead author, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Here’s […]

October 20, 2021

Forget net zero – let’s have a ‘fossil freedom day’

So what might be a COP26 climate emergency target that we actually could meet? My suggestion is extremely simple: we set a date for the worldwide exit from fossil fuels, […]

June 30, 2020

Saved by the pandemic?

By an extremely fortunate coincidence, the world urgently needs to invest trillions of dollars in decarbonization just when the global economy equally urgently needs a huge stimulus to get people […]

June 30, 2020

New book – ‘Our Final Warning: Six Degrees of Climate Emergency’

It’s here! After three years of hard labour, the new Six Degrees is finally launched. Thanks to HarperCollins for publishing on both sides of the Atlantic! For those asking – […]

September 06, 2019

‘The single most important goal of the candidates’ climate plan’ – CNN.com

The most urgent climate challenge of the next two years is to get Donald Trump out of the White House. Unless that happens, there is no way to restore sanity to US […]

August 08, 2019

The planet is being consumed by humans – CNN.com

Humanity is on a collision course with nature. Already 72% of the global ice-free land surface is dedicated to supporting our species, and between a quarter and a third of […]

June 03, 2019

UK and Trump miles apart on climate change – CNN.com

Fresh from the latest disasters on Brexit, surely the last thing the UK needs is a state visit from the world’s provocateur-in-chief, Donald Trump. Trump’s position on Brexit — bring […]

January 26, 2019

Climate change: The more we know, the worse it seems – CNN.com

To get a full grasp of climate change, you need to take a geological perspective. Wind the clock back all the way through human history, past the Romans and through […]