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Environment & Energy

The future challenge of climate change refugees

Are we currently fully aware of and prepared for the issues that could arise over the next decade due to climate change? It could be argued that there is a lack of awareness of the impacts of climate change in remote subsistence communities around the world and also a lack of preparedness within global policy that needs to be addressed in order to mitigate the issues that could arise through a climate change influenced refugee crisis in the coming years.

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Environment & Energy

Climate change and farming in the Indian Himalayas – Photo Essay

As the issue of climate change has increasingly severe impacts around the world, many communities will be adversely effected. Perhaps on of the most severely effected will be remote subsistence communities that rely on glacial melt water for irrigation. Many of these communities can be found in Ladakh: a high altitude desert region nestled in the center of the Indian Himalayas. (Read More)

Environment & Energy

COP21 in review: A scientific viewpoint

These are three of the main components of the Paris deal so why is the language quite so vague? Most likely it is because producing clear legislation that, in some cases is legally binding, for dates that are often decades into the future is extremely difficult. (Read More)

Science & Technology

Geological time: It’s a big deal

Imagine the Earth was 45 years old, not 4.5 billion. On this timescale the dinosaurs died out 8 months ago; the first humans evolved just yesterday; agriculture only began within the last hour and the industrial revolution happened just one minute ago.
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Environment & Energy

The IPCC: A credit to science, but failing individuals

For many the United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Paris at the end of November this year is a make or break moment for anthropogenic, or human-induced climate change. Negotiations over a law-binding international treaty committing governments to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions have been taking place for over two decades now. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has also been in existence for over twenty years now and given the lack of international progress regarding climate over that period, is the IPCC functioning effectively given the severity of the matter at hand? To assess this one needs to consider the history of the IPCC, and the methods it has adopted to convey its findings. (Read More)

Environment & Energy

Climate change terrorism: A threat in the future?

When the history of the early 21st century is written it will likely tell of a single day as the fateful turning point. 9/11 will be recorded as the point when the ‘war on terror’ was launched in earnest, unleashing untold havoc across the world. With its vacuously intoxicating allure the war on terror has torn resources from other pressing issues globally and for the last 15 years the ‘war on terror’ has absorbed so much of our attention that little else has managed to squeeze itself on to the agenda. Military budgets have ballooned and the bombing of foreign countries has become common practice in disregard to international law. (Read More)