‘Gathering Storm’: How ‘Rogue’ Companies are Buying up North Sea Oil and Gas

Companies with histories of environmental abuses and alleged labour violations, backed by private equity and with ties to foreign governments, stand to profit from North Sea oil and gas, new data shows. Campaigners say the trend towards private ownership in the North Sea is potentially “catastrophic” for the UK’s plans for an equitable transition towards […]

Understanding past climate change ‘tipping points’ can help us prepare for the future

Of all the creatures on Earth, humans manipulate their environments the most. But, how far can we push it before something drastic happens? Scientists are calling for a better understanding of past extreme climate change events in an attempt to anticipate future changes. Enter geoarchaeologist and anthropologist C. Michael Barton at Arizona State University. The School of Human Evolution […]

'Rigour and transparency': UK leads fresh drive to boost credibility of voluntary carbon markets

Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiate launches alongside consultation into how carbon credits should be embedded into business strategies The UK is backing a new global drive announced this morning to boost “rigour and transparency” in the voluntary carbon market, in a bid to ensure corporate offetting practices are aligned with global climate goals. The Voluntary […]

Constraining the Spatial Distribution of Tritium in Groundwater across South Africa

Abstract Tritium (³H) has become synonymous with modern groundwater and is used in a myriad of applications, ranging from sustainability investigations to contaminant transport and groundwater vulnerability. This study uses measured ³H groundwater activities from 722 sample locations across South Africa to construct a ³H groundwater distribution surface. Environmental co-variables are tested using geostatistical analysis […]

New report on the UN Security Council’s work on climate security published

This is a cross-post from the Planetary Security Initiative In the past 18 months, the emergence of climate security as a mainstreamed and core risk for national governments and IGOs has accelerated. In particular, the UN Security Council (UNSC) is becoming more cognizant of climate change being a core security risk that should be under […]

Cornwall has a climate change tackling gift for COP26: Floating offshore wind

The UK can become a champion of technology that allows developers to build wind farms in deeper, windier waters, writes Conservative MP for Truro & Falmouth Far out in the Celtic Sea between Cornwall and Ireland the stage is set for a technological revolution with truly global significance. The Prime Minister is rightly trying to […]

There are less than 100 days until COP26: Here's how exporters can get involved

Embracing export opportunities opportunities in renewable energy can help the UK meet its climate targets and place UK firms at the vanguard of the global transition, writes UK Export Finance’s Richard Simon-Lewis With less than 100 days to go until the UK plays host to the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the […]