Melting glaciers, rising seas: Approaching climate tipping points

There are some extraordinary ‘then and now’ photos appearing in news feeds, alarming pictures revealing the extent of glacier recession in Iceland. Photographs taken in 1989 and 2020 give a very visual demonstration of how serious our planet’s ice loss is. Side-by-side comparisons of the images show how dramatically the outlet glaciers of the Vatnajökull […]

The climate crisis: Preparing for what’s already here

Wholesale derision greeted a spectacularly clueless statement from Republican Senator Ted Cruz last week, after President Joe Biden committed to signing the United States back up to the Paris Agreement. Cruz said Biden is “more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh”. Cruz’s comment […]

The US is back in the climate fight

Until Donald Trump took office in the United States, the long, loping stride of John Kerry, President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, was a familiar sight at UN climate conferences, ultimately helping to steer the Paris Agreement home in 2015. Trump’s time in power was four years of trigger-happy environmental reversing, something Kerry now has […]

The plight of the wild Atlantic salmon

Sitting in the warmth of the desert’s winter sun here in the Middle East, my mind turns to the contrast of the season at home, where the gales batter the west coast of the British Isles and the blizzards assault the moors. The cold waters of river and stream course through bleak and cold landscapes, […]

Lessons from 2020: Reconnecting with nature, a force for good

As we stumble into 2021, it was salutary to read of an inspiring wildlife encounter experienced by the famous naturalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough. Now 94 years old, he has witnessed the planet’s most extraordinary animals thriving in their natural habitats in all the far corners of the world. But this happened on his […]

Avocados v elephants: Is the green gold putting wildlife at risk?

With Mount Kilimanjaro commanding a boundless sky, below it there is a palette of habitat from plains to swamp and thorny bush. Among it all, 2,000 elephants and all manner of wildlife, including zebra, wildebeest, lion and antelope, come and go. The Amboseli ecosystem in Kenya is one of Africa’s most familiar and stunning landscapes. […]

The end of the internal combustion engine?

The internal combustion engine revolutionised human life. It made the commonplace possible: the car, the Uber, the bus, the motorbike. We took to the skies in aircraft and spread our wings across the world. It even mobilised war with tanks, ships and submarines. Agricultural productivity soared with the development of the tractor and other farm […]

The 2020 US elections: A climate for change? #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

In just two days, millions of American voters will head to the polls to decide where the United States stands on the fight against climate change. While presidential candidate Joe Biden has declared climate change the “number one issue facing humanity” and announced a $2-trillion clean energy plan to tackle the crisis, many worry that […]

Beavers, bison and returning beasts: Rewilding the UK

There is something deeply heartening about an extinct native species being reintroduced to its former habitat. In the United Kingdom, there are several of those stories. The last time storks were recorded breeding in the UK was way back in 1416 on top of a cathedral in Edinburgh. This year, nests on the Knepp Estate […]

Lightning, fire and burning forests: Climate change in California

You would think that nothing could survive the devastation wrought by the all-engulfing infernos in California this month. But something has. While it will mean little to those who have tragically lost their homes, or to the tens of thousands of fire evacuees, an inspiring story of nature’s resilience can perhaps provide solace in times […]