Stories categorized “Climate change”:

One little river – one big story of flood, drought and pollution

Published October 2015.

Published in edited form by The Guardian October 8 2015 This begins with a man in the street. I often used to notice him, because he looked so out of place. In amongst the townies with their anoraks and sensible shoes, he was blatantly a country man in weather-beaten tweeds and clumpy boots. More than […]

Increasing global warming (by pretending to reduce it)

Published December 2007.

The Guardian, December 2007 The global system which is supposed to cut greenhouse gases is being gatecrashed by hundreds of projects which will actually increase the net amount of carbon being released into the atmosphere, according to a report published today. As the latest UN conference on climate change opens in Bali, the report from […]

The great climate change screw-up

Published June 2007.

The Guardian, June 2007 In the autumn of 2005, three journalists who work for an environmental group in New Delhi, the Centre for Science and Environment, decided to investigate some of the Indian projects which were trying to break into the lucrative new business of carbon trading. They started looking at four schemes in Andhra […]

Failure at the heart of the fight against climate change

Published June 2007.

The Guardian, June 2007 A Guardian investigation has found evidence of serious irregularities at the heart of the process on which the world is relying to control global warming. The UN’s Clean Development Mechanism, which is supposed to offset greenhouse gases emitted in the developed world by selling carbon credits from cleaner projects elsewhere, has […]

The worrying truth about carbon offsets

Published June 2007.

The Guardian, June 2007 It’s 20 months now since British Airways proudly announced its new scheme to deal with climate change: for the first time, passengers could offset their share of the carbon produced by any flight by paying for the same amount of carbon to be taken out of the atmosphere elsewhere. “I welcome […]

An early warning of global warming

Published June 1988.

The Scotsman and the New Zealand Dominion June 27 1988 There is, of course, no reason to panic. Scientists, after all, are not the sort of people who deal in panic. They deal in hard facts and tough conclusions. Even so, the three sober-suited scientists I went to see in Washington gave every indication that […]

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