Place your bets for the Copenhagen Fossil Of The Day

Posted by jamie — 8 December 2009 at 9:21pm - Comments

This video shows the first presentation of the Fossil of the Day award on Monday.

Sometimes, there is such a beautiful synchronisation of multiple ideas in a single word, I'm tempted to believe that it couldn't possibly have happened by chance. For instance, what pops into your head when you hear the word 'fossil'?

A. The preserved remains of long-dead organisms
B. A polluting fuel hewn from the ground
C. Someone who refuses to adapt and evolve even though everyone else has
D. All of the above

If you answered D, you're clearly on the same wavelength as the team handing out Fossil Of The Day awards here in Copenhagen. Handed out each evening, they go to the country which has done most to stall, frustrate or otherwise get in the way of a fair, ambitious and legally-binding agreement during the last 24 hours.

Video: that Parliamentary projection in full...

Posted by jossc — 8 December 2009 at 6:44pm - Comments

Peace campaigner Louise gives us all a quick behind the scenes look at how to successfully project a slogan onto the Houses of Parliament...

Canada's terrible environmental record causes a stir

Posted by christian — 30 November 2009 at 1:10pm - Comments
Greenpeace UK director John Sauven
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Greenpeace UK director John Sauven

Don’t get us wrong – we like Canada.

Historically Canada and the UK have been allies and friends. But while the Canadian government probably isn’t top of your list of environmental villains, maybe it should be.

F-gases! HFCs! Nudity!

Posted by christian — 24 November 2009 at 4:29pm - Comments

So what's more interesting? My post about f-gases, or some guy getting his kit off?

A meeting in Copenhagen – what’s it all about?

Posted by christian — 19 November 2009 at 11:12am - Comments

Watch all three videos about the human consequences of climate change

The key thing to understand about the upcoming UN climate summit in Copenhagen is how massively, vitally, fate-of-the-earth-decidingly important brackets are to the whole process. Yes, [brackets]. If you grasp the brackets thing, then everything else is pretty much irrelevant detail.

Nevertheless, let's do a little run-through before we get onto it.

The Copenhagen summit, also known as the Conference of the Parties 15 or COP15, or 'the best moment we've ever had to actually, you know, sort it out', is the fifteenth big meeting organised by the United Nations to discuss a global response to climate change.

Video: Planting the Airplot orchard

Posted by saunvedan — 18 November 2009 at 6:02pm - Comments

Did you know that the area where Heathrow is now was covered with orchards? It's hard to imagine that now; standing on a small plot of land near Heathrow with planes hovering over my head waiting to land on the world's busiest airport. So as a tribute to the area's past, Airplot is now turning into an apple orchard.

Voices for Change: California

Posted by jossc — 16 November 2009 at 4:14pm - Comments

In this third Voices for Change video, fire chief Thom Porter talks about how weather is changing in his native California, because of climate change. And how this is directly affecting him and his team, because more dry wood and more dry lightning means more fires.

Voices for Change: Sydney

Posted by jossc — 11 November 2009 at 1:20pm - Comments

In Sydney, between drought and dust storms, the effects of climate change are becoming more visible than ever.

In this Voices for Change video Amanda McKenzie from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition explains how these changes are affecting life in a city increasingly vulnerable to storm surges and rising sea-levels.

Voices for Change: Delhi

Posted by jossc — 5 November 2009 at 11:40am - Comments

Erratic monsoons, the highest summer temperatures for 50 years, disrupted summer rainfall patterns - just some of the impacts of climate change which are threatening the Indian city of Delhi.

In this second Voices for Change video, Delhi born photographer Ishan Tankha describes how the weather in India has changed during his lifetime, and ponders the consequences for himself and his fellow citizens.

How to cook jellyfish...

Posted by jossc — 30 October 2009 at 4:04pm - Comments

In this, the second instalment of the 'Our Ocean Wonderland' animations, Stephen Appelby considers the culinary seafood options likely to be open to us once we've emptied the seas of edible fish.

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