Climate change: Is the UK on track to meet its targets?

The UK has committed to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions to net zero by 2050.  Net zero is the point at which the country is taking as much of these climate-changing gases out of the atmosphere as it is putting in. As part of this promise,… Read More

COP26: UK still lagging on climate policy, report says

Britain is lagging way behind its schedule for cutting carbon emissions in the run-up to November’s climate summit in Glasgow, a report says. Think tank the Green Alliance says current plans will deliver less than a quarter of the cuts needed to meet the UK’s… Read More

Climate change: Arctic warming linked to colder winters

A new study shows that increases in extreme winter weather in parts of the US are linked to accelerated warming of the Arctic.  The scientists found that heating in the region ultimately disturbed the circular pattern of winds known as the polar vortex. This allowed… Read More

Climate change: Europe’s 2020 heat reached ‘troubling’ level

Last year was the warmest on record across Europe, breaking the previous high mark by a considerable distance, say scientists. Temperatures across the region were more than 1.9C above the long-term average between 1981 and 2010. The State of the Climate 2020 report from the American Meteorological… Read More

Climate change : Low-income countries ‘can’t keep up’ with impacts

Low-income countries are struggling to protect themselves against climate change, officials and experts have told the BBC.  Organisations representing 90 countries say that their plans to prevent damage have already been outpaced by climate-induced disasters, which are intensifying and happening more regularly.  The UN says… Read More

Climate change : At-risk nations fear extinction after IPCC report

Nations vulnerable to climate change have warned they are on the “edge of extinction” if action is not taken. The warning by a group of developing countries comes after a landmark UN report argued that global warming could make parts of the world uninhabitable. World leaders… Read More

Climate change: Five things we have learned from the IPCC report

The UN report on the science of climate change is set to make a huge impact. Our environment correspondent Matt McGrath considers some of the key lessons from it.  Climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying – and it’s down to us For those who live in… Read More

Climate change : IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity’

Human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and sometimes irreversible ways, a major UN scientific report has said. The landmark study warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade.  The report “is… Read More

UK already undergoing disruptive climate change

The UK is already undergoing disruptive climate change with increased rainfall, sunshine and temperatures, according to scientists. The year 2020 was the third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest on record, scientists said in the latest UK State of the Climate report. No other year is… Read More