Why Industry is Going Green on the Quiet

There’s a factory in Asia that uses only a single litre of water to make a pair of jeans. That’s 346 litres less than Levi-Strauss estimated it took to make a pair of its jeans in 2015. Wouldn’t you love to buy your jeans from this amazingly innovative factory? Me too, but...

High Ice and Hard Truth: the Poets Taking on Climate Change

Greenland poet Aka Niviana’s way of life is disappearing as her country thaws, while the subsequent meltwater threatens Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and her fellow Marshall Islanders thousands of miles away. Their joint trip to the melting glaciers inspired a climate call to arms by Bill McKibben High up on a melting Greenland glacier,...

‘My soul, where are you?’: families of Muslims missing in China meet wall of silence

An estimated 1 million Muslims are being held in re-education camps in Xinjiang. Across the border in Kazakhstan, there‚Äôs a desperate wait for news of Uighurs, Kazakhs and other minorities by¬†Lily Kuo¬†in Shelek, Kazakhstan   For more than a year, *Farkhad, 39, has lived with the uncertainty that his wife Mariam may...

Country Diary: A Storm Here is A Spectator‚Äč‚Äč Sport of the Utmost Drama

Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire To see how many features I once climbed have been battered away by wave and wind is a salutary lesson in human ambition Meadowsweet still flowered along lanes through an obscenity of tank ranges; grasses riffled and glistened in the verges; far offshore, Lundy dipped in and out of...

Have psychologists found a better way to persuade people to save the planet?

Recent studies linking people’s views on social inequality to how they think and act on environmental issues could prove crucial to changing their behaviour In the 1990s, psychologists at the University of California, Los Angeles, developed a scientific theory to account for all the prejudice and violence in the world. Social...

Fog, Smog and Eco-Drag: These Climate Change Dramas are a Breath of Fresh Air

From cabaret to a witty teenage odyssey, the Shoot the Breeze festival at Camden People’s theatre considers global warming and pollution in striking style Was Shakespeare a chronicler of climate-change disaster? A Midsummer Night’s Dream presents nature in crisis, brought about by the disruptions of the fairy and human worlds....

The Day we Witnessed Wildlife Rangers being Gunned Down in Congo

When two Dutch journalists travelled to the DRC to report on illegal gold mining in the vast Okapi wildlife reserve, they ended up running for their lives Conflict is never far away in the Democratic Republic of Congo ‚Äď a country rich in natural resources such as gold, diamonds, coltan...

Bad Medicine: The Toxic Fakes at The heart of an international criminal racket

The trade in fake drugs is a lucrative and dangerous global industry, but there are hopes that on-the-spot screening technology can provide a remedy Sometimes the vials are filled with dirty water. Occasionally they contain saline and a tiny amount of antibiotic, so as not to infect the site of...

China’s EEmissions Trading Scheme Puts Australian Companies on Notice

The launch of China’s national carbon market could also harm the competitiveness of Australian products For a brief and shining moment in 2012, Australia was at the global forefront of climate change action, as one of the first countries to implement a carbon pricing mechanism. It lasted only two years,...