Author: Reuben Shaw

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Cop 27: NDC updates stumble despite pact

Only a small number of countries updated their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) either during or in the run-up to last month’s UN Cop 27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, as wider mitigation ambition at the summit proved tepid. The Glasgow Climate Pact agreed at Cop 26 last year requested countries revise and increase their […]

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Scientist Proposes Growing a Forest Inside a Bubble on Mars

The human quest to become an interplanetary species isn’t simply just because we’ve seen too much “Star Wars.” Over the past century or so, we’ve put our home planet under an increasingly dire amount of pressure. There’s only so much space, only so many resources, and even if we do make some ecological moves to avoid turning […]

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Quants, Carbon, and Climate Change

The center-left mindset of favoring quantitative analysis and just-so mathematical solutions is particularly myopic when it comes to fossil fuel pollution. The Revolving Door Project, a Prospect partner, scrutinizes the executive branch and presidential power. Follow them at therevolvingdoorproject.org. It’s been a bad few weeks for the sort of opinionated center-left pundit who prides themselves on data-driven, hyper-quantitative […]

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‘Climate change is a health issue’

Medical professionals reflect on COP27 and how a changing climate is damaging health. When Dr. Jay Lemery gives presentations on climate and health, one of his slides has two pictures with an arrow between them: one with a polar bear and an iceberg, and another with a kid and an inhaler.    “This is the […]

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Young people just got a louder voice on climate change — and could soon be shaping policy

Young people have long been at the forefront of discussions and activism around climate change. This year’s COP27 was another milestone for them — they became official stakeholders in climate policy under the ACE action plan, which was created at COP27 in Egypt over the last few weeks. Young people’s voices and opinions will now […]

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Plants teach their offspring how to adapt to climate change, scientists find

Can a plant remember? This may sound more like a line from a poem than a scientific enquiry. But new analysis suggests that plants can pass on climate adaptation tips to their offspring. From devastating floods to rising temperatures, the climate crisis is changing natural habitats all over the world. To survive, many plants have been forced to quickly adapt, […]

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Ending the climate crisis has one simple solution: Stop using fossil fuels

As COP27 unfolds in Egypt, we are hearing about a large array of climate change solutions, ranging from building with carbon-absorbing bamboo and using less plastic to growing more kelp in the oceans to retain its carbon stores and enhance biodiversity. All of these ideas are important and could lead to positive environmental outcomes if successfully implemented. However, as climate scientists we believe […]

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