UK land now stores 7% more carbon than 300 years ago – what that means for the environment

Scientists need to know how much we can rely on the land to offset our emissions.

Jess Davies, Chair Professor in Sustainability, Lancaster University • conversation
April 16, 2021 ~6 min

Climate crisis: keeping hope of 1.5°C limit alive is vital to spurring global action

Discord and doubt are the last things the world needs at this critical moment.

Catherine Happer, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Glasgow • conversation
March 30, 2021 ~6 min

Coronavirus lockdowns cut global carbon emissions by an estimated 7% – what happens now?

A transcript of episode 7 of The Conversation Weekly pocast, including an extra from Don't Call Me Resilient on the treatment of migrant workers in Canada.

Daniel Merino, Assistant Editor: Science, Health, Environment; Co-Host: The Conversation Weekly Podcast • conversation
March 19, 2021 ~38 min

Growing cannabis indoors produces a lot of greenhouse gases – just how much depends on where it's grown

Growing weed indoors is not an environmentally friendly process. Climate controls create a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, and where the pot is produced has a huge influence on emission levels.

Hailey Summers, Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainability, Colorado State University • conversation
March 8, 2021 ~5 min

Bitcoin isn't getting greener: four environmental myths about cryptocurrency debunked

Bitcoin is attracting attention from big buyers like Tesla. But don't be fooled – it's still a disaster for the climate.

Peter Howson, Senior Lecturer in International Development, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
Feb. 17, 2021 ~7 min

Paris Agreement: aiming for 1.5°C target could slow global warming within next two decades

Our new study shows that cutting emissions now will bring benefits sooner than expected.

Christine McKenna, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds • conversation
Dec. 10, 2020 ~6 min

For a carbon-neutral UK, the next five years are critical – here's what must happen

The Climate Change Committee has laid out a road map for net zero emissions that the UK government could follow.

Piers Forster, Professor of Physical Climate Change; Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds • conversation
Dec. 9, 2020 ~7 min

Following a t-shirt from cotton field to landfill shows the true cost of fast fashion

Black Friday sales reveal fast fashion extremes. But how does it affect the planet?

Mark Sumner, Lecturer in Sustainablity, Fashion and Retail, University of Leeds • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~7 min

Climate change is making autumn leaves change colour earlier – here's why

Warmer temperatures cannot increase the amount of carbon deciduous trees absorb in each growing season, a new study suggests.

Philip James, Professor of Ecology, University of Salford • conversation
Nov. 26, 2020 ~6 min

The Arctic hasn't been this warm for 3 million years – and that foreshadows big changes for the rest of the planet

Extreme shrinkage of summer sea ice is just the latest evidence of rapid Arctic warming – and what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay there.

Steve Petsch, Associate Professor of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~9 min