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Analysis: Will China build hundreds of new coal plants in the 2020s?

China’s 14th five-year plan (FYP), setting out its national goals for 2021-2025, will arguably be one of the world’s most important documents for global...

In-depth Q&A: How will tree planting help the UK meet its climate goals?

The UK has just three decades to reach net-zero emissions and tree planting has emerged as a prominent part of the government’s plan to...

Guest post: Climate change could reverse falling inequality between countries

Over recent decades, inequality between countries has fallen, in particular due to fast economic growth in China and India. But our new research suggests...

Restoring soils could remove up to ‘5.5bn tonnes’ of greenhouse gases every year

Replenishing and protecting the world’s soil carbon stores could help to offset up to 5.5bn tonnes of greenhouse gases every year, a study finds. This...

Budget 2020: Key climate and energy announcements

Rishi Sunak, the UK’s new chancellor, has delivered his first budget and the first for the UK since October 2018. It is also the...

Q&A: Are the 2019-20 locust swarms linked to climate change?

The past few months have seen locust swarms as large as entire cities sweep across countries in East Africa and surrounding regions. With each insect...

Analysis: Fuel-duty freeze has increased UK CO2 emissions by up to 5%

The freeze in fuel duty since 2010 means the UK’s CO2 emissions are as much as 5% higher than they would have been, Carbon...

Guest post: The underappreciated influence of the tropics on the ‘jet stream’

Over the past decade or so, a scientific debate has emerged around whether rapid Arctic warming could be affecting extreme weather in the mid-latitudes....

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