News overview

  • How global warming is making power plants produce less electricity

    During heatwaves or droughts, excessive heat or a lack of water makes it much harder for plants to be kept cool. When this happens, the plants must be curbed, meaning electricity output is cut. This often comes just as electricity demand peaks due to people’s increasing reliance on air conditioning to keep cool.

  • How climate change threatens a Peruvian city with ‘glacial flood’

    The worldwide retreat of mountain glaciers is one of the most visible impacts of climate change. In the wake of receding glaciers, thousands of lakes have formed and expanded. These lakes threaten the communities living below them with tsunami-like waves known as “glacial lake outburst floods”.

  • French court rules France not doing enough on climate change

    A French court has ruled that the country’s government must do more to combat climate change, reports Reuters, “in what environmental campaigners called a landmark ruling that could ramp up pressure on other countries to act on global warning”.

  • EU carbon price soars to record highs

    The price of carbon in Europe has soared to a fresh record high near €38 a tonne, reports the Financial Times.

  • Water risk: what COVID-19 has taught us about ignoring systemic risks and what to do about it

    Over the past year, COVID-19 has fundamentally re-shaped our global economy, social ties and the environment. Most of the world was totally unprepared even though pandemics had been consistently highlighted in the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk Reports