Climate Change

What can I do about climate change?

Image copyright Getty Images “The moment of crisis has come” in efforts to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned. He spoke as BBC News launched a year of special coverage on global warming.Here are our answers to a range of readers’ questions.What are the most important things people can do? – Maureen Watt,…

What is climate change?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOur Planet Matters: Climate change explainedScientists say global warming could have a catastrophic effect on the planet.Human activities have increased carbon-dioxide emissions, driving up temperatures. Extreme weather and melting polar ice are among the possible effects. So, what do we know about the Earth’s changing climate?What is…

Why the Taal Eruption Won’t Slow Down Climate Change

Photo: GettyAn eruption at the Philippines’ Taal volcano sent locals fleeing for cover as towering ash clouds rose on Monday. Lightning licked the plumes of smoke rising from one of the most active volcanoes in an island nation with dozens of others in various states of unrest.The local effects of Taal are clearly devastating, as…

North American Birds Are Migrating Earlier Because of Climate Change

Every autumn as temperatures drop and insect populations decline, billions of birds migrate across the U.S. in search of warmer nesting temperatures and more food availability—both extremely good answers to seasonal depression. In the spring, the birds fly back to mate.This annual migration serves an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems, because the traveling birds…

Climate Change Threatens Water Resources for Nearly 2 Billion People

Where the Indus River and Zanskar River meet near Leh in Ladakh, India.Photo: GettyAround the world, billions of people rely on water from snow and glaciers. However, rising temperatures and political turmoil could mean rapidly diminishing water resources for these vulnerable regions—most notably being high mountain Asia according to new findings released at the American…

Amazon employees say they were threatened for climate change criticism

In October, the employees, Maren Costa and Jamie Kowalski, told The Washington Post that Amazon contributes to climate change by supporting oil- and gas-company exploration with its cloud computing business. Both employees say they were subsequently called into meetings with human resources, where they were accused of violating the company’s external communications policy. Costa says…

The Year’s Best Advice for Having ‘Big Talks’ with Kids

Best of LifehackerBest of LifehackerWhether we’ve made a complicated recipe absurdly simple, illustrated how to survive a natural disaster, or explained a political crisis in terms even your great-grandma would understand, these are some of our favorite stories from the past year.Back in the day, parents braced themselves for The Talk, which we all know…

Can kitchen gardens combat climate change?

Image copyright FAARM project Growing fruit and veg in the garden is already seen as environmentally friendly, but it could also be a weapon in the fight against climate change.That’s been the experience of a community in Bangladesh, whose rice crop – the source of their food and income – was ruined when seasonal rains…