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The IPCC embraced the notion of carbon offset schemes in the landmark Paris Agreement, but projects have faced criticism that they lack effectiveness and transparency. Mark Rowe investigates the world of carbon offsetting to determine the role it really plays…
Millions have been displaced due to severe floods in central and southern China
A handy gathering of facts about carbon emissions with graphs by Our World in Data
Concerns about the ozone hole have diminished as levels of ozone-depleting man-made chemicals have fallen – but research is still ongoing 
The contribution of melting polar ice to sea level rise could be vastly underestimated, says Marco Magrini
With Milan announcing an ambitious new plan to reduce air pollution after lockdown, environmentalists are hoping that the crisis could trigger a green new start
Today marks the 50th birthday of Earth Day. Founded in the USA by Denis Hayes, it became a global initiative in 1990 when it extended its activities to 141 countries. Today it’s claimed to reach an estimated one billion people…
Marco Magrini analyses the implications of the COP26 delay
Covid-19 has forced us to reduce destructive atmospheric behaviours and has reminded us that we are at the mercy of nature. Matt Maynard looks into the effect that viral-mitigation is having on global emissions, and asks whether current material and emotional…
It is supposed to ease the transfer of workers in high-carbon industries and environment-destroying jobs into cleaner, greener alternatives, without destroying their livelihoods in the process. But if the so-called ‘Just Transition’ holds all the answers, why aren’t governments around…
Capturing carbon from power stations and other high-carbon processes is often described as a vital part of the overall strategy to control CO2 emissions – but does it really work?
Most people think they are more environmentally friendly than others. Most people are wrong...
The discovery of a new form of the aurora borealis could reveal secrets about the most unknown part of the planet
For years, China was the go-to destination for exporting the West’s refuse material. But with an import ban now in place for everything from plastics to e-waste, and a growing global population producing an ever-greater amount of rubbish, what exactly…
As a new decade begins, Marco Magrini wonders if the 2020s could be make or break for when it comes to fixing the environment
Large-scale air travel is under public scrutiny, and refusing to fly is increasingly in vogue, but can not dismantling the aviation industry really be justified?
Across the EU, emissions from aviation are increasing and passenger numbers are on the up. As Germany raises the taxes it imposes on passengers, Geographical asks whether these sums can really make a difference
As polluting rich nations court global catastrophe at UN climate talks, Europe’s 2050 carbon neutrality target embraces 3˚C of warming as best-case scenario

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