Link between climate change and armed conflict is exaggerated – new study

Can climate change explain the conflict in Syria? Prince Charles once famously listed drought as a root cause of the war. Similar arguments have been made by other campaigners like UN climate envoy Mary Robinson, celebrities such as singer Charlotte Church, and even politicians like Bernie Sanders (who claimed “climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism”). Their views… Continue reading Link between climate change and armed conflict is exaggerated – new study

British Academy announces Mid-Career Fellowships for 2016

The British Academy is pleased to announce the new Mid-Career Fellowship awards in the humanities and social sciences, to be taken up in autumn 2016. Mid-Career Fellowships support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences. The aim of the scheme is to allow outstanding… Continue reading British Academy announces Mid-Career Fellowships for 2016

Turkey’s academics pay heavy price for resisting Erdoğan’s militarised politics

Academic freedom is under threat in Turkey. Umit Bektas/Reuters While the EU and the US have turned a blind eye to the Turkish government’s brutal clampdown in Kurdish regions, Turkish academics who have spoken out about the regime’s increasingly dictatorial policies have faced punishment and even imprisonment. A petition published in early January by the Academicians for Peace initiative,… Continue reading Turkey’s academics pay heavy price for resisting Erdoğan’s militarised politics

How emissions trading at Paris climate talks has set us up for failure

Philippe Wojazer /Reuters The Paris Agreement has mostly been greeted with enthusiasm, though it contains at least one obvious flaw. Few seem to have noticed that the main tool mooted for keeping us within the 2℃ global warming target is a massive expansion of carbon trading, including offsetting, which allows the market exchange of credits between companies… Continue reading How emissions trading at Paris climate talks has set us up for failure

Why some companies are becoming environmental activists

Lawrence Murray, CC BY Clothing brand Patagonia gives 1% of its sales “to support environmental organisations around the world”. Carpet-maker Interface takes an “aggressive approach” to reach its goal to source 100% of its “energy needs from renewable sources by 2020”. Nudie Jeans meanwhile, repairs, reuses and recycles its denim products, as well as using organic cotton to produce them in… Continue reading Why some companies are becoming environmental activists