Britain has a historic responsibility to tackle climate change – and time is running out

We have just over ten years to have a shooting chance at avoiding catastrophic climate breakdown. The scientific community has been unequivocal about this. Harmful greenhouse gas emissions – from vehicles, through power plants, to cows – must be nearly halved by 2030 to stop temperatures from rising by 1.5C since the 19th century, when industrial capitalism hitContinue reading “Britain has a historic responsibility to tackle climate change – and time is running out”

Theresa May must act on climate breakdown – or step aside for those who will

Greta Thunberg is one of the only public figures who is being honest about environmental breakdown. Her speech in the UK Parliament contained a litany of truths that are almost entirely absent from the political debate. The scientific community has unequivocally warned that we have to roughly halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 to have a shooting chanceContinue reading “Theresa May must act on climate breakdown – or step aside for those who will”

Extinction Rebellion should be celebrated, not sneered at

Extinction Rebellion is meeting its first objective: to gain attention. Since its launch late last year, thousands of people have been arrested around the world as Extinction Rebellion groups have emerged in country after country, deploying direct action tactics to raise the profile of environmental breakdown. In this way, much of what Extinction Rebellion is doingContinue reading “Extinction Rebellion should be celebrated, not sneered at”

A Green New Deal could signal a fundamental shift away from neoliberalism

The idea of a Green New Deal has captured imaginations across the world. For many, it provides an overall narrative neatly stressing the urgency of the major crises of our time. What’s more, in seeking to combat injustice while stemming environmental breakdown, it recognises the interrelation between these problems.  It has been astonishing and energisingContinue reading “A Green New Deal could signal a fundamental shift away from neoliberalism”

Climate breakdown enters its ice cream in February stage

What will we think of our reaction to this heatwave in a decade? The narrative over the last few days has been predictably positive. As temperatures rose above 20C, we wore t-shirts outside and ate ice cream at lunch. The Daily Mail posted its customary pictorial of scantily clad women in London parks. The unseasonal weatherContinue reading “Climate breakdown enters its ice cream in February stage”

It’s no longer climate change we’re living through. It’s environmental breakdown

In 1962, American playwright James Baldwin wrote that “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Today, his words should give us succour. We need more than ever to face the reality of environmental change. I’m a researcher at IPPR, a think tank. We have beenContinue reading “It’s no longer climate change we’re living through. It’s environmental breakdown”

One Earth, the impacts of climate change

Headlines like “We have only twelve years to save the world” appeared across the globe in early October, in the wake of a new report from the United Nations underlining the scale of the challenge posed by climate change. This wasn’t fake news. The world has already warmed by around 1°C since large-scale industrialisation began,Continue reading “One Earth, the impacts of climate change”

A world of digital plenty is possible, but only if we take on the data barons

What links Donald Trump, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Corbyn? Answer: over the last couple of months, they’ve all sought to capture the political energy from the seemingly endless sequence of tech giant scandals. Trump has tweeted about a supposed (unfounded) anti-right-wing bias in Google searches. In the UK, Javid has warned of tech firms’ record on child safety,Continue reading “A world of digital plenty is possible, but only if we take on the data barons”