Harry Cockburn

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07 07 2021 | 11:11

Government ‘exploiting nature more than it is protecting it’, MPs warn in damning biodiversity report

‘Toothless’ policy and lack of expertise among long list of failures identified in existing efforts to reverse catastrophic impacts on natural world A damning report by MPs has described government…

18 06 2021 | 09:08

Allowing ExxonMobil’s Guyana oil drilling will illegally exacerbate climate crisis, lawsuit claims

Extraction will lead to emissions of billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases, threatening right to live in a healthy environment, court case argues At the end of April, oil giant ExxonMobil announced…

05 06 2021 | 12:06

Big Oil suffered three major blows this week: Is this the beginning of the end for fossil fuels?

Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil were all brought to task over mounting climate concerns. This is just the beginning, writes Harry Cockburn The moment Royal Dutch Shell lost its court case in the Hague…

15 05 2021 | 12:28

Sizewell C nuclear power station could ‘suck up over 500 million fish’ and harm species including otters and rare natterjack toads, campaigners warn.

Impact on environment will be ‘national disgrace’, says co-founder of Greenpeace UK. More than 500 million fish could be sucked out of the sea and into the vast cooling system of the proposed …

04 05 2021 | 11:21

Sort your greenwashing from your black carbon with The Independent’s climate jargon buster.

Live in a climate of confusion no longer. Here’s our handy guide to the essential words and terms required to understand the biggest issue facing our planet Bad things are happening and we need to…

07 04 2021 | 11:55

Once-in-a-century wildfires in the UK could happen ‘most years’ by 2100 due to climate crisis.

In future decades large wildfires could pose similar level of threat to Britain as they currently do in the south of France or parts of Australia, say researchers. Wildfires which ordinarily only…

18 03 2021 | 09:03

Chris Packham: ‘We’re in deep s***. We need science more than ever’.

  Exclusive: Naturalist and TV presenter’s latest programme Animal Einsteins explores species’ intelligence and holds a critical mirror up to our own kind at a crucial moment in time, writes Harry…

26 02 2021 | 11:02

Climate change 200 million years ago helped dinosaurs walk from South America to Greenland, study suggests.

Why did it take sauropods 15 million years to cross the supercontinent of pangea? Why did it take sauropods - the family of dinosaurs which includes the very biggest creatures ever to have walked…

03 02 2021 | 09:45

Climate crisis: Biden’s presidency turns up the heat on Australia to set out environment targets, experts say.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously said he won’t be dictated to by other countries on climate policy. The combined pressure of Joe Biden’s new environmentally-focused administration in the…

07 12 2020 | 07:36

Climate crisis: Paris agreement goals ‘within striking distance’ thanks to international net zero targets.

Analysts urge action to put pledges into practice to avoid catastrophic warming. The core objective of the 2015 Paris climate agreement — to limit the rise in the average global temperature to “well…

27 11 2020 | 12:31

Climate crisis: Arctic temperatures for November soar well above average.

The Arctic’s record-breaking year is continuing as temperatures in late November are reaching up to 12C higher than averages in the 1990s. The latest figures, from the University of Maine's Climate…

09 11 2020 | 07:20

Climate crisis: Global temperature rise of 2C ‘would release billions of tonnes of soil carbon’.

Soils could release equivalent of four times China’s emissions over past century, scientists warn. Soil is a huge, but little-recognised, carbon storage facility.

25 10 2020 | 10:54

Rewilding 30 per cent of world’s land would halt extinctions and ‘absorb half of CO2 emissions’, major study finds

30x30 goal ‘critical’ in preventing species loss and climate breakdown ‘spinning out of control’ Last month, political leaders from 64 countries around the world all pledged to “reverse biodiversity…

19 10 2020 | 08:24

Coronavirus had bigger impact on CO2 emissions than Second World War, study reveals.

Real-time data show huge side effects of international confinements, curfews and quarantines As countries around the world first grappled with the unfolding Coronavirus pandemic and initiated mass…