Month: February 2021

‘The Earth could hear itself think’: how birdsong became the sound of lockdown

‘The Earth could hear itself think’: how birdsong became the sound of lockdown

It’s six in the morning and still dark, 24 March 2020. I wake early and, knowing the children will soon..

How Deb Haaland’s confirmation bid became a ‘proxy fight’ over fossil fuels

How Deb Haaland’s confirmation bid became a ‘proxy fight’ over fossil fuels

Partway through the sometimes contentious confirmation hearing for Deb Haaland as US secretary of the interior last week came an..

‘It’s a funeral march’: French artist JR’s powerful eulogy for Australia’s Murray-Darling

‘It’s a funeral march’: French artist JR’s powerful eulogy for Australia’s Murray-Darling

The mood around Lake Cawndilla in western New South Wales on Saturday is funereal but defiant, as a procession of..

‘All the bones are there’: could a new electric vehicle be built in Australia?

‘All the bones are there’: could a new electric vehicle be built in Australia?

Walking around the old Holden factory site in Elizabeth, Paschal Somers points out each piece of machinery to explain what..

Oregon wolf makes history on lengthy journey to California

Oregon wolf makes history on lengthy journey to California

A grey wolf has made the longest tracked journey of any wolf over the last century, venturing hundreds of miles..

Climatologist Michael E Mann: ‘Good people fall victim to doomism. I do too sometimes’

Climatologist Michael E Mann: ‘Good people fall victim to doomism. I do too sometimes’

Michael E Mann is one of the world’s most influential climate scientists. He rose to prominence in 1999 as the..

Electricity needed to mine bitcoin is more than used by ‘entire countries’

Electricity needed to mine bitcoin is more than used by ‘entire countries’

It’s not just the value of bitcoin that has soared in the last year – so has the huge amount..

Geordie shore: the river Tyne’s ‘soft, gentle’ kittiwakes fly into trouble

Geordie shore: the river Tyne’s ‘soft, gentle’ kittiwakes fly into trouble

Daniel Turner first became enamoured with the kittiwake when he was a teenager growing up in North Shields in the..

Weatherwatch: how forecasts emerged in medieval times

Weatherwatch: how forecasts emerged in medieval times

Humans have talked about the weather for millennia, but it was not until August 1861 that daily weather forecasts became..

Changes in Atlantic currents may have dire climate implications for the next century | Andrew Meijers

Changes in Atlantic currents may have dire climate implications for the next century | Andrew Meijers

Without modifying human behaviour we run the risk of violent weather swings and a drastic effect on crops and ocean..