Climate Change

Europe in 2019, is getting way too hot to handle

What’s Going On Here? Record temperatures have been experienced in Europe and North Africa. On Friday, France recorded its highest temperature ever, a sweltering 45.9oC. Schools have been shut, exams suspended and roads in Germany have been closed as they are melting!! What Does This Mean? Could this be the new normal? Although scientists cannot say this is directly caused by climate change, the likelihood…

Engineering enzymes to turn plant waste into sustainable products

What’s Going On Here? A paper published by the University of Portsmouth has revealed a new family of enzymes that can turn plant waste into useful widely-popular products such as nylon, plastic and chemicals. What Does This Mean? The work comes from the very same scientist who brought us the plastic eating enzymes back in 2018. Examples of plant waste are: wood, forest residues (such as…

29 of Greta Thunberg’s Best Quotes

Who is Greta Thunberg? Greta Thunberg is a 17-year old climate activist from Sweden. A school girl with autism, standing at less than 5ft, she started the ‘School Strike for Climate’ protests. Over the past 6 months, she has become a global superstar of the climate change movement. Promoting #fridaysforfuture alongside millions of school children (and now adults) across the globe to…

Say Hi to ‘CliFi’ – the rising popularity of a new storytelling genre

What’s Going On Here? Climate Fiction (CliFi for short) is becoming an increasing popular creative medium to help us (the public) to understand climate change, and how it could impact our lives in the future. What Does This Mean? CliFi includes books, films, art and radio programmes that explore how changes in our environment (due to climate change) could impact human society and individuals…

Finance industry urged to act on climate change

What’s Going On Here? This week, The Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) released a report urging the finance industry to take responsibility for their role in climate change. What Does This Mean? The report warns of a financial shock that could cause assets to suddenly become worthless. Without acting, companies and industries could fail. The UK economy could see losses of up…

Is this what democracy looks like?

What’s Going On Here? The Extinction Rebellion ‘International Rebellion’ started on Monday – forcing the climate change debate to the forefront of public awareness. Curious Earth spent a few hours this week mingling with activists in London. What Does This Mean? Far from being tree-huggers, hippies or fringe-groups, we were struck by the normality – the ordinariness – of the people involved. We met…

Plenty of arses seen in the Commons. Then this happened…

What’s going on here? Early this week activists from Extinction Rebellion stripped down and took to the House of Commons to protest climate change while UK MPs were debating Brexit. The naked truth Extinction Rebellion, who describe themselves as a ‘non-violent direct action and civil disobedience’ group, have staged some pretty big demonstrations across the UK recently. They want politicians to do more to tackle the climate emergency.…