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It’s World Environment Day – a time to care, not despair

Today is World Environment Day, the UN’s principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It’s also as good a reason as any to take the time out to contemplate the endless, amazing richness of this unique planet and its myriad inhabitants – and to consider the dire threats posed to so […]

Happy Ozone Day! (or why the Montreal Protocol is still vital)

. Today, September 16, is World Ozone Day. Now, I’m the first to complain that the calendar these days is chock-a-block with somewhat questionable occasions to commemorate (Talk Like a Pirate Day, anyone? Check it out, it’s on September 19) but suffice it to say that the international effort to put a halt to the […]

Climate talks missing buzz and a vital sense of urgency

One year ago, almost to the day, I had just left an air-conditioned conference centre in South Africa  where international climate negotiators were still working on a deal to take one more arduous step forward in the effort to reign in global warming. Fast-forward to the present and I’m on another continent but otherwise experiencing […]