February 10, 2020

As part of my COPCAS experience, I had the pleasure of interviewing Danilo Ignacio de Urzedo, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney and delegate at COP25 for Youth4Nature, an organisation dedicated to empowering young people to advocate for Nature-Based Solutions...

December 13, 2019

Climate change will hit the water cycle the hardest. Many of the negative and most severe impacts of climate change are manifested through changes to the water cycle. It is no longer considered surprising to find daily news stories of water causing devastation around t...

December 13, 2019

COP25 Day 1: from UNFCCC Climate Change flickr account

As COP25 closes in on its finale. Those that have sat at the center table and attempted to hammer out an international agreement have once again found themselves staring at the un-climbable wall of “Article 6”. The...

December 12, 2019

Looking beyond the events at COP which explicitly refer to themselves and their content as “feminist” or “concerning gender issues in climate change”, there have been clear feminism wins throughout COP25. So, where does feminism actually fit into climate change and cli...

December 11, 2019

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, negotiations came to a close on the UN climate change plenary, much to the dismay of UN technical body chair Paul Watkinson. China, with the support of India, and a group of African nations, demanded that the meeting be closed wit...

December 10, 2019

Photo credit: Tashiana Osborne

Climate change is one of the worst problems facing our planet. The potential impacts of a global warming above 1.5⁰C, are well documented and are even becoming more commonly discussed in the general media, but it still feels like there’s a...

December 10, 2019

Carys (right) and Elaine Halliday at COP25 

COP25 – the annual UN climate change conference - is currently taking place in Madrid, and myself and another PhD student from the University of Reading were lucky enough to be part of our university’s delegation on behalf of...

January 17, 2019

The IPCC special report on 1.5 C made it crystal clear: the next few years will be the most crucial. With our actions from now on to 2030 we have the chance to either arrest global warming to a reasonably safe level (namely, the 1.5 degree warmer than pre-industrial le...

January 10, 2019

This is my first opportunity to observe COP and I was instantly drawn to the land use themes in the side events which play a large part in the climate discussion. Over the course of the two weeks I found myself thinking especially about trees, not just in the most obvi...

December 18, 2018

Plant based diets are all the rage in the west, mainly due to their proclaimed health benefits, but they are also hot on the agenda at COP. As a vegetarian of 25 years, who has personally seen ebbs and flows of enthusiasm for the diet over my life time, I was particula...

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