"Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes. The Earth Day 2022 Theme is Invest In Our Planet. What Will You Do?" from EarthDay.org... Continue Reading →
Energy: A Crisis Within a Crisis
By GLOBUS Editor-in-Chief Sara Azeem Inspired by Bret Willer's and Jonathan Neale's talks entitled ‘Sustainable Cities Need Sustainable Citizens’ and 'Climate Jobs and Green New Deals' respectively, delivered at the TED Countdown event organised by TEDxWarwick and GLOBUS The “energy crisis” isn’t recent news. Anyone keeping an eye on the news (and their energy bills)... Continue Reading →
By Julian Jaggs, GLOBUS Correspondent We now traverse the seven seas, soar through the skies, and touch even the stars. What could possibly be next for human transport is a bit of a head-scratcher – it’s all been done, right…? Well, one new form of transportation is currently being developed, and it’s been described by... Continue Reading →
The Capitalist Curse
By Clint Broadway, guest writer from this year's GSD competition Our interactions with each other and the world around us have always been governed by currency. Whether it be the Mesopotamian shekel, used to pay mercenaries in the 6th century B.C, or computerized dollars, which have erected immense corporations more influential than most countries, currency has been idolized... Continue Reading →
Message (not) Received: The Pitfalls of Climate Change Communication
By Eszter Vlasits, GLOBUS correspondent ‘Incredibly complex’. ‘The biggest threat humanity has ever faced’. ‘The perfect problem’. These phrases, all commonly used to describe climate change, evoke the feeling that we have a good understanding of the magnitude of the threat we are facing in the 21st century as Earth warms up, causing drastic changes... Continue Reading →
By M. L. Lee, Guest Writer Broken Blue Cover me in blue, Like you used to, Life abundant, no corner unreached, Each light ray streaming through, Illuminating corals: Bright. Unbleached. Plankton fill my lungs, Like you used to, With oxygen, Drifting through, life-givers, not one, But thousands rise and fall, fall, with the sun. Swim... Continue Reading →
Geo-engineering: The Next Step?
By GLOBUS Correspondent Vlasits Eszter Imagine a movie set sometime during the 21s century, where humanity is on the brink of destruction because of climate related catastrophes. Their last hope was a team of scientists who launched rockets into the atmosphere in the hopes of controlling the weather. But they never expected what happened next.... Continue Reading →
Ocean Warming: The Forgotten Impact of Climate Change
By Amy Denton, Assistant Editor of GLOBUS When we think of climate change, we often just think about greenhouse gases in the atmosphere causing the average global temperature to rise, which of course does happen. However, we rarely consider where most of this heat energy goes. The answer to this would be the ocean. A... Continue Reading →
The Role of Reforestation in Tackling the Climate Crisis
By Šimon Michalčík, GLOBUS Correspondent Every second counts Combatting the climate crisis is of the utmost importance. Both our society and our planet are being destroyed, and with every fraction of a degree of global warming, the consequences grow significantly more alarming. The Paris Agreement set to keep the temperature rise below 2°C (with the ambitious goal... Continue Reading →
Bill bets on nuclear
by Laura Chevrot, GLOBUS Correspondent The topic of cleaner energy is becoming increasingly relevant. As of today, over 113 countries including the United Kingdom have committed to carbon neutrality by 2030. Attention has turned towards alternative energies such as wind, solar and electric power to achieve net zero emissions. But these technologies have their downsides... Continue Reading →
Climate Change for Banks: exploration, prediction or another regulatory hassle?
Written by Chiu Rex, GLOBUS Correspondent Banks. Major funders of fossil fuel companies. Accomplices of big oil. Villains of the climate. But think again. What if banks were forced to take into account the risks associated with climate change? What if banks were forced to stop lending to fossil fuel companies? What if banks became part of the solution? CBES: What is... Continue Reading →
The tragedy of climate related story telling
By Šimon Michalčík, GLOBUS Correspondent Devastating hurricane kills thousands. Malaria-transmitting mosquitoes enter Europe. The Netherlands completely sunk by rising sea levels. You may have seen similar headlines to the ones above. Some are yet to be seen, but climate change is increasing the likelihood that one day you will, whether that is on the... Continue Reading →
Electric Cars, as sustainable as they seem?
by Amy Denton, GLOBUS Correspondent Electric cars are the future, are they not? We have been told that they are more efficient and produce fewer emissions than traditional vehicles. An EU study in 2020 found that an electric car running on electricity generated solely by an oil-fired power station would use only two-thirds of the... Continue Reading →
Jeff Bezos’ Earth Fund: a viable solution to climate change or mere hypocrisy?
By Silia Tsigka, GLOBUS Correspondent In February 2020 Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos announced the commencement of the “Earth Fund”, to which he intended to donate an initial amount of 10 billion dollars, dedicated to causes relevant to combating climate change. In mid-November 2020, he announced the first beneficiaries of this fund, which include scientists, activists, and other institutions and organisations, making Bezos the biggest contributor to... Continue Reading →
oil on troubled water
By Katy Greco, Assistant Editor of GLOBUS It is an understatement to say the oil has changed the world; it has built economies, revolutionized travel and transformed production. But, it has also caused wars, health crises and environmental disasters. How can something be so powerful yet so problematic? What actually is oil?! Petroleum (AKA crude... Continue Reading →
Formula One: The Race to Sustainability
By Sara Azeem, GLOBUS Correspondent Engines roaring. The smell of gasoline, burnt tires and engine smoke. These are the sensations that make the Formula 1 spectator experience unbelievable and worthwhile. Yet, of all the words that could be associated with the sport, “sustainable” would be the last to spring to mind. Not surprising given that it is a motorsport with over 20 races all over the... Continue Reading →
By Laura Chevrot, GLOBUS Correspondent I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.Greta Thunberg Such were the words of 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg in her speech “Our House Is on Fire” at the 2019 Davos World Economic Forum. And indeed, activists are increasingly using their... Continue Reading →
When activism takes the stand: Urgenda Vs the Netherlands
By Alexandros Kassapis, GLOBUS Correspondent Would you file a lawsuit against your government for failing to take sufficient actions for fighting climate change? This is the story of the Urgenda Foundation and 886 individuals who took the Netherlands to court because of climate change. On 20 December 2019, the Urgenda Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organisation aiming for a fast transition... Continue Reading →
What the frack?
Explaining fracking - and why it's a cause for concern By Katy Greco, GLOBUS Correspondent Fracking. You’ve undoubtedly heard this term (and probably giggled) but what actually is it? Well, porous, low-permeability rocks (like sandstone and shale) act as a kind of chamber for natural gases, oil and other hydrocarbons that can be used for... Continue Reading →
US 2020 Election: How will the climate fair under a Biden-Harris presidency?
By Lucy Jordan, GLOBUS Deputy Editor At the dawn of the new decade, the stage was being readied for the 2020 US Presidential Election to set a different kind of precedent. The race was to be a first of its kind in US history: a climate election. Despite Trump’s administration having rolled back American environmental protections to near-skeletal form, as of 2020, two-thirds of the American electorate were... Continue Reading →