The damage we are doing to our planet and how it will affect our futures is the biggest issue of our time. We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Life on Earth is in crisis; scientists agree we have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. And we are in the midst of a mass extinction of our own making. This term, The Day examined four practical changes we can all make to our lives, focusing on what we eat, wear, discard, and how we can put pressure on our institutions. And we will continue to analyse the big climate stories as and when they break. You’ll find all our recent coverage below. If you have any feedback please write to email@example.com.
UN meets after biggest climate protest ever
Is it time to stop pretending? Despite the UN climate summit today — and despite the millions who marched this weekend — our progress on reaching our climate crisis goals has been negligible.
Amazon on fire: ‘All you can see is death’
Who is to blame for the destruction of the Amazon? Man-made fires are raging across the world’s largest rainforest, burning down areas the size of five football pitches every minute.
Very British, but a revolution nonetheless
Could new initiatives like the Green New Deal really work? This week, while the world was looking elsewhere, Labour turned into one of the most radical mainstream parties on the planet.
Earth’s 2019 resources ‘budget’ already used
Will it take a disaster to teach us to live within our means? As of today, humans have consumed more resources than Planet Earth can regenerate in a year — a worse record than last year.
Climate crisis made heatwave five times likelier
Can Europe adapt to rising temperatures? Last week, France had its hottest day in history. Yesterday, experts confirmed that the heatwave was made five times more likely by the climate crisis.
Climate is our third world war, says Nobel winner
Is this a fair comparison? The economist Joseph Stiglitz says, today, that our lives are at stake — just as they were in World War Two. Donald Trump, marking D-Day, thinks it is a hoax.
Where no man has ever been, diver finds plastic bag
An explorer has completed the deepest-ever, solo dive, to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. There he found a plastic bag and some sweet wrappers. How do we stop the desecration of nature?
Fake burger that could save the world
Is a meat-free diet to preserve our planet the future of eating? The value of the start-up, Impossible Foods, which makes a convincing alternative meat burger, has soared to $2 billion.
A world without humans could be a new Eden
Yesterday, a major UN report warned that a great extinction has begun on Earth, threatening human life. But the planet is a living organism and would thrive without us, say scientists.
Net zero: Britain must plant billions of trees
The UK should lead the global fight against climate change by cutting greenhouse gasses to nearly zero by 2050, says a powerful independent committee this morning. How realistic is this?
What we discard: Saving the planet by making less waste
The world generates 3.5 million tons of plastic and other solid waste a day—10 times the amount a century ago. How to reduce this is the final part of our Action on Climate Change series.
Joining in: Saving the planet with activism
Over 1,000 people have been arrested. Now, 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg has visited London, urging the Government to listen to protesters and declare a climate emergency. Will it work?
What we wear: Saving the planet each time we dress
Fashion is the world’s second-most polluting industry after oil, fuelled by our appetite for cheap, low-quality clothing. However, there are small changes you can make to take action.
What we eat: Saving the planet one meal at a time
Agriculture produces 15% of global carbon emissions and uses 30% of the land on Earth. In part one of The Day’s report, Climate Change in Action, we ask: should you go vegan?