How our personal qualities make us care for the planet by Beth Warman

Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Beth Warman, a PhD student at the University of Lincoln, studying the psychology of what lies behind pro-environmental behaviours. When it comes to understanding why people live in environmentally sustainable ways, most research carried out by psychologists has been fairly negative. That is, psychologists …

The collapse of the Akkadian Empire, abrupt climate change, and what it means for us by Dr Martin J Hodson

Back in the mid-2000s, I was part of a team of scientists led by Adrian Parker at Oxford Brookes University, who were looking at past climatic changes in the Arabian Peninsula. Adrian would go off to the United Arab Emirates and come back with a whole lot of samples which …

Katowice: do we still have our heads in the sand? by Rev Dr John Weaver

The Korea IPCC meeting in October noted that research indicates that if we fail to keep temperatures below a 1.50C rise from the pre-industrial average global surface temperature we will experience some significant, dangerous and irreversible changes to our world. The COP24 meeting in Katowice, Poland was extended by a …

Some perspectives on New Zealand wildlife and ecology by Rob Hitchcock MCQI

After a long period of planning, Jan and I toured New Zealand’s South Island a few months ago. South Island has a reputation as an adventure holiday and nature tourist destination, and it did not disappoint. The backdrop to some of my reflections on biodiversity was the talk by Dr …