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Can the carbon-offset market be saved?

Market prices have crashed

Meet the boffins and buccaneers drilling for hydrogen

The search is on for a clean fuel that could one day replace oil

What responsibilities do individuals have to stop climate change?

The nature of climate change makes that a tricky question

In a first, COP28 targets the root cause of climate change

Now to turn diplomacy into action

Climate talks at last lead to a deal on cutting fossil-fuel use

The historic agreement emerged only through bitter compromise

Big oil agrees to slash methane emissions


Green protectionism will slow the energy transition

Expanding renewable-power capacity is becoming ever harder

Rainforests provide a public good. The world should pay to conserve them

An ambitious Brazilian plan launched at the COP could help

What the world must do to tame methane

The world needs a deal during COP28 to limit a nasty source of emissions

African leaders want debt relief for climate action

They are grappling with two crises at once

To save the Amazon, Lula must work out who owns it

The fight against deforestation is going better. But it needs cash, cops—and a better property register

Will China save the planet or destroy it?

The country’s carbon emissions will soon peak. Then comes the hard part

Business and finance

The renewables business faces a make-or-break moment

Supply-chain dysfunction, rising interest rates and protectionism are making life tough

Could carbon credits be Africa’s next big export?

African leaders are eyeing carbon markets as a source of scarce capital

The false promise of green jobs

Modern industrial policy has a tension at its heart

How carbon prices are taking over the world

A quarter of global emissions are now covered, and the share is rising fast

Science and data

Politics and technology are pushing oil firms to cut methane

When it comes to climate change, methane is low-hanging fruit

Do rising methane levels herald a climate feedback loop?

A scientist notes ominous similarities to the ends of previous ice ages

Carbon-dioxide removal needs more attention

It is vital to climate stabilisation, remarkably challenging and systematically ignored

Solar geoengineering is becoming a respectable idea

One way to fix an accidentally altered climate is to alter it again deliberately

Sodium batteries offer an alternative to tricky lithium

Lithium is relatively scarce and mostly refined in China. Sodium is neither

Firms are exploring sodium batteries as an alternative to lithium

Unlike lithium, sodium is cheap and abundant

Climate videos

Video Ocean “dead zones”

How chemical pollution is suffocating the sea

Many parts of the ocean are being starved of oxygen. This threatens marine life and adds to climate change

Video Climate change

Was COP26 a success?

Our correspondent runs through the most important takeaways from the UN climate conference

Video Climate Essentials

Can carbon markets reduce carbon emissions?

So far, progress has been slow

Video The future of food

Eating our way to a more sustainable future

Insects, lab-grown meat and vertically-farmed produce could all be on our plates

Video Climate Change

Who should fix climate change?

Governments, companies or individuals?

Video The green transition

How can the world’s energy be decarbonised?

We answer your questions on how the sector can become more sustainable

Understanding climate change

Why people struggle to understand climate risk

The confusion inherent in a hotter world

Climate adaptation policies are needed more than ever

People are already suffering from catastrophic losses as a result of extreme weather events like cyclone Amphan

The world’s energy system must be transformed completely

It has been changed before, but never as fast or fully as must happen now

Damage from climate change will be widespread and sometimes surprising

It will go far beyond drought, melting ice sheets and crop failures

Humanity’s immense impact on Earth’s climate and carbon cycle

Much needs to be done for the damage to be reversed

How modelling articulates the science of climate change

From paper and pencil to the world’s fastest computers