On Friday, thousands of school children across Scotland walked out from their schools to strike for climate action. They joined many more thousands in an estimated 1659 actions around the world as part of the global strike led by Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl activist who has galvanised a movement. But who are the key figures in the Scottish strikes? And what are they fighting for?
Herald 17th March 2019 read more »
Climate change threatens to poison the food supply of some of the world’s poorest people as crops respond to rising temperatures by pumping out dangerous chemicals. Experts are already concerned about the devastating impact extreme weather can inflict on vital crops, but these conditions also pose subtler hazards. When drought strikes, plants like maize, beans and cassava response by flooding themselves with nitrates and hydrogen cyanide – substances that can be fatal to livestock and humans alike. Further problems arise from the spread of toxin-producing fungal infections under warmer conditions, which are already responsible for thousands of liver cancer cases in Africa every year.
Independent 16th March 2019 read more »