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Labour’s ‘rooftop revolution’ to deliver solar power to millions of UK homes

Keir Starmer’s Labour government unveils plans for a “rooftop revolution” today that will see millions more homes fitted with solar panels in order to bring down domestic energy bills and tackle the climate crisis. The energy secretary, Ed Miliband, also…

Artist punches holes in UN climate report six hours a day for Dutch installation

Every day for the last two weeks, Johannes-Harm Hovinga has sat at a raised table in Museum Arnhem, using a two-hole page puncher to systematically perforate the 7,705-page sixth assessment report produced by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change…

After Hurricane Beryl’s destruction, climate scientists fear for what’s next

The poignancy was unmistakable: prognosticators at Colorado State University amended their already miserable seasonal tropical cyclone forecast on Monday precisely as Hurricane Beryl was filling Houston’s streets with floodwater and knocking out power to more than 2m homes and businesses….

London’s Science Museum forced to cut ties with oil giant – and faces pressure over other sponsors

The Science Museum has been forced to cut ties with oil giant Equinor over its sponsor’s environmental record, the Observer can reveal. Equinor has sponsored the museum’s interactive “WonderLab” since 2016, but the relationship is now coming to close, a…

Climate crisis has impact on insects’ colours and sex lives, study finds

An ambush bug with a darker-coloured body is better at snagging a sexual partner than its brighter counterpart when it is chilly. Darker males can warm up more easily in the early mornings, and therefore get busy while everybody else…

The week around the world in 20 pictures

Paris, France People gather in front of Le Monument à la République during an election night rally after the second round of France’s legislative election. Final results left the broad leftwing alliance as the biggest force in the French parliament,…

Contempt, gagging and UN intervention: inside the UK’s wildest climate trial

As part of his role as UN rapporteur for environmental defenders, Michel Forst has been watching proceedings against climate activists at courts across Europe. But he may not have seen anything like what unfolded at Southwark crown court in London…

Floods fuelled 19% drop in income from farming in England in 2023

Income from farming in England plummeted by 19% last year after floods meant harvesting many crops was impossible. Farmers have called for more support from the government as the climate breaks down, meaning agricultural businesses are no longer able to…

Solitary wooden house on Union Island escapes fury of Hurricane Beryl

On the island of Union in St Vincent and the Grenadines, where the category 4 Hurricane Beryl caused “Armageddon-like” destruction, demolishing more than 90% of the buildings, there is a solitary wooden house standing defiantly among the wreckage. A picture…

As British butterflies head north, scientists ask public to help track migration

Scientists are calling on the public to help track how British butterflies are moving north as the climate heats up. Examining 50 years of data, researchers from the wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation, which runs the annual Big Butterfly Count, have…