Cool Earth

Bill McGuire
We need to rewild the climate; rewinding atmospheric carbon levels and global average temperatures to pre-industrial times. For what it's worth, check out my take on news, events and observations in the sphere of global heating and climate breakdown here.
Created 27 Dec 2020
  • Incoming
    13 Nov 2021 • 23 min read • 4 4
    A version of Incoming was published in Knock Twice: 25 modern folk tales for troubling times (Ed. Andrew Simms, 2017) I blink away a droplet of sweat and draw Bea's thin frame closer. She looks up at ...
    10 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 3 1
    There were high hopes in the run-up to COP26, but there was not a little fear too; fear that our last, best, chance to tackle the climate emergency would fail. Now it looks as if the fear was well jus...
  • Exposed: big polluters and their funders hijack COP26
    21 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 16
    A few days back, I took a peek at the COP26 Climate Conference website in order to try and track down it's official sponsors, because – in these over-monetised times – no self-respecting conference go...
  • The Year of the Flood
    09 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    A little more than a decade ago, Margaret Atwood published The Year of the Flood - the second book in her dystopian MaddAddam trilogy. The flood in question refers to a waterless flood, which turns ou...
  • La Palma's Cumbre Vieja eruption
    20 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 10 309
    Some of you may know that my research team was heavily involved in the 1990s and early 2000s in mapping the geology and monitoring ground movement at La Palma’s Cumbre Vieja volcano, which started eru...
  • Tell the truth
    07 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    “Keep Britain tidy”, “clunk, click, every trip”, “protect and survive”. Whatever our ages, we can all look back, sometimes with fondness, sometimes incredulity, at one public education campaign or ano...
  • The worst kind of techie climate tinkering
    17 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 4 1
    In my current eco-thriller, Skyseed, the untimely eruption of an obscure volcano in Bolivia dooms to failure an illicit programme to engineer the climate. The events that follow this are pure fiction ...
  • An alarmist's take on climate breakdown
    06 Aug 2021 • 11 min read • 1 0
    Have you noticed how the term 'alarmist' has been high-jacked? In the context of climate breakdown, habitat and wildlife loss and other environmental issues, it has become synonymous with scaremongeri...
  • COP26 needs to agree on a comprehensive framework
    05 Aug 2021 • 1 min read • 2 3
    In Leslie Hook’s interview piece with John Kerry (Report, July 21), the US climate envoy said of climate funding that “President Biden is trying to figure out what to do”. He added: “We can’t be doing...
  • Forward to the past
    23 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 2 2
    Climate modelling isn't the only way of forecasting what our climate-changed world will look like by the century's end and beyond. Indeed, the huge complexities and caveats involved in trying to build...
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