Top tips for a sustainable Christmas from the WWF and How to have a greener Christmas from the National Trust will give you plenty of ideas.

If you are thinking of getting books as Christmas presents for children I recommend checking books to help talk to your child about climate change.


Cop28 runs from 30th November to 12th December and will be an important topic of climate news before, during and after so I am including the COP28 news in this section of the blog. The BBC Climate question 14 minute podcast about COP28  asks how does it actually work? And does it make a difference?.

COP28 will proceed under the shadow of the UN’s global stocktake. This assessed whether humanity was on course to cut emissions in line with the Paris agreement’s targets by 2030. If all national pledges are fulfilled , global warming will peak between 2.1-2.8°C this century, past the 2°C, the upper temperature target of the Paris agreement, making the triggering of feedback loops (like the release of potent greenhouse gas methane from Arctic permafrost) and catastrophic sea-level rise more likely.

For a chance to avoid climate breakdown and limit warming to 1.5°C, the world needs to prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to 22.9 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) from reaching the atmosphere over the next six years. This is roughly how much the top five polluters (China, US, India, Russia and Japan) emit in a year.

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Watch A Year in the Ice: The Arctic Drift | Stream free on Channel 4. I highly recommend this documentary . It is a Grierson Award Winner 2022: An intrepid team of 300 scientists spend a year in harsh conditions deep in the Arctic, on a pioneering expedition to find vital answers to help us deal with climate change.

Wasteland by Oliver Franklin-Wallis was book of the week last week on BBC Radio 4 all  five14 minute episodes are available on BBC sounds. It addresses concerns around how much waste humans are producing and what we do with it.

Last week the 15 minute episode from the climate channel on YouTube, ‘Just have a Think’, addressed this interesting question  How can we stop burning fossil fuels if we still need everything else they make?