John Lang

AuthorJohn Lang

John Lang is with the UK-based Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit and runs the e-nvironmentalist and Consult Climate. He is also working on a project called the Climate Trunk. John holds a Master of Laws in environmental law and policy from UCL and likes running and climbing in his spare time. Langa’s interests span earth science, business, psychology and doughnut economics.

Work of science to work of art: a visual explanation of the IPCC’s latest special report on the ocean and cryosphere

To save you the hassle, John Lang has done the heavy lifting on last month’s IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere (SROCC). In succinct, but typically striking fashion, John elevates why this assessment matters, what’s happening out there in the ocean and up there in the Arctic, and presents two possible paths to two very different futures. It’s fitting to present SROCC visually just as...

A Nod to NZ: What can we make of the advice from the UK’s Committee on Climate Change

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) spoke firmly: the UK should legislate as soon as possible for a net zero economy by 2050. When the target is set in concrete, it’ll be, by some distance, the most purposeful climate commitment in the industrialised world. Those who don’t think our Zero Carbon Bill goes far enough — and those that do — should take note. If you hadn’t heard of net zero, you...

Tackling the Perfect Problem

Psychologist Daniel Kahneman, one of the world’s brightest minds, is very sorry about what he’s got to say: “I’m deeply pessimistic. I really see no path to success on climate change”. According to the guy who knows our own brains better than we do, and with a Nobel Prize to prove it, the threat of climate change is simply too “distant, abstract, and disputed”. Climate change “just doesn’t have...

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