Science & Tech



Magic mushrooms: party plaything or tool for human advancement?

19th December 2021

The impact of funky fungi on people, society and the 7th dimension  The psilocybin mushroom is one of the most fascinating plants known to humanity. Roughly 200 subspecies of this strange mushroom exist, all known to create bizarre hallucinations and altered states of consciousness. Archaeological research shows that humans have taken them for at least ...


How to save the world, one step at a time

12th December 2021

Four simple ways that everyone can and should live in order to stop the destruction of the planet. As thousands of politicians and climate activists gather in Glasgow this month to debate the future of our planet, UofG students may feel a hopeless sense of climate despair. To lift our spirits, The Glasgow Guardian has ...


How can Indigenous knowledge help us fight the climate crisis?

20th November 2021

Writer Rebecca Brimble discusses the importance of Indigenous knowledge in guiding decisions made following COP26. The preservation and use of Inuit Indigenous knowledge (Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit or ‘IQ’) is essential for effective, efficient, and just implementation of the Paris Agreement. Following COP26, it is imperative that world leaders adopt an indigenised approach to climate change law....


What’s so significant about the language of the draft deal?

13th November 2021

Since Wednesday 10 November, there have been a number of updated versions the COP26 draft deal produced as the conference heads towards making its final announcement. With each update comes subtle changes in phrasing, that hint towards more larger changes in meaning. From phasing out of coal to “unabated” coal, to the reduction of “inefficient” ...


Are targets being achieved?

12th November 2021

The COP26 draft deal has been revised since its first publication on Wednesday. What is the newest announcement, and what are we still needing from the final announcement? The mainstay topics of the climate conference have included “adaptation, negotiation, and finance”, as reinforced by Boris Johnson in his recent press conference at COP26. In this ...


Foresty, food and the future of farming

11th November 2021

A COP26 event hosted by WWF this afternoon discussed the importance of agriculture in helping fight the climate emergency, and emphasised the need for more young people in farming. Hosted in the WWF pavilion in the blue zone, “Nature: the unsung hero of the food system” consisted of a panel of three in-person, with others ...


The COP26 draft deal is published… is it too little too late?

10th November 2021

This morning, the draft deal for COP26 was published. What’s been put forward so far? To date, approximately 1.1 degrees Celsius of heating has occurred, thanks to the actions of humanity. Though the figure sounds small, regional climate changes have been felt across the world, on a scale that is definitely not proportionate. Inside of ...


COP26: What are we expecting?

10th November 2021

Negotiations are quickly drawing to a close and it is time to consider the bigger picture surrounding the climate crisis. We’re past halfway at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. With many commitments already being agreed upon and several conferences held over the past week, now is the time to put these into the bigger picture ...


Obama on the youth of today

9th November 2021

President Obama spoke at COP26 yesterday about the power of young people in fight for climate justice. It’s been nine days since COP26 started, and a number of opening speeches, national statements, discussions and conclusions have been had. Boris Johnson has made a myriad of appearances, bumbled up to the podium and, surprisingly, produced some ...


Finance ministers mobilise funding for large-scale climate action

8th November 2021

Monetary pledges have been made at COP26 to help limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In their day of meetings at COP26 finance ministers and international finance institutions across the globe have made an agreement to make funds available for large-scale climate action in recognition that monetary pledges are critical in order to ...