Chris Bentley

The World
Fisherman Steve Barratt says the area just offshore of the English port of Ramsgate was a prime fishing ground until a wind farm was built there a few years ago. Now he says he has to steam for three hours to get a good catch, almost all the way to the Ne

The UK’s offshore wind boom is great for the climate. But what about the fish?


A big push into offshore wind power in the UK is pushing down the cost of the low-carbon energy source, but fishermen say it’s also harming fish populations. Scientists say they’re not so sure.

"It sounded a load of rubbish" is how Grimsby port chief Martin Boyers remembers reacting to a plan to create a maintenance hub for new offshore wind farms in the depressed city. “I didn’t know anything about renewables."

Offshore wind projects breathe life into struggling UK ports

Port Operations head Barry Denness stands in front of massive, newly-minted wind turbine blades at Siemens's new plant in Hull, UK. “(They're) in service for 25 years in the North Sea, not the most hospitable of conditions," he says. "Hence the reason why

What’s fueling Britain’s offshore wind revolution? Technology, subsidies and an old fishing hub.

A vast array of curved mirrors at the Noor Concentrated Solar Power plant near Ouarzazate, Morocco. The massive facility is part of an agressive effort to develop renewable power in Morocco.

Now blooming in the desert: Morocco’s grand dream of energy independence

Marrakech’s Koutoubia mosque has soaked up the Moroccan sun for nearly 900 years. Now it also puts those rays to work generating clean electricity with newly installed solar panels.

Muslim environmentalists give their religion — and their mosques — a fresh coat of green

Feri Yadi, a resident of Muara Baru in North Jakarta, stands atop the seawall recently built to protect his neighborhood. He has little confidence that the wall will work as expected. "Like in the past, this will be broken somehow" he says.

Need the latest news on flooding? In Jakarta, there’s an app for that.


In a “living laboratory for disaster,” a social media app is helping Jakartans improve upon the government’s response to frequent flooding.

An abandoned mosque outside the seawall in Muara Baru, Jakarta. The city is sinking as a result of massive groundwater extraction, and the problem is especially bad in Muara Barus, which is already below sea level.

Trying to confront a massive flood risk, Jakarta faces ‘problem on top of problem’


High water in the seas offshore and rivers on land increasingly threatens Indonesia’s capital city. The government has big plans to deal with it, but some of the city’s poorest residents say the projects will leave them high and dry.

Dikes once protected this broad area near the Dutch city of Nijmegen from flooding. But under a new policy for managing rising water levels due to climate change, the dikes have been moved back to allow a branch of the Rhine River to broaden out into its

Holland is relocating homes to make more room for high water


The Dutch have spent centuries trying to hold back both the sea and the big rivers that flow into it. But rising water due to climate change is forcing a new approach for their low-lying country.

The biggest mobile barrier in the world, the Maeslant storm surge barrier was built to protect the Dutch city of Rotterdam from a one-in-10,000-year storm. It's part of the massive investment the Dutch are making to protect themselves in a new era of risi

As sea levels rise, Rotterdam floats to the top as an example of how to live with water


When it comes to preparing for sea-level rise in coastal cities, the Dutch have a big head start on the rest of the world. And their best array of tools may be on display in and around the port city of Rotterdam.

A resident fishes in the waters near Manila, Philippines, amid heavy current and winds brought by Typhoon Melor in some parts of the country. Wide areas of the central Philippines were plunged into darkness on Tuesday as Melor barreled into the coconut-gr

Can private investment help vulnerable cities adapt to climate change?


A powerful typhoon rolling through the central Philippines just days after the historic Paris climate agreement was a stark reminder that the work of adapting to rising seas and bigger storms has barely begun. The Paris agreement commits rich counties to help out poorer ones, but it could also bring a lot of private money into play.