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Changing prices in a changing climate: electoral competitiveness and fossil fuel taxation

Changing prices in a changing climate: electoral competitiveness and fossil fuel taxation

a working paper by Jared J. Finnegan 5 days ago

This paper examines the influence of electoral competitiveness on policy decisions over carbon taxes, focusing on fuel duty. read more »


Why the energy efficiency gap is smaller than we think: quantifying heterogeneity and persistence in the returns to energy efficiency measures

Why the energy efficiency gap is smaller than we think: quantifying heterogeneity and persistence in the returns to energy efficiency measures

a working paper by Daire McCoy, Raphaela Kotsch 11 days ago

This paper fills a gap in the literature by providing new evidence longer-term impact of energy efficiency measures in terms of savings, and how this varies by measure and household-type. read more »


Tales from the tails: sector-level carbon intensity distribution

Tales from the tails: sector-level carbon intensity distribution

a research article by Baran Doda 12 days ago

The level of GDP, its sector composition and the carbon intensity of individual sectors together determine a country’s emissions. To evaluate the contribution of changes in each determinant, I construct … read more »


Social interactions and the adoption of solar PV: evidence from cultural borders

Social interactions and the adoption of solar PV: evidence from cultural borders

a working paper by Stefano Carattini, Martin Péclat, Andrea Baranzini 12 days ago

This paper investigates the role of ‘social spillovers’ in the adoption of new technologies. The authors find that the French-German language border in Switzerland acts as a barrier to social interactions and, eventually, to the adoption of new technologies – in this case solar PV. read more »


Exposure to floods, climate change, and poverty in Vietnam

Exposure to floods, climate change, and poverty in Vietnam

a research article by Mook Bangalore 22 days ago

With 70% of its population living in coastal areas and low-lying deltas, Vietnam is highly exposed to riverine and coastal flooding. This paper conducts a “stress-test” and examines the exposure … read more »


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Pre-2020 Ambition on Climate Change

Pre-2020 Ambition on Climate Change

a policy report by Alina Averchenkova, Dimitri Zenghelis 17 days ago

This policy brief aims to assist negotiators, policy experts, and civil society in navigating the discussions on pre-2020 ambition towards a constructive and effective deliberation. It is based on a … read more »


Aligning national and international climate targets

a briefing note by Michal Nachmany, Emily Mangan 20 days ago

The quantified climate change targets in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement and those in national laws and policies are compared in this brief, a submission to the Talanoa Dialogue. read more »


Climate change governance in Tanzania: challenges and opportunities

a briefing note by Michal Nachmany 26 days ago

The policy brief outlines the key governance challenges Tanzania faces in implementing its climate policies, describes the drivers of and barriers to climate-relevant policy processes, and concludes with policy recommendations. read more »


Submission to the inquiry by the House of Commons Select Committee on International Development on: UK aid for combating climate change

a briefing note by Patrick Curran about 1 month ago

This written evidence responds to four questions set by the UK House of Commons Select Committee on International Development inquiry into ‘UK aid for combating climate change’. read more »


The role of independent bodies in climate governance: the UK’s Committee on Climate Change

The role of independent bodies in climate governance: the UK’s Committee on Climate Change

a policy report by Alina Averchenkova, Sam Fankhauser, Jared J. Finnegan about 2 months ago

10 years on from its establishment, this report assesses the role of the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in shaping UK climate policy, drawing out lessons for international and domestic policymakers. read more »


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Insurance and climate risk: the critical role of regulators

Commentary 3 days ago

By Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner (January 2011–January 2019) Insurance regulators have a critical role to play in making sure insurance companies are addressing the risks associated with climate change. … read more »


Why the UK Government has frozen fuel duty – again

a commentary by Jared J. Finnegan 5 days ago

New research into the link between political competition and fossil fuel taxation offers insight into the UK Government’s decision-making on fuel duty. Spoiler alert: it is all about electoral incentives. read more »


Financing the climate change triple jump: how to align capital with a 1.5°C world

a commentary by Nick Robins 11 days ago

The global financial system needs to undertake its own transition, to play its role in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. Nick Robins identifies three ‘leaps’ for banks, capital markets, insurers and investors to take. read more »


Where next for sustainable insurance? Five priorities for the next decade

Where next for sustainable insurance? Five priorities for the next decade

a commentary by Swenja Surminski, Nick Robins, William Irwin 12 days ago

This commentary reviews how both the insurance sector and its partners could build on the growing momentum and overcome the continuing barriers to deep implementation of sustainable insurance practices over the coming decade. read more »


The Carbon Majors inquiry comes to London

a commentary by Annalisa Savaresi, Joana Setzer 18 days ago

On 6 to 8 November 2018, LSE will be hosting the UK hearings of the Philippines-initiated inquiry seeking to attribute the impacts of climate change to the ‘Carbon Majors’ – the world’s largest fossil fuel and cement producers. This commentary provides some background to the hearings. read more »


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