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Crime is in the air: the contemporaneous relationship between air pollution and crime

a working paper by Malvina Bondy, Sefi Roth, Lutz Sager about 16 hours ago

Using data for London, this research finds that elevated levels of air pollution have a positive and statistically significant impact on overall crime – and therefore that improving air quality in urban areas through tighter environmental policy may provide a cost-effective way to reduce crime. read more »


Strengthening insurance partnerships in the face of climate change – Insights from an agent-based model of flood insurance in the UK

Strengthening insurance partnerships in the face of climate change – Insights from an agent-based model of flood insurance in the UK

a research article by Florence Crick, Katie Jenkins, Swenja Surminski about 18 hours ago

This paper investigates how partnerships can incentivise flood risk reduction by focusing on the UK public-private partnership on flood insurance. read more »


Social discounting: social opportunity cost, social time preference and risk

Social discounting: social opportunity cost, social time preference and risk

a working paper by Michael Spackman about 20 hours ago

This paper addresses enduring misunderstandings about ‘social opportunity cost’ versus ‘social time preference’ discounting. read more »


How do African SMEs respond to climate risks? Evidence from Kenya and Senegal

How do African SMEs respond to climate risks? Evidence from Kenya and Senegal

a research article by Florence Crick, Shaikh Eskander, Sam Fankhauser, Mamadou Diop 14 days ago

This paper investigates to what extent and how micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries are adapting to climate risks. read more »


Climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral policy coherence in southern Africa

Climate change adaptation and cross-sectoral policy coherence in southern Africa

a research article by Matthew I. England, Andrew J. Dougill, Lindsay C. Stringer, Katharine Vincent, Joanna Pardoe, Felix K. Kalaba, David Mkwambisi, Emilinah Namaganda, Stavros Afionis 18 days ago

Using the cases of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, this paper investigates the extent of coherence in national policies across the water and agriculture sectors and to climate change adaptation goals outlined in national development plans. read more »


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China, the world and the next decade: better growth, better climate

China, the world and the next decade: better growth, better climate

a policy paper by Ehtisham Ahmad, Isabella Neuweg, Nicholas Stern about 14 hours ago

This paper argues that China’s agenda of internal reform towards strong, clean and inclusive growth is heavily linked to its actions in its major trading partner countries, especially those associated with the Belt and Road Initiative. read more »


Supporting adaptation to climate change among businesses and households in semi-arid lands: an agenda for the Talanoa Dialogue

Supporting adaptation to climate change among businesses and households in semi-arid lands: an agenda for the Talanoa Dialogue

This briefing note submits learning to the Talanoa Dialogue process from PRISE on supporting private adaptation to climate change by households and businesses in semi-arid lands. read more »


Credible implementation of the Paris Agreement: Input to the Talanoa Dialogue

Credible implementation of the Paris Agreement: Input to the Talanoa Dialogue

a briefing note by Alina Averchenkova, Samuela Bassi, Joana Setzer 22 days ago

This submission to the Talanoa Dialogue covers themes of climate legislation, institutions and governance, and the credibility of climate change commitments. read more »


10 years of the UK Climate Change Act – Summary

10 years of the UK Climate Change Act – Summary

a briefing note by Sam Fankhauser, Alina Averchenkova, Jared J. Finnegan 22 days ago

This policy brief is a condensed version of our report on the Climate Change Act, summarising lessons for the UK and other countries, on how climate change legislation is best structured to be effective. read more »


10 years of the UK Climate Change Act

10 years of the UK Climate Change Act

a policy report by Sam Fankhauser, Alina Averchenkova, Jared J. Finnegan 28 days ago

This report summarises lessons from the Climate Change Act, for the UK and other countries, on how climate change legislation is best structured to be effective. read more »


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‘The Mail on Sunday’ admits publishing more fake news about climate change

‘The Mail on Sunday’ admits publishing more fake news about climate change

a commentary by Bob Ward 5 days ago

Bob Ward reflects on statement by the Mail on Sunday’s which concedes that news stories by its reporter David Rose, published on 12 and 19 February 2017, were inaccurate and misleading, in breach of the Editors’ Code of Practice. read more »


British newspaper admits publishing more fake news about US climate research

British newspaper admits publishing more fake news about US climate research

Press release 5 days ago

‘The Mail on Sunday’ newspaper has today (22 April 2018) published a statement in its print edition admitting that two articles about climate change it published in February 2017 were fake news. read more »


Why being right is not enough for climate researchers

a commentary by Bob Ward 7 days ago

Climate change researchers need to improve their public debating skills. That was my take-away message for the audience last week at a special event on ‘Exploring Science Denialism in HIV/AIDS, … read more »


Interview with Nicholas Stern at the at the China Development Forum

Interview with Nicholas Stern at the at the China Development Forum

a mention in the media for Nicholas Stern 24 days ago

Xinhua China Fortune Media Group, 3 April 2018


UK climate legislation must be more closely aligned with Paris Agreement by 2020

UK climate legislation must be more closely aligned with Paris Agreement by 2020

Press release 28 days ago

The UK’s climate change legislation should include a ‘net zero’ emissions target to more strongly align it by 2020 with the Paris Agreement, according to a report published today (30 … read more »


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