Media releases in 2013


Comment by Nicholas Stern on outcome of United Nations climate change summit in Warsaw|

23 November

“Although some progress has been made at this summit, the actions that have been agreed are simply inadequate when compared with the scale and urgency of the risks that the world faces from rising levels of greenhouse gases, and the dangers of irreversible impacts if there is delay."


Lord Stern of Brentford urges fellow peers to support Energy Bill amendment on decarbonisation target|

28 October

The amendment has been jointly proposed by Lord Oxburgh and Lord Stern, who both sit on the cross-benches, and Baroness Worthington, the shadow spokesperson on energy and climate change. It will be considered during the report stage of the Energy Bill in the House of Lords on 28 October.

UK is warming at faster rate than global average|

18 October

The average annual temperature recorded in the UK has been rising at a faster rate than the global average, according to a new policy brief by Bob Ward and Naomi Hicks on ‘Recent and future changes in the global and UK climate’, which presents an analysis of Met Office records


Nicholas Stern welcomes emissions budget set out in new climate change report|

27 September

Lord Stern: “This is a comprehensive and important report, prepared by 259 experts from 39 countries, and governments and other policy-makers should read it very carefully. The report makes clear that the Earth is warming and the climate is changing, that human activities are primarily responsible, and that without very strong cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases, we face huge risks from global warming of more than 2°C by the end of this century compared with the period before the Industrial Revolution."

Governments likely to increase emissions reductions after IPCC report, says Nicholas Stern|

24 September

Governments around the world are likely to increase their emissions reductions after reading the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Nicholas Stern will tell a public audience today.


New flood insurance scheme could be unsustainable because it overlooks climate change|

19 August

A proposed new scheme for flood insurance in the UK may not be sustainable because the impacts of climate change have not been taken into account, according to a policy paper published today


Comment on climate change in the National Curriculum|

8 July

Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science, comments on the publication by the Department for Education of the revised framework document for the national Curriculum in England.

Comment on National Adaptation Programme|

1 July

Comment on the publication today by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the National Adaptation Programme for England, from Professor Sam Fankhauser, Co-Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


Comment on new estimates of UK shale gas|

27 June

Comment on the publication today of updated estimates by the British Geological Survey of shale gas in the UK, from Samuela Bassi, policy analyst at the Grantham Research Institute.

Statement by Nicholas Stern on President Obama’s speech on climate change|

26 June

Nicholas Stern, chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), welcomes the major speech by President Obama on climate change today.

Statement by Nicholas Stern about new report by International Energy Agency|

10 June

Welcoming the publication of the new report on ‘Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map’ by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Professor Nicholas Stern (Lord Stern of Brentford), said: “In this very important analysis, the International Energy Agency has identified four clear, strong and credible policy measures which make sense for both the economy and the climate."


Government should not omit societal impacts of climate change from National Curriculum|

22 April

The Government should reverse its proposal to remove the teaching of the potential impacts of climate change on society from the National Curriculum for schools in England in order to ensure that pupils are provided with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to be educated citizens, according to a report published today.

$674 billion annual spend on ‘unburnable’ fossil fuel assets signals failure to recognise huge financial risks
19 April

New research reveals that despite fossil fuel reserves already far exceeding the carbon budget to avoid global warming of more than 2°C, $674 billion was spent last year finding and developing new potentially stranded assets. If this continues for the next decade, economies will see over $6trillion in wasted capital. 


New report calls for early action to adapt to the impacts of climate change|

25 March

The Government should make sure that new hospitals, schools, offices, roads and railways are designed to cope over their entire lifetimes with changes in the UK’s climate, as part of the forthcoming National Adaptation Programme, according to a new report published today.

New report recommends a UK ‘dash for smart gas’|

18 March

The UK should use natural gas, including from unconventional sources such as shale, to help decarbonise its power sector by replacing coal over the next few years, but should not assume that its price will be low, according to a new report published today.

Better management of allowances required for EU Emissions Trading System|

6 March

The European Union should permanently remove, instead of just delaying the sale of, 900 million allowances from the Emissions Trading System, and should implement price ceilings and floors, according to a report published today.