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People over profits: Learning from the rise in climate change lawsuits

People over profits: Learning from the rise in climate change lawsuits

a commentary by Rebecca Byrnes  16 September, 2019

Companies are increasingly in the firing line for climate litigation and they need to be thinking about liability risk when making the decisions that impact how they run their businesses and the information they provide to shareholders and the public, says Rebecca Byrnes. read more »


Why we need more social science research on climate change

Why we need more social science research on climate change

a commentary by Sam Fankhauser  10 September, 2019

Sam Fankhauser outlines the findings of a new review that reveals the UK’s significant contribution to social science research on climate change over the last 10 years – but also some important research gaps that must be filled so that global climate policy can be guided by the best available evidence. read more »


Brexit is stalling Britain from taking vital action on climate crisis, says expert

Brexit is stalling Britain from taking vital action on climate crisis, says expert

in the news Bob Ward  7 September, 2019

This article considers what the UK is doing to support climate change adaptation efforts. In the article Bob Ward says: “Britain’s failure to adapt to our changing climate could severely undermine efforts to persuade other countries to invest more in resilience.” read more »


Letter: Central bank policy must align with climate goals

Letter: Central bank policy must align with climate goals

in the news Nick Robins  6 September, 2019

Responding to a comment by BlackRock vice-chairman Philipp Hildebrand, Nick Robins wrote to the Financial Times on Friday calling for any direct creation of central bank money to be “tightly aligned with global climate change goals”. read more »


Danger of chronic heat exposure for people in developing world’s largest cities

Press release  6 September, 2019

In 2018, seven of the largest cities in the world experienced dangerous levels of long-term heat, including Delhi, Lahore and Manila People in seven of the world’s largest cities are … read more »


Neglect of duty: Why cutting fuel duty is incompatible with a net-zero UK

Neglect of duty: Why cutting fuel duty is incompatible with a net-zero UK

a commentary by Josh Burke  3 September, 2019

Reports that the British Government will reveal plans to cut fuel duty in this week’s pre-Budget announcement are dismaying just four months after it committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, says Josh Burke, especially when there is consensus on how to cut emissions from the transport sector. read more »


Climate crisis: UK cannot reach net zero emissions ‘if ministers remain fixed on economic growth’

Climate crisis: UK cannot reach net zero emissions ‘if ministers remain fixed on economic growth’

in the news Josh Burke  29 August, 2019

This article reflects on comments made by the government’s chief environment scientist on the UK’s net zero target. In the article Josh Burke refers to research by the Grantham Research Institute which shows how achieving net zero and maintaining economic growth are not mutually exclusive. read more »


Statement by Lord Stern following the announcement of the death of Professor Martin Weitzman

an announcement featuring Nicholas Stern  29 August, 2019

Following the announcement of the death of the distinguished economist Professor Martin Weitzman, Lord Stern has said: “The world of economics has lost a hugely talented and influential figure, and I have lost a close friend of nearly 50 years.” read more »


Holiday heat headlines not focusing enough on climate crisis reality – experts

in the news Bob Ward  28 August, 2019

In this article about media coverage of the bank holiday heatwave Bob Ward says “the Met Office seems to be afraid to talk about climate change”. For instance, it published State of the UK Climate 2018 last month, which listed key trends in rainfall and temperature but did not mention climate change.” read more »


More action please on climate change

More action please on climate change

in the news Bob Ward  23 August, 2019

In a letter to the Evening Standard Bob Ward calls for politicians to respond with more ambitious plans to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. This is in the light of a recent report in the paper showing that 85% of British adults are now concerned about global warming. read more »