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The current and future climate of central and southern Africa: What we have learnt and what it means for decision-making in Malawi and Tanzania

a policy publication by  7 October, 2019

This brief summarises the main lessons from four years of the UMFULA project – led by the Grantham Research Institute, UMFULA has addressed questions of climate science, climate impacts and decision-making processes for adaptation in central and southern Africa, with focuses on Malawi and Tanzania. read more »


Mortality, temperature and public health provision: evidence from Mexico

Mortality, temperature and public health provision: evidence from Mexico

a working paper by François Cohen, Antoine Dechezleprêtre  4 October, 2019

In this paper the authors examine the impact of temperature on mortality in Mexico using daily data over the period 1998–2017. read more »


Is firm-level clean or dirty innovation valued more?

Is firm-level clean or dirty innovation valued more?

a working paper by Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Cal B. Muckley, Parvati Neelakantan  3 October, 2019

In this paper the authors raise the question of whether there is an economic incentive for firms to pursue strategies of clean, environmentally supportive innovation as opposed to carbon-emitting dirty innovation activities. read more »


Disaster insurance in developing Asia: An analysis of market-based schemes

Disaster insurance in developing Asia: An analysis of market-based schemes

a policy publication by Swenja Surminski, Architesh Panda  1 October, 2019

This working paper analyzes the status, types, and evolution of market-based disaster insurance schemes across developing Asia. Well-designed insurance schemes can play an important role in increasing resilience to climate … read more »


Financing inclusive climate action in the UK: An investor roadmap for the just transition

a policy publication by Nick Robins, Andy Gouldson, William Irwin, Andrew Sudmant, James Rydge  1 October, 2019

This report sets out the role that investors can play in delivering a just transition in the UK as the country works towards net-zero emissions, illustrating the implications through a set of place-based examples from Yorkshire and the Humber and setting out recommendations for investor action. read more »


Sustainability Economics

Sustainability Economics

a book by Giles Atkinson, Sam Fankhauser  25 September, 2019

The unprecedented advances in economic development witnessed over the past decades cannot continue if economic progress comes at the expense of the natural environment. The Sustainable Development Goals, agreed globally … read more »


Delegation and public pressure in a threshold public goods game

Delegation and public pressure in a threshold public goods game

a research article by Alessandro Tavoni, Jungmin Lee, Doruk İriş  24 September, 2019

Many public goods cannot be provided directly by interested parties (e.g. citizens), as they entail decision-making at nested hierarchical scales: at a lower level individuals elect a representative, while at … read more »


Decarbonisation of the UK economy and green finance

Decarbonisation of the UK economy and green finance

a policy publication by Sam Unsworth, Anna Valero, Nick Robins, Daire McCoy, Josh Burke, Sam Fankhauser, Bob Ward  20 September, 2019

The Grantham Research Institute’s response to the Commons Select Committee inquiry into decarbonisation of the UK economy highlights the Treasury’s unique position in government to drive the transition towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining a focus on economic growth. read more »


The missing economic risks in assessments of climate change impacts

a policy publication by Ruth DeFries, Ottmar Edenhofer, Alex Halliday, Geoffrey Heal, Timothy Lenton, Michael Puma, James Rising, Johan Rockström, Alex C. Ruane, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, David Stainforth, Nicholas Stern, Marco Tedesco, Bob Ward  20 September, 2019

Economic assessments of the potential future risks of climate change have been omitting or grossly underestimating many of the most serious consequences for lives and livelihoods because these risks are difficult to quantify precisely and lie outside of human experience. This policy insight identifies and draws attention to these ‘missing risks’ and discusses how populations might fare in light of their potential to adapt in the face of these risks. read more »


Creating useful and usable weather and climate information – insights from Participatory Scenario Planning in Malawi

a working paper by Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema, Katharine Vincent, Rebecka Henriksson Malinga  9 September, 2019

This paper outlines experiences with Participatory Scenario Planning (PSP), which has been used in Malawi as a method to bring together producers and users of weather and climate information to co-produce sector-specific advisories of weather information to make it both useful and usable to the different user groups, including farmers. read more »