All pages with keywords: mitigation

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 »


Engineering the planet’s temperature: clash or cooperation?

a commentary by Daniel Heyen, Joshua Horton, Juan Moreno-Cruz 2 April, 2019

Considerable uncertainties surround the potential of solar geoengineering, with important questions around governance. This commentary describes a game that finds out what could happen if countries were able to turn the Earth’s thermostat up or down. read more »


Steering the climate system: an extended comment

a working paper by Linus Mattauch, Richard Millar, Frederick van der Ploeg, Armon Rezai, Anselm Schultes, Frank Venmans, Nico Bauer, Simon Dietz, Ottmar Edenhofer, Niall Farrell, Cameron Hepburn, Gunnar Luderer, Jacquelyn Pless, Fiona Spuler, Nicholas Stern, Alexander Teytelboym 4 January, 2019

The authors of this comment respond to a recent argument put forward by Lemoine and Rudik (2017), that it is efficient to delay reducing carbon emissions because there is substantial inertia in the climate system. Mattauch et al. show that there is no such inertia, which means there is no lag between carbon emissions and warming. read more »


Pigou pushes preferences: decarbonisation and endogenous values

a working paper by Linus Mattauch, Cameron Hepburn, Nicholas Stern 14 December, 2018

This paper explores the relationship between carbon prices and policies that change consumers’ preferences, concluding that taking the effects into account in economic models would enhance understanding of climate change mitigation policy, facilitating the transition to a low-carbon economy. read more »


As South Africa’s carbon tax is delayed again what is the story so far?

a commentary by Patrick Curran 24 October, 2018

Patrick Curran reflects on a nine-year discussion about carbon pricing and carbon tax in South Africa as the country’s government postpones the tax’s implementation once again. read more »


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

a policy publication by Patrick Curran 17 October, 2018

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 publication by Alina Averchenkova, Sam Fankhauser, Jared J. Finnegan 1 October, 2018

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 »


The role and influence of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change

a policy publication by Alina Averchenkova, Sam Fankhauser, Jared J. Finnegan 1 October, 2018

This policy brief provides a summary assessment of the role of the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in shaping UK climate policy. read more »


Making finance climate-consistent: how could the UK implement Article 2.1.c of the Paris Agreement?

Making finance climate-consistent: how could the UK implement Article 2.1.c of the Paris Agreement?

a commentary by Nick Robins 24 September, 2018

The Paris Agreement does not just commit countries to cut emissions. All countries also need to put in place a policy framework for climate-consistent finance. Nick Robins argues that the UK could take a leadership position by setting out how this complex task could be achieved. read more »


How to make carbon taxes more acceptable

How to make carbon taxes more acceptable

a policy publication by Stefano Carattini, Maria Carvalho, Sam Fankhauser 5 December, 2017

Taxing carbon is one of the best ways to incentivise the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions but is often faced with opposition. This report explores practical ways through which carbon taxes can be made more politically attractive. read more »