COP26: while it’s very encouraging to see many of the world’s leading banks committing to sustainable lending, it’s hard not to feel apprehensive

“The core message today is that the money is there, the money is there for the transition, and it’s not blah blah blah”, Mr. Carney told delegates during a COP26 climate finance event. Yes, banks around the world signed up to be part of the solution. Paul David Richard Griffiths, Professor of Finance; Academic Director … Continue reading COP26: while it’s very encouraging to see many of the world’s leading banks committing to sustainable lending, it’s hard not to feel apprehensive

Coming to grips with climate justice

Sonja Klinsky, Associate Professor and Senior Global Futures Scientist at Arizona State University writes on The Conversation website about climate change being a justice issue. What are your views?   Climate change is a justice issue – these 6 charts show why Climate change has hit home around the world in 2021 with record heat waves, … Continue reading Coming to grips with climate justice

Conventional economic analysis approaches have consistently understated the risks from unmitigated climate change and overstated the costs of a low-carbon transition

Fifteen years on from the Stern Review, we can say with great confidence that the risks of action are far lower than the risks of inaction. Dimtri Zenghelis, Special Advisor to the Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge and a senior economist on the 2006 Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change … Continue reading Conventional economic analysis approaches have consistently understated the risks from unmitigated climate change and overstated the costs of a low-carbon transition

How climate change affects Inuit and other Indigenous communities, and why greater inclusion of Indigenous voices is vital in aiding the climate crisis

Having attended many climate conferences in the past where there were many side-events by indigenous communities explaining how climate change was drastically affecting their societies and livelihoods, it brings home how vulnerable so many people are. In many cases, adaptation is not even an option. Cloe Logan interviews Ashley Cummings, a 23-year-old Inuk activist from … Continue reading How climate change affects Inuit and other Indigenous communities, and why greater inclusion of Indigenous voices is vital in aiding the climate crisis

The new heat and buildings strategy boosts the UK’s credentials as a global leader yet it has ignored some critical actions

With much fanfare, the UK government announced its heat and buildings strategy last week. Ran Boydell, Visiting Lecturer in Sustainable Development at Heriot-Watt University discusses the strategy to see if it is fit for purpose to help Britain achieve its net-zero objectives in an article on The Conversation website.   Heat and buildings strategy: the … Continue reading The new heat and buildings strategy boosts the UK’s credentials as a global leader yet it has ignored some critical actions

Strong message to give priority to reducing energy consumption

Martin Rossen, former Chief of staff at the Danish Prime Minister’s Office and now Senior Vice President, Head of Global Communication and Sustainability at Danfoss A/S provides a strong argument on the Politics.co.uk website that decision makers somehow forgot that the greenest energy is the energy we don’t use. He argues that energy efficiency is … Continue reading Strong message to give priority to reducing energy consumption

New joint briefing by EEA and Eurofound on benefits of targeted measures to cut carbon emissions

Recycling revenues from energy and carbon taxes to support low-income groups, investing in renovating buildings and in green mobility are among measures that could ensure public support for Europe’s sustainability agenda and a socially just transition. Vulnerable groups may feel the benefit of these measures more than others, as well as from the broader community … Continue reading New joint briefing by EEA and Eurofound on benefits of targeted measures to cut carbon emissions

Julie’s Bicycle finds the missing link in environment policy: culture

Julie’s Bicycle, a leading international NGO that mobilises the arts and culture to act on the climate crisis, has found that governments around the world have failed to adapt their culture policies to reflect the environmental emergency and commitments to the 2015 Paris climate agreement. In recent research, Julie's Bicycle set out to understand the … Continue reading Julie’s Bicycle finds the missing link in environment policy: culture

Better energy efficiency is not a key issue for the large majority of home buyers in UK

With increasing energy prices, awareness of climate risks and better understanding of the many benefits of better energy performance, for the majority of buyers in Britain, better energy efficiency is not a key issue. A news item in the Estate Agent Today website discusses the findings. Is this true in your country?   Energy Efficiency … Continue reading Better energy efficiency is not a key issue for the large majority of home buyers in UK

The oil industry’s own words show companies knew about the risk of climate change long before most of the rest of the world

Benjamin Franta, Ph.D. Candidate in History at Stanford University has been busy visiting historical archives from the oil industry. What those papers revealed is now changing our understanding of how climate change became a crisis. He discusses his findings in an article on The Conversation website.   What Big Oil knew about climate change, in … Continue reading The oil industry’s own words show companies knew about the risk of climate change long before most of the rest of the world