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EU agrees to start carbon market stability reserve in 2021

EU member states are set to begin negotiations on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) next week after an agreement was reached on Wednesday. They have agreed to seek cutting supply in the carbon market in 2021, despite calls for earlier action. The EU-ETS covers more than 11,000 factories,...


dorset flood by Shaun Dunphy via Flickr

5 million UK properties at risk of flooding, warn MPs

There are major risks to the sustainability of current levels of flood protection, according to the Public Accounts Committee’s report. The report warns that some five million properties across England are at risk. The report notes that one in six properties are at risk of flooding from coastal, river...


power plant emissions by Martin Nikolaj Bech via flickr

Carbon price should increase up to 200% to avoid tipping point, says study

In order to avoid dangerous levels of climate change and crossing irreversible tipping points in the future, the price of carbon should be increased by up to 200%, according to a new study. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter, Zurich, Stanford and Chicago have urged policymakers not to discount...


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Just Index: a market solution to inequality?

Paul Tudor Jones founded the Tudor Investment Corporation hedge fund in 1980, now worth $13.5 billion (£9bn). In 1988 he used his accumulated wealth to found the Robin Hood Foundation alleviating poverty in New York. Today he is focused on the Just Capital, to create an index that rates...


flooded field by Broo_am (Andy B) via Flickr

Study: cost of climate change to become ‘serious challenge’ by 2040

Economists have said that the cost of climate change could increase significantly over the coming decades and become a “serious challenge” for businesses by 2040. They have urged businesses to consider the true financial costs of climate change in order to prepare for the future. The study was led...


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Budget 2015: What the papers say

We take a look at what the newspapers and financial papers says about the last budget of this government. The Telegraph categorised the Budget speech as a triumph for the “lucky” chancellor where he put, “electioneering over economics”. They concluded that, “It’s a great tragedy: had Mr Osborne cut...


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Report calls for next government to prioritise climate change and environment

Ahead of the General Election in May, a new report has been published calling on the next government to prioritise climate change and the environment, arguing it is needed to promote the UK’s health, wealth and security in the long-term. The report – Environment: Priorities for the next government – has...


Numbers And Finance

Study: rich nations could affordably give $2tn to tackle climate change in developing countries

Rich nations could pledge up to $2 trillion (£1.35tn) each year by mid-century to developing countries to help mitigate and adapt to climate change without exceeding more than 2% of GDP or the finance provided being prohibitive. The research, from the London School of Economic’s Grantham Research Institute on...


dry fields drought by Danumurthi Mahendra via Flickr

UK set to offer climate expertise to developing countries

The UK has announced a new initiative by which it intends to provide developing countries with its “world-leading climate and adaptation expertise” in an attempt “successfully tackle climate change”. The programme, launched by energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey, combines the knowledge from leading UK organisations and government...


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Poll: UK government failing to encourage circular economy

A survey has found that sustainability professional believe that the UK government is failing to encourage businesses to improve resource efficiency and move towards a circular economy. The poll comes from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), a network of environment and sustainability professionals, and asked 400...


London - Jim Trodel via Flickr

Sustainable policies could support EU economic growth, says report

Sustainability should be the focus of the EU’s €300 billion (£210bn) investment plan, according to a report from WWF that sets out a five-step plan. The paper argues that the gains from investing sustainably could boost economies and generate further savings. For example, the report – From crisis to...


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Jeremy Leggett: world can win the ‘carbon war’

In recent years there has been a shift in the ‘carbon war’ that means those fighting to cut emissions, avoid dangerous levels of climate change and encourage green technology could win, according to Jeremy Leggett’s new book. The book ‘The Winning of the Carbon War’ is downloadable for free....


drought by Bert Kaufmann

UN calls for investment in disaster resilience as costs reach $300bn per year

The UN is calling on countries to increase investment in risk reduction strategies after it revealed in a report that the cost of disasters worldwide has reached an average of $250 billion (£164) to $300 billion (£197bn) every year. The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction has been...


drought by abcdz2000 via Freeimages

Researchers link climate change to Syrian conflict

A new study has suggested that climate change was amongst the reasons for the Syrian uprising in 2011, as the worst drought ever recorded in the region destroyed agriculture in the northern part of the country. The research, which has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National...


dorset flood by Shaun Dunphy via Flickr

Global flood risk could almost triple by 2030

Climate change and growing global populations could mean that flood risk around the world will nearly triple over the next fifteen years, according to a new online tool. The Aqueduct Global Flood Analyser was co-developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and four Dutch research organisations – Deltares, the...



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