Climate change strategy
'Turning point for our planet': Green economy reacts to Paris Agreement ratification
The Paris Agreement, which will enter into force on 4 November, has been hailed by global businesses and political leaders as a "truly historic moment" in the fight against climate change, which could eventually go down in history as "the most impactful multilateral treaty of all time".
Paris Agreement poised to enter into full force as EU ratifies
The historic Paris Agreement will enter into force before the COP22 Marrakech event next month after the European Parliament approved its fast-track ratification today (4 October).
Biodiversity in the spotlight as reports highlight need for infrastructure advances
An international collaboration of top biologists has found that vital improvements must be made to forecast the global impact of climate change on plants and wildlife, as a separate report outlines how a planning framework is necessary for the UK to reverse biodiversity loss by 2020.
EU out vote puts UK commitment to Paris climate agreement in doubt
The UK government won high praise six months ago for taking a leading role in the successful Paris climate change agreement, the first legally binding commitment on curbing carbon emissions by all 195 United Nations countries.
Michael Bloomberg: Our new alliance unites 600m city dwellers to fight climate change
Cities are huge carbon emitters but are ideally placed to tackle climate change. Michael Bloomberg addresses how the Global Covenant can give them the tools to do so.
Air quality crisis: 7 shocking statistics that will take your breath away
With a plethora of recent reports highlighting the devastating extent to which the issue of air pollution is impacting the health of UK citizens and the world population in general, edie takes a look at the shocking statistics behind the coverage.
Sustainability professionals pile pressure on Government to accept Fifth Carbon Budget
A new survey has revealed that environmental and sustainability professionals are overwhelmingly in favour of recent recommendations for the UK's Fifth Carbon Budget, while separate academic report has concluded that the adoption of those proposals could help deliver long-term economic growth.
Paris Agreement boycott looms unless developed countries fulfil promises
Developed countries including the UK and the US could be pressured into delivering pre-2020 climate agreements, after an influential think tank urged developing countries to boycott the Paris Agreement signing ceremony.
Timeline: Barack Obama's global climate legacy
From his early campaigning on environmental issues before taking office in 2009 to the passion and enthusiasm he displayed at the historic climate talks in Paris last month, edie charts Barack Obama's most significant climate actions as he enters his final year as US President.
Interactive Map: The world's 14 biggest carbon emitters
As world leaders continue hammering out a new climate pact in Paris, see how the major national carbon reduction pledges compare with the current state of play among the globe's biggest polluters.
COP21 Monday review: Energy pledges hit the headlines
A packed first day of week two at COP21 saw businesses, nations and organisations take aim at the cause of two thirds of global emissions - energy generation.
Companies pledge support to vulnerable supply chains through Fairtrade Carbon Credits scheme
Logistics company DHL and retailer Marks & Spencer are among a host of businesses backing a new Fairtrade initiative which offsets 'unavoidable' emissions by supporting rural supply chains.
Businesses putting off low-carbon innovation in hope of policy 'silver bullet'
European industrial firms are overlooking the importance of innovation in curbing emissions, a new study from the EU's innovation agency has found.
Michael Bloomberg to head up new climate task force
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is to lead a new industry-led task force which will offer climate change-related financial risk disclosures to companies and investors.
COP21 Paris Climate Conference: Everything you need to know
The most important climate talks ever start on Monday (30 November), with 138 heads of state and 25,000 official delegates expected to be in attendance. Here's our simple guide to the negotiations over the next two weeks.
Fossil fuel companies risking $2trn in 'unnecessary' investments
A perfect storm of climate movements could see fossil fuel companies waste more than $2trn by pursuing projects in a potential world where there is no need for coal mines and oil prices have peaked, the Carbon Tracker Initiative has warned.
Report: Current climate change solutions can cut a quarter of global emissions
A new report supported by world-leading institutions has found that global emissions could be reduced by up to 25% by using already-established climate solutions that do not need to be supported by new inventions or vast amounts of capital.
Branson's B Team calls for long-term climate goals beyond Paris
An environmental coalition of 22 business leaders including Sir Richard Branson and Unilever's Paul Polman have penned an open letter ahead of the crucial Paris talks calling for an 'actionable' global commitment of 'Net-Zero by 2050'.
Report: Rich countries failing to accept 'fair share' of climate action
The climate pledges made by rich countries are less than their 'fair share', according to new report released today (19 October).
'Vulnerable 20' countries will share economies to fight climate change
Finance ministers representing over 700 million people have announced a series of financial mechanisms to invest in climate resiliency and lower emissions for 20 of the world's most vulnerable countries.
UN unveils 20-page negotiating text for Paris
The United Nations (UN) has today (5 October) released a streamlined version of the negotiating text that will be used at the COP21 Paris Climate Conference in December.
Sustainable Development Goals: Businesses urged to take the lead
Sir Richard Branson, Unilever's Paul Polman and Professor Stephen Hawking are among those that have thrown their support behind the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set to be authorised today (25 September).
Major companies commit to 100% renewable energy ahead of Paris talks
A host of high-profile companies, including NIKE and Procter & Gamble, are the latest to join RE100 - an initiative whose members are committed to sourcing 100% renewable energy
Greenpeace: Two thirds of global electricity could come from renewables by 2030
Renewables' share of the global electricity supply could more than triple in the next 15 years - from 21% today to 64% - according to a new Greenpeace report.
What I want from Paris: 21 climate leaders on COP21 - Part one
EXCLUSIVE: In the first of a two-part feature, edie brings you the voices of sustainability professionals, politicians, businessmen and environmental activists on what they want to see from the Paris climate talks.
Main party leaders not trusted by sustainability professionals on climate change
More than half of sustainability professionals feel that Natalie Bennett of the Green Party shows the strongest leadership on climate change, streets ahead of Cameron, Clegg and Miliband, according to a new survey.
Reason to smile: Colgate-Palmolive announces new climate change commitment
Multinational consumer-goods firm Colgate-Palmolive is pledging to reduce its carbon footprint by a further 25%, having hit a number of energy, water and waste reduction targets in its latest sustainability report.
Tesco turns to sea and rail travel to cut transport emissions
Tesco has slashed its freight transport emissions by 14 per cent over the past two years, off the back of a 50% reduction achieved between 2006 and 2012.
UK Treasury Climate Modelling 'deeply flawed', claims report
Economic modelling used by the UK Treasury to assess the costs of action on climate change 'should be treated with extreme caution', according to a new report commissioned by Friends of the Earth and WWF-UK.
Ed Davey supports call for business action on climate and energy
Energy & Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, believes there is a 'huge business opportunity for those who grasp the green mantle' and is urging companies to adopt clean energy and support climate policy at national and international level.
Senior executives call for 'urgent and immediate' action on climate change
Senior executives are calling for urgent and immediate action on climate change by leaders in government, business and civil society, according to a new poll.
Reduce London's flood risk by 'reviving rivers' says Environment Committee
The London Assembly Environment Committee has today called for more impetus on sustainable drainage and river restoration to reduce flood risk.
IPCC report: Climate change impacts occurring from the tropics to the poles
The effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest report.
Exxon Mobil agrees to report on climate change's effect on business model
Oil giant bows to pressure from activists who want companies to acknowledge the changes wrought by government action
European Commission launches climate change action initiative for cities
The European Commission has launched a new initiative to encourage cities to take action on climate change.
Budget 2014 response round-up: Who said what
Today's Budget saw the Chancellor cap carbon tax and once again favour economic recovery over environmental resilience. Stirring up mixed reaction across industry, here's a rundown of who said what.
Yorkshire Water among utilities at 'forefront' of climate change response
Yorkshire Water is a front runner amongst those in the utility sector responding to the challenges brought on by climate change, according to Climate Change Partnership for Yorkshire and Humber's Jon Clubb.
HSBC: 2014 marks start of new economic focus on climate
HSBC has said climate change will rise up the corporate finance agenda this year, highlighting three issues - impacts, carbon risk and green bonds - that will lend impetus to this.
Businesses join forces for meaningful dialogue on sustainable development
Costain and Arriva Trains Wales are due to hold talks with the Welsh Government later today on how to advance the sustainable development agenda.
CCC: UK has no excuse to waver on climate policy
The UK has no justification to reduce its efforts on cutting emissions, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
UK must approve carbon budget soon or risk investment, says Lord Deben
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called for the Government to approve its fourth carbon budget in the New Year to avoid further investor uncertainty.
Owen Paterson: Global warming can have a positive side
Secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, says global warming could allow food to be grown further north
Switching to electric vehicles could save London businesses £200m
London based businesses could save £200m if 10% of their vans registered in the capital were replaced with electric models, according to new figures from the Energy Saving Trust (EST).
Lord Stern: IPCC report to provide 'impetus' for reducing emissions
Governments around the world are likely to increase their emissions reductions after reading the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, says Lord Nicholas Stern.
Global Commission launches 'New Climate Economy' project
A project examining how stronger economic performance can be supported by good climate policy has launched today, by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
IPCC report expected to ignite efforts on climate change
The latest climate review from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to confirm and highlight the drivers of climate change and kick-start action from businesses and Governments.
CDP report: BMW and Nestle leading on climate progress
BMW, Nestle and Philips Electronics are amongst the top 12 companies leading in climate change action, according to the international not-for-profit organisation CDP
UK airlines need 'industry standard' for carbon reporting
International travel group, TUI Travel, has called for an industry standard on reporting fuel and carbon efficiency for UK airlines.
Climate change 'firmly established' as a material risk for investors
The majority of investors view climate change as a material risk and as a consequence have retained, or advanced, their commitment to addressing climate change in their investment activities, according to a report.
Corporate responsibility must get tougher and more transparent
Businesses must ask some "tough questions" and become more transparent if they wish to scale up their CSR commitments, PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) corporate responsibility leader Shannon Schuyler has said.
Climate change strongly linked to rising violence, scientists say
The world is set to become more violent as global temperatures rise, with scientists warning this could lead to a "collapse in civilisation".
Obama's climate change action plan could swing in favour of UK
US President Barack Obama's recent pledge on climate action could create a ripple effect in the UK, placing strong pressure on the Government to reinstate its 'greenest ever' commitments.
The Obama effect: will the UK up its climate game?
If US President Barack Obama continues to make a strong case for climate action, there will be increasing pressure on our own prime minister to follow suit, observes Gareth Kane
EXCLUSIVE: Insurance industry to provide greater support to low carbon sector
In the coming years the insurance industry will provide greater support to the clean tech, low carbon sector by creating products that will widen the market, says Aviva's Zelda Bentham.
European Commission invests €281m in new environment and climate projects
The European Commission has approved a multi-million euro fund for 248 new projects focusing on the environment and climate.
Christiana Figueres: 'No country doing enough on climate change'
UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres has urged greater global action on curbing carbon emissions, warning that no country is doing enough to tackle the threat of global warming.
Cities tackling climate change retaining business investment says CDP
Cities protecting their existing businesses from the increasing risks associated with climate change are attracting new companies and driving economic growth, according to a new report.
BT customer service taking direct hit from climate change
The effects of climate change are restricting BT from further improving its customer service, according to the company's chief sustainability officer Niall Dunne.
ANALYSIS: Acclimatising to the Al Gore factor
His speech won a standing ovation, yet you couldn't call it particularly insightful or revealing. It was more a heady mix of comedy and metaphor. So what was it about Al Gore that left so many corporate sustainability professionals feeling a sense of awe and privilege?
Tony Juniper: Sustainability must learn how to tap into humanity
The sustainability debate needs to realign itself with social values if challenges around behaviour change are to be overcome, leading environmentalist Tony Juniper has said.
Thatcher remembered for paving way on climate politics
Sustainability professionals have largely paid tribute to the environmental legacy left by Baroness Margaret Thatcher in British politics following her death today at the age of 87.
Scottish industry 'performing well' on implementing low-carbon policy
Scotland is continuing to make significant progress on implementing its climate change strategy, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
Scientists urge caution on climate geo-engineering
The world may need to turn to geo-engineering to tackle climate change effectively, but this would pose enormous challenges, according to academic leaders.
Dear Chancellor, don't dismiss resource security
Decisions on resource pressures should be underpinned by solid evidence so why did the Treasury call a halt to an independent review into this issue, asks Suzanne Baker
Sustainability Live to host 'climate summit' from Mount Everest
Intrepid explorer Mark Wood will be linking from his Mount Everest ascent expedition at this year's Sustainability Live exhibition to raise awareness for international climate change issues.
Business trusted more than government on climate change
A growing number of consumers are putting their faith in businesses to tackle climate change, believing them to be better managed and more accountable than government on the issue.
WEF climate talks seek new ways to unlock private finance
Business leaders must find a way to turn climate crisis into an investment opportunity for sustainable infrastructure, according to a senior figure at the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Boris Johnson frozen out on twitter for 'debunking' global warming
London Mayor Boris Johnson has sparked outrage on twitter over his comments on climate change which appear to question reputable scientific evidence by suggesting Britain might be entering a "mini ice age".
'Confusing' climate coverage is turning people off, study finds
There is "widespread public confusion" over climate change coupled with a growing lack of interest in the issue, according to new research.
No 'new green policies' in Government's mid-term review
Green groups expressed anger today after the Coalition Government's mid-term review document offered no new policies on climate change.
Hobbit-like humans may emerge as global warming takes hold
Humans will have to cope with less food and shrink to the size of hobbits if they are to survive in a warmer world, according to scientists.
Climate migitation costs risk spiralling 'out of control'
The global cost of meeting climate change targets is set to soar unless urgent action is taken, new research has warned.
Ireland draft Climate Change Bill due early 2013
Ireland's long-awaited draft Climate Change Bill is at "an advanced stage" and set to be published in the first quarter of this year, following a series of delays.
Investors prepared to interrogate businesses on resource efficiency
Many businesses are not taking up energy efficiency projects despite the positive return on investment, says Frances Way of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Tesco to make 30% energy savings at first all-LED store
Tesco expects to make 30% energy savings at its first store run solely on LED lighting, as it continues to move towards its target of being carbon neutral by 2050.
Wales scoring sustainable development points but CO2 emissions rising
In the past year Wales has increased its renewable energy production, recycled more household waste and managed water more efficiently according to the latest government figures.
Tesco falls behind on climate-friendly refrigerant target
Tesco has fallen behind in its efforts to make 150 stores in the UK Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) free by 2012, according to a report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).
Exclusive: commercial opportunities being overlooked says Defra climate change adaptation report
Businesses are failing to realise the commercial advantages to be gained from adapting to climate change, according to a new Defra report seen exclusively by edie before its publication on Friday.
Call for 5% pension fund injection in green economy by 2015
International climate change policy must overcome financial and regulatory barriers if the green economy is to flourish, according to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
AECOM scoops CDP contract
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has awarded technical management provider AECOM a contract to work on its 2012 cities report.
EU Energy Commission on fact-finding mission to Ireland
The European Union's Committee of the Regions will visit Ireland for the first time this month to learn more about the country's renewable energy drive.
Wales on target to reduce waste emissions
Wales is driving down emissions from waste management as it reports on early outcomes from its climate change strategy.
IN-DEPTH: Concerns over water resources rising
A growing number of European countries are concerned about their water resources, with chemical pollution and climate change considered the greatest threat to the water environment.
Businesses failing to account for climate change
Despite climate change posing a "substantial" risk to UK major companies less than half have contingency plans in place.
Blazing the trail
Buildings are responsible for nearly half of UK carbon dioxide emissions. Rob Bell asks whether the planned 120,000 homes at Thames Gateway can act as an example of energy efficiency for the housing sector
In the front line
Investors and financial organisations are increasingly alert to climate change. As leading emitters of greenhouse gases, utility companies are in the front line. John Haven reports
Just hot air?
Guy Turner, director of climate change strategy at Enviros Consulting, looks at the European emissions trading scheme in practice
Green groups urge Blair to honour manifesto climate target
Four of the UK's leading environmental groups have written to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair urging him to stick to Labour's manifesto pledge to cut carbon dioxide levels by 20 per cent by 2010.