Climate Change Act

DEFINITION: Government legislation which commits the UK to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It established the framework to develop a targeted and economically-credible plan to reduce current and future emissions. The Climate Change Act commits the government to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. 

 

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The teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has chided EU leaders for holding three emergency summits on Brexit and none on the threat posed by climate change.

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As thousands of climate protestors continue to blockade key London landmarks as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests, businesses have been warned that action or inaction to combat climate change will define their role in future societies.

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Mark Carney tells global banks they cannot ignore climate change dangers

The global financial system faces an existential threat from climate change and must take urgent steps to reform, the governors of the Bank of England and France's central bank have warned, writing in the Guardian.

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The Nature Conservancy launches £30m Blue Bonds scheme for marine protection

International environmental non-profit, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has set a new ambition to unlock up to $1.6bn in the restoration and conservation of marine environments, through a $40m (£30m) "Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation".

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Chancellor Philip Hammond has called on global financial leaders to place climate adaptation and mitigation at the heart of future economic policies and planning, after joining a new global coalition to drive action on climate change.

Ambition into action: Scaling-up your energy and resources strategy

This one-hour webinar will hear from the leading businesses and experts that are reaching the ‘climate turning point’ by scaling-up efforts to drastically reduce energy and resource use through net-zero targets and strategies.

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Following the revelation that food banks around the world helped mitigate more than 10.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions while reducing food costs, edie explores whether the conversation on food waste needs to change to capture heightened calls for action on climate change.

The World Bank has argued that the study “paints a distorted picture of [its] energy sector work”

The World Bank accused of dodging 'no-coal' pledge by funnelling billions of dollars into fossil fuels

A large-scale study on hundreds of active energy projects commissioned by The World Bank Group has concluded that the body is currently financing $21bn of fossil fuel projects, compared to $7bn in the renewables sector.

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Calls for sustainable business action mount amid school climate strikes

The global business sector is facing a new wave of calls to bolster its low-carbon and resource efficiency agendas, with the school strike climate movement now uniting staff, students, consumers and policymakers alike in climate activism.

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Apple to exceed 4GW renewable energy goal for supply chain

Apple has almost doubled the number of suppliers that have committed to 100% clean energy, as part of a wider goal to deliver 4GW of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020.

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Extreme weather events such as heatwaves and the so-called 'Beast from the East' contributed to £161m in losses for farmers across Scotland during the 2017-18 financial year, new research from WWF Scotland has found.

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Co-op to halve emissions by 2025

The Co-op has announced new goals to reduce its direct emissions by 50% and product-related emissions by 11%, after reaching a previous carbon goal three years ahead of schedule.

Trump appointee David Malpass has said that the World Bank's climate change action plan remains a priority for the organisation

New World Bank chief confirms commitment to environment

Donald Trump's choice to run the World Bank has moved swiftly to allay fears that his appointment will lead to a softening of the organisation's approach to climate change.

The world is currently around 1C warmer than in pre-industrial times, with the Arctic believed to be warming twice as fast as the global average

UK emissions linked to annual Arctic ice loss larger than four cities

WWF has measured the impact of the UK's carbon emissions on ice loss in the Arctic for the first time, concluding that the nation's 2018 emissions caused the loss of more than 1000km2 of Arctic sea ice.

Meeting the 86% mark would require renewables’ overall share of the energy mix to grow six times faster than current rates between 2020 and 2050

Renewable energy could meet 86% of global power demand by 2050, IRENA concludes

If policymakers, businesses and investors across the world collaborate to scale-up renewable energy and to electrify sectors such as transport and heavy industry, 86% of the global power demand could be met with clean energy by 2050, new research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found.

Shell will offset emissions generated by motorists using its services, as well as those from the extraction, refining and distribution of its fuel

Shell commits $300m to conservation and carbon offset projects

Oil giant Shell has unveiled plans to invest $300m over the next three years on conservation and carbon offset projects in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 3%.

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Bank of America commits $300bn to sustainable finance

Bank of America has issued its third commitment to sustainable finance, pledging to mobilise an additional $300bn (£230bn) in capital by 2030, with a previous commitment set to be achieved six years ahead of schedule.

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Norway's $1tn oil fund, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, is to plunge billions of dollars into wind and solar power projects.

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The number of new corals on the Great Barrier Reef crashed by 89% after the climate change-induced mass bleaching of 2016 and 2017.

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Ryanair becomes first non-coal company to rank among Europe's top ten carbon emitters

Irish airline Ryanair was the EU's ninth highest corporate carbon emitter in 2018, making it the first corporate without holdings in coal-fired power plants to ever rank within the bloc's top 10 most emitting firms.

Participants of REBA account for 95% of all large-scale corporate renewable energy deals in the US to date

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One hour, no power: Millions of kWh of energy to be saved as landmarks switch off for Earth Hour

The UK alone could avoid the use of more than nine million kWh of energy during this year's Earth Hour, as landmarks across the globe turn off their lights in a bid to highlight the scale of global environmental challenges.

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Report: UK oil and gas industry 'responsible for £44bn of damage each year'

The UK's oil and gas sector is causing £44bn worth of costs through environmental damage, negative social impacts and healthcare spending, a new Friends of the Earth (FotE) report has concluded.

SEAT made a number of announcements at its AGM, including new EV models and development across its range

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Cumbria County Council has granted planning approval for a new coal mine facility, Woodhouse Colliery in Whitehaven, the first of its kind in more than 30 years.

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Oil giant Eni targets net-zero carbon emissions by 2030

Italian oil and gas group Eni has pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions for its operations by 2030, despite announcing plans to increase oil and gas production by 3.5% annually up to 2022.

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England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency (EA) has warned.

DSM is setting an ambitious target to reduce indirect value chain emissions by 28% per ton of product produced by 2030

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Science-based reduction targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been put in place by global nutrition, health and sustainable living firm Royal DSM.

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Emma Howard Boyd reappointed as Environment Agency chair

Emma Howard Boyd has been reappointed as the chair of the Environment Agency (EA) by Secretary of State Michael Gove, with her second term set to run until September 2022.

The UN has warned that arctic temperatures are likely to rise by 3-5C above pre-industrial levels, even if the Paris Agreement goals are met

Sharp rise in Arctic temperatures now inevitable, UN warns

Sharp and potentially devastating temperature rises of 3C to 5C in the Arctic are now inevitable even if the world succeeds in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris agreement, research has found.

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Heathrow expansion again deemed "unlawful" due to climate impact

Expansion of Heathrow Airport to a third runway has been deemed "unlawful" because it would not be compatible with climate change targets, the High Court has been told by Friends of the Earth.

School-age strikers are out in force again today (15 March), campaigning for policy action on climate change

WATCH: Michael Gove, Claire Perry and Paul Polman support school climate strikes

Conservative MPs, Government Ministers and green business leaders have today (15 March) come out in support of students that are missing school and going on strike for a second time in the fight against climate change.

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Fiddling the margins or a powerful signal? The green economy reacts to the Spring Statement

Chancellor Philip Hammond has today (13 March) unveiled new measures to champion biodiversity and drive resilience in the UK's housing stock as part of his Spring Statement, but reactions suggest the Government is still moving too slowly.

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Spring Statement: Chancellor unveils biodiversity plans and low-carbon homes requirements

BREAKING: Chancellor Philip Hammond has today (13 March) pledged to implement legislation requiring developers to deliver biodiversity net-gain through all projects in his 2019 Spring Statement, which also includes a review into the economic benefits of environmental conservation.

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Arla Foods aims for 30% cut in emissions from milk as part of net-zero vision

Plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% per kilo of milk in the next decade have been developed by Arla Foods as part of its sustainability strategy.

The funding will be awarded on a competitive basis, to universities researching the health effects of climate change impacts

Government pledges £56m for university research into climate change health impacts

The Department for Health and Social Care is set to funnel up to £56m into projects researching the public health impacts of climate change and other environmental crises by 2025.

EU leaders will meet in Romania on 9 May and are expected to put their cards on the table ahead of a landmark UN summit in September on climate change

Five EU countries call for 100% renewable energy by 2050

The European Union's 28 energy ministers had their first public debate on the European Commission's 2050 climate plan on Monday (4 March) but five member states derided the lack of a 100% renewable energy scenario among the EU executive's proposed options.

The oceans are suffering from biodiversity loss, plastic pollution and rising temperatures

Manmade coral reefs and Seabins: The best green innovations to mark the World Ocean Summit

As delegates head back from a three-day World Ocean Summit in Abu Dhabi, edie has pulled together six of the best innovations that can improve the health of the world's oceans.

Aviation accounts for 2% of all global carbon emissions, and 12% of the transport sector's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Report: Airlines warned of investment losses over lack of climate action

The climate efforts of 20 of the world's largest airlines will not suffice if the aviation sector is to align with the aims of the Paris Agreement and the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Lords raise concerns over environmental protections under "no deal" Brexit

A Lords committee has written to Environment Secretary Michael Gove to raise concerns about the protection of environmental standards after Brexit.

The debate came after thousands of schoolchildren and teachers walked out of lessons to call for greater government action on climate challenges

MPs debate climate after school strike - but only a handful turn up

In the week that the UK experienced its hottest ever winter day, just a handful of government MPs attended a debate on climate change in parliament on Thursday (28 February).

The SRA is calling on hospitality firms to bolster their climate, plastic and meat-reduction actions

Hospitality trade urged to step up to the plate on climate action

Foodservice firms across the country have been called upon to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change, through a new report by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

AB Sugar launched its first-ever group-wide sustainability report in 2018

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Multiplex Europe has emissions reduction goal approved by SBTi

Construction firm Multiplex Europe has had an ambition to reduce direct emissions by 30% by 2030 approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

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Reports: Policy support for climate adaptation investments 'insufficient'

Insufficient policy support has left investors and lenders across the world struggling to identify, measure and adapt to climate challenges relevant to their portfolios, a pair of new reports have found.

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Only four businesses -  BT, Carlsberg, Tesco and Pukka Herbs – have set verified targets in line with a 1.5C pathway to date

Science Based Targets initiative unveils bid to help more businesses set 1.5C goals

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has unveiled new measures designed to help more businesses align their emissions targets with the Paris Agreement's most ambitious trajectory, in the wake of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) landmark report on climate change.

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UK homes jeopardising national climate targets, report warns

The UK will not hit its legally binding carbon reduction targets unless the Government acts now to address the "increasing uncomfortable and unsafe" national housing stock, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

In action: edie publisher's AI-assisted IT software to reduce energy

In an effort to 'walk the walk' with sustainability' and reduce carbon emissions, edie’s parent company Faversham House has trialled innovative computer software to measure, manage and ultimately reduce associated energy.

One-third of companies reported increased emissions

Majority of European firms have no CO2 reduction targets

Most European companies have no target for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions even though 80% see climate change as a business risk, a survey has found.

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#ThisIsACrisis: 7 harsh realities of the global climate crisis

As humanity's negative impacts on the planet continue to grow, a new landmark report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is warning that the time period we have left to avert an "age of environmental breakdown" is growing rapidly smaller. Here, edie rounds up seven of the report's key findings.

EU nations will benefit from a 1.1% rise in average GDP, according to the report

How meeting the Paris Agreement will improve global economic growth

A new report has outlined that meeting the 2C target established as part of the Paris Agreement will improve global GDP and boost investment. Here, edie explores how nations can make this vision a reality.

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Jonathon Porritt: Silence 'no longer an option' for business sustainability

EXCLUSIVE: With the challenge of limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5C at hand, corporates wishing to become sustainability leaders must now get vocal about driving the "unprecedented" societal changes outlined in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) landmark report.

The news comes a week after CDP named 140 corporates as leaders in the fight against climate change, water scarcity and deforestation in its new A List rankings for 2019

First CDP climate-related investment fund launched

CDP has today (31 January) co-launched an equity fund dedicated to investing in companies that best manage risks associated with climate change.

Despite the ruling, Plan B is optimistic that the UK Government will set new climate targets in the near future

Calls for review of UK's 2050 climate target rejected by Court of Appeals

An appeal to bring forward the UK's current climate commitments to align with scientific research on the necessity to limit average global warming to 1.5C has been rejected by the Court of Appeals.

MEPs welcomed the Commission’s effort but warn that of the several scenarios on offer only the two net-zero emissions options are “compatible with the Union’s [Paris Agreement] commitment”

MEPs locked in dispute over EU's climate plan

European lawmakers are locked in a dispute over a landmark climate plan that is meant to drag the EU into compliance with the Paris Agreement, as parliamentary committees tussle over who should take the lead.

Tim Crosland is urging the UK Government to implement policies that will align all business actions with a 1.5C trajectory

Why sustainable business leadership must become the new normal post-IPCC

EXCLUSIVE: As businesses strive to bolster their sustainability commitments in the face of ever-growing climate challenges, policymakers must do more to make 1.5C targets the norm rather than the exception.

The call to action has been sent to Domino's, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Yum! Brands, Restaurant Brands International and Wendy’s

Investors press fast food giants to 'urgently' improve supply chain sustainability

A coalition of investment firms with more than $6.5trn in assets under management have called on six of the world's largest fast food companies to take more ambitious action to tackle the climate and water risks within their supply chains, as a "matter of urgency".

More than 800 million people are chronically undernourished and a further 2 billion are classed as obese

International treaty needed to stop food sector from driving climate change, scientists warn

Social issues caused by the framework of the world's existing food systems, including malnutrition and obesity, are set to be exacerbated in the coming years by the industry's climate impacts, new scientific research has concluded.

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The 10 Year Challenge: How the UK's low-carbon economy has changed

The 10-Year Challenge has swept across social media this month, providing celebrities with ample opportunity to show how little they've aged. However, the UK's low-carbon economy has changed drastically in this time, as edie explains.

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'Worrying' rise in global CO2 forecast for 2019

The level of climate-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere is forecast to rise by a near-record amount in 2019, according to the Met Office.

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Survey: Two-thirds of UK businesses will include climate risks in this year's financial reports

Two-thirds of the UK's largest 100 companies are planning to incorporate climate risks in their annual financial or combined report this year as client, investor and customer demand for transparency on sustainability issues grow.

In 2017, Microsoft launched a $50m commitment to bring Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to entrepreneurs and start-ups around the world who are working to solve sustainability challenges

How Microsoft is 'going beyond its four walls' to solve global sustainability challenges

EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft is "obsessed" with using its responsibility as a global technology firm to empower others to address climate change and deliver a resilient future, its chief environment officer has said.

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Sustainable food production must be the hot topic for 2019, says M&S

Amid new scientific studies outlining the climate impact of farming and increasing consumer demand for plant-based foods, land use for food production will face "unprecedented" scrutiny in 2019, Marks & Spencer's (M&S) director of sustainable business Mike Barry has claimed.

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Ocean growth hub amongst projects backed by £279m Industrial Strategy investment

The UK Government has announced various new projects aimed at protecting the health of the oceans, developing the next generation of sustainable packaging and protecting Pacific Island nations from the threats of climate change.

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Refinitiv pledges to become a net-zero-carbon business in 2020

Finance giant Refinitiv has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by the end of 2020, as part of a new range of sweeping environmental and social sustainability pledges.

Circle Economy estimates that 62% of global emissions (excluding those from land use and forestry) are released during the extraction, and manufacturing of goods

'A 1.5C world is circular': Nations urged to drive resource productivity to reach climate goals

A new report released today (22 January) at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos has outlined the urgent need for nations to "wake up to the potential" of the circular economy in order to push the world towards the Paris Agreement's more ambitious pathway.

Of the 6,800 companies to be graded by CDP, just 2% made the A List

Firmenich's rise and the UK's fall: 5 key trends in CDP's 2019 A-list

CDP has named 140 corporates as leaders in the fight against climate change, water scarcity and deforestation in its new A List rankings for 2019. Here, edie rounds up the key sustainability trends which have shaken up the scores this year.

PwC is urging finance firms to assess the financial damage trends such as deforestation, rising carbon emissions and ocean pollution could cause to their portfolios

Finance firms must adopt a natural capital approach to risk, PwC warns

In the face of climate challenges, most financial service providers are still failing to assess the extent to which environmental degradation could pose financial risks to their firms, PwC has warned.

A UN climate summit will be convened in September in New York to mobilise action by political leaders, the business community and civil society

UN chief outlines climate change and SDGs as key 2019 priorities

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that countries must "dramatically accelerate" efforts to tackle climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the year ahead.

Scotland is widely regarded as a global leader of the low-carbon transition, having halved its carbon footprint since 1990 and abated its industrial sector at a faster rate than the rest of the UK

High-profile businesses ramp up pressure on Scotland to make carbon-neutral pledge

The likes of Coca-Cola, Tesco and Sky have today (14 January) called on the Scottish Parliament to "seize the chance to renew their position as climate leader" by achieving carbon-neutrality by 2050.

The Druridge Bay project makes a mockery of UK’s goal to phase out coal by 2025, say critics

Minister urged to drop new coal-mining plans in Northumberland

A wild stretch of Northumberland beach has become the ultimate testing ground of the Government's much-vaunted commitment to phase out coal by 2025, according to campaigners.

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Global warming of oceans equivalent to an atomic bomb per second

Global warming has heated the oceans by the equivalent of one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years, according to analysis of new research.

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President Trump's environmental agenda - the story so far

US Congress reconvened on Thursday (3 January) following the 2018 midterm elections which saw the Democratic Party win the majority in the House of Representatives. With new Speaker Nancy Pelosi promising to turn the screw on US climate change action, edie takes a look back at the first half of Trump's presidency and its impact on the US climate and environment agenda.

The global livestock industry accounts for 15% of the world's carbon emissions, and uses 83% of all existing agricultural land

Veganuary: Why meat-free meals could be the key to tackling climate challenges

It may be the time of year for celebrations and resolutions, but this week also marked the start of Veganuary - a month-long campaign encouraging meat-eaters to switch to plant-based foods. With this in mind, edie explores the full environmental and social impacts of the animal protein industry, and what the global business community is doing to reduce our reliance on it.

Generation fell almost every year between 2008 and 2014 - Power plant - Cheshire

UK power stations' electricity output lowest since 1994

The output of British power stations fell this year to levels last seen almost a quarter of a century ago, while renewables achieved a record share of the UK electricity supply.

Léon Wijnands insists that the success of the climate disclosure movement could rely to an extent on the ability of the finance sector to develop a standard to attribute data to financial products.

Will 2019 be the year of climate-risk reporting?

The next 12 months will see a steep rise in the number of companies embedding climate-related data and disclosure into core business models, according to ING's global head of sustainability.

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Nations agree on Paris Agreement rulebook, fail on climate ambition

Three years and three days after the Paris Agreement was adopted, the 197 signatory countries gathered in Katowice, Poland, agreed Saturday (15 December) on a rulebook for its implementation but failed to raise their ambition to keep global warming "well below 2°C".

UK Energy Minister Claire Perry appeared at the summit today to discuss low-carbon power and carbon capture and storage (CCS)

COP24 Covered: Days 9-10 - net-zero industry clusters and 'Swiss cheese' strategies

edie has launched a new series of podcast episodes which will round-up all of the key developments and major announcements for businesses at COP24, in under 13 minutes. This fifth and final episode features an exclusive interview with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability leadership.

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COP24 Covered: Days 7-8 - Paris Agreement progress and green buildings

edie has launched a new series of podcast episodes which will round-up all of the key developments and major announcements for businesses, in under 13 minutes.

Investment firm Schroders said there could be $23tn of global economic losses a year in the long term without rapid action

Tackle climate or face financial crash, say world's biggest investors

Global investors managing $32tn issued a stark warning to governments at the UN climate summit on Monday, demanding urgent cuts in carbon emissions and the phasing out of all coal burning. Without these, the world faces a financial crash several times worse than the 2008 crisis, they said.

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COP24 Covered: Days 5-6 - Circular economies and sustainable fashion

edie has launched a new series of podcast episodes which will round-up all of the key developments and major announcements for businesses, in under 13 minutes. The second episode features an exclusive interview with Mars's climate and land manager.

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Climate change made UK heatwave 30 times more likely - Met Office

The sweltering heat that hit the UK this summer was made 30 times more likely by human-caused climate change, a Met Office analysis has found.

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COP24 Covered: Days 3-4 – Business action and food fights

edie has launched a new series of podcast episodes which will round-up all of the key developments and major announcements for businesses, in under 10 minutes. The second episode features an exclusive interview with 3M's chief sustainability officer.

Developed nations are relying on gas and oil - rather than renewables - as the coal phase-out continues, the IEA has warned

IEA: Global carbon emissions set to rise in 2018, breaking five-year decline

The amount of carbon emitted by the world's most economically advanced nations is set to rise before the end of 2018, bucking a five-year decline in emissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned.

To mark COP24, edie is running a series of rapid-fire mini-podcasts detailing all the key announcements in 10 minutes or less

COP24 Covered: edie analyses climate talks with series of mini-podcasts

As hundreds of world leaders, policymakers and climate experts meet in Poland to discuss how best to address some of the world's most pressing climate challenges, edie has launched a new series of podcast episodes which will round-up all of the key developments and major announcements for businesses, in under 10 minutes.

The banks have committed to adopt a

Banking giants pledge to align investment portfolios with Paris Agreement

BBVA, BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered and Société Générale have pledged to measure the climate-related impacts of their lending portfolios and assist companies they invest in with aligning their respective sustainability strategies with the Paris Agreement goals.

Negotiators in Poland must produce a rulebook governing how action pledged under the Paris agreement was tracked and reported to ensure all nations play their part

'We are last generation that can stop climate change' - UN summit

The UN climate change summit begins on Monday with a warning that today's generation is the last that can prevent catastrophic global warming, as well as the first to be suffering its impacts.

European Parliament in Brussels

New EU plan comes out fighting for 'climate neutrality' by 2050

The European Commission has unveiled its much-anticipated plan for a "climate-neutral Europe" on Wednesday (28 November), in an effort to show EU countries how to stick to the goals of the Paris Agreement and endorse a shared long-term strategy.

The UN report warns that there is still a

UN: World must triple efforts or face catastrophic climate change

Countries are failing to take the action needed to stave off the worst effects of climate change, a UN report has found, and the commitments made in the 2015 Paris agreement will not be met unless governments introduce additional measures as a matter of urgency.

Biomass domes at Drax Power Station. Image: Drax

Drax seeks 'negative emissions' with biomass and CCS trial

Drax has kicked off a six-month pilot scheme to trial carbon capture and storage (CCS) on one of the now four biomass units at its power station in Yorkshire.