Climate change

DEFINITION: A long-term shift in global weather patterns or average temperatures. Scientific research shows that, compared with climate change patterns throughout Earth’s history, the rate of temperature rise the Industrial Revolution is extremely high. Rising temperatures can lead to extreme weather such as droughts, sea level rises and retreating glaciers.

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The IEA calculated that existing infrastructure would “lock in” 550 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide over the next 22 years

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Report: Just 5% of UK pension funds possess a climate change policy

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A particular challenge for the construction sector is that less than 40% of emissions come from the energy used to produce cement

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Since 2015, Firmenich has recorded a 12% reduction in absolute emissions

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Ministers have accepted proposals to improve pension fund governance

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Investors have outlined the regulatory, economic and reputational risks that companies could face if they lobby against climate change action

Top European firms warned over lobbying against stronger climate policy

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The IPCC makes clear that climate change is already happening, upgraded its risk warning from previous reports, and warned that every fraction of additional warming would worsen the impact

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Business leaders call on EU to set net-zero emissions strategy

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Sea levels could rise by 40cm if global warming increases to 1.5C

From London to Shanghai, world's sinking cities face devastating floods

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Countries like the Netherlands, Ireland and Denmark want to go far beyond what the Commission wanted

European Parliament revs up CO2 car limits

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Since 2000, the UK has reduced emissions by 29% while growing the economy by 34%

Report: UK leading G20 in low-carbon transition

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The world has already warmed by around 1C over the past century

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The Carbon Neutrality Coalition came out of the One Planet Summit in December 2017

UK commits to Carbon Neutrality Coalition to deliver net-zero emissions

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that the UK will be joining 18 other countries that have committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 at the earliest, while also setting aside £160m to help developing nations transition to cleaner energy systems.

The 513 organisations that have expressed support for the TCFD’s recommendations have a combined market capitalisation of $7.9trn

Climate disclosure enters 'mainstream', but better reporting required, warns TCFD

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Labour commits to 2050 net-zero emissions target, Corbyn vows green jobs 'revolution'

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The falling cost of renewables and shareholder demands for climate risk assessment are cited as significant drivers behind the trends visible in the FTSE 100 index this year

FTSE 100 firms step up efforts to manage climate change risks

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The Scottish bill has set a target of cutting emissions north of the border to 90% of 1990 levels

Scotland continues to beat rest of UK in reducing emissions

Scotland is outperforming the rest of the UK on reducing greenhouse gas emissions but needs fresh measures to meet its own recently introduced targets, according to parliament's climate change watchdog.

The Airport plans to invest in more peatland restoration projects over the next two years, and is already exploring other locations

Heathrow Airport launches peatland restoration project to offset emissions

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edie partners with BEIS to drive climate action through Green GB Week

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The new target will see Interface developing factories and products that sequester more carbon than they emit

Interface unveils goal of becoming carbon negative by 2040

Modular flooring firm Interface has set a new target of becoming carbon negative by 2040, building on a 2020 ambition of having “no negative environmental impact”.

The European Commission has proposed a 30% cut in vehicle emissions by 2030, although MEPs are pushing to raise that figure to 45%

EU must end new petrol and diesel car sales by 2030 to meet climate targets - report

New petrol and diesel car sales in Europe must be phased out before 2030 if the auto sector is to play its part in holding global warming to the Paris agreement's 1.5C goal, a new analysis has found.

Non-state actors made a number of pledges and a call to action at the San Francisco summit. Image: Global Climate Action Summit

Global Climate Action Summit: Lack of government climate ambition balanced by non-state action

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ING to align £450bn investment portfolio with Paris Agreement goals

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Increasing the amount of forested land in the UK to 5% of land area could play a major role as trees act as a carbon sink

Urgent greenhouse gas removal plan could see UK hit 'net zero' target - report

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The North Face will purchase carbon credits from The Conservation Fund to offset the emissions. Photo: Himachal Pradesh

The North Face to offset all emissions from athlete expeditions

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The London Stock Exchange is currently home to 78 green bonds which have raised more than $24.5bn

City of London Corporation invests £2m in UK's Green Finance Institute

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Google believes the data will reduce time and costs for cities hoping to implement emission reduction targets

Google launches new online data tool to help cities lower emissions

Google has launched a new online tool to help city planners build policies to lower emissions by targeting projects in the built environment, transport and clean energy sectors.

The three-day Global Climate Action Summit will gather international and local leaders from states, regions, cities and businesses

Companies call for net-zero emissions by 2050 to help transition to low-carbon economy

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The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate calls on private and public actors to ensure that the economic growth from climate action is distributed equally among societies

'New growth story': Report identifies $26trn climate action opportunity

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The UK government has so far refused to say whether it will stay committed to clean energy targets agreed at European level after Brexit

Business giants urge UK, EU to continue energy and climate cooperation after Brexit

A top-level business alliance has called on UK and EU leaders to ensure Brexit includes a comprehensive Climate and Energy Chapter, amid worries about the UK's commitment to international climate policies after the country leaves the European Union.

A spokesman for the BEIS said the government was committed to meeting its climate change targets

UK's green watchdog will be powerless over climate change post-Brexit

Ministers are "deliberately weakening" the green watchdog that will hold the government to account after Britain leaves the EU, according to Labour's shadow Brexit minister.

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Emissions commitments from business and authorities 'insufficient’ to meet Paris goals

Even if the 2,175 companies and 8,419 cities, states and regions to have made emission-cutting commitments achieve their pledges in full, the result will not be sufficient to realise a 2C trajectory in line with the Paris Agreement.

The report calls for a string of global policy changes in order to mobilise the amount of investment needed to reach the aims of the SDGs

Report: Global green finance levels insufficient to underpin SDGs

Despite strong growth in the green finance market in recent times, the current global economic system will not be able to underpin the level of public and private financing needed to meet the United Nations' (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Moody's Corporation integrated TCFD recommendations throughout its governance and reporting framework after its chief credit officer was invited to sit on the TCFD board

How the TCFD recommendations are reshaping Moody's CSR efforts

EXCLUSIVE: Moody's Corporation's global head of CSR Arlene Isaacs-Lowe believes that adopting the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has enabled the company to become green finance "standard-setters" and champion the benefits of transparency to the wider industry.

The new approach is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by up to 1.5% by 2030

Trump administration scraps Obama-era regulation on coal emissions

The Trump administration has put forward a greenhouse gas emissions plan that could boost output from coal-fired power plants rather than push them towards closure and result in as many as 1,400 premature deaths each year.

The current carbon price in the EU is €18.28 - up more than threefold since May 2017

Report: EU carbon prices could hit €40 over next five years

European Union (EU) carbon prices could more than double to €40 per tonne between 2019 and 2023, spurring the transition away from coal power across the bloc.

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the “hothouse Earth” paper struck a chord with the public by spelling out the huge and growing risk that emissions are pushing the planet’s climate off the path it has been on for 2.5 million years

World is finally waking up to climate change, says 'hothouse Earth' author

The scorching temperatures and forest fires of this summer's heatwave have finally stirred the world to face the onrushing threat of global warming, claims the climate scientist behind the recent "hothouse Earth" report.

Marine transport has time and time again been highlighted as an industry where green progress continues to be slow

Innovation required to spur cargo shipping sector towards 2050 emission reduction targets

Despite recent progress towards decarbonisation by the world's leading maritime shipping companies, the sector is in need of innovation to spur it towards the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) 2050 target of halving CO2 emissions from 2008 levels.

Sévellec says the statistical upward nudge from natural variation this year is twice as great of that of long-term global warming

Extreme temperatures 'especially likely for next four years'

The world is likely to see more extreme temperatures in the coming four years as natural warming reinforces manmade climate change, according to a new global forecasting system.

Sustainability experts from an array of businesses came together to discuss the potential methods to engage with the Global Goals

The SDG roundtable: Getting engaged with the Global Goals - Part One

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This is the latest in a string of legal actions taken against Heathrow expansion. Photo: HACAN

Fresh legal action taken against Heathrow Airport expansion

Climate change charity Plan B has initiated legal action against Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, in a challenge to the proposed Heathrow expansion.

Ofwat has urged the water sector to deliver a “game change” on leakage. It has challenged the water sector to reduce leakage by 15 per cent by 2025

Gove: Water companies need to 'raise the bar' to tackle leaks

Water companies have agreed they need to "do more" to adapt and prepare for changing weather patterns as the environment secretary challenged them to "raise the bar" to tackle leakage.

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The researchers analysed records of the hottest three-day period at seven weather stations in northern Europe, from Ireland to the Netherlands to Scandinavia

Heatwave made more than twice as likely by climate change, scientists find

The heatwave searing northern Europe was made more than twice as likely by climate change, according to a rapid assessment by scientists.

Heatwaves are known killers in the UK and the number of hot days is rising

UK 'woefully unprepared' for deadly heatwaves, warn MPs

The UK is "woefully unprepared" for deadly heatwaves, according to a cross-party committee of MPs, with the government ignoring warnings from its official climate change adviser.

Although the sector is set to benefit from low-carbon revenues, the report notes that board-level climate understanding and action remains low

Capital goods sector primed to capitalise on low-carbon transition, says CDP

The capital goods sector is on the "verge of a low-carbon industrial revolution" with numerous high-profile companies urged to turn to microgrids, energy storage and hybrid renewables to lower emissions and capture new economic opportunities, a new report has found.

Mastercard achieved 100% renewable energy offset usage across all of its global offices in 2017

Mastercard has ‘bold’ science-based target approved

Mastercard has become the first payments industry firm to gain approval for science-based targets, as the company aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by 2025.

Liverpool City Council is striving to reduce its carbon impact by 40% by 2030

Liverpool to use blockchain technology to become world's first climate-positive city

Liverpool City Council has announced a new partnership with a blockchain platform company to offset more than 110% of its carbon emissions, with the city announcing its bid to become the world's first climate-positive city by the end of 2020.

The livestock industry is responsible for 14.5% of global GHG emissions, and forecasts suggest that global meat consumption will rise by 76% by 2050

Meat and dairy firms 'majorly overlooked climate culprits'

The livestock sector could consume up to 80% of the planet's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions budget by 2050 if the growth of the global meat and dairy industry continues.

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The EU and China have emerged as leaders of the COP21 agreement Image: UNclimatechange

China, EU reaffirm Paris climate commitment, vow more cooperation

China and the European Union on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate change pact and called other signatories to do the same, saying action against rising global temperatures had become more important than ever.

According to the report, 630 million people in urban slums have no cooling to protect them against heatwaves

One billion people without access to efficient cooling technology, says report

With the global heatwaves setting record high temperatures around the world in recent weeks, a new report warns that more than 1.1 billion people globally don't have access to some form of cooling.

The Irish fossil fuel divestment bill was passed in the lower house of parliament on Thursday

Ireland becomes world's first country to divest from fossil fuels

The Republic of Ireland will become the world's first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament.

On the Mission Possible sofa with the ECIU's Richard Black and RSPB's Melanie Coath

The seventh episode of our new sustainable business chat show sees the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit's (ECIU) director Richard Black joined by RSPB's senior climate change policy officer Melanie Coath to discuss whether legislation is enabling or hindering the uptake of renewables in the UK.

The funding is helping to drive climate action initiatives in developing nations

UK’s climate fund to support developing nations reaches £4bn

The UK has mobilised more than £4bn in public and private funding towards tackling climate-related challenges in developing countries since 2011, reducing or avoiding more than 10 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a result, according to new Government figures.