Power Forward: How the largest US companies are capturing business value while addressing climate change
The largest US companies are increasing their clean energy and energy efficiency efforts while improving their bottom lines.
Record-breaking climate change pushes world into 'uncharted territory'
The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into "truly uncharted territory", according to the World Meteorological Organisation.
Sustainability megatrends: It's time for business to collaborate on climate change
Continuing edie's new megatrends series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends, World Resources Institute's Eliot Metzger and Moushumi Chaudhury explore how businesses are dealing with the widespread effects of climate change.
edie explores sustainability megatrends: Part 1 - Climate change
Kicking off edie's new series of thought-leadership articles on the global impact of megatrends. The Climate Group's corporate partnerships director Mike Peirce explores how climate change is radically changing the way we do business.
2016 hottest year ever recorded - and scientists say human activity to blame
2016 was the hottest year on record, setting a new high for the third year in a row, with scientists firmly putting the blame on human activities that drive climate change.
Global collaboration critical in averting climate hardship, says World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has called on global leaders to collaborate to avert "hardship and volatility" over the next 10 years - much of which will be intensified by extreme environmental dangers.
Climate chief: UK must not use Brexit to water down environment laws
The UK must not water down its environmental laws as it leaves the European Union, one of the government's most senior advisers on climate change has warned.
Tech giants join NASA and the White House to enhance data-driven climate resiliency
The White House and NASA have partnered with a host of technology giants including Google, Amazon and Microsoft to "harness the data revolution" as a means to develop climate resilience alongside the World Resources Institute (WRI).
Investors fear next financial crisis will be climate-related
A rushed transition to clean energy triggered by extreme weather events linked to global warming "will be very expensive" to swallow for the economy, investors warned policymakers at an event in Bratislava.
Smarter energy systems crucial to combatting diverse new climate risks
An overhaul of financing mechanisms and policy framework is necessary to develop "smarter, not just stronger" energy markets, which will need to combat "unprecedented strains" arising from new climate commitments, a new report from the World Energy Council (WEC) has found.
Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'
The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea levels reaching historic highs and carbon dioxide surpassing a key milestone, a major international report has found.
Environment Agency urges businesses to "seek opportunities" from climate change
A third of the climate risks identified by UK businesses are being managed within low-cost "business-as-usual" budgets, according to a new report from the Environment Agency which has addressed how businesses view the risks and opportunities presented by climate change and severe weather.
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.
Government offers financial aid for flood-hit areas
Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced that financial assistance will be made available to areas of the UK affected by flooding in the wake of Storm Desmond.
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.
World Bank: Climate change could plunge 100 million people into poverty
Climate change risks could force more than 100 million people into poverty by 2030, a new study from the World Bank has found.
Environment Agency urges businesses to prepare for future floods
The Environment Agency has launched its annual Flood Action campaign, calling on businesses to prepare themselves for potentially extreme weather over the coming months.
What went on in Bonn: Climate talks stall ahead of Paris
The UN climate talks in Bonn have been "painstakingly slow" according to some observers, but the final day (Friday) generated some optimism, particularly with regards to funding for poor countries dealing with extreme weather.
Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP
Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.
Food production shocks 'will happen more often because of extreme weather'
Major "shocks" to global food production will be three times more likely within 25 years because of an increase in extreme weather brought about by global warming, warns a new report.
Climate change: world's wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat
People living in the world's wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive it to be a threat, new research has found.
Aviva commits £2.5bn to green investments following climate risk report
Insurance giant Aviva has announced a target to invest £500m every year for five years in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
London's economy facing 'great unknown' on climate risks, warns Assembly
Businesses in London are unprepared for the impacts of global warming and more than half of FTSE 100 companies have no strategy to deal with climate change.
Starbucks allocates £19m for farmers fighting climate change
Global coffee giant Starbucks has added £19m to its Global Farmer Fund which offers loans to farmers help them become more resilient to climate change.
Earth Day: scientists say 75% of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in ground
Three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change, a group of leading scientists and economists have said in a statement timed to coincide with Earth Day.
Information black hole suppresses supply chain sustainability, says CDP
EXCLUSIVE: A lack of information is hindering companies' attempts to make sustainable decisions in their supply chains, according to the head of Supply Chain at the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Cutting the cost of water: The case for improving water efficiency in the UK
The demands of maintaining a clean, safe water supply and sewerage system have led to household bills rising at above inflation levels for a number of years.
Public concern on climate change at its highest in 10 years following UK floods
Belief in the reality of climate change and its human causes is at its highest level amongst the British public since 2005, having significantly risen in the past year following the recent storms and flooding.
Small firms urged to prepare for extreme weather
More than half of small businesses do not have a plan in place to deal with extreme weather conditions such as floods and snow storms.
London businesses ill-prepared for climate change, report finds
London businesses are are not equipped to deal with the risks of climate change, a new report from the London Assembly has found.
Companies urged to realise true cost of extreme weather
Public and private sector organisations are being advised to report their maximum probable annual losses caused by extreme weather, compared with their current assets and operations.
Cost reduction potential of large-scale solar PV
The STA analysis shows that the cost reduction of large-scale solar will occur more rapidly than DECC’s costs have shown: a 33% drop in costs to 2020, with a further 11% reduction in the period 2020–2030. While individual technology cost is not the only consideration in developing efficient low-carbon electricity systems, this reduction would indicate that solar PV is cheaper than gas (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine or CCGT) by 2018, five years earlier than DECC suggest. It also implies that solar PV becomes cheaper than the wholesale electricity price between 2025 and 2028 – grid parity.
Social security 'will be swept away by climate change'
By 2060, social security systems may not be able to cope with the natural disasters and emergencies caused by climate change, the International Social Security Association (ISSA) has warned.
Global free-for-all has 'water bank' running dry
An incendiary report from a NASA scientist which warns that the world's water supplies are rapidly dwindling has sparked calls for changes to UK water policy
US Government steps up climate change action
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released two new plans to reduce its emissions and prepare for the extreme-weather impacts of climate change.
Hurricane helps wind energy sector overtake nuclear
Wind power energy production in the UK overtook nuclear power-plants last week following Hurricane Gonzalo, prompting a major energy production milestone this quarter.
Report: Insurance firms vulnerable to escalating climate risk
A vast majority of the world's major insurance companies are ill-prepared to deal with the increasing risks of climate change, despite facing massive pay-outs if floods, droughts and other extreme weather conditions continue.
Floods and droughts force EU climate action
Extreme weather conditions are forcing European Governments to reassess their climate change policies, but most countries have identified barriers to taking action, a report has found.
MPs give 'red card' to Government's green record
The UK's self-proclaimed 'Greenest Government Ever' has been given a 'red card' for its limited progress in reducing air pollution, protecting biodiversity and preventing flooding.
Government opens UK's biggest flood management scheme
The Environment Agency has today (8 September) completed the UK's biggest ever coastal realignment scheme in Somerset to protect local businesses from future flooding.