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This recent increase in average global temperatures confirms a renewed warming trend in recent years

2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

2017 is set to be one of the hottest three years on record, provisional data suggests, confirming yet again a warming trend that scientists say bears the fingerprints of human actions.

The flat CO2 emissions in 2016 follow similar near-standstills in 2014 and 2015

Global carbon emissions stood still in 2016, offering climate hope

Global emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide remained static in 2016, a welcome sign that the world is making at least some progress in the battle against global warming by halting the long-term rising trend.

WWF stresses that the Government would benefit from a stress testing approach and long-term plan for managing natural capital

WWF: UK could lose £35bn by 2050 through extreme weather

Researchers have warned that future droughts could dent the UK economy by around £35bn unless extreme weather scenarios are factored into governmental and business decisions.

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.

2017 has seen temperature records continue to tumble, in the US where February was exceptionally warm, and in Australia, where prolonged and extreme heat struck many states

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.

Of the 17 hottest years ever recorded, 16 have now occurred since 2000, and scientists expect this pattern to continue

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.

From dangerous levels of pollution to unpredictable rain patterns and drought, the impacts of climate change already being felt, but solutions are available

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.

Sixteen of the 17 hottest years on record have been this century

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.

The report, which enlisted the knowledge of 750 experts to assess 30 global risks, warned that the positive momentum gained from the ratification of the Paris Agreement was at risk

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.

Under a high-impact scenario, a CCC report said, summer temperatures in Edinburgh could rise by 4.4C by 2060, and five-day rainfall levels increase in the city by nearly 25% to 78.4mm

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.

The partnership will seek to introduce “data translators” that act as decision-support tools to inform communities and businesses who are inexperienced in interacting with data

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).

Exposure to climate-related disasters such as floods, storms, or sea-level rise could have a huge impact on property and infrastructure, destroying value and raising insurance rates overnight

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.

The report notes that the rise in extreme weather scenarios will impact energy security unless smarter systems are introduced

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.

Noaa said other “remarkable” changes in 2015 include the Arctic’s lowest maximum sea ice extent in the 37-year satellite record, recorded in February 2015

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.

The report calls on businesses to be resilient to extreme weather and to seek opportunities, where they can, from a changing climate

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.

A potential boycott of the ceremony would secure the political leverage that these countries need, while also ensuring that developed nations fulfil existing commitments

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.

Over 40,000 in Lancaster alone lost power due to the effects of Storm Desmond

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.

Credits will be generated from sustainable projects in developing countries which companies can then purchase to reduce carbon footprints

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.

The report claimed that ending poverty and fighting climate change could be be more effectively achieved if addressed together

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.

There are around 260,000 business units employing 3.2 million people located in flood risk areas in the UK

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.

Climate charity Action Aid said it was seriously concerned about the 'fragile progress'

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.

The majority of GHG emissions from food occur before produce leaves the gate, in the growing portion of a producers supply chain

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.

As climate change causes temperatures to rise even higher in the second half of the century, even more serious food shocks - where production drops by up to 10% - are also likely to occur much more often by 2070

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.

Red melting snow at high altitude in the Alps. Whilst most of Europe are aware of climate change, far fewer consider it to be detrimental

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 chief executive Mark Wilson committed the company to £2.5bn investment in clean energy

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 businesses are woefully unprepared for the impact of climate change

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.

More than 40,000 farmers have already benefited from Starbucks' Global Farmer Fund

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.

Can we afford to tackle climage change? Guardian journalists and prominent authors, economists and campaigners have explored the finance of keeping fossil fuels in the ground

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.

Dexter Galvin says there is still

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

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.

The report found that 88% of people agree that the world's climate is changing

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.

Last year's floods caused small organisations approximately £1,531 worth of damage

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.


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