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  • The “Social cost of carbon” and climate change policy

    Economist Frank Ackerman has called the “social cost of carbon” the most important number you never heard of. What is the social cost of carbon, where do the numbers come from, and why should policymakers take care when using them? The Obama Administration (and the Bush Administration before it) uses the SCC to assess the benefits of regulations that would limit emissions of carbon ...

  • Out with climate change, in with climate risk

    The impacts of the negative externalities caused by human actions and inactions towards the environment are often shrouded by the bickering debates of scientists, environmentalists, politicians and other stakeholders regarding the science of climate change. While the 'controversy' surrounding climate change continues, the realities of climate-related disasters are very true as ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Adapting to climate change

    This assessment addresses climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation (1). Global climate observations, science and physical impacts as well as mitigation — the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions — are covered in separate analyses (2). To achieve the EU's objective of limiting the global temperature increase to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, global GHG emissions need ...

  • Heat waves and climate change

    There has been a remarkable run of record shattering heat waves in recent years, from the Russian heat wave of 2010 that set forests ablaze to the historic heat wave in Texas in 2011 and the Summer in March in the U.S. Midwest in 2012. These events typify the ongoing trend driven by climate change. Climate change is already affecting extreme weather. The National Academy of Sciences reports that ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Climate Change – The global challenge

    Earlier this month, the European Commissioner for the environment, Stavros Dimas, gave a speech on the global challenges of climate change and the role of the UK and her European partners in setting the agenda for addressing the challenge of climate change. A speech by Stavros DIMAS Commissioner responsible for environment Ladies and Gentlemen, good ...

  • Changing the Business Climate in 2015

    The business of climate change has changed. Six years ago, when an international climate treaty in Copenhagen seemed distinctly possible, there was still a discernible gap between the concept of a low-carbon global economy and the capital market’s ability to deliver it. Nascent and costly clean energy technologies, skepticism of climate science and a still deeply-embedded reliance ...


    By Ceres

  • A Climate Change Reality Check

    The world spent $50 billion dollars per year on weather-related disasters in the 1980s, according to the World Bank. Today, we spend roughly ...

  • Climate change and the future of agriculture

    The purpose of this paper is to review our current knowledge of the potential effects of climate change on agriculture and world food supply. Attention is first directed to the types of climate change, particularly reductions in soil water availability, likely to be most critical for agriculture. Secondly, a number of types of effects on agriculture are considered: 'direct' effects of elevated ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Resourcing for climate change

    Climate change is scientifically, widely recognised to be happening as a result of the anthropogenic input of greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere. Consequently we need to look at adaptation and mitigation to limit the social, environmental and economic impacts. Allen & York are market leading environmental recruitment specialists with 15 years experience and an expanding Energy team ...


    By Allen & York Ltd

  • The Corporate Risk of Climate Change

    We all know climate change is happening. And we here at TriplePundit spend a lot of time making the business case for action. There are indeed many reasons for companies to respond to the threat. Those near the coast might face flooding, and those with production overseas could see disruption in supply. However, when it comes to reporting on this risk — there are few benefits to making the ...


    By Triplepundit

  • Climate Change and Wealth Creation

    Sir Richard Branson, Chair of the Virgin Group of companies, was once quoted as saying “Climate Change is the biggest wealth creating opportunity of our generation”. He is probably right. Every environmental problem, challenge or risk factor carries with it the potential for solutions, and those solutions often have the makings of a business opportunity. That is ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The origins of integrated models of climate change

    The Club of Rome's report The Limits to Growth, published in 1972, asserted the necessity to stop economic and demographic growth in order to avoid the collapse of the world system. It summarised several heterogeneous approaches of the future, somewhere between an ecologically alarmist approach and a typically managerial approach of technological forecasting. The report caused a storm in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Greenhouse Gas Abatement and Climate Change

    This note describes the World Bank’s involvement in efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to promote energy efficiency. The objective of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) is to achieve 'stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.' The Convention is also ...


  • Investors take climate change into account

    Increasing interest in climate change from investors generates improvements in disclosure into business operations and strategies, reports Envido. A new survey from the Institutional Investors Group in Climate Change (IIGCC) revealed that the proportion of institutional investors who consider firms' climate change policies when making investment decisions has more than doubled in the past two ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Climate Change Policy & Sustainability Update

    Proven Investment Vehicles May Spur New Renewable Energy Grow Harnessing two types of investment vehicles for renewable energy investing; Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), would speed adoption rates for renewable energy, level the playing field with fossil fuel investments and attract billions in new investment. REITs and MLPs are publically traded ...


    By Delphi Group

  • How the media is creating a climate for change

    IPCC chair R. K. Pachauri calls on journalists to maintain focus on the scientific rationale for action in their coverage of climate change. The media has played a central role in spreading awareness on climate change over the past two years. I find this particularly satisfying because when I was elected vice-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1997, I highlighted the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Adaptation of transport to climate change in Europe

    Climate change threatens to compromise transport services that are indispensable for Europe's economy and society Transport remains a critical support system for the smooth functioning of our societies and economies. It facilitates accessibility of services that are vital for business and for the quality of life of citizens. It also enables economic growth and job creation. Gradual ...

  • Climate change and the US energy sector

    As President Obama emphasized in his speech at Georgetown University in June 2013, climate change is happening. It is here, it is now, and as Obama warned, “Our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind.” But what are these effects? The President reels off examples: sea levels in New York harbour increasing by a foot in depth over the past century, ...

  • The business solution to the problem of climate change

    Business input is going to be very important to the success of the other climate change conference in Copenhagen in December, so I very much welcome this timely initiative to hold a World Business Summit. If you allow me, I'd like to take you back to Copenhagen in the 17 th century. From the beginning of recorded history, humans wondered why seashells and shark teeth could be found at the top of ...

  • Risk, investment, and opportunity in a changing climate

    To stay competitive, companies will need to find ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Record breaking wildfires raging in Arizona, massive flooding disrupting lives from Iowa to Vermont — extreme weather events have been at the forefront of America’s national consciousness. Yet these events and their repercussions are hardly limited to the United States. Think back last ...

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