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Counting costs of climate change

October 12th, 2017 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Global warming impacts cause substantial economic damages, hurts human health in many ways, influences the drivers of human migration, and it can jeopardise development for many of the world’s poor. Destabilising the climate can destabilise societies. Counting the costs of climate change is a challenge since the social costs can be hard to calculate and […]

Tackling climate change presents huge economic opportunities

January 14th, 2013 by HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change

During the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) from 13 to 17 January 2013, energy and finance leaders met to discuss ways to encourage greater private sector investment in renewable energy and low-carbon, climate friendly projects as a tactic to mitigate climate change and diversify the global energy mix. Leaders focused on the growing opportunities for […]

Is Green Growth possible?

December 4th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Economic growth not only leads to rising turnovers and incomes but also increases greenhouse-gas emissions. Can “Green Growth” be a way out of this dilemma? Is it “a fairytale or a strategy”? Issues like this are being debated at the international climate summit in Doha. British growth critic Professor Tim Jackson; and Ottmar Edenhofer, chief […]

Biggest barrier to tackling climate change threat is collective and individual failure of political will

November 25th, 2012 by WWF

Governments are falling far short of their commitment to keep global average temperature rise below the accepted 2°C goal, putting the world on the brink of climate catastrophe. The UN Environment Program’s Emissions Gap Report 2012 identifies a huge gap between current pledges to cut polluting greenhouse gas emissions for 2020 and the benchmark of […]

World Bank President says a 4°C warmer world must be avoided

November 20th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Humans’ emissions of greenhouse gases are breaking new records every year. These emissions are setting the atmosphere on a path towards an average 4°Celsius increase probably by 2100. This would cause risks beyond the experience of our civilization – including heat waves, especially in the tropics, a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, […]

World Bank report states climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development

November 19th, 2012 by World Bank

The world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4°Celsius by 2100, if the global community fails to act on climate change, triggering a cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks and a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, according to a scientific report “Turn Down […]

Greenhouse gases rise with GDP but fall more slowly with recession

October 8th, 2012 by Thomson Reuters

Greenhouse gas emissions rise when economies expand but don’t fall as quickly when recession strikes, perhaps because people stick with a higher-emitting lifestyle from the boom times, a study showed. The report, ‘Asymmetric effects of economic growth and decline on CO2 emissions’ in the 7 October 2012 edition of the journal Nature Climate Change dents […]

Global Partnership for Oceans set up to coordinate effort to save seas

February 25th, 2012 by World Bank

A coalition of governments, international organisations, civil society groups and private interests are joining together under the banner of a Global Partnership for Oceans to confront widely documented problems of over-fishing, marine degradation, and habitat loss. In a keynote speech delivered on 24 February 2012 at The Economist’s World Oceans Summit in Singapore, World Bank […]

Friends of the Earth warns that aviation biofuel target risks food price rises

June 22nd, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Plans announced by the European aviation industry on 22 June 2011 to fuel its planes with two million tonnes of biofuels by 2020, has been criticised by Friends of the Earth. The announcement, which follows expert warnings about the impact of biofuels on food prices and world hunger, comes as G20 ministers meet in Paris […]

Four myths that hold back progress in fighting climate change

December 5th, 2010 by Vinod Thomas and Kenneth Chomitz

Last month the UN secretary-general presented options for raising $100 billion a year to promote development while fighting climate change. But for such funds to make a difference, we must get past a set of myths that prevent the efficient use of resources. Myth No 1: Energy efficiency can’t meet energy needs Energy efficiency doesn’t […]