UK Climate

How Not Cutting Trees Has Become One of the World's Most Successful Climate Efforts

Samantha J Smith | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Samantha J Smith

We are only a few weeks away from the COP21 climate summit in Paris. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 11 per cent of global carbon emissions come from deforestation. That is about the same amount as the emissions from all the world's cars. Efforts to stop deforestation are more important than ever.

David Cameron Has to Catch Up With Germany and France on Climate Change

Andreas Sieber | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Andreas Sieber

It is only 50 days until what might be the most important climate conference, the COP 21 in Paris. This week in Bonn diplomats from all over the world...

The Green Climate Fund - a Win-Win Opportunity for both Environment and Business

One Young World | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

The world clearly needs to address climate change and the set-up of the GCF seems like a win-win situation for every stakeholder involved. Therefore, insurance companies and financial institutions should engage at a larger scale to take on more responsibility and play a greater part to combat climate change.

How a Climate Treaty Can Solve Future Refugee Crisis

Andreas Sieber | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Andreas Sieber

This might appear odd to some. But as long as political leaders are not willing to take refugees a humanitarian refugee policy needs incentives. There are less than 100 days left until the climate conference in Paris. Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel has taken several steps to push a climate treaty. David Cameroon should use the remaining time to do the same.

Climate Change on the Frontline With Isis

Hannah Griffiths | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Hannah Griffiths

The world faces numerous problems but climate change is unmatched in its scope and how indiscriminately it affects people regardless of faith, creed or colour. If even those living on the edge of war in the Middle East can see the need for serious action then maybe it's time for us to use our voice and help them.

There's Still Every Reason for Osborne to Be a Green Ally

David Nussbaum | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
David Nussbaum

This Budget may be likely to reduce the growth in the size of the state. But the Government will still wield huge power to create the conditions in which clean, green enterprise can flourish.

Pope's Climate Message Will Ring Out Far Beyond the Church

Liz Hutchins | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Liz Hutchins

Neither Friends of the Earth nor Pope Francis are anti-business. Laudato si isn't calling for an end to capitalism; for everything to re-nationalised. But, as the encyclical says 'The environment is one of those goods that cannot be adequately safeguarded or promoted by market forces.' Amen to that and ditto in the case of inequality.

Speak Up About Climate Change for the Sake of Those You Love

Sophie Dodgeon | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Sophie Dodgeon

When it comes to climate change, the talk is often about the impact on future generations. The implication is that consequences are still some way off in the future and, despite the scary headlines, we don't need to worry too much about them now. But for those of us who are deeply concerned about the effect carbon emissions are having on people and planet, this isn't helpful.

It's Time to End Rich Countries' Massive Support for Coal Abroad

Samantha J Smith | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK
Samantha J Smith

In the next two weeks, leaders of developed countries can show they are serious about climate by ending their financing for coal mines and power plants abroad. Will they do it?

Tackling Climate Change Does More Than Tackle Climate Change

Joe Ware | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

One of the rocks that climate change sceptics like to throw at those advocating action to tackle climate change is that it's all very well for the rich developed world to reduce its carbon footprint but it's immoral to ask the world's poor to give up cheap energy such as coal. Yes, climate change may be happening, they say, but it's unfair to pull up the fossil fuel ladder from developing countries.

Reviving the role of Japan in Africa's Development

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

While TICAD presents Africa with a powerful instrumental instrument for mobilizing the Means of Implementing the Sustainable development goals, those of us in Africa with an interest in this cannot afford to sit back and wait for the agenda to be agreed.

"It's the Environment, Stupid"

Nick Molho | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Molho

Any Government interested in the long-term resilience and success of its national economy should recognise this and incorporate ambitious environmental policies as part of its economic plan.

Action on the Environment Is Too Important to Be Used as a Political Football

Nick Molho | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Nick Molho

Once the Autumn Statement is out later this week, the momentum towards the upcoming General Election in the UK will be gathering pace. So far, the political and media discourse around the election has been marked by a certain amount of uncertainty and negativity about the future social and economic situation in the UK...

Rwanda Starts Its Engine of Green Growth

Dr Rose Mukankomeje | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK
Dr Rose Mukankomeje

On Thursday, Rwanda's Prime Minister, Anastase Murekezi, launched the Fund for the Environment and Climate Change, modelled on a 'green bank' concept and designed to invest in projects that promote sustainability and tackle climate change. The fund is the first of its kind in Rwanda and the biggest in Africa and comes just weeks after the UN Climate Summit in New York...

The Climate Has Changed: How Business is Turning Risk into Opportunity

Sandrine Dixson-Declève | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Today marks a significant moment for society at large. The message from more and more companies, citizens and governments is clear: building a low carbon economy globally, nationally and locally can make us more prosperous.

Why Girls Need Sunshine: Three Reasons Why World Leaders Gathering in New York Next Week Must Take Real Action on Climate Change

Samantha J Smith | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

Sometimes you come across incredible ways to take action on climate change. Ways that not only lower harmful emissions but that also improve lives.

No Country Successfully Reducing Obesity

Peter Byass | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Byass

Perhaps this headline is obvious to any of us who are out and about in today's world - the one population health index that we can all observe is the apparently ever growing epidemic of people who are a little heavier than they might be - and in some cases very much heavier.

What Has Happened to Michael Gove?

James Snell | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

The worst thing about it is that Michael Gove has the potential to be a truly excellent minister. He is an intelligent man, who genuinely cares about his department and education in general. I can see no reason to indicate that he is motivated by anything other than the best of intentions.

Oh No! Not Climate Change Again!

Adrien Maseri | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Adrien Maseri

Do university students actually care about climate change? And are they doing anything to stop it? Concerned by apparent contradiction in the behavior of my student colleagues, I took the initiative to address the issue and carried out research to try and understand students' reaction to the statement, "Oh No! Not Climate Change Again!".

Asia-Pacific Is Leading the World on Carbon Emissions Trading

Adam Matthews | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

This article is co-authored with Terry Townshend who is Head of Policy at GLOBE International It is not well know that Kazakhstan -- a nation whose l...

Climate Change - 'The Ultimate in Boring Conversation'?

Gregor Smith | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

German magazine Der Spiegel recently conducted an interview with Randy Olson, a renowned biology professor and producer of documentaries, primarily su...

EBRD Energy Investments Do Right By the Planet

Riccardo Puliti | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Riccardo Puliti

We have heard a lot of comment from anti-coal campaigners in the last several months, especially during the public consultation period for the new energy strategy. Their opinion is important to us, as are opinions of all stakeholders. But presenting the EBRD as the last institution that clings to coal and focuses on fossil fuels is incorrect on many levels.

Time for EBRD to Retire Old King Coal Definitely

Samantha J Smith | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

In the last few months institutions that specialise in development finance like the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the French Development Bank as well as the Export - Import bank of the United States have been lining up to announce an end to investments in coal.

Post-Warsaw, Why We Must Now Redouble Efforts to Secure a Global Climate Deal by 2015

Adam Matthews | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

Warsaw revealed some serious divisions amongst groups of countries, and the language used became ever more heated. Indeed, the negotiations may well have raised the curtain on what will be some very difficult discussions when countries come forward with their 'contributions' from the end of next year.

How the UN General Assembly Can Make Itself Relevant to the Key Challenges of the 21st Century

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Unusually, the UN General Assembly (GA) has been in media headlines in recent days. In response to recent spying allegations, German and Brazilian di...