Government sets out updated climate strategy

The new plan studies the risks affecting communities across England, as well as how they are being addressed

Only a tenth of firms incentivise climate mitigation at board level

This is despite more than 80% overseeing climate change issues at this level

Less than half of banks ‘taking climate change seriously’

Less than half of the world’s biggest banking groups have carried out a scenario analysis for if global temperatures rise by more than 2°C. That’s according to a new report from Boston Common Asset Management, based on a survey of 59 financial institutions. It suggests the majority of banks are failing to successfully integrate climate […]

Global flood losses ‘could hit $52bn a year by 2050’

If climate change continues unabated, global flood losses are expected to increase to $52 billion (£39.9bn) per year by 2050 from $6 billion (£4.6bn) in 2005. This flooding will have particularly devastating consequences for much of Asia and the Pacific. That’s according to a new report from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), which project a six […]

Green standard steps up sustainability credentials

A new standard to measure and verify the benefits provided by green projects and programmes around the world has been launched. Gold Standard’s new model aims to ensure the contributions made by corporates, impact investors and government bodies towards climate change mitigation and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are credibly reported. Established by […]

New app sees China save 150k tonnes of CO2

More than 200 million Chinese customers of a digital payment firm have saved nearly 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Ant Financial Services Group’s new mobile app tracks purchases made through its payment platform to award ‘green energy points’, based on how environmentally friendly a purchase is. Both the business and UN Environment are founding members of the Green Digital […]

‘UK needs clear policies, not distractions’

The UK needs to stop using global shake-ups and surprises as an excuse not to release clear energy policies. That’s according to Patrick Pringle, Director of the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP), who spoke to ELN at an All Party Parliamentary Climate Change group meeting organsied by Policy Connect. He said the UK Government tends to hide behind and get sidetracked […]