The climate change debate: next stop – London

By Tim Le Couilliard The climate change conference circuit ahead of COP27 is in full flow. These frequent gatherings bring together key players to cover a bewildering range of complex topics in plenty of locations. From Bonn in Germany last week, where the latest round of UN climate talks took place, to London Climate Action…

HSBC’s Stuart Kirk – Gerald Ratner or a canary in the mine?

By Simon Neville Stuart Kirk has been described by some as the next Gerald Ratner for his comments at an FT event, including such gems as “who cares if Miami is six metres underwater in 100 years? Amsterdam has been six metres underwater for ages and that’s a really nice place.” The bank he works…

Chewing Bubble Gum will not save us from disaster

By Anthony Hughes Is it me or is our existence on the planet actually looking particularly precarious at the moment? For those worried about the state of the world’s climate, the news out of COP26 has been disappointingly lukewarm. Back in 2017, Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute as part of the Global Priorities Project…

Humans are ‘unequivocally’ driving climate change – but is it irreversible?

By Sabine Tyldesley The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its sixth Assessment Report this week with a stark warning that there is “unequivocal” evidence that humans are causing increasing temperatures. UN Secretary-General António Guterres further described it as “a code red for humanity”. The report found that every additional 0.5C of global warming…

Green sticks and green carrots emerge in race to decarbonise the UK

By Andrew Adie Every day brings further pressure on all sectors of the economy to accelerate their commitments, and publish their plans, for being more sustainable.  The UK government’s determination to be a leader in the new global green economy means that businesses are facing mounting pressure to commit to being net zero by 2050….

Turning climate pledges into reality: Now for the tricky bit

By Dafydd Rees Firstly, let’s focus on the good news. 9 out of the world’s 10 largest economies have now made pledges to reach the target of zero carbon emissions by the middle of this century.  Yet, in the aftermath of President Biden’s Climate Summit of world leaders held last week, humanity faces the daunting…

Does the world need the USA to rediscover its climate change mojo?

By Andrew Adie Donald Trump’s (yet to be confirmed) loss at the polls could be a big victory for the environment, or so goes one narrative. Among his more controversial decisions was the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris climate change agreement. As the likelihood of a Biden victory has become more apparent, numerous…

Climate Week: We’re still failing – sorry, Greta

By Sophie Morello Today marks one year since Greta Thunberg addressed the UN on climate change with an impassioned speech chastising world leaders for failing to act. She said, “You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal…The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail…