News from the Grantham Research Institute, LSE – May 2019

This month’s update features our response to a new parliamentary report on UK aid for combating climate change. We also consider the issue of how we go about achieving net zero emissions. On the publications front we have a new report on China’s efforts to put sustainable development at the heart of its 14th Five-Year Plan. Finally, the Institute is particularly excited to be hosting a talk by leading climate scientist, Katharine Hayhoe, on the theme of changing the climate dialogue.
News and comment
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UK aid spending risks undermining government efforts to address climate change
The UK can provide global leadership by taking a more joined-up approach to its international aid spending to make sure it is not undermining its own efforts to address the threat of climate change, the Grantham Research Institute has said, in response to a report by the International Development Committee. Read more
Urgent response needed from UK Government on net-zero emissionsBob WardBob Ward sets out five urgent actions for the UK Government in response to the Committee on Climate Change’s recent report on achieving net-zero emissions Read more
What is net zero?
Josh BurkeWhat does ‘net-zero’ emissions mean and what are the challenges – from technological to moral – to achieving it, in the UK and world wide?
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A renewal of purpose: why finance must embrace its role in the ecological transition
Teresa Ribera, Minister for the Ecological Transition of SpainThe financial sector must seize the strategic opportunity to drive the net-zero-carbon transition, supported by government through clear policy signals and regulatory frameworks, says Spain’s Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, in this post for the Sustainable Finance Leadership series.
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 The ‘Mail on Sunday’ uses fake news to attack Sir David Attenborough
Bob WardOver the past few weeks, climate change deniers have launched waves of desperate attacks against Sir David Attenborough, using innuendo and false rumour to try to discredit his new programmes on climate change. Here Bob Ward sets out evidence that refutes these unfounded allegations.
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Building the research foundations for greening the financial system
Nick Robins, Matthias TägerAs recognition grows rapidly among central banks of the need for routine consideration of climate change risks, robust research is required to guide and underpin their actions. Nick Robins and Matthias Täger introduce a new global research network designed to build these foundations.
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