News from the Grantham Research Institute – October 2019

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This month’s update from the Grantham Research Institute includes recommendations for improving the international mechanism on loss and damage and features a new report on the role the banking sector can play in ensuring a just transition happens in the UK. We also have news of a forthcoming lecture by one of the authors of the Green New Deal.

Addressing the impacts of climate change through an effective Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage

Rebecca Byrnes and Swenja Surminski

This commentary outlines the progress of actions taken under the Warsaw International Mechanisms on Loss and Damage – which is designed to help countries deal with the harm caused by climate change – and how to enhance its effectiveness, as the COP25 climate conference gears up to reviewing the mechanism in December. Read more

Another lukewarmer promotes unscientific climate change denial in the ‘Daily Mail’

Bob Ward

Bob Ward assesses an article by Dominic Lawson in the Daily Mail which he says systematically misrepresents the risks of climate change and misled the newspaper’s readers. Read more

Investors have the power to play a critical role in diverting dangerous climate change – are they willing to use it?

Adam C.T. Matthews and Rory Sullivan

The authors set out the ingredients for effective investor action on climate change, in this post for the Sustainable Finance Leadership series. Read more

People over profits: Learning from the rise in climate change lawsuits

Rebecca Byrnes

Companies are increasingly in the firing line for climate litigation and they need to be thinking about liability risk when making the decisions that impact how they run their businesses and the information they provide to shareholders and the public, says Rebecca Byrnes. Read more

Why we need more social science research on climate change

Sam Fankhauser

Sam Fankhauser outlines the findings of a new review that reveals the UK’s significant contribution to social science research on climate change over the last 10 years – but also some important research gaps that must be filled so that global climate policy can be guided by the best available evidence. Read more