Tag: Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021

Climate crisis to shrink G7 economies twice as much as Covid-19, says research

G7 countries will lose $5tn a year by 2050 if temperatures rise by 2.6C The economies of rich countries will shrink by twice as much as they did in the Covid-19 crisis if they fail to tackle rising greenhouse gas emissions, according to research. The G7 countries – the world’s biggest industrialised economies – will […]

If we can vaccinate the world, we can beat the climate crisis | Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Rich countries can’t expect to be trusted on their climate promises if they fail the poorest on vaccines It would only cost $50bn to ensure 40% of the world’s population is vaccinated by the end of the year, and 60% by the first half of 2022. This is a recent estimate from the IMF, the […]

Green economy: MPs warn over lack of plan to manage fossil fuel tax loss

MPs say Treasury has not set out how tax system will help UK meet target to cut emissions The Treasury cannot explain how it will manage declines in tax revenues worth £37bn from fossil fuels as the UK shifts to a clean economy, MPs have warned. A report from the influential parliamentary public accounts committee […]

‘Citizens’ juries’ deliver climate crisis verdict to Westminster

Four expert-advised panels across UK agree cost of reaching net zero must not fall on low- and middle-income households Katie Lloyd signed up last year to join a cross-section of people in her area of south Wales to learn more about the climate crisis and agree ways to reduce carbon emissions. The impact of the […]

Biden vows US will work with Russia on climate

Countries with poor track records on climate change, including Brazil and Saudi Arabia, were also courted at virtual summit The US will work with Russia on ways to combat the climate crisis, President Joe Biden has announced, saying he looked forward to joint efforts and was “very heartened” by the country’s call for collaboration on […]

Climate crisis: Boris Johnson ‘too cosy’ with vested interests to take serious action

Report author calls for thorough clean-up of political donations, directorships and embedded interns Boris Johnson’s government is “too cosy” with vested interests in business to take strong action on the climate crisis, the author of a report on “the polluting elite”, has warned. Peter Newell, a professor of international relations at the University of Sussex, […]

The world won’t be greener until it’s fairer | Simone Tagliapietra

Action on the climate crisis must come with a social contract to protect the poor and vulnerable As a climate policy researcher, I am often asked: what is the biggest obstacle to decarbonisation? My answer has changed profoundly over the last couple of years. I used to point to the lack of affordable green technologies […]

Greta Thunberg says she will not attend Cop26 climate summit

Swedish activist says uneven Covid vaccine rollout means countries would not participate on even terms The Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg has said she will not attend the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow in November, saying the uneven distribution of Covid-19 vaccines would mean countries could not participate on even terms. The 18-year-old activist said […]

Government to announce £1bn fund to help reduce emissions

Funding given to industrial decarbonisation and reducing impact of schools and hospitals The government will spend more than £1bn helping schools, hospitals and industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage the growth of new low-carbon technologies in the UK, under plans set out on Wednesday. Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state for business, energy and […]

Cumbria mine: what will the public inquiry look at?

Communities secretary cited climate change and controversy for ‘calling in’ deep coalmine decision A public inquiry is to be held into plans for the UK’s first new deep coalmine in decades after the communities secretary “called in” the decision on the project, taking it out of the hands of local government. Facing a legal challenge, […]