News 2014


  • BL - border levelling.
  • CB - carbon budgets.
  • DV - divestment.
  • ETS - emissions trading systems.
  • IE - import emissions.
  • SFF - subsidies for fossil fuels.



20 EU dropped climate policies after BP threat of oil industry 'exodus' (The Guardian).

20 Fossil fuels could be phased out globally within a decade (RE New Economy).

We’re out of time on climate change. And Hillary Clinton helped get us here (The Guardian).


16 Surge in renewable energy stalls world greenhouse gas emissions (The Guardian).

Dangerous global warming will happen sooner than thought – study (The Guardian).


12 Climate risks could wreak havoc on financial markets, EU watchdog warns (The Guardian).


26 NYC’s biggest pension fund lost $135 million from oil and gas holdings (EcoWatch).

14 Climate change disaster is biggest threat to global economy in 2016, say experts (The Guardian).



16 There is a new form of climate denialism to look out for – so don't celebrate yet (The Guardian).

12 COP 21 Paris climate summit danger ( See also Price carbon — I will if you will (Nature, 2015-12-12); Why scientists say the Paris climate summit will fail (DW, 2015-11-27); Global Carbon Pricing: We Will If You Will (PDF).

COP21 pledges would prevent a 2°C path.* Ever!

It’s simple math based on the UN’s own numbers.

COP21 Paris Blocks 2C Goal
According to the UN report on Paris pledges, at best they will use up 723 out of a 1000 Gt CO2 budget required for a 66% chance to stay below 2°C. At 40 Gt a year, this runs out in 7 years. The red line stretches this to 14 years with a crash abatement program. MIT says that if the pledges work as expected (not perfectly), the red line would need to hit zero by 2040.


World's climate about to enter 'uncharted territory' as it passes 1C of warming (The Guardian).


26 Anti-coal protesters arrested after storming climate change sceptic's land (The Guardian).

14 Exxon's climate lie: 'No corporation has ever done anything this big or bad' (The Guardian).


30 Back climate change agenda, Charles tells judges: Prince makes first public bid to influence courts (Mail Online).

29 Bank of England's Carney warns of climate change risk (BBC News).

23 Starbucks, Nike and Walmart commit to sourcing 100% renewable electricity (The Guardian).

22 Institutions worth $2.6 trillion have now pulled investments out of fossil fuels (The Guardian).

11 Burning all fossil fuels will melt entire Antarctic ice-sheet, study shows (The Guardian).

Climate-smart cities could save the world $22tn, say economists (The Guardian).


3 US climate change initiative: President Barack Obama's legacy will be written in history (The Independent, Jeremy Leggett).

1 Protecting our planet (Jeremy Corbyn).


24 Buy Conservative! No other party washes greener (The Ecologist). See also Tory attacks on green policies signal dark times ahead for the environment (The Guardian, 2015-07-24).

24 Investors could lose $4.2tn due to impact of climate change, report warns (The Guardian).

21 Act on climate change now, top British institutions tell governments (The Guardian).

16 Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists (The Guardian).

13 Climate change threat must be taken as seriously as nuclear war – UK minister (The Guardian).

13 Benefits far outweigh costs of tackling climate change, says LSE study (The Guardian).

1 Illegal not to act: Could courts save world from climate change? (New Scientist).


24 Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark ruling (The Guardian).

24 Climate change should be top foreign policy priority, G7 study says (The Guardian).

23 Climate change threatens 50 years of progress in global health, study says (The Guardian).

16 UK and France 'may miss EU renewable energy target' (The Guardian).


14 Former FSA chief warns of carbon bubble threat from climate change (The Guardian).


27 Extreme weather already on increase due to climate change, study finds (The Guardian).


8 Climate change must stay on political agenda, say protesters (The Guardian).

3 Bank of England warns of huge financial risk from fossil fuel investments (The Guardian).


18 Fossil fuel industry protests over 'risky' assets warning from energy secretary (The Guardian).

17 BP says CO2 emissions unsustainable, warns on global warming (The Telegraph).

14 Cameron, Clegg and Miliband sign joint climate pledge (The Guardian).

13 Fossil-fuel limits emerge as target for deal on warming (Bloomberg Business).

7 Climate change marchers told to hire private security firm (The Guardian).

5 Richard Branson leads call to free global economy from carbon emissions (The Guardian).


31 Beyond GDP: Greens spark debate on a better measure of progress (The Guardian).

16 2014 officially the hottest year on record (The Guardian).

15 Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists (The Guardian)

15 Axa warns that companies linked to fossil fuels risk their reputations (The Guardian).

14 Stark choice ahead on emissions trading (Association for the Conservation of Energy, Andrew Warren).

7 Much of world's fossil fuel reserve must stay buried to prevent climate change, study says (The Guardian). See also Why leaving fossil fuels in the ground is good for everyone (The Guardian, 2015-01-07).

3 Global campaign aims to inspire British cities to choose 100% clean energy (The Guardian).

Environmental regulations may not cost as much as governments and businesses fear (The Economist).