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  • BL - border levelling.
  • CB - carbon budgets.
  • ETS - emissions trading systems.
  • IE - import emissions.


31 Planet likely to warm by 4C by 2100, scientists warn (The Guardian).

29 It won't be long before the victims of climate change make the west pay (The Guardian).

23 Global warming will intensify drought, says new study (The Guardian).

17 'Whole world' at risk from simultaneous droughts, famines, epidemics: scientists (The Guardian).

11 Carbon targets can help UK 'save £85bn a year' (The Guardian). See also Energy minister indicates government could defy official advisers' verdict on green energy targets (The Telegraph).

11 Costs, savings and... shale gas: A media roundup of the CCC’s carbon budget review (The Carbon Brief).

10 Global warming is unpaused and stuck on fast forward, new research shows (The Guardian).

4 Experts say the IPCC underestimated future sea level rise (The Guardian).

3 UN's 2C target will fail to avoid a climate disaster, scientists warn (The Guardian).


29 Paddy Ashdown warns lack of action in climate change risks extreme weather (The Guardian).

21 The world cannot afford to delay drastic emissions cuts, studies show (The Guardian).

20 Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions (The Guardian).

20 UK: no new funding for coal-fired power stations abroad (The Guardian).

18 Leave coal in the ground to avoid climate catastrophe, UN tells industry (The Guardian).

18 Global warming and business reporting – can business news organizations achieve less than zero? (The Guardian).

18 Exposed: The myth of the global warming 'pause' (The Independent).

17 Climate change pledges: rich nations face fury over moves to renege (The Observer).

14 Progressive businesses need to break the strangle-hold of the fossil fuel lobby (The Guardian).

6 First sign that humanity is slowing its carbon surge (New Scientist). See also We can cut emissions without a global deal (New Scientist, 2013-11-06); Are we on the verge of solving climate change? (The Guardian, 2013-11-13).

5 Carbon emissions must be cut ‘significantly’ by 2020, says UN report (The Guardian).

1 Al Gore: world is on brink of 'carbon bubble' (The Guardian).


29 Pension funds that ignore climate change are failing to protect savers (The Guardian).

26 UK universities urged to pull cash from fossil fuel giants (The Guardian).

15 More than 90% of people in European cities breathe dangerous air, study finds (The Guardian).

9 Quakers to divest from fossil fuels (People & Planet).

8 Campaign against fossil fuel growing, says study (The Guardian).

2 The IPCC has spoken. Now what? (The Ecologist, Oliver Tickell).


25 Vive le carbon tax: France to tax fossil fuels (New Scientist).

24 India plans to build the largest solar plant in the world (Climate Progress).

23 Major fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground, senior diplomat warns (The Guardian).

22 Cleaner air from tackling climate change 'would save millions of lives' (The Guardian).

20 Solar power & wind power now cheaper than coal power in US (Trillion Fund).

20 Big business funds effort to discredit climate science, warns UN official (The Guardian).

18 Halving global CO2 emissions will cost less than 1% of GDP -- report (The Guardian).

10 EBRD lags behind rivals on trading dirty coal for clean energy (The Guardian).

8 Brussels fears European 'industrial massacre' sparked by energy costs (The Telegraph).

8 UK is urged to invest £50bn in a greener economic recovery (The Observer).


6 Green policy failures are choking off billions in private investment (The Guardian).

2 This gamble on carbon and the climate could trigger a new financial crisis (The Guardian).


21 Energy companies are paying a heavy price for shunning renewables (The Guardian).

19 Sweet hydrogen: how sugar could help satisfy the world's energy needs (The Guardian).

17 Aviation is a rogue industry on a runway to nowhere (The Guardian).

14 Climate change is happening too quickly for species to adapt (The Observer).

Emissions trading reforms raise price of pollution permits (The Guardian).


30 Climate change poses grave threat to security, says UK envoy (The Observer).

30 Stephen Emmott Q&A: 'Wind farms are not the answer to our problems' (The Observer).

29 Green pay-off (New Scientist).

25 Obama's fracked-up climate strategy will guarantee global warming disaster (The Guardian).

25 EU emissions trading scheme 'set to cancel out renewable energy gains' (The Guardian).

22 Barack Obama promises to outline US climate plan (BBC News).

18 Citizens Climate Lobby pushes for a carbon tax and dividend (The Guardian). "The carbon fee would be implemented at the point of entry (well, mine, or port), and we already have a system in place to return the dividend to citizens during annual tax filings."

14 Lord Lawson's climate-change think tank risks being dismantled after complaint it persistently misled public (The Independent).


25 Robert Kennedy Jr. on his crusade for a 'green' economy (CBC).

22 China ups the stakes on climate change action, while UK debate flounders (IPPR).

22 China unveils details of pilot carbon-trading programme (The Guardian).

14 Why the world faces climate chaos (Financial Times).

9  Norway, Canada, the United States, and the tar sands (Jim Hansen).

Renewsable: Masdar moves in on UK renewables (Trillion Fund).

A carbon trading system worth saving (New York Times).


29 Biggest economic howler of them all (The Guardian).

29 Adapt faster to changing climate, Europe warned (The Guardian).

29 Global carbon dioxide levels set to pass 400ppm milestone (The Guardian).

28 Carbon bubble makes Australia's coal industry ripe 'for financial implosion' (The Observer).

25 Climate change is in the air (

25 New fossil fuel frontiers pose 'catastrophic' threat to global recovery (The Guardian).

25 Ministers 'not totally committed' on carbon (The Independent).

24 Shale gas could be lower carbon than imported fuel, say climate advisers (The Guardian).

24 Canadian oil minister Joe Oliver condemns climatologist James Hansen (The Guardian).

24 Montreal Protocol deal with China will keep eight billion tonnes of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and protect the climate (Reuters).

22 Renewables investment seen tripling amid supply glut ( and Bloomberg New Energy Finance). “The apocalyptic views about what it will cost to shift the world to renewable energy simply aren’t true,” Michael Liebreich, chief executive officer of New Energy Finance, said in an interview. “Three years ago, we thought wind and solar would be cheap as chips, and they’ve even gone below that.” ... Investors including Warren Buffett and Guy Hands have bought into renewable energy projects, as have pension funds including PensionDanmark A/S, a Danish retirement fund with $23 billion in assets.

19 Fossil fuels and vested interests: a society in denial (The Guardian).

19 Carbon bubble will plunge the world into another financial crisis – report (The Guardian). See also Climate change, pension funds and the big six energy companies (The Guardian, 2013-04-19); Countries most exposed to the carbon bubble - map (The Guardian, 2013-04-19); How your pension is being used in a $6 trillion climate gamble (The Guardian, 2013-04-19).

18 China plans to complete climate change draft law in two years (Bloomberg).

17 Europe's climate chief vows to fight on to save emissions trading scheme (The Guardian).

17 Why can't we quit fossil fuels? (The Guardian). See also Renewables are "bright spot" in bleak low-carbon outlook (, 2013-04-17).

17 Clean energy progress too slow to limit global warming, warns IEA (The Guardian).

16 'Dig for survival': Farming minister David Heath urges families to grow their own to cope with food shortage crisis (Daily Mail).

16 MEPs reject key reform of emissions trading scheme (The Guardian). 

Least developed countries agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions (The Guardian).

UK rewards polluters and locks up people who want to save the planet (The Guardian, Andrew Simms).

The experts: should there be a price on carbon emissions? (Wall Street Journal).


27 IMF signals push to scrap energy subsidies (Financial Times).

27 Key Cameron adviser blocks climate change from G8 agenda (The Guardian).

22 Our children need to learn about climate change (The Guardian).

14 Japan's 'frozen gas' is worthless if we take climate change seriously (The Guardian, George Monbiot).

Ukip's energy and climate policies under the spotlight (The Guardian).


21 EPA urged to regulate GHG emissions of existing sources through seldom-used CAA section (Power).

21 Senators introduce “Carbon Fee” bill, House Dems call for Blue Ribbon Climate Panel (Power).

20 Europe's carbon market limps on (The Daily Climate).

19 Emissions trading scheme: EU committee passes 'rescue' reforms (The Guardian). Jonathan Grant, director of sustainability and climate change at the consultancy PwC, said much more drastic reforms were needed. "The approval of the backloading proposal by the European parliament environment committee will help to prop up prices in the short term, but that prop will be taken away when the carbon permits are re-introduced into the system towards the end of the decade, at the end of Phase 3 [in 2020]," he said. "Our analysis shows that both bold policy intervention and a return to economic growth are needed to prompt the market to return to historic levels of €15-20. So backloading is temporary medicine when the EU ETS needs major surgery. It is not clear from the vote today whether major structural reform of the EU ETS will be possible in 2013 particularly given governments' current focus on growth and jobs."

18 The educational charities that do PR for the rightwing ultra-rich (The Guardian).

16 Fracking is the only way to achieve Obama climate change goals, says senior scientist (The Guardian).

16 The best solution on climate change requires Congress to act (The Guardian). Bernie Sanders, US Senator for Vermont, introduced a bill to reduce US greenhouse gas emissions because it's the right move for current and future generations.

15 EU urged to revive flagging emissions trading scheme (The Guardian). Shell, General Electric, Kingfisher, Unilever and EDF were among more than 30 large companies signing up to call for reforms that would raise carbon prices and restore confidence in the scheme, which is meant to cut the EU's carbon output. The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), which represents investors and asset managers worth €7.5 trillion, also joined the call for reform.

15 Secret funding of climate sceptics is not restricted to the US (The Guardian).

14 Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks (The Guardian).

14 Obama acting too slowly on climate change risks, government audit finds (The Guardian).

14 Carbon fat cats are killing the emissions trading mouse (The Guardian).

13 Obama gives Congress climate ultimatum: back me, or I go it alone (The Guardian).

12 Ed Davey: climate change deniers "dogmatic and blinkered" (The Telegraph).

11 University of Oxford to identify 'stranded' high carbon assets (The Guardian). See also Al Gore backs growing fossil fuel divestment campaign (The Guardian, 2013-02-11).

Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided? (Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich). See also Dennis Meadows - perspectives on the Limits of Growth: It is too late for sustainable development (You Tube, 2012-03-09).

Climate action 'could halve energy firms' worth' (Climate News Network). The study, Oil and Carbon revisited: Value at risk from ‘unburnable’ reserves, is published by HSBC Global Research.


28 When will we stop wasting fossil fuels by burning them? (The Guardian).

26 Nicholas Stern: 'I got it wrong on climate change – it's far, far worse' (The Observer).

25 Make climate change a priority (The Washington Post, Jim Yong Kim is president of the World Bank).

24 John Kerry: Mr. Climate (Politico).

24 UK PM calls for roll-back of EU green laws (ENDS Europe).

24 EU carbon price crashes to record low (The Guardian).

22 Solar panels shade canal and save water (Green Building Press).

22 China and Australia top list of 'carbon bomb' projects (The Guardian).

22 Mineral dust sprinkled in oceans could absorb vast amounts of carbon: study (The Guardian).

22 Davos call for $14trn 'greening' of global economy (The Independent).

21 Climate change moves to forefront in Obama's second inaugural address (The Guardian).

19 Fossil fuels are sub-prime assets, Bank of England governor warned (The Guardian, Damian Carrington). The huge reserves of coal, oil and gas held by companies listed in the City of London are "sub-prime" assets posing a systemic risk to economic stability, a high-profile coalition of investors, politicians and scientists has warned Bank of England's governor, Sir Mervyn King. In an open letter on Thursday, they tell King that the global drive to reduce carbon emissions could mean billions of pounds of fossil fuel reserves will rapidly lose value and cause a "major problem" for institutional investors and pension funds.

15 François Hollande: invest in renewable energy to avert 'catastrophe' (The Guardian).

14 Climate change measures: report praises politicians (BBC News).

Climate change, debt and inequality 'threaten financial stability' (The Guardian).

Domestic climate laws are essential, says UN (The Guardian).

2 Warren Buffett to build world's largest solar energy project (The Telegraph).