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The Climate Post: States challenge clean power plan, report finds health benefits

The Climate Post: States challenge clean power plan, report finds health benefits | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
If world carbon emissions continue to rise on their current trajectory, one in six species will be gone or on the road to extinction by century's end, according to a study published in Science magazine.
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The article cites new analysis from the ESRC-funded Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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Significant Errors in Study Suggesting Global Warming is Good for the World

The new issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives includes a remarkable admission about a controversial academic paper that wrongly suggested moderate amounts of global warming would have an overall positive economic impact on the world.

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Article written by Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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Official figures show 2014 was warmest year since records began

Official figures show 2014 was warmest year since records began | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Things are hotting up for the UK, as official figures show 2014 was the warmest year since records began.

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Article cites Bob Ward, Director of Policy and Communications at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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Leadership from Washington on Climate Change

The United States took a further step forward yesterday in its action against climate change as another state outlined plans to use carbon pricing to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

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The author of the article, Bob Ward, is policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science.

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‘Binding’ emissions targets not needed, flexibility critical: Stern

‘Binding’ emissions targets not needed, flexibility critical: Stern | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Governments should set dynamic emissions targets and seek collaborative solutions in a new international climate change agreement, says a report by Nicholas Stern.

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Article on comments by Lord Stern, chair of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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Lord Lawson's parallel world where global warming is not a concern

Lord Lawson's parallel world where global warming is not a concern | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The former Chancellor is trying to turn science on its head to woo climate change 'sceptics' from the Conservatives and Ukip.

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This article was written by Bob Ward, communications director at the ESRC-funded Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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China's Economic Boom Thwarts Its Carbon Emissions Goals

China's Economic Boom Thwarts Its Carbon Emissions Goals | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Efforts to reduce China's carbon dioxide emissions are being offset by the country's rampant economic growth, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). 

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Article cites the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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Combating climate change can be economically beneficial

A major report published last week could be a game changer in the climate change debate.

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Article written by Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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Will UK reshuffle boost science and environment?

Will UK reshuffle boost science and environment? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

New environment secretary Liz Truss may prove more eco-friendly than her predecessor. Meanwhile Greg Clark is made minister for universities and science.

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Article quotes Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy


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Financial markets should get serious on climate policy

Financial markets should get serious on climate policy | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Climate policy could bite on fossil fuel resource values much faster than financial markets anticipate, writes Sam Fankhauser. It's time investors wised up to the hazards of investing in fossil fuels, when two thirds of them may have to remain unexploited.

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Sam Frankhauser's research is funded the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Emissions pledges 'are not enough'

Emissions pledges 'are not enough' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Pledges being made by countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions are unlikely to be enough to avoid dangerous climate change, a report has warned.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy based at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Manufacturing Doubt About Climate Change

English audiences will today be given their first chance to see a shocking new film which reveals how a handful of right-wing lobbyists have thwarted attempts to curb threats to health and the environment.

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This article is written by Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy


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Chinwendu's curator insight, February 15, 5:56 PM

Manipulation of change

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Cities could be the secret to fighting climate change

Cities could be the secret to fighting climate change | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The world’s population could reach almost 10bn by 2050; most of those people will live in cities.  To accommodate an additional 3bn people, we’ll need to build the equivalent of one new city that can support a million people every five days between now and 2050.
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The article reports on research from the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy.

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Mitidaption's curator insight, December 29, 2014 6:43 AM

While cities are large consumers of natural resources they offer new technologies/solutions for climate change

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The danger of ideology-based newspaper coverage of climate change

A warning against the publication of columns promoting climate change denial.

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Artilce written by Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director a the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)

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Judit Urquijo's curator insight, January 10, 9:31 AM

Este artículo de Bob Ward, publicado en NewStatesman al calor de la COP20 de Lima de diciembre de 2014, alerta sobre el peligroso sesgo que adoptan algunos medios de comunicación a la hora de informar a sus lectores. El presente caso hace referencia a un artículo de Matt Ridley publicado por el diario The Times en el que, de forma, bastante patente, se abrazan las ideas del negacionismo en relación al cambio climático.


Es cierto que las constantes advertencias que el mundo científico viene efectuando desde hace más de 25 años con respecto al cambio climático pueden generar dudas o desconcierto. Con esto no estoy negando que haya un cambio climático (las evidencias están ahí), pero sí admito ciertas dudas en torno a cómo se está produciendo el mismo, a si los efectos que anuncian tienen un claro fundamento científico o son meras suposiciones extraídas de un algoritmo, al tiempo que nos queda o a si las medidas que se adopten serán suficientes. Por ejemplo, la mayor parte de los científicos defienden que para 2100 la temperatura mundial no debería aumentar más de 2ºC, lo cual desde ya supondría hacer tremendos ajustes desde el punto de vista energético.  ¿Esa barrera de 2ºC significa que si al final alcanzamos "tan solo" un aumento de 1,5º podemos cantar victoria? ¿Qué ocurrirá si se superan esos 2ºC? ¿Y si llegamos a los 4ºC que pronostican algunas fuentes?


La maraña de información que circula por internet no ayuda en absoluto a esclarecer estas cuestiones, puesto que según sea el perfil de la web o medio de comunicación, como ocurre en el caso del referido artículo de The Times, las lecturas e incluso los datos, varían. Como muestra, los datos que ha presentado recientemente la Japan Meteorological Agency sobre la temperatura registrada en 2014, y los que revela en su web el climatólogo Roy Spencer. De por medio, también resulta interesante echar un vistazo a la web Skeptical Science


Al final, lo único cierto es que no podemos dejar de seguir investigando puesto que aún desconocemos muchos aspectos sobre la ciencia del clima.

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Cutting energy-related carbon emissions by 34 per cent will

Cutting energy-related carbon emissions by 34 per cent will | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Cities could make a significant contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions at zero net cost, according to a report published today.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy based at the University of Leeds and the London School of Economics and Political Science

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Tony Abbott must put climate change at front of the G20 agenda in Brisbane

Tony Abbott must put climate change at front of the G20 agenda in Brisbane | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The latest IPCC report shows why the Australian prime minister should encourage G20 leaders to discuss climate change. The evidence cannot simply be wished away by politicians who lack the courage to confront the scientific evidence
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Lord Nicholas Stern is part of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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The state of the climate and what we might do about it

The state of the climate and what we might do about it | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

How can we begin to address the global, insidious problem of climate change — a problem that’s too big for any one country to solve? Economist Nicholas Stern lays out a plan, presented to the UN’s Climate Summit in 2014, showing how the world’s countries can work together on climate. 

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Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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10 Year Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Energy Economics given to Lord Nicholas Stern

10 Year Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Energy Economics given to Lord Nicholas Stern | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy wins Energy Economics Prize from the British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE) for the greatest contribution  to British energy economics over the last ten years.

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Lord Stern, Chair of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, is also Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE. Listen to his acceptance speech here.

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The Trouble With Climate Change Denial

The pamphlet provides stunning proof that the arguments put forward by Lord Lawson and other climate change 'sceptics' require not just a dogmatic rejection of the expert views of climate scientists, but also a denigration of their professional competence and integrity. That is the trouble with climate change denial.
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Author Bob Ward is policy and communications director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science.

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