World Archive

IPCC releases 5th assessment report on climate change (28 September 2013)

The International Panel on Climate Change released its fifth assessment report on 27 September 2013. (Download pdf summary for policy makers here.) The Guardian this week published the following summary of the report’s key findings. Global change The global

World’s largest offshore wind farm – 175 turbines producing 630MW of electricity – launched in United Kingdom (5 July 2013)

British Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron, has attended the inauguration of London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind farm located 12 miles off the Kent and Essex coasts in the outer Thames Estuary.  A ceremony was held to mark

World Meteorological Organisation releases report on decade of climate extremes (5 July 2013)

GENEVA 3 July 2013 – The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming. More national

United States’ President releases broad-based climate change action plan (26 June 2013)

United States’ President Barack Obama has released a ‘broad-based plan to cut the carbon pollution that causes climate change and affects public health’. In a speech accompanying the release of the plan on 25 June 2013, President Obama said

Report finds Europe must replace coal power with green energy for health as well as climate change (12 June 2013)

Greenpeace has published a report (11 June 2013) based on work it commissioned from the Stuttgart University dealing with the effect of coal-burning electricity generation on human health. The report argues that Europe needs to replace coal-fired electricity generation

Defence and security: Australia signs Arms Trade Treaty (5 June 2013)

The Australian Minister for Defence Materiel, Dr Mike Kelly, signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on behalf of the Australian Government at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 3 June 2013. The ATT will regulate the global

New World Bank Report canvasses existing and emerging carbon pricing initiatives around the world (5 June 2013)

The World Bank has released a report which maps existing and emerging carbon pricing initiatives around the world titled Mapping Carbon Initiatives: Developments and Prospects 2013. This report replaces the State and Trends of the Carbon Market series. Unlike

European Bank for Reconstruction & Development sets the record straight on funding coal (17 May 2013)

Mr Anthony Williams of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has written to the Guardian newspaper setting the facts straight regarding the EBRD’s position on funding coal-fired electricity generation – emphasising that the EBRD will only, on a

World Bank rethinks stance on large-scale hydropower projects (15 May 2013)

The World Bank is making a major push to develop large-scale hydropower, something it had all but abandoned a decade ago but now sees as crucial to resolving the tension between economic development and the drive to tame carbon

Energy & climate change: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development defends funding coal (13 May 2013)

[Based on an article published in The Guardian, Sunday 12 May 2013] European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) chief, Mr Riccardo Puliti has defended the bank’s decision to continue to fund coal-based energy production facilities, warning Europe not