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Shipping emissions could grow 250 per cent by 2050

Shipping containers at a sea port (Photo Diego Cervo-iStock)

Industry's contribution to global CO2 output fell following global slowdown, but is set to rise significantly unless action is taken

24 Oct 2014

Businesses should be 'forced' to report environmental impacts, says former UN chief

Yvo de Boer director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute

Failure to quantify economic costs of biodiversity losses are undermining efforts to protect it

16 Oct 2014

New York Climate Summit: Stress Testing more than just the announcements

Malcolm Preston PwC

As the dust settles on last month's events in New York there's a lot of talk of tipping points for the climate and sustainability agenda - Have we crossed one for financial reporting, asks PwC's Malcolm Preston

15 Oct 2014

Ocean acidification to cost global economy $1tr by 2100

UN study says raised CO2 levels are increasing acidity, leading to the breakdown of essential natural processes

08 Oct 2014

It is clearly the politicians who have let us all down

As David Cameron declares once again that he is leading the 'greenest government ever', Charles Perry of Anthesis Group argues politicians need to do far more to deliver genuine climate action

30 Sep 2014

Climate march: Ethos, pathos, and a new impetus for change

Friends of the Earth's Craig Bennett reflects on the implications of last week's inspiring marches

29 Sep 2014

UN climate chief: New York Summit is 'clearly not enough'

Christiana Figueres backs scathing critique by Graça Machel who accused world leaders of failing to grasp the full challenge of climate change

26 Sep 2014

Leaders under fire for failure to attend post-UN climate summit meetings

Greg Barker, David Cameron’s former top climate change aide, criticises heads of state for no-show at New York dinner

25 Sep 2014

Four reasons why the UN Climate Summit was a success

The direction of travel in favour of bold climate action has never been clearer - the savviest businesses and investors are taking note

24 Sep 2014

UN: more efficient equipment could save $350bn a year

New Efficient Appliances and Equipment Partnership launched to promote worldwide shift to energy efficient devices

24 Sep 2014

David Cameron: 'Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our world'

David Cameron's New York climate speech - in full

23 Sep 2014

Cameron warns world must "act now" to deliver legally-binding climate treaty

Prime Minister urges EU to commit to deep emissions cuts and calls on world leaders to support green businesses and tear down clean tech trade barriers

23 Sep 2014

UK government teams up with big business for £144m deforestation crackdown

Two major new international schemes aim to help businesses develop sustainable forest supply chains

23 Sep 2014

John Kerry: Climate change risk must be ranked with terrorism threat

US Secretary of States convenes first meeting of foreign ministers ahead of Paris summit in 2015

22 Sep 2014

Rockefellers pledge to ditch fossil fuel assets

Family that made its fortune from oil wealth become highest profile investors yet to join divestment campaign

22 Sep 2014

Christiana Figueres: 'We must, we will, and we can address climate change'

The head of the United Nations climate change secretariat outlines her expectations for the New York Climate Summit this week

22 Sep 2014

New York Climate Summit - All the latest

Catch all the green business developments from the New York Climate Summit

22 Sep 2014

New York Climate Summit: What can green businesses expect?

From climate finance to forests and Leonardo DiCaprio - what will Ban Ki-moon's high-profile conference deliver?

22 Sep 2014

Investment giants are demanding climate action, so why aren't corporates delivering?

As investors renew calls for climate action, a survey shows nine out of 10 investors see sustainability as a competitive advantage - so why are the firms they invest in not making faster progress?

19 Sep 2014

Could the New York Summit consign corporate dinosaurs to history?

The myth that businesses automatically oppose climate action has never looked more tired, and the corporate desire for decarbonisation must be recognised

18 Sep 2014

New Climate Economy report: Do you want an iPad or a typewriter?

The landmark report makes it clear that delivering decarbonisation is all about choices. Political and business leaders need to ask what kind of future they want to invest in

16 Sep 2014

Why tackling climate change and economic growth are compatible

New Climate Economy project to unveil findings next week, calling for world leaders to make displacing coal by 2030 a global priority

10 Sep 2014

Ed Davey: We must show the world that we speak with one voice on climate change

Energy and Climate Change Secretary's speech in full setting out his vision for a global deal on climate change in Paris 2015

09 Sep 2014

Greenhouse gases hit record levels, fuelling climate and ocean acidification fears

World Meteorological Organisation figures show stark increase in greenhouse gas emissions, sparking concerns planet is proving less effective at soaking up CO2

09 Sep 2014

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