Responsible investment is continuously evolving, driven by the research and insight that fuels new discussions. With the important COP26 climate talks fast approaching, this month we are focusing on climate change content to help you brush up your knowledge ahead of the conference. Discover our top picks below.
Climate Change: What is COP26, and why is it happening in Glasgow in 2021?
Best to get back to basics before we begin. This BBC Newsround article is actually aimed at kids but it gives a great basic overview of climate change and COP26 – the key facts worth knowing.
Unpredictable and extreme weather events are leading to tragic consequences across the world – and scientists confirm that climate change is a key driver. In this BBC Briefing podcast, a group of academics join David Aaronovitch to discuss whether the global leaders attending COP26 in Glasgow next month can help save us from extreme climate change.
Major climate changes inevitable and irreversible – IPCC’s starkest warning yet
We’ve shared it before and we’ll probably share it again – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report that reveals that human activity is changing our planet’s climate in an unprecedented manner. Climate scientists predict that temperatures will rise by more than 1.5C about pre-industrial levels within the next two decades, breaching the ambition of the Paris climate agreement and bringing widespread devastation and extreme weather. Urgent action is needed to prevent this – which is why the upcoming COP26 climate talks are so important.
‘Blah, blah, blah’: Greta Thunberg lambasts leaders over climate crisis
Addressing the audience at the Youth4Climate summit in Milan, climate activist Greta Thunberg criticised global leaders over their promises to address climate change, dismissing them as ‘blah, blah, blah’. She argued that all we hear are words that have so far not led to action – but did also state it would be entirely possible to turn this crisis around.
Key climate finance pledges from UN General Assembly
In September, global leaders met in New York for the 76th session of the UN General Assembly. Climate change was a key discussion point – specifically, the challenge of funding the action needed to tackle the problem. Discover pledges made by nations around the world, from the US to Peru.
AGM trends: ‘Companies need to consider climate to avoid adverse publicity’
Research by financial services company Equiniti and corporate governance experts Prism Cosec found that shareholders are using virtual AGMs to ask more questions about a range of issues, with climate change among the top topics. Companies therefore must consider their impact on the climate and adjust their strategy and operations accordingly to avoid adverse publicity at AGMs…as was recently the case for some major oil companies.
All we can save: truth, courage, and solutions for the climate crisis
This 2020 collection of essays pulls together a diverse collection of women’s voices across science, journalism, farming, law and education to demonstrate how women are leading the fight against climate change, but still not enough are in leadership. Unlike so many other publications on climate change, this one can leave the reader feeling hopeful, with ideas on how we can reshape society to set ourselves on a more sustainable path.
When Wall Street came to coal country: how a big-money gamble scarred Appalachia
Coal is a big culprit in the climate crisis, with the burning of this fossil fuel responsible for just under half of global CO2 emissions. This Guardian long read article travels back to the turn of the millennium to tell the story of how a failed bet on US coal mining by hedge fund investors left the workers and environment to pay the dramatic price.
This weekly BBC podcast is an analytical inquiry of climate change, hosting a variety of views on the crisis and how to tackle it. Episodes range from exploring what made us doubt climate change, to the role of the media and whether football could help find solutions.
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Good COP or bad COP?: What to look out for from the COP26 Climate Conference
World leaders will be gathering in Glasgow for the COP26 climate negotiations. After a year which has seen yet more record-breaking temperatures and severe weather events, the urgency of taking action is clearer than ever.
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