The learned professor: Oxford University's Gordon Clark
- Portfolio Institutional
17 December 2013
Prof Gordon Clark's interview to Portfolio Institutional
about how schemes have had to adapt their investment strategies in light of financial repression and the prospects for infrastructure investing in the UK.
Congratulations to Patrick Mcsharry (SSEE), Peter Bailey (OUCE), Kathy Willis (Zoology) and for their success in being awarded a prestigious John Fell grant.
15 December 2013
Their 18 month 'Signatures of Ecological and Environmental Resilience'
project will assess the resilience of African dryland systems to climate change and human pressures. The resulting data will form the basis of a much more comprehensive investigation for which further funding will be sought in 2015. This project follows directly on work previously undertaken by the PI – Peter Bailey and will benefit enormously from the internationally-recognised expertise of the team in ecology, biodiversity, dynamics of environmental systems over a wide range of timescales, quantitative analysis and modelling.
China's coal crackdown could leave Australian mines stranded Down Under
- Business Green
13 December 2013
A predicted slowdown in China's appetite for coal could have dire consequences for Australian mines, according to the latest research by University of Oxford's Stranded Assets Programme.
Coal's grim forecast: projects may be 'stranded' by falling Chinese demand
- The Guardian
15 December 2013
A string of projects to create some of the world’s largest coalmines in Australia risks becoming financially unviable due to falling demand from China, a new report by the University of Oxford has warned.
Prospect - How to overcome the challenges of food security and sustainability?
12 December 2013
On Tuesday 10th December, Prospect
held a round table entitled "How to overcome the challenges of food security and sustainability."
This subject was especially timely as the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which has reached a limited deal among members, was held back from a more wide-ranging pact by entrenched national positions on food subsidies.
The discussion was supported by the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford, Climate Change Capital
and the Crop Protection Association
. The debate examined the problem of future food supplies, and the solutions, both from governments and the private sector. The use of big data and technology, improving diets, cutting out waste in the food chain, sharing best practice and efficiency, cutting red tape to improve markets and trade and the systematic connection between water, food and climate were all discussed.
The Carbon Time Bomb in Your Retirement Account
- The Atlantic
9 December 2013
A new financial tool lets Wall Street calculate the climate-change risk of investments.
Risk of stranded assets prompts debate over engaging or divesting
- Pensions & Investments
28 November 2013
Pension funds and other institutional investors face new pressure to increase their focus on emerging risks triggered by exposure to what might become 'stranded assets' of oil, coal and other fossil fuel companies.
Coal Seen as New Tobacco Sparking Investor Backlash: Commodities
- Bloomberg News
20 November 2013
Energy woes: We should replicate the best elements of Germany's power sector transformat
28 October 2013
Opinion piece by Ben Caldecott
for The Independent
'Chinese CEOs set on a greener path'
23 October 2013
Comment piece by Peter Lacy
for the European edition of the China Daily
'Watch the new cities empower their citizens'
18 October 2013
Opinion piece by Leo Johnson
for the London Evening Standard
on how smart is the 'smart city' approach for Africa and Asia.
'A Promise formerly known as a guarantee'
15 October 2013
Interview with Prof Gordon Clark for the Project M
'Making clean drinking water universally available is 'achievable'
10 October 2013
Making clean drinking water globally accessible is one of the biggest challenges of this century. A new study by Dr Rob Hope
contends that this goal is achievable if the key elements of good governance and management are adopted.
'Catastrophe models give insurers insight into disasters'
30 September 2013
By Pilita Clark, environment correspondent, the Financial Times
SSEE Fellow's Mick Blowfield and Leo Johnson launch new book.
29 September 2013
Mick Blowfield's new book, Turnaround Challenge, was launched at Daunt Books in London on Thursday 26th September . Co-authored with Leo Johnson and published by OUP, it looks at the main challenges business faces in the eye and tries to discover plausible, achievable ways of creating future prosperity.
The Turnaround Challenge website
introduces the book and the projects they are building around it.
American Metereological Society study links climate change to half of 2012's extreme weather events.
20 September 2013
Dr Juan Anel, Neil Massey and Prof Myles Allen, working as part of climateprediction.net
, have contributed to a special report for the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society entitled "Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a climate perspective"
released 5th Sep 2013. Overall, 18 different research teams from around the world contributed to the peer-reviewed report that examined the causes of 12 extreme events that occurred on five continents and in the Arctic.
One paper analysed results from a very large ensemble of climate model simulations performed via volunteer computing to assess the potential human influence on the wet summer seen in the UK in 2012. Results show that the human influence on the summer UK rainfall totals observed in 2012 was minimal. However, large uncertainties exist in the pattern of sea surface temperature change in the North Atlantic that can be attributed to anthropogenic climate change, and this remains a key uncertainty in their results.
A second paper shows that the 2011-12 winter drought over the Iberian Penninsula was extreme in its magnitude and spatial extent. The modelling study using Weather@ Home has concluded that the odds for such a drought to occur have increased by about 25%.
READ THE REPORT
Britain and Norway avoid the 'carbon curse' of countries rich in fossil fuels
22 August 2013
An Oxford University global study found that countries rich in coal, oil and gas emit more carbon dioxide to generate the same amount of economic output as countries where fossil fuels are less abundant. The core assumption is that, in an era of unprecedented climate change, it is imperative to generate a maximum of economic wealth and human welfare with a minimum of carbon emissions. Unfortunately, the study finds, this is genuinely difficult for fuel rich economies. But while exeptions from the 'carbon curse' are few and far between, the study published in the journal Energy Policy
highlights Britain and Norway as two remarkable cases of fuel-producing countries that bucked this trend.
Stranded Assets Publishes its first report
Stranded Assets in Agriculture: Protecting Value from Environment-related Risks
This new report maps out environment-related risks in the agricultural supply chain and shows how they might affect assets over time.
SSEE Visiting Business Fellow Dr Richard Sandor Awarded the French Legion of Honour.
11 July 2013
Dr Richard Sandor, renowned financial innovator and entrepreneur, was named Chevalier dans l'ordre de la Legion d'Honneur (Knight in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor). The award is the highest decoration granted by the French government, and acknowledges his accomplishments in the field of environmental finance and carbon trading as well as his personal commitment and contribution to the promotion of French-American friendship.
Dr Patrick McSharry talks Big Data with Credit Suisse Global Investor magazine
8 July 2013
Dr Patrick McSharry talked with Credit Suisse's Global Investor Magazine about 'Big Data' and how to better measure risks.
The Danger Of Meddling With Wireless - New piece by Prof Bob Hahn and Peter Passel published on the Wall Street Journal
9 June 2013
Hahn and Passell argue that spectrum is the motherís milk of the smart phone wireless revolution. They advocate getting more spectrum into private hands through auctions, and allowing spectrum rights to be traded freely. They also note that Europeís is falling behind the U.S.
Prof Bob Hahn and Nobel laureates author US Supreme Court brief
20 May 2013
Prof Bob Hahn and Nobel laureates Thomas C. Schelling and Vernon L. Smith author U.S. supreme court brief endorsing market-based approaches for limiting greenhouse gas emissions.