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Climate change made Europe’s 2019 record heatwave up to ‘100 times more likely’ | Carbon Brief

The hot weather seen in the Netherlands and France was made up to “100 times more likely” by climate change, the study finds.

And the heat in Cambridge in the UK – which saw a new country-wide record of 38.7C in July – was made around “20 times more likely” by human-caused warming

Evolving our approach to climate change | BHP

“The evidence is abundant: global warming is indisputable.The planet will survive. Many species may not.

Use of emissions-intensive products from the resources industry have contributed significantly to global warming. Those emissions related to BHP’s business come from three sources. Scope 1 and 2 emissions from electricity consumption and diesel use at our operations, and scope 3 emissions from our value chain.”

Climate and Law, Sarah Barker | Acclimatise

Climate change is increasingly being understood as an issue of financial risk to corporates. This has brought the issue to the attention of corporate lawyers like Sarah Barker, Special Counsel and Head of Climate Risk Governance at MinterEllison, the largest commercial law firm in the Asia Pacific. For over six years, Sarah has been a leading voice in the field of climate risk governance for business.

As climate change is now widely accepted as a financial risk issue, it necessarily enlivens established legal frameworks around corporate management and disclosure of climate risk. In this Acclimatise Conversation on Climate Change Adaptation, Sarah Barker talks us through why it is so important, from a legal perspective, for businesses to govern for the financial risks associated with climate change.

Bringing Climate Change onto the board agenda | Deloitte

Climate change is likely to drive some of the most profound changes to businesses in our lifetimes. Impacts on products and services, supply chains, loss of asset values and market dislocation are already being caused by more frequent and severe climate-related events. These effects are now compounded by the accelerating pace of policy and regulatory change as humanity recognises the challenge we face and the drastic and rapid actions we all must take in order to protect our planet and our own livelihoods.

Listed UK companies and pensions face mandatory climate reporting | FT

The government’s new green finance strategy, to be published on Tuesday, will “set expectations” for listed companies and large asset owners to report climate risks by 2022, said the Treasury, adding that work with regulators “will explore the most effective way of doing this, including whether mandatory disclosures are necessary”

Green New Deal: The enormous opportunity in shooting for the moon | Medium

In short, without changing the size of our homes, or our cars, or fundamentally changing the fabric of our lives, these discounts mean that a fully electrified energy economy using non-carbon fuel sources would require less than half of the total amount of energy we use today.

Global Climate Talks Stall as Temperature Soars in Europe | Bloomberg

“The delegates remained deadlocked on accounting rules and governance for the system, pushing the debate to their next meeting in Chile in December. They also failed to agree a statement on a scientific report about the risks of rising temperatures, with a group of countries trying to water it down, even as Berlin and Paris were facing highs near 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).”

Booming LNG industry could be as bad for climate as coal, experts warn | The Guardian

Natural gas is at times described as a transition fuel in the response to the climate crisis as it has about half the carbon dioxide emissions of black coal when burned to generate electricity. That argument has been rejected by the head of the International Energy Agency and science bodies warning the world needs to rapidly move to clean energy and industries.