Climate change is a major threat to the sustainability and inclusiveness of our societies, and to the planet’s habitability. A just transition to a low-carbon economy is the only viable way forward. This paper reviews the climate change challenge.

This paper discusses how China’s low-carbon transition can act as a new driver of growth in the post-COVID-19 era.

China’s 14th Five-Year Plan, for the period 2021–25, presents a real opportunity for China to link its long-term climate goals with its short- to medium-term social and economic development plans.

The COP-21 meeting in Paris produced an important result. For the first time all countries developed and developing agreed to take some mitigation action.

Companies that do not plan for the inevitable low-carbon economy resulting from climate action sparked by the Paris Climate Change Agreement risk considerable financial losses and drops in value, argue a pair of leading economists from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

As China’s government finalises the country’s 13th Five Year Plan for economic development (2016–2020), this article takes stock of recent changes in China’s economy and energy system since the turn of the century, and looks ahead to the likely trajectory of China’s emissions over the next decade.

The Paris climate conference provides an important opportunity to advance global cooperation toward a low-carbon future that greatly mitigates climate risks and helps countries adapt to those risks already locked-in. This paper has highlighted the keys to successful international climate cooperation in Paris and beyond.

China’s economy is undergoing a major structural transformation towards a new development model focused on achieving better quality growth that is more economically and environmentally sustainable, and achieves better social outcomes for the Chinese people.

This paper seeks to contribute to a re-framing of the debate on the equitability and ambition of actions to address climate change. It examines a sample of seven ‘burden-sharing’ approaches to setting mitigation targets which have been proposed during discussions about a new international agreement on climate change.

This important study by Nicholas Stern, the leading climate economist from Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Dr Simon Dietz from Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy warns that the financial damage caused by global warming will be considerably greater than what the current models have predicted.