Cities, climate change and chronic heat exposure

Climate change will lead to increases in the occurrence of chronic heat exposure over longer durations and there is an urgent need to focus on managing the risks this poses, as well as the immediate risks from shorter-lived heat events. This policy brief looks at the problem with a focus on developing and emerging economies, and provides recommendations for action by government, utilities, property developers and investors, development support and finance organisations. read more »



New funding for local climate change projects announced

Funding of up to £75,000 to support local climate action in the UK has been announced by the Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN). Proposals are invited for the first round of the PCAN Fund, backed by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which will support up to six projects worth £5,000 – £35,000 each,out […]



New £3.5m research network to support UK transition to a low-carbon economy

The Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry, will today (31 January 2019) launch an initiative to create a network of new and extended city climate commissions in Edinburgh, Belfast and Leeds. The project aims to help the UK meet the requirements of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and the UK Climate […]



Low carbon investment in cities creates big wins for governments, jobs and economies

  Governments looking to boost jobs, economic productivity and public health should ensure infrastructure investment in cities is low carbon, according to a new study for the Coalition for Urban Transitions by experts at the University of Leeds. The research team assessed over 700 studies. They found that directing investments into low carbon projects in […]


Potential for Leeds to lead on low carbon investment

This week, the Environmental Audit Committee published a report on the state of investment in low carbon technology, outlining a 56% drop in investment in cash terms in 2017 compared to 2015. The Leeds Climate Commission is tackling this head on, by bringing together investors and projects at the launch of the Project Development and […]