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Paul Gilding: Climate Emergency Defined

What is a climate emergency and does the evidence justify one? This report from CISL Fellow Paul Gilding reviews the evidence about the scale, timing and urgency of the risks posed by climate change to determine whether an emergency response is both necessary and feasible.

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Angus Morrison-Saunders: Advanced Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment

April 2018: This book discusses the big ideas behind EIA thinking and practice. It explores key steps in the process and the core principles underlying these with emphasis placed on best practices.

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Stephen Peake: Exploring the financial and investment implications of the Paris Agreement

15 December 2016 – This article explores the scale of climate finance and investment needs embodied in the Paris Agreement. It reveals that there is little clarity in the numbers from the plethora of sources (official and otherwise) on climate finance and investment.

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Christiaan Kraaijenhagen, Cécile van Oppen and Nancy Bocken: Circular Business: Collaborate and Circulate

March 2016 – The new book Circular Business: Collaborate and Circulate explains how you can establish a successful circular business. The authors, who are working in the area of sustainability, aim to close the gap between theory and practice in the circular economy.

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Insurance regulation for sustainable development: Protecting human rights against climate risks and natural hazards

July 2015 – This report analyses the role of insurance regulation in protecting the basic human rights of life, livelihood and shelter against natural hazards and climate risk. Effective insurance regulation facilitates access to insurance (both traditional and alternative) as a means to increase communities’ resilience, fulfil related human rights duties of state and non-state actors and support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Wayne Visser: Sustainable Frontiers

Sustainable Frontiers throws down the gauntlet to business to step up and be the catalyst for a sustainable future. It presents eight keys to unlocking transformational change – through leadership, enterprise, innovation, transparency, engagement, responsibility, integration and future-fitness.

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Effective regulation for mutual and co-operative insurers can help protect human rights against natural hazards

May 2015 – Effective insurance regulation promotes financial inclusion and supports people’s basic rights of life, livelihood and shelter. Disruptive insurance regulation, or no regulation at all, deprives the poorest people in our world from this protection. Mutual and co-operative providers of microinsurance are very aware of the sharp reality that inclusive insurance, insurance that reaches all strata of our societies, can only thrive with adequate regulation.

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Mark Esposito, Patrick O'Sullivan, Nigel F.B. Allington (editors): The Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Finance in the 21st Century

April 2015 – Since 2008 the financial sector has been the subject of extensive criticism. Much of this criticism has focussed on the morality the actors involved in the crisis and its extended aftermath. This book analyses the key moral and political philosophical issues of the crisis and relates them to the political economy of finance. It also examines to what extent the financial sector can or should be reformed

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Penny Walker: Working Collaboratively: A Practical Guide to Achieving More

July 2013 - The really big sustainability challenges for your business can’t be solved by your business. But they can be solved by your business working in collaboration with others. Working Collaboratively provides tools to help you understand and manage successful collaborations: identify potential collaborators, e.g. key players from other parts of the system; spot internal ‘ways of working’ that support or get in the way of collaboration; use a range of techniques to explore win-wins with potential collaborators.

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Nick Coad and Paul Pritchard: Leading Sustainable Innovation

July 2013 - Sustainability will play an increasingly key role in the innovation process within businesses. Leading companies are already integrating these agendas, and preparing their sustainability executives to take the lead. This book demonstrates why sustainability requires innovation; explains how this opportunity can be grasped by sustainability executives; outlines the skills they will need to learn to lead on sustainable innovation and outlines key trends in sustainable innovation and in managing innovation.

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Alan Knight: Rethinking Corporate Sustainability – If Only We Ran the Planet Like a Shop!

March 2013 - A can-do, positive narrative on sustainable development. This narrative might come across as simplistic, but it is well-informed through real-life experiences and contrasts. It draws on the combined emotional and technical intelligence developed by being confronted with: a child making brass door handles in squalor in India; the memory of another child’s face when the toy they dreamed for was out of stock; the sight of a beautifully laid-out garden centre ready for the Easter rush; the destruction of a tropical forest that supplied the timber for the garden benches or seeing an overweight child enjoying a second burger for lunch in the UK. Its purpose is to build first-hand experiences through humour, metaphors, and clarity to help business leaders and others value and embrace the sustainability challenge.

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Tony Juniper: What Has Nature Ever Done for Us?

January 2013 - From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, nature provides the 'natural services' that keep the economy going. From the recycling miracles in the soil; an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests; an abundance of life creating a genetic codebook that underpins our food, pharmaceutical industries and much more. It has been estimated that these and other services are each year worth about double global GDP. Yet we take most of Nature's services for granted, imagining them free and limitless... until they suddenly switch off.

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Jane Nelson: Corporate Responsibility Coalitions: The Past, Present and Future of Alliances for Sustainable Capitalism

January 2013 - How can we provide clean, safe, sustainable energy supplies for the world despite rising population levels and increasing economic development? Today, energy and sustainability are of primary concern and form the focus of this book and its companion volume, Renewable Energy. Interdisciplinary in its approach and global in its perspective, this book provides a contemporary exploration of the economic, social, environmental, and policy issues raised by current systems of energy use, as well as describing their key physical and engineering features. The historical evolution of the world's energy systems, the principles underlying their use, and their present status and future prospects are analysed, while emphasizing the important issue of sustainability.

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Ramon Arratia: Full Product Transparency: Cutting the Fluff Out of Sustainability

December 2012 - In the past decade, thousands of companies have started the journey towards sustainability, leading to a huge supporting industry of sustainability professionals, lorry loads of corporate reports, and a plethora of green labels and marketing claims. Ramon Arratia argues that it's now time to transform this new industry by cutting out all the fluff and instead focusing on full product transparency (FPT).

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Jorgen Randers: 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years

September 2012 - Forty years ago, The Limits to Growth study addressed the grand question of how humans would adapt to the physical limitations of planet Earth. In the book 2052, Jorgen Randers, one of the co-authors of Limits to Growth, issues a progress report and makes a forecast for the next forty years.

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Patrick O'Sullivan, Mark Smith, Mark Esposito (editors): Business Ethics: A Critical Approach: Integrating Ethics Across the Business World

August 2012 - Forty years ago, The Limits to Growth study addressed the grand question of how humans would adapt to the physical limitations of planet Earth. In the book 2052, Jorgen Randers, one of the co-authors of Limits to Growth, issues a progress report and makes a forecast for the next forty years.

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Wayne Visser: The Quest for Sustainable Business: An Epic Journey in Search of Corporate Responsibility

June 2012 - This book takes the reader on a journey around the world, sharing insights on the evolution of sustainable business from the Wayne Visser’s travels to over 65 countries in the past 20 years.

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Richard Burrett contributes a chapter to Iveta Cherneva: The Business Case for Sustainable Finance

June 2012 - In the world of finance, until recently, environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have been present only in the soft domains of ethics, philanthropy and reputation management. Few academic works have asked the question: is there a business case for sustainable finance?

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Bob Everett, Godfrey Boyle, Stephen Peake and Janet Ramage (Editors): Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future

December 2011 - How can we provide clean, safe, sustainable energy supplies for the world despite rising population levels and increasing economic development? Today, energy and sustainability are of primary concern and form the focus of this book and its companion volume, Renewable Energy.

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Mark Esposito, Lloyd C. Williams and Alessandro Biscaccianti: The M3C Model of Cooperative Contextual Change

May 2011 - The Model of Contextual Cooperative Change (M3C) is a modern new textbook on the theory of contextual change, presenting original ideas tested and ready to implement in a highly informative book, the authors posit that to increase effectiveness of change, it's necessary to introduce dynamic stability into a system.

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Paul Gilding: The Great Disruption

April 2011 - The Great Disruption offers a stark and unflinching look at the challenge humanity faces-yet also a deeply optimistic message. The coming decades will see loss, suffering, and conflict as our planetary overdraft is paid; however, they will also bring out the best humanity can offer: compassion, innovation, resilience, and adaptability.

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Stefan Raubenheimer: Facing Climate Change: Building South Africa's Strategy

January 2011 - When it comes to climate change, the gap between what we are doing and what we need to do is vast. Developing a plan to get us from where we are to where we need to be is now one of the most important tasks of modern society. In this, South Africa was an early leader, and it approached the question in a remarkable way.

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HRH The Prince of Wales, Tony Juniper & Ian Skelly: Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World

October 2010 - A practical guide to what we have lost in the modern world, why we have lost it and how easily it is to rediscover. Harmony is a blueprint for a more balanced, sustainable world that the human race must create to survive.

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Andy Wales: Big Business, Big Responsibilities: From Villains to Visionaries: How Companies are Tackling the World's Greatest Challenges

June 2010 - Big business is often painted as the villain when it comes to the environment or social well-being. There is certainly good evidence of what some businesses have done wrong in the past. But times are changing. Leading businesses are often now the visionaries: leaders in the fight against climate change, protectors of human rights and supporters of international development.

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Jeb Brugmann: Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World

May 2009 - What does it mean that half the world’s people now live in cities—and that two billion more will join them over the next 25 years? How does this change the way the world works? In Welcome to the Urban Revolution, Jeb Brugmann draws on two decades of fieldwork to offer an eye-opening anatomy of our urbanising planet. Taking readers on a street-level tour of the world’s cities, Brugmann challenges conventional thinking about globalisation and reveals cities as the medium for revolutionary change.

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