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Our Resources Centre is where we’ve gathered helpful documents for individuals, advisers, fund managers and businesses. You can also check here for our original publications and for the most interesting articles and reports on the Climate Crisis.

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Click 'Climate', 'Innovation' or 'Finance' for a selection of the most interesting articles and reports on the Climate Crisis.

Understanding the Climate Crisis
Impact Report: June 2022

Read our latest report on the effectiveness of the Global Returns Portfolio.

Util: Impact Investment Leaders and Laggards (August 2022)

An analysis of the highest positive and negative contributing ESG investment funds relative to each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, conducted via machine learning.

Extract: The ESG Investing Handbook

Read our co-founder Yan Swiderski's chapter on the limitations of ESG

IPCC Report: Mitigation of Climate Change

This report details the sources of greenhouse gas emissions, current and future mitigation efforts, and the long-term effects of national climate pledges in tackling the Climate Crisis.

EU Taxonomy: Using Tech to Analyze “Green” Fund Performance (2022)

This report from Clarity AI uses the EU Taxonomy to evaluate 31,000 funds according to 'green' performance.

Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

This report collates key findings from the IPCC, looking at the impacts of the Climate Crisis on ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels.

Closing the gap in ocean climate finance (2021)

This report on the dearth of funding for natural climate solutions comes from Deloitte and our Portfolio Partner Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).

Funding Trends: Climate Change Mitigation Philanthropy (2021)

'...Philanthropic giving to climate change mitigation... still represents less than 2% of total global philanthropic giving and is not growing fast enough'.

Changing Finance to Catalyze Transformation (2021)

The latest UNEP report on how financial institutions can accelerate the transition to an environmentally sustainable economy.

Impact Report: December 2021

Read our latest report on the effectiveness of the Global Returns Portfolio.

The Glasgow Climate Pact, Annotated

The final agreement from COP26 with annotations by The Washington Post offering context and translating UN jargon. 

How SDG is ESG?

This report from Util compares the exposure and impact, as measured against the 17 SDGs, of 281 US-domiciled sustainable equity funds relative to all US-domiciled equity funds in aggregate.

Net Zero: How We Stop Causing Climate Change

Sir Dieter Helm introduced our recent webinar, Is ESG Greenwash? Learn more about his recent books here.

100x More Effective

In most cases, allocating to the Global Returns Fund is the most effective action an individual can take to tackle the Climate Crisis.

Economics for the Future

An article by N.J. Hagens from the Institute for the Study of Energy and Our Future, United States.

Cooling the Climate with Plants, Soils and Water (2021)

This UNEP Foresight Brief suggests that plants, soils and water can help mitigate climate change in new ways.

IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (2021)

This Summary for Policymakers provides a high-level summary of the understanding of the current state of the climate.

Global Sustainable Investment Review (2020)

The GSIA finds that gobal sustainable investment has reached $35.3 trillion: up 15% since 2018.

Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation

This Deloitte report discusses a series of recent regulations indicating that European regulators will use the finance sector to build and finance a low carbon economy.

Planetary Boundaries: Measuring Business's Environmental Footprint (2020)

Pictet Asset Management has helped devise a way of applying the Planetary Boundaries framework to an investment setting.

Climate & Lifestyle Report (2020)

Founders Pledge reveals that, for most people, giving to climate charities is the most effective personal action they can take to tackle the Climate Crisis.

Impact Report: 2020/21

In just under six months, your support has allowed the Global Returns Project to make amazing progress towards achieving our goals.

The Case for Climate Optimism

In our Earth Day 2021 report, our Advisory Board member Adam Lury articulates a new understanding of social change in the age of the Climate Crisis.

Navigating the Nuances of Net-Zero Targets (2020)

NewClimate Institute & Data-Driven EnviroLab assess, among other things, the limitations of claiming net-zero emissions through carbon offsetting.

Rethinking Energy: The Great Stranding

RethinkX asserts that significantly underestimated costs from power plants are creating a trillion-dollar bubble in conventional energy assets.

Whales: Their Future is Our Future (2021)

The continued recovery of whale populations is a significant mitigation strategy to combat climate change. 

Water and Climate Change (2020)

The 2020 World Water Development Report describes the opportunities that improved water management offers in terms of climate adaptation and mitigation.

The Peoples' Climate Vote (2021)

With 1.2 million respondents, the Peoples' Climate Vote is the largest survey of public opinion on climate change ever conducted.

Discourses of Climate Delay (2020)

This article from Cambridge's Global Sustainability journal outlines the common features of climate delay discourses and provides a guide to identifying them.

Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction (2020)

Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction: Towards a zero-emissions, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector

The Science of Sustainability (2020)

From The Nature Conservancy: Can a unified path for development and conservation lead to a better future?

Online Misinformation About Climate Change (2020)

What is climate change misinformation, who is involved, how does it spread, why does it matter and what can be done about it?


State of Climate Action (2020)

A report on the state of efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 C. Produced by World Resources Institute and ClimateWorks Foundation, with input from Climate Action Tracker.

Generating Lasting Engagement with Climate Solutions (2020)

In their article for OneEarth, Goldberg, Gustafson, and van der Linden investigate the factors that lead to enduring change in people's perspectives on the climate. 

Rethinking Energy 2020-2030 (2020)

"We are on the cusp of the fastest, deepest, most profound disruption of the energy sector in over a century." Read the new RethinkX report on society's imminent energy innovations.

Climate Risk and Response (2020)

McKinsey Global Institute examines the socioeconomic impacts of climate risk and offers a set of tools and methodologies for businesses to assess them.

UN Emissions Gap Report (2020)

This report reveals our current global progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, focusing on national governments.

Understanding Climate Change

Professor Joanna Haigh—former Co-Director of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and a Global Returns Project Advisory Board member—offers a critical introduction to the Climate Crisis and its consequences.

Revisiting the Sustainable Development Goals (2016)

Prof. Rockstrom, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, explains how the environmental goals are a priority for sustainable development.

Risks, Opportunities and Society (2020)

Oliver Wyman explores the role of the financial services industry in the transition to a climate-sustainable economy.

Understanding the Climate Crisis (2020)

Yan Swiderski, Trustee and Co-Founder of the Global Returns Project, explains how we are currently living in a Climate Crisis.

Disrupting the Cow (2019)

RethinkX’s report, Rethinking Food and Agriculture 2020-2030, explores the imminent and radical disruption in global agricultural production.

Energy Transformation (2019)

Carbon Brief presents an interactive map of the UK’s radical energy transformation of the last decade – the most comprehensive ever published.

Climate Philanthropy (2019)

Rupert Edwards (2019) explores the potential for empowering investors to commit philanthropic donations to tackle the Climate Crisis.

Yawning at The Apocalypse (2018)

Cameron Brick and Sander van der Linden (2018) on how psychologists can help solve the largest social dilemma in history.

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