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Climate change a ‘medical emergency’, says study

The threat climate change poses to human health is so great it should be considered a “medical emergency” and has the potential to undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a UCL-led Commission. The research, which has been published in the Lancet,...


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Climate finance key to securing strong climate change deal, says Amber Rudd

In order to ensure that a strong climate change deal can be achieved this year it is “absolutely essential” that developed nations demonstrate how they can mobilise climate finance, according the energy and climate secretary Amber Rudd. World leaders, businesses and organisations will meet in Paris later this year...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 19 June headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Pope encyclical: we need a new dialogue to shape the future of our planet Government plans to end onshore wind subsidies early...


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Government plans to end onshore wind subsidies early

The government is facing criticism after announcing that new onshore wind farm will be excluded from a subsidy scheme a year earlier than expected, from 1 April 2016. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has argued that the “high volume” of onshore wind either deployed or in the...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 18 June headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Study: major aquifers past sustainability tipping points Protect more bee species to prevent future shocks, says scientists Trickle-down economics dismissed by IMF...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 16 June headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Countries can reduce GHG emissions by 2020 at no economic cost, says IEA OECD plans to phases out coal subsidy ends in...


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Government ‘fast-track’ fracking plans ‘reckless’, says Green Party

The Green Party has labelled government plans to ‘fast-track’ fracking in the UK as “reckless”. The proposed plans would see test drilling go ahead without the need to consult with local residents. Fracking remains a controversial subject, with the practice being linked to water contamination, methane leaks, environmental degradation...


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Pope Francis’ climate encyclical could have ‘mayor impact’, says UN

The UN thinks that Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, set to be released next week, could have a “major impact” on climate change talks and negotiations ahead of a climate summit in December. The much anticipated encyclical, a letter set to bishops, is expected to argue that there...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 12 June headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. UN: businesses ‘increasingly significant’ in fight against climate change Journalists and activists banned from BP-sponsored ‘oil games’ in Azerbaijan EY: EU referendum...


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EY: EU referendum and energy policy puts UK in 8th place for renewable investment

Contradictory energy objectives and the EU referendum concerning investors means the UK has remained in 8th place in EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI), its lowest level in 12 years. EY has urged the government to take heed of market signals to achieve its climate change goals and...


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John Lewis, SSE and M&S among British firms calling for climate action

Eighty UK businesses have signed an open letter calling on the government to take ambitious climate action and support the building of a low-carbon economy. The letter addressed to Prime Minister David Cameron was published in the Financial Times. The signatories represent many different sectors, from retail and construction...


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Green light given to Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

The government has given planning consent for the construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay. The energy source will boost renewables and the UK’s move towards home-grown low-carbon energy. Energy and Climate Change and Wales Office Minister Lord Bourne commented, “We need more clean and home-grown...


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Nominations open for the Global Diversity List

Nominations are being invited for the Global Diversity List 2015. The aim of the list is to create the definitive global diversity standard that covers every aspect of diversity in every country. This year a list will be published online in October and aims to bring a “new rigour”...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 5 June headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Shell CEO: We can’t ignore the importance of renewable energy Report: building climate resilience essential to business survival Three quarters of business...


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Three quarters of business leaders recognise direct climate risks

Over three quarters of global businesses leaders recognise the bottom line risks from the direct impacts of climate change, according to a new report from the Carbon Trust. However, the paper notes that many businesses are failing to have a clear vision of how they will adapt considering sustainability...