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Arctic sea ice slightly down on 2013

The latest data from Europe’s CryoSat has revealed that Arctic sea ice in October was slightly lower than that recorded in 2013. However, researchers added that the data does not necessarily indicate a turn in the long-term downward trend. In 2012 Arctic sea ice cover shrank to its lowest...


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Supermarket price war threatens ethical shopping

Whilst UK supermarkets are beginning to compete against each other on ethical aspects, the rise of discounters Aldi and Lidl could threaten the progress made, according to a new report. In a guide Ethical Consumer ranks 11 supermarkets on their ethical and environmental ratings and looks at how the...


oil field by johnny choura via Flickr

Climate agreement ‘falls shots’, says 350.org

Campaign group 350.org has criticised the outcome of the UN climate talks in Lima, stating that they fall short of expectations and fail to reflect the global momentum seen during marches and protests. In September, some 600,000 people joined 2,646 peaceful rallies and events in 156 countries to call...


waste landfill by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources via Flickr

EU air pollution and recycling laws could be scrapped

Leaked documents suggest that EU plans to curb air pollution and improve recycling rates could be scrapped. The two directives at risk aim to create a circular economy and prevent premature deaths linked to air pollution. Whilst no decision will be made until next week, the leaked documents, which...


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Survey: pensions industry rejects polling members on ethical investing

A survey has revealed that almost two thirds of the pension industry does not believe that defined benefit schemes should poll members on investment concerns, such as environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. The survey, from Professional Pensions, asked participants if defined benefit schemes should follow the lead of...


red brick houses by Alex Pepperhill via Flickr

Green Deal £24m fund runs out in just a day

The government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme, Green Deal, has seen a £24 million fund that offers householders cash for taking out solid wall insulation has been exhausted in just a day. The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund aims to offer householders an incentive to improve their home. Energy customers...


antarctica ice by Liam Quinn via Flickr

Royal Society guide aims to remove bias from climate science

The Royal Society has produced a 60 second video and guide on climate change and its effect in an effort to remove bias and spin from climate science, instead focusing on what the experts say. The guide and the questions and answers on the Climate Change: Evidence & Causes...


Ocean plastic - Jason Karn via Flickr

Study: over 5 trillion pieces of plastic now in the ocean

Researchers have measured how much plastic is now in the oceans and the findings show how huge the scale of the problem is. It is estimated that there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, ranging in size, in the oceans, collectively weighing 269,000 tons. The findings, which were...


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Lake District and New Forest National Parks named top 100 sustainable destinations

UK national parks Lake District and New Forest are amongst tourism spots that have been named in the Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100. Despite scoring well across a range of categories, the findings suggest both destinations should work on a green tourism policy. The top 100 list was launched...


gas ring by Lee Haywood via Flickr

Low-carbon energy subsidies equivalent to taking 10 million cars off the road

A new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) found that low-carbon energy policies made up £45 of energy bills in 2013, resulting in emission reductions equivalent to taking 10 million cars off the road. The report – Energy prices and bills – impacts of meeting carbon budgets...


Air emissions by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Ed Davey: investors should be informed of fossil fuel investment risks

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has commented that there is a case for making companies disclose their investments in fossil fuels and explain associated the risks. The remarks come as the fossil fuel divestment campaign continues to gather pace. Davey’s comments were made at the UN conference...


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UN’s Ban Ki-moon: we must act on climate change now

The whole world must be engaged and take action to curb climate change now if we are to avoid crossing the agreed 2C warming limit, the secretary-general of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, has said during a speech in Lima, Peru. The remarks have been made at the 20th Conference...


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Campaigners call for wildlife and environment to feature in election manifestos

Campaigners have taken part in the Rally for Nature, which marched to Parliament, to challenge MPs from all the major political parties to make commitments for wildlife and the environment in their manifestos ahead of the general election in May 2015. The event was a collaboration between the RSPB,...


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IEA: oil price slump ‘golden opportunity’ to put price on carbon

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is calling on policymakers to take advantage of the “golden opportunity” that falling oil prices presents by putting a price on carbon and slashing fossil fuel subsidies. The comments come as international climate change talks continue in Lima, Peru. Ministers have gathered at the...


UK storm by Gareth Thompson via Flickr

‘Weather bomb’ leaves thousands of Scottish homes without power

As a ‘weather bomb’ hit Britain, bringing 80mph winds and huge coastal waves, more than 17,000 Scottish homes have been left without power. Warnings have been issued across northern England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The weather has also affected transport, with disruptions for trains and ferries in the...



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