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United Reformed Church of Scotland to divest from fossil fuels

The United Reformed Church’s (URC) National Synod of Scotland has backed the fossil fuel divestment campaign and will now begin moving its investments out of polluting energy sources. The resolution on divestment was passed at the spring synod meeting. The organisation agreed that no further investment in fossil fuels...


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UK and Scottish governments commit £4.2m for carbon capture research

The UK and Scottish governments have jointly committed to providing £4.2 million for industrial and feasibility research for a carbon capture storage coal-gasification power plant located in Grangemouth, Scotland. Carbon capture and storage involves capturing emissions at power plants and burying the gases. The technology could help make the...


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Antarctica ice shelves see ‘substantial’ loss in last two decades, finds study

A new study has found that over the last two decades there has been “substantial changes” in Antarctica’s floating ice shelves, with some areas experiencing as much as an 18% decreases. The researchers argue that the findings show how the ice sheet is responding to climate change. The study,...


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Voice of the Adviser 2015 released on Monday

For the last five years we’ve interviewed hundreds of financial advisers to ask them about the state of the advice market, the economy, and their political leanings and, most importantly for us, their finger on the pulse of sustainable, responsible and ethical investment in the UK.   The report...


coal power plant by Greg Goebel via flickr

UK greenhouse gas emissions fell 8% in 2014

Greenhouse gas emissions across the UK fell by more than 8% in 2014 thanks to a combination of greater energy efficiency, burning less coal and increasing renewable power generation, government figures suggest. Statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate change show overall emissions fell by 8.4%, when compared...


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Sustainable investing doesn’t require financial trade-off, says Morgan Stanley

The common perception that investing sustainably means losing some financial return is not true, according to a study conducted by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. Despite this, the misconception is hampering growth in the sector. The report – Sustainable Reality: Understanding the performance of sustainable investment strategies...


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EU agrees to start carbon market stability reserve in 2021

EU member states are set to begin negotiations on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) next week after an agreement was reached on Wednesday. They have agreed to seek cutting supply in the carbon market in 2021, despite calls for earlier action. The EU-ETS covers more than 11,000 factories,...


Sweden wind turbine by axelivarsson via Flickr

Davey: low-carbon economy within reach

In a new report published by the government, energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has described the UK’s low-carbon economy ambitions of being “within reach”. The paper aims to show how the low-carbon economy has developed over the last five years and highlight further opportunities for those interested...


dorset flood by Shaun Dunphy via Flickr

5 million UK properties at risk of flooding, warn MPs

There are major risks to the sustainability of current levels of flood protection, according to the Public Accounts Committee’s report. The report warns that some five million properties across England are at risk. The report notes that one in six properties are at risk of flooding from coastal, river...


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New platform tracks corporate deforestation commitments

A new platform has launched with the aims of giving decision makers, investors and consumers more information on how companies are tackling deforestation and living up to the pledges they have made on the issue. The platform follows the Forest 500 rankings, which identifies, ranks and tracks companies, investors,...


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US coal decline a warning for fossil fuel investors, says Carbon Tracker

The Carbon Tracker Initiative has said the decline of the thermal coal market in the US should serve as a warming for investors with holdings in fossil fuel companies, explaining it may be a harbinger of things to come for other fossil fuel markets globally. In a new report...


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Investment platform Ethex wins Sustainable Finance award

Online positive investment platform Ethex has won the award for Sustainable Finance in the Sustainable City Awards. A fair trade lender and an organisations working to advance sustainable investment in retail financial services have also been highly commended. Social entrepreneur Jamie Hartzell started Ethex in 2012. The online platform...


pylon by  Ewan Munro via Flickr

Survey: global electricity system could be 70% renewable by 2050

It is achievable for the global electricity system to be 70% powered by renewables by mid-century according to a survey of energy sector participants. The survey was conducted by DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts, and asked for the views of over 1,600 people working...


power plant emissions by Martin Nikolaj Bech via flickr

Carbon price should increase up to 200% to avoid tipping point, says study

In order to avoid dangerous levels of climate change and crossing irreversible tipping points in the future, the price of carbon should be increased by up to 200%, according to a new study. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter, Zurich, Stanford and Chicago have urged policymakers not to discount...


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Climate change could bring exotic diseases to UK

Increasing temperatures could lead to a tropical diseases coming to the UK and the rest of Europe, public health experts have warned. Warmer weather could maker it easier for mosquitoes and other insects to spread disease to new regions. The study, which has been published in The Lancet Infectious...



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