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Jeremy Leggett by Zero Emission Resource Organisation via Flickr

Jeremy Leggett: world can win the ‘carbon war’

In recent years there has been a shift in the ‘carbon war’ that means those fighting to cut emissions, avoid dangerous levels of climate change and encourage green technology could win, according to Jeremy Leggett’s new book. The book ‘The Winning of the Carbon War’ is downloadable for free....


drought by Bert Kaufmann

UN calls for investment in disaster resilience as costs reach $300bn per year

The UN is calling on countries to increase investment in risk reduction strategies after it revealed in a report that the cost of disasters worldwide has reached an average of $250 billion (£164) to $300 billion (£197bn) every year. The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction has been...


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Researchers link climate change to Syrian conflict

A new study has suggested that climate change was amongst the reasons for the Syrian uprising in 2011, as the worst drought ever recorded in the region destroyed agriculture in the northern part of the country. The research, which has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National...


dorset flood by Shaun Dunphy via Flickr

Global flood risk could almost triple by 2030

Climate change and growing global populations could mean that flood risk around the world will nearly triple over the next fifteen years, according to a new online tool. The Aqueduct Global Flood Analyser was co-developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and four Dutch research organisations – Deltares, the...


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Europe needs ambitious policy to live sustainably by 2050

Despite progress in recent years, Europe must implement more ambitious policies if it is to be sustainable by mid-century, according to the European environment sate and outlook 2015 report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).  The five-yearly assessment argues that progress has been made, with Europeans enjoying cleaner air...


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

Study: increasing EU carbon price would have ‘extremely limited’ impact on business

Despite claims that increasing the price of carbon in the EU could harm businesses, a new study suggests that this is not the case. According to the paper, even a ten-fold increase in the carbon price is likely to have an “extremely limited” impact on exports and imports.  The...


santander by Mike Mozart via Flickr

Santander commits to cutting funding for deforestation firm

Multinational bank Santander has pledged to stop financing pulp and paper company Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL) because of its unsustainable practices causing the destruction of the Indonesian rainforest. According to Greenpeace, Santander had loaned ten of million of pounds to APRIL, as well as directly brokering syndicated...


Bank of england by Rev Stan via Flickr

Stranded assets and climate change on Bank of England agenda

The Bank of England has acknowledged that climate change could have an impact on the financial markets in a research agenda. The paper also notes that the move to a low-carbon economy could leave fossil fuel assets ‘stranded’. The discussion paper – One Bank Research Agenda – aims to...


food waste by Jbloom via Flickr

Report: tackling food waste should be a priority

Cutting back food waste could save up to $300 billion (£194bn) each year by 2030 and make a “significant contribution” to climate change mitigation efforts, according to a new report. The report – Strategies to achieve economic and environmental gains by reducing food waste – is from the UK...


Bamboo forest by odonata98 via Flickr

EcoPlanet Bamboo receive US government Award for Corporate Excellence

Bamboo plantation specialist EcoPlanet Bamboo has won a US government Award for Corporate Excellence. The company has been recognised for its environmental and social commitment. EcoPlanet Bamboo works to makes bamboo a viable and environmentally attractive fibre for timber manufacturing industries. The company explains that bamboo can be grown...


drought by DFID - UK Department for International Development via Flickr

UN: world must address water challenge or risk conflict

Without large new water-related investments many societies will soon confront “rising desperation and conflicts over life’s most essential resource”, according to a new report published by the UN. Population increases and climate change are expected to put more people at risk of extreme water scarcity in the coming decades....


HSBC canary wharf by julian mason via Flickr

Banks aiding tax evasion could face fines

Banks and other companies that are helping clients to evade taxes could face fines in the future. Reports suggest that chancellor George Osborne will use next month’s Budget to target tax evasion. The comments come after HSBC’s Swiss arm has been accused of helping wealthy clients avoid paying taxes....


Corn Field in Summer Drought

Report: UK will need to import half of food to meet 2040 demand

Farming leaders have warned that by 2040 the UK will need to import almost half of its food to meet demand as the population rises. A report from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) warns of “serious implications” for the economy and food security if the country does not improve...


Uk wood by Simon Harrod via Flickr

George Osborne urged to deliver a green Budget

Greater resilience and benefits for the UK economy could be achieved through a green Budget, that considers that the natural environment and responds to global challenges, according to environmental group WWF UK. Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his final Budget before the General Election on 18 March. In a...


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EU calls for 60% emission cut by 2050

The European Union has said it wants to see a legally binding emissions cut of 60% by mid-century and reviews every five years agreed at the UN climate summit in Paris later this year, according to a leaked document. The treaty set to be agreed in Paris will replace...



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