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Poll: government planning system not equipped for sustainable economy transition

Three quarters of environment and sustainability professionals do not believe the current government planning system is equipped to aid the UK’s transition to a sustainable economy, according to a poll from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). The survey results come as political parties continue to campaign...


water pipe By Dave Millet via Flickr

Roadmap needed to ensure future water security, say World Water Forum delegates

Ensuring the world has a secure supply of water in the future is one of the many challenges associated with climate change and sustainability. Delegates of the World Water Forum, hosted by the World Water Council, have urged countries to deliver a roadmap on the issue. The seventh World...


food bank launch by BromfordGroup via Flickr

Unilever named most sustainable amongst top food and beverage firms

British firm Unilever has been named as the most sustainable food and beverage company, ranking high on farmers, workers and the climate, in a scorecard that rates the top ten firms in the sector. The rankings, complied by Oxfam America rate the top ten food and beverage companies –...


power plant by Lisa Murray via Flickr

US pledges to cut emissions by 28%

The US has submitted its climate change pledge ahead of an international treaty being agreed at the end of a year. The country has set a target of achieving 26-28% emissions cuts by 2025 when compared to 2005 levels. The US has also said it was on track to...


coal plant by michelle carl via Flickr

Study: climate action can add 1m jobs by 2030 across EU, US and China

Action on climate change could create over 1 million jobs by 2030 across the EU, US and China, while preventing over 100,000 premature deaths each year, according to a new study from the NewClimate Institute that looks at the economic benefits of climate mitigation. The report has been released...


power plant emissions by Matt Buck via Flickr

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,...


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...


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...


New York by Rakkhi Samarasekera via Flickr

Just Index: a market solution to inequality?

Paul Tudor Jones founded the Tudor Investment Corporation hedge fund in 1980, now worth $13.5 billion (£9bn). In 1988 he used his accumulated wealth to found the Robin Hood Foundation alleviating poverty in New York. Today he is focused on the Just Capital, to create an index that rates...


flooded field by Broo_am (Andy B) via Flickr

Study: cost of climate change to become ‘serious challenge’ by 2040

Economists have said that the cost of climate change could increase significantly over the coming decades and become a “serious challenge” for businesses by 2040. They have urged businesses to consider the true financial costs of climate change in order to prepare for the future. The study was led...


newspaper stand By Bobbie Johnson via Flickr

Budget 2015: What the papers say

We take a look at what the newspapers and financial papers says about the last budget of this government. The Telegraph categorised the Budget speech as a triumph for the “lucky” chancellor where he put, “electioneering over economics”. They concluded that, “It’s a great tragedy: had Mr Osborne cut...


Forest - Moyan Brenn via Flickr

Report calls for next government to prioritise climate change and environment

Ahead of the General Election in May, a new report has been published calling on the next government to prioritise climate change and the environment, arguing it is needed to promote the UK’s health, wealth and security in the long-term. The report – Environment: Priorities for the next government – has...


Numbers And Finance

Study: rich nations could affordably give $2tn to tackle climate change in developing countries

Rich nations could pledge up to $2 trillion (£1.35tn) each year by mid-century to developing countries to help mitigate and adapt to climate change without exceeding more than 2% of GDP or the finance provided being prohibitive. The research, from the London School of Economic’s Grantham Research Institute on...


dry fields drought by Danumurthi Mahendra via Flickr

UK set to offer climate expertise to developing countries

The UK has announced a new initiative by which it intends to provide developing countries with its “world-leading climate and adaptation expertise” in an attempt “successfully tackle climate change”. The programme, launched by energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey, combines the knowledge from leading UK organisations and government...


waste by perfortunasonosiculo via Flickr

Poll: UK government failing to encourage circular economy

A survey has found that sustainability professional believe that the UK government is failing to encourage businesses to improve resource efficiency and move towards a circular economy. The poll comes from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), a network of environment and sustainability professionals, and asked 400...



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