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#COP21: C40, Germany & IADB Achieve Major Breakthrough For Developing Cities: $1 Billion In Green Infrastructure Unlocked Within Four Years

Green infrastructure is no longer out-of-reach for cities in developing countries thanks to the launch of the C40 Cities Finance Facility, a major project by C40 Cities, Germany and Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to provide the skills, technical assistance and connections to funding opportunities needed to unlock up to...


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Consumers Confused About Advice On Cod

Ten years after North Sea cod stocks came close to collapse, consumers are still “completely confused” about whether or not they can eat cod with a clear conscience, according to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the non-profit ecolabel for sustainable seafood. Although cod is the second most purchased fish...


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#COP21: Major Economies Declare Support for 1.5°C

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) today acknowledged the declaration of support from Germany and France for strengthening of the 2 degrees long-term UNFCCC goal to the safer below 1.5°C goal at the UN Climate Conference at Paris (COP21). Recognizing this change of position, now 108 countries have clearly voiced...


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#COP21: Former Champion Of Climate Action Wins Fossil Of The Day Award

Denmark’s government U-Turn on ambitious climate targets earned the country the shameful 1st place Fossil of the Day Award at the Paris climate summit today. The dubious award was handed down to Denmark for stating that it will reduce its ambitious climate targets and nearly halve financial support provided...


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Global Small Wind Turbines Installed Capacity Will Surge to 4.8 Gigawatts by 2025, says GlobalData

Global cumulative installed capacity of small wind turbines will increase more than fivefold from 912.6 Megawatts in 2014 to 4.8 Gigawatts (GW) by 2025, at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 16.4%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report* states that small wind power...


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#COP21: Construction Sector Commits To Massive Carbon Savings

The UK Green Building Council has come together with Green Building Councils from around the world to publish a series of commitments from the private sector that would result in massive carbon savings from buildings and construction. Formally published today at Buildings Day – the official COP21 meeting led...


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Investor Collaboration Helps Reduce Corporate Emissions By 641 Million Tonnes

A new infographic released at the COP21 summit in Paris today, shows the impressive results that can be achieved when investors incentivize corporate action on carbon reductions. CDP’s Carbon Action initiative has this year helped reduce global corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 641 million tonnes of CO2e and...


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EU Commission Issues Circular Economy Package With Weaker Waste Targets

The European Commission has released a set of proposals aiming to make Europe more resource-efficient, but most of the legally binding targets have been watered down compared to the previous 2014 package. Proposals issued today include a legally binding recycling rate of 65% across the EU by 2030 and...


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#COP21 report: Climate Reality in the 21st Century

Three major civil society groups demand that the UN climate talks follow through on leaders’ calls for action to help the world’s most vulnerable people. This call follows the Climate Vulnerable Forum’s Declaration to upscale national climate action and a series of statements from richer countries at COP21 promising...


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#COP21: Speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at The Forests Session

Yesterday, Forests and Deforestation hijacked the official agenda of COP21. Prince Charles gave a speech on the issue, building on his lifelong commitment to forestry and conservation. This is his speech (source). The speech Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I hope I am in the right room as this...


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#COP21: Thousands of Catholics Join Pope Francis for Global Climate March

The past weekend, tens of thousands of members of the Global Catholic Climate Movement participated in the Global Climate March around the world. Carrying banners and signs that read ‘Hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor,’ they endeavoured to put Laudato Si into action...


Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking at the opening of the GAVI Alliance immunisations pledging conference in London, June 13 2011

#COP21: ‘We should be taking action against climate change today,’ says Cameron

Responding to the Prime Minister’s remarks at the opening of COP21, Matthew Spencer, director of Green Alliance said: “David Cameron has made a passionate case for the UK Climate Change Act to be used as a structure to strengthen the international climate agreement. Without a review mechanism like the UK’s...


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Environmental Audit Committee: Heathrow Third Runway Carbon emissions, air quality and noise inquiry

The Environmental Audit Committee held an inquiry into the implications for Government commitments on carbon emissions, air quality and noise should the Airport Commission’s recommendation of a third runway at Heathrow Airport be adopted. Their report has now been published. It concluded: “The Government should not approve Heathrow expansion...


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#COP21: Forest Leaders Urge Governments to Take Firm Action on Climate Change

“We need a global agreement at COP 21 with clear actions and firm commitments, outlining effective pathways to address climate change,” said Ben Gunneberg, CEO of PEFC International ahead of the upcoming PEFC Forest Certification Week. Gunneberg went on: “These commitments must recognize the multiple benefits of forests and encourage...


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Greenpeace condemns departure of Japanese whaling fleet

Greenpeace has called on the government of Japan to cancel the whaling fleet heading to the Southern Ocean under the guise of “research whaling”, and condemned the expedition as both unnecessary and in violation of the findings of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Japanese government released a...