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WWF Comment On European Union's Climate Action

WWF Comment On European Union’s Climate Action

Lang Banks, WWF Scotland director, has reacted to today’s ratification of the Paris climate change agreement by EU members with the following statements: “It’s great to see that the EU has ratified the Paris climate agreement, which means that this landmark deal, vital to protect people and nature from the worst effects...


Highest Level Of Protection For African lions As Botswana Minister Backs Convention

Highest Level Of Protection For African lions As Botswana Minister Backs Convention

Today’s news that Botswana’s Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Tsekedi Khama appealed for countries to support CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Proposal 4 to uplist the endangered African lion to Appendix I, has been welcomed by Animal Defenders International (ADI) Introduced by nine African nations (Niger, Chad,...


The Paris Agreement Ratification Agreed By Environmental Council

The Paris Agreement Ratification Agreed By Environmental Council

Today’s news that Environment Ministers of all EU member states have agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement has been welcomed by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe who have called for the EU to demonstrate a commitment to increasing climate action. “We welcome today’s decision by the Environment Council, which shows that...


Protecting Our Wildlife And Environment Should Be Key To Brexit Plan

Protecting Our Wildlife And Environment Should Be Key To Brexit Plan

With the Prime Minister set to unveil the government’s plan to make a ‘success of Brexit’ at the tory party conference, Friends Of The Earth have urged the government to commit to matching or exceeding EU protections for the environment. Over 70% of our environmental laws currently come from Europe, which...


Offshore Wind Noise Reduction Having Positive Impact On Porpoise

Offshore Wind Noise Reduction Having Positive Impact On Porpoise

According to a report published today, measures to cut down underwater noise could reduce the negative impact that offshore wind power development has on harbour porpoise populations in UK waters. The research, conducted by SMRU Consulting exclusively for WWF-UK, used noise reduction scenarios to identify the benefits of reducing noise...


EU Countries Under Fire Over Marine Protection

EU Countries Under Fire Over Marine Protection

12 EU countries are not meeting their legal targets to complete the Natura 2000 network and yesterday improved marine protection from these countries was ordered by the European Commission. The countries came under fire at a meeting which gathered EU officials, national government representatives, scientific experts and NGOs in Malta to discuss the...


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‘Truly Remarkable’ News of Ratification of Paris Agreement

Director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has commented on the news that ratification of the Paris Agreement has been approved my EU Ministers in the European Union . He said that the speed at which the deal is being approved is ‘truly remarkable’. “Be in no...


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Gabon Encouraging African Countries To Support The Fight Against Ilegal Fishing

The Gabonese Government is enlisting other African countries to collaborate in marine protection and the fight against illegal fishing in the continental waters. The announcement follows the successful conclusion of a five-month long surveillance and control mission of intense investigation at sea dubbed Operation Albacore, a pioneering collaboration between Sea...


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Valuations Office Agree Business Rates For ‘Mainly Export’ Solar

Companies can see how much their properties are valued at on the VOA website as the draft rateable values for 2017 for properties that pay business rates are published today. Included within the figures published is an unexpected sharp hike in the solar part of business rates for organisations that use power...


EU Urged To Speed Up Ratification Of Paris Agreement By Corporate Leaders Group

EU Urged To Speed Up Ratification Of Paris Agreement By Corporate Leaders Group

Today, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group have pleaded with Europe to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change without disregarding its ambitious climate agenda, this comes in the build up to an extraordinary EU Environment Council on Friday in Brussels.   Jill Duggan, Director of The Prince of Wales’s...


VW Appoint Former EU Climate Official In Attempt To Clean Up Its Act

VW Appoint Former EU Climate Official In Attempt To Clean Up Its Act

Former EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard has been appointed as part of Dieselgate-shaken Volkswagen’s ‘Sustainability Council’ in an attempt to improve the company’s public image. Corporate Europe Observatory’s climate campaigner Pascoe Sabido has responded to the news with the following: ”The Barroso and Kroes scandals are still red hot, but ex-EU...


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EDF’s Ratings Downgraded From A3/P-2 By Moody Showing A Stable Outlook

The long-term issuer and senior unsecured ratings of Électricité de France (EDF) have today been downgraded by  Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) from A3 from A2, together with its perpetual junior subordinated debt ratings to Baa3 from Baa2. Today’s rating downgrade reflects Moody’s view that the action plan announced by EDF in April 2016, which includes government...


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Cupifesto Launched To Tackle Throwaway Cups Waste

Today civil society organisations around the world are raising awareness regarding the dangers to people, forests, water and the climate that throwaway cups cause. The Environmental Paper Network (EPN) is launching its ‘Cupifesto – A Manifesto for No Throwaway Cups’ urging drinks retailers and politicians all over the world to...


Australian Report Reveals Multi-Million Dollar Executive Fossil Fuel Exploration Bonuses

Australian Report Reveals Multi-Million Dollar Executive Fossil Fuel Exploration Bonuses

Today environmental finance campaigners, Market Forces, released a report revealing the multi-million dollar bonuses awarded to Australian and international fossil fuel company executives for expanding reserves which are un burnable under any plausible two degree climate scenario – and the duplicity of Australia’s superannuation – or pension – funds which support...


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Possilbe Multi-million Pound Market For Green Farming After Brexit

A new report published today from Green Alliance and the National Trust  state that farmers may benefit from a new scheme that aims to give millions of pounds towards farming methods that provide clean water, restore wildlife and reduce flooding. Green Alliance and the National Trust have proposed a...