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Climate negotiations ‘far too slow’, says UN chief

Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the UN, has said climate change negotiations are going “far too slow” and urged governments, business leaders and communities to work together towards a solution. The comments come ahead of world leaders meeting in Paris in December to agree on a universal climate change...


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Obama and Attenborough discuss climate change

US President Barack Obama and British naturalist Sir David Attenborough discussed climate change and the future of the planet at a meeting at the White House. The interview, which aired on the BBC, saw Obama criticise the pace of climate change negotiations and action. The President has made climate...


oil rig scotland by Steven Straiton via Flickr

UN urges oil firms to move to cleaner energy

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, has urged the heads of six European oil majors to transition to cleaner technologies in a letter that praises their efforts so far. The letter, which has been addressed to the heads of BG Group, BP, Eni,...


Water poverty by Edwin Lee

NGOs urge world leaders to harness ‘historic opportunity’

World leaders have a “historic opportunity” this year to tackle climate change and eradicate poverty, according for NGOs who are calling on them to seize the opportunity. In a report, development and environmental NGOs CARE and WWF argues that two important government summits can be used to forge lasting...


Drought by Anthony Quintano via Flickr

G7 study: climate change a ‘global security threat’

Climate change will aggravate social and political tensions for decades to come unless action is taken, according to a new report commissioned by the G7 governments. The report, which was written by an international consortium, urges governments to make climate change a priority in foreign policy. It describes climate...


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ICUN Red List: over 22,000 species threatened with extinction

The latest update from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reveals that over 22,000 species around the world are now threatened with extinction, from the Lion to the New Zealand Sea Lion, one of the rarest sea lions in the world. The Red List now contains 77,340 assessed...


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

Report: power emissions to peak in 2029 as decarbonisation progress made

Emissions from the power sector will peak in 2029 and “tremendous progress” will be made to decarbonise power generation over the next two and a half decades, according to forecasts from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). However, the organisation notes that more needs to be done if the world...


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Study: world in period of ‘mass extinction’

The world is currently in a period of mass extinction, according to a new study. Human activities have been linked to the falling populations of many species but the research also warns that extinction on a large scale could threaten human existence. The study, which has been published in...


summer sun by Gerwin Sturm via Flickr

2015 on track to be hottest year on record

This year is on course to be the hottest year on record after data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed that last month was the hottest since record keeping began in 1880. During May 2015 the average temperature across global land and ocean surface were 0.87C...


Bamboo forest by odonata98 via Flickr

Bamboo has the power to transform timber supply chains, says Wiseman

Troy Wiseman, CEO of EcoPlanet Bamboo, has stated that bamboo has the potential to transform timber-dependent supply chains by offering a sustainable solution that can reverse the effects of deforestation while meeting global demand for fibre. The article was published in a climate change focused publication released for the...


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Elephant poaching hotspots revealed

Researchers have identified parts of Tanzania and Mozambique as the areas where most illegally poached elephant ivory can be traced back. Scientists have said that most illegally poached ivory found can be traced back to two hotspots on Tanzania and Mozambique. Researchers were able to trace back the ivory...


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Pope encyclical: we need a new dialogue to shape the future of our planet

Pope Francis has finally released his much-expected encyclical on the environment and climate change, with unprecedented warnings over the use of resources, climate, poverty and sustainable consumption. The encyclical, named Laudato Si’- after the first words of Saint Francis of Assisi’s canticle in which he praised God’s creation –...


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Thousands urge MPs to tackle climate change

Over 9,000 people demanding climate change action took part in a mass lobby calling on UK politicians to take strong action. Those involved travelled to Westminster to ask their local MPs to tackle the global issue. The lobby was organised by the Climate Coalition. The organisation wants politicians to...


bee hive by James Patrick Casey via Flickr

Protect more bee species to prevent future shocks, says scientists

Bee conservation efforts should focus on more bee species, not just those currently providing value by pollinating crops, in order to prevent future changes affecting the security of food supplies, scientists have said. Researchers from the University of Reading argue that while most crops are pollinated by only a...


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Study: major aquifers past sustainability tipping points

Human activities are “rapidly draining” some of the world’s largest groundwater aquifers, which millions of people rely on, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and NASA. The study, which has been published in Water Resources Research, warns that 21 of the world’s 37...



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