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Climate change scientists face ‘credibility challenge’

Climate change scientists face a unique challenge regarding their research and how they live their own lives, especially as their projects face ever increasing pollicisation and criticism, according to a report. The report, co-authored by Chris Foulds, of Anglia Ruskin University, and academics from the Tyndall Centre for climate...


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Baseline for ‘normal’ weather needs to be updated due to climate change, says UN agency

The World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) Commission for Climatology has said the current baselines for weather are out of date and must be updated more frequently due to the impacts of global warming. Currently, the official existing baseline is based on climate averages of 1961-1990 and is only updated once...


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Sustainable fisheries ‘good investment opportunity’, says Prince Charles’ charity

The transition to a more sustainable management of global fisheries offers a significant financial return, while also delivering environmental and social benefits, a joint report by the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit (ISU) and the US Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has suggested. The report, compiled by ocean and...


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UK government forced to pay £132m in compensation to solar industry

A ruling by the High Court this week has favoured claims by the solar industry that policy changes towards renewable energies and incentives were in fact, illegal – costing the industry in both profits and investor confidence. Government cuts to the feed-in-tariff (FIT) incentive has been a major blow...


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Bee-killing neonicotinoids linked to farmland birds decline

Insectivore birds in areas heavily treated with neonicotinoids, which have been proven to harm pollinators, have declined significantly compared to farms where the chemical is used less, a new study has found. The study, published in Nature, has observed bird population trends in the Netherlands from 2003 to 2010...


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Clearing of Amazon rainforest for agriculture emits 54 million tons of carbon per year

The selective logging and burning of trees carried out to clear land for farming in the Amazon rainforest releases 54 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere every year, according to a new study. While rainforests are invaluable because of their biodiversity and importance to global ecosystems, they also...


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EU-US trade deal will ‘force farmers out of business’, say producers

The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) has added its voice to the growing concerns about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), with a protest planned by the group for Saturday. Negotiations on the proposed EU-US trade deal are taking place in Brussels next week and many campaign groups have spoken...


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British Gas to spearhead community energy push to put solar on 8,000 roofs

A new community solar partnership worth £60m has been announced between British Gas and a range of social enterprises, with the aim to deliver cleaner, cheaper energy to schools, councils and community buildings across the UK. In the first project of its kind, British Gas has teamed up with...


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Engage with China to build global political trust, says top climate diplomat

Projects that help rebuild trust in politics are “not worth embarking on” unless they include China, according to a leading climate change diplomat. John Ashton, who was the UK Foreign Office’s special representative on climate change from 2006-12, said the current economic, social and environmental challenges required strong political...


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Data reveals agribusiness biggest lobbyer on EU-US secret trade deal

The ongoing negotiations surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US have been lobbied primarily by agribusiness, new data has revealed. A report published by the Corporate Europe Observatory has found that food multinationals, seed producers and agri-traders have lobbied the European Commission far...


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Leading economies issued pathways to climate change targets

Climate experts have issued the UN with a masterplan that instructs how the world’s richest economies can prevent the most devastating impacts of climate change. The roadmap, launched at a press conference by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday, explains how countries can meet the internationally agreed target...


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University of Oxford college makes U-turn on vegan meals

Wadham College at the University of Oxford has reversed a decision to serve only vegan meals on campus for five nights a week – despite students voting through a motion in June. The aim of the move was to help tackle climate change. The college noted that high meat...


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UK at risk of 7,000 deaths annually from overheating by 2050

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called for new building standards to avoid the risk of overheating in private homes and hospitals, as increasing temperatures associated with climate change could cause up to 7,000 deaths per year by 2050s. The government advisor on climate change has warned in...


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UK’s flood defence ‘not adequate’ to face climate change, says government advisor

The UK’s flood resilience is being limited by an inadequate budget and lack of regulation, exposing the country to potentially devastating loss caused by flooding as the effects of climate change intensify, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned. The committee found that without adequate investment to increase...


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Focusing on green homes could save the UK over £12bn, says report

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) released its election manifesto on Monday, claiming that investing in greener homes for the UK could save up to £12.1 billion annually. The manifesto, which uses the government’s own online calculator to make the predictions, says policymakers should focus on insulating buildings and helping...


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