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Scientists discover four new manmade ozone-depleting gases

Four new manmade gases, possibly derived from chemicals in insecticides and solvents, have been found to be damaging the ozone layer, which helps filter harmful ultraviolet rays. Three of the gases are chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and one is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC). Two are accumulating at worrying rates in the atmosphere,...


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Government announces £140m ‘funding boost’ for flooded road repairs

The Department for Transport has said an additional £140m will be given to local councils in order to help them repair roads damaged by the recent floods. The measures were announced by the transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin on Sunday after some councils expressed worry about whether they could afford...


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FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards 2014 open for entries

Nominations are open for the Transformational Business Awards 2014, hosted by the Financial Times (FT) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and taking place at the InterContinental Hotel on London’s Park Lane on June 12. The event is an evolution of the Sustainable Finance Conference and Awards – which...


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Petition to ‘stop SeaWorld from imprisoning whales for profit’ passes 200,000 signatures

A petition to make it illegal for Californian marine parks or zoos to use orca whales for entertainment purposes has gathered 200,000 signatures. The campaign, which focuses on US chain SeaWorld, reached the milestone on Sunday morning. It follows proposals from California state legislator Richard Bloom, who introduced the...


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China: developed nations should take the lead on climate change

China, the world’s biggest polluter, has called on developed countries to do more to lead the fight against climate change, support developing nations and set ambitious climate targets ahead of a United Nations meeting. This year’s climate change negotiations begin on March 10 in Bonn, Germany, with a special...


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‘Carbon bubble’ risk reinforces the case for fossil fuel divestment

Two new reports have strengthened the case for fossil fuel divestment, arguing that polluting energy assets fuel a ‘carbon bubble’ in Europe and that moving away from fossil fuels does not harm investment portfolios. One study by the Greens-European Free Alliance (EFA) analyses carbon exposure of the top 43 European...


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Pentagon warns terrorism could be exacerbated due to climate change

The US Defence Department has suggested that climate instability in the future could lead to global security problems linked to resource scarcity and social unrest which can fuel terrorist activities. In its 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), the Pentagon noted that the combination of climate events such as warmer...


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Farmers need to be ‘much smarter’ on land use to prevent worst flooding

The UK government is discussing how to regulate farmers so their poor land use does not amplify the effects of future flooding. After the wettest winter on record left many areas heavily flooded for weeks and even months, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is holding...


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National Trust: extreme weather led to worst tree damage ‘in a generation’

The National Trust has said that trees in the UK have been severely affected by the recent extreme weather, with woodland in some areas experiencing more damage than in the Great Storm of 1987. Strong winds and storm that battered the UK from December to February caused a huge...


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Business leaders to PM: keep fourth carbon budget to strengthen investor confidence

Leading companies including Shell, Unilever and EDF Energy have written to prime minister David Cameron, urging him to maintain the UK’s fourth carbon budget to strengthen investor confidence. In a letter co-ordinated by the Prince of Wales’ Corporate Leaders Group, senior figures from firms also including BT, Kingfisher and...


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Soco responds to WWF ‘investor threat’ allegations

Oil and gas exploration firm Soco has responded to allegations made by the WWF around its drilling plans in the Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic Congo. The company has labelled the accusations as “inconsistent” with its actions. The WWF has previously said that Soco’s presence in Africa’s...


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Government urged to strengthen pollinator strategy to protect bees

The government has opened a consultation over the UK’s national pollinators strategy (NPS), aimed at protecting bees and another insects that are essential to agriculture – though campaigners say more action is needed in certain areas. The government decided to launch a national plan after weeks of campaigning by...


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Q&A with Michael Gove at the Conservative Environment Network launch: full text

“Conservative instinct” is at the heart of environmental stewardship, the education secretary Michael Gove said in a speech at Westminster last week – the full text of which can be found here. Gove also answered some questions from the floor and his answers are below. Planning policy and the...


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Good Energy and Jeremy Leggett among winners at Climate Week Awards

Leading renewable energy supplier Good Energy and solar entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett were among the winners at the annual Climate Week Awards this week, which took place at Ecobuild in London on Wednesday. Good Energy was named best business initiative. Meanwhile, Leggett, the chairman of Solarcentury and SolarAid, won the award for...


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Heritage sites at risk of going under water as sea levels rise

A new study has revealed that 136 out of 720 world heritage sites, including the Tower of London and the Statue of Liberty, could be lost in the long-term with a 3C warming, as climate change accelerates sea level rise and ice melt. Scientists have predicted that if global...


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