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Investments in renewables must increase, warns UN

Trillion-dollar shifts in investments are needed to scale up the use of renewable energy sources if runaway climate change is to be prevented, a UN report has warned. Published today after a week of deliberations in Berlin, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report attempts to explain how global...


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Wind farms do not impact Welsh tourism, report finds

Opponents of wind farms in Wales have suffered a setback, after a new report concluded that tourism levels have not been affected in regions where turbines have been erected. An inquiry was set up after concerns were raised, and backed by some Conservative Assembly Members (AM), that the tourism...


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China oil giant blamed for water contamination crisis

China’s largest oil firm is being blamed for the contamination of drinking water that has led to over 2.4m residents scrambling to buy bottled water. It was reported on Friday that authorities in the western city of Lanzhou ordered all water supplies to be cut off, after levels of...


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Years of Living Dangerously: James Cameron’s climate change series to air on Sunday

The first episode of an eight-part documentary series looking at climate change and featuring a range of well-known Hollywood stars is set to begin on Sunday on US TV channel Showtime. Years of Living Dangerously tells the stories of people across the world who have been – and are...


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National Trust calls for action to protect coastline from climate change

A national strategy to adapt Britain’s coastlines to the rising sea levels and extreme weather that are expected as a result of climate change is “urgently needed”, the National Trust has warned. Referring to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report on the likely impacts of climate change,...


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Drinking water in Chinese city contaminated by cancer-causing chemical

Residents in Lanzhou, China, have flocked to supermarkets in a desperate bid to buy bottled water, after authorities warned the city’s drinking water contained high levels of a cancer-causing chemical. It on Friday that the drinking water from Lanzhou’s tap supply contained 20 times national levels of benzene.  Authorities have...


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Airbus wins European weather satellite contract

Aeronautical firm Airbus has won a contract to build Europe’s next generation of satellites, which it hopes will improve forecasts of major storms and extreme weather events. The polar orbiting satellites will gather information using advanced sensors to build profiles of atmospheric conditions that will give forecasters a more...


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Air pollution ‘public health risk’, warns PHE

Figures by Public Health England (PHE) have revealed that the richest areas in London and Southeast of the country have the worst air quality and warned that pollution contributes to around 29,000 deaths in the UK each year, making it “the biggest public health risk after smoking”. The report...


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Ecological farming is ‘economically viable’, new study says

A piece of research spanning 25 years has suggested that farming techniques that safeguard the soil, water and the environment have been successful and are economically valid. The study, which will be published In the May issue of BioScience, has been led by G. Philip Robertson and six colleagues...


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14 species still recovering from BP oil spill, conservationists say

Research by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has revealed that many species, including bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, oysters and sperm whales, are still struggling to recover from the 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The report said that nearly a thousand of dolphins died or were found...


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Traffic emissions could rise but are ‘manageable’, UN says

UN experts have said that reducing emissions from vehicles is possible and less complicated than what previously thought but that a rise in global traffic is expected and governments must act. A draft UN report seen by BBC News has warned that traffic is set to become the largest...


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Green Investment Bank becomes Principles for Responsible Investment signatory

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has moved forward in its mission to help fund the green and sustainable economy, after becoming a signatory to the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). GIB, which was officially launched by the business secretary Vince Cable in November 2012, has £3.8 billion...


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Butterfly population recovered in 2013 after disastrous summer

Butterflies in the UK have benefitted from last year’s warm summer and grew in numbers, after experiencing the worst year on record in 2012. However, conservationists said that the numbers are still too low. Butterfly Conservation revealed that 46 out of 56 species registered an increase in 2013, especially...


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Global warming could be accelerated by thawing Arctic permafrost

Scientists have found new evidence that thawing Arctic permafrost is releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere through plants, warning that this could accelerate global warming. Scientists already know that polar permafrost – soil that is frozen all year round – is increasingly thawing and decomposing because of climate change....


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Dengue fever outbreak ‘imminent’ in Europe because of climate change

The risk of dengue fever spreading across Europe is now imminent because of rising temperatures caused by climate change, scientists have warned. Dengue fever is a viral infection carried by mosquitoes that is usually found in tropical and sub-tropical climates. In most cases, it causes a flu-like illness and...


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