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University of Arizona’s Biosphere – International Young Leaders Environmental Event

One Young World, a UK-based not-for-profit organization, will hold the One Young World Environment Summit May 19-21, 2016, at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2. Tickets are now available for delegates to participate in this three-day event, which will focus on important environmental topics, with prices as follows: Shared...


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Scotland Climate Change Comment

Commenting on the latest UK greenhouse gas emissions statistics, Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod said “Although the final Scottish figures for 2014 won’t be published until June, I welcome these UK-wide statistics which give a very broad indication that greenhouse gas emissions continue to head in the right direction. “Scotland...


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Energy Efficiency Needs to be Accelerated in Draft Budget – WWF Scotland

Following news that the Scottish Government is planning to cut funding for climate change action by almost 10%, three cross-party committees of the Scottish Parliament have questioned its plans for improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes.  As MSPs prepare to debate the Draft Budget tomorrow (Wed 3rd Feb),...


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Will 2016 be “annus horribilis” for UK Sustainable Energy Sector?

Ahead of the new much reduced Feed-In Tariff (FiT) rates for small scale solar, wind and hydro power coming into effect next week, Ashden is publishing an alarming new report detailing how businesses, communities and employers are already being affected. After at least 14 changes to the sustainable energy...


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CAN Wakes up Social Market with £50m Social Investment Plan

CAN, the social enterprise for office space, skills and social investment, has announced plans to launch a game-changing social investment fund backed by the huge growth it has achieved in its property portfolio. At a time of significant distress for the voluntary and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, CAN has...


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Energy Efficiency Needs to Be Accelerated in Draft Budget – WWF Scotland

Following news that the Scottish Government is planning to cut funding for climate change action by almost 10%, three cross-party committees of the Scottish Parliament have questioned its plans for improving the energy efficiency of Scotland’s homes.  As it stands the Draft Budget is set to reduce overall spending...


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Agreement Safeguards 85 Percent of Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest

The Canadian provincial government of British Columbia and the governments of over twenty Indigenous First Nations, announced today an extraordinary agreement to safeguard one of the largest coastal temperate rainforests left in the world. The agreement is supported by Greenpeace, ForestEthics and Sierra Club British Columbia and forestry companies...


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European Commission Urged to Bolster Energy Savings in The Wake of The Paris Climate Summit

In a submission to the public consultation that marks the first step towards the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), Climate Action Network Europe urges the European Commission to make a pitch for increasing the 2030 energy savings target to 40%. It also advocates for eliminating the accounting...


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Retailers Can Improve Customer Experience & Potentially Increase Profit Through Greener Stores, Report Finds

The report, Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit, says that although there is a surge in interest in health and wellbeing in the property sector, most retailers are currently missing a key opportunity to better understand how the physical retail environment can...


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Unprecedented Investor Call For Climate Risk Transparency From Mining Giants

Investors responsible for more than $8 trillion have called on mining giants Anglo American, Glencore and Rio Tinto to be more transparent over climate change risks and opportunities to their businesses. The move comes in the form of shareholder resolutions which have received unprecedented support, including from four of...


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Leaked Letter Shows Extent of Government Plans to Frack Britain

A letter leaked to Friends of the Earth and reported in today’s Sunday Telegraph reveal that the Government plans to have industrial-scale shale gas fracking production “within 10 years” and is considering making this happen by taking the right to decide on future shale gas production away from local...


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Over Half Of Workless Households Contain a Disabled Adult

Worklessness across the UK is shrinking and shifting in profile, with big improvements in single parent employment, but over half of workless households (54 per cent) now contain one or more disabled people. These findings are part of a new report published today (Sunday) by independent think tank the...


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Scotland’s Demand For Electricity On The Rise – WWF Scotland Comment

A new official statistics publication shows that electricity demand in Scotland is on the rise – up almost 4% year on year- after eight consecutive years of annual reduction. The figures come just months after the Scottish Parliament’s Energy, Economy and Tourism Committee called for a demand reduction strategy from...


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Just 2% of Morrisons’ Wild-Caught Seafood Certified Sustainable

New figures from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) show that discount supermarket, Lidl has more than doubled its range of sustainably sourced seafood over the last year to become the UK’s third largest retailer of MSC certified produce, behind Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, who have also strengthened their sustainable seafood...


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Damaging Winds are Expected Across the North of Britain from Storm Gertrude

On Thursday night, Storm Gertrude arrived from the Atlantic on a powerful jet stream and will continue to track eastwards close to the north of Scotland through Friday. Gales or severe gales are expected across northern Britain, with the Northern Isles likely to experience a period of storm force...