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General election: attention given to sustainability in campaigns criticised

Sustainability and environment professionals have criticised political parties for the lack of attention they are giving sustainability issues despite their impact on a range of areas, from health to the economy. In a poll conducted by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), 89% of respondents said they...


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UK government ordered to take ‘immediate action’ on air pollution

The UK government today appeared in Supreme Court and has been ordered to deliver plans to cut illegal levels of air pollution by the end of the year. Areas of the UK are breaching EU limits for nitrogen. Under previous plans several areas would still be over the limit...


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80% of deforestation set to occur in just 11 areas

Eleven places in the world will account of over 80% of deforestation by 2030, according to a report published by WWF. Between 2010 and 2030 these deforestation fronts could lose up to 170 million hectares of forest unless action is taken. The Living Forests Report builds on previous analysis...


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Climate change already influencing extreme weather events

Climate change is already affecting the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as heat waves and heavy rainstorms, according to a new study. The study, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, has been published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The research calculates more than half...


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WWF calls for increased ocean protection and values resource at $24tn

The ocean is a valuable resource, worth at least $24 trillion (£16tn), but is currently being neglected, according to a report from environmental campaign group WWF. The group calls for sustainability to be considered in order to protect the world’s oceans. The report – Reviving the Ocean Economy: The...


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Earth Day: public urged to take climate action

To mark the 45th Earth Day people around the world are being urged to take action and show their support for creating a more sustainable world. The first Earth Day on April 22 1970 activated 20 million Americans, it has since grown to include 50,000 partners in 192 countries...


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Climate will irrevocably change unless bold action is taken, scientists warn

Unless world leaders take bold climate action this year a number of tipping points could be crossed, resulting in a “vastly different climate” and far-reaching, devastating consequences, scientists have warned. In a written statement 17 scientists have set out their argument for climate action as well as eight key...


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#GE2015 Election Debates: Environment and Climate Change

Andrew Neil and the BBC’s environment analyst Roger Harrabin were joined yesterday by leading politicians to debate climate change, energy prices and the countryside. You can view the debate for the next 29 days here. On the panel were Caroline Flint (Labour), Matthew Hancock (Conservative), Andrew Cooper (Green), Ed...


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Conservatives and Labour vie to create vast marine protection areas

Both main political parties have now pledged to create vast ocean reserves around UK overseas territories. Last week it was the Conservatives adopting the campaign of Zac Goldsmith and this week it was Labour putting forward an even more ambitious plan. The Labour plan, to be announced in this...


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Permafrost carbon release to have similar impact as deforestation

As permafrost soils thaw the greenhouse gases stored are likely to be released gradually and over a prolonged period of time, having a similar affect to topical deforestation, according to research from the US Geological Survey. Permafrost soils contain twice as much carbon as there is currently in the...


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Warmer weather leads to rise in air pollution

While many are enjoying the warmer weather across the UK, it has led to air pollutions rising across many parts of England and Wales. The government has previously been criticised for failing to bring down air pollution levels. According to UK Air, warm sunny conditions and light winds, from...


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Obama links climate change to health risks

US president Barack Obama has linked climate change and human health risks, arguing that human health is “deeply tied” to the health of the environment. In a proclamation, Obama states, “America’s public health is deeply tied to the health of our environment. As our planet becomes more interconnected and...


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Western Canada could lose 70% of glaciers by 2100

By the end of the century up to 70% of the glacier ice in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, could be lost, according to researchers. The study argues the long-term melting trend could create “major problems” for ecosystems, power supplies and water quality. Researchers from the University of Northern...


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Prince Charles calls for action on deforestation

Prince Charles has called for urgent action on tropical deforestation, arguing that the forests are essential for life on Earth, in a report published by his International Sustainability unit. The report, notes that despite some success in reducing deforestation in some countries there are no signs yet that overall...


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Plastic accumulating in Mediterranean Sea, says study

Thousands of pieces of plastic are accumulating in the Mediterranean Sea, according to a study, posing a threat to the ecosystem. The study, which has been published in the journal PLOS One by the University of Cadiz in Spain, found huge amounts of plastic, such as fragments from bags...




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