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Climate change targets may not be enough to prevent 2C global warming

Even if governments can agree on a global pact to cut carbon emissions in a crucial UN summit next year, it may already be too late to prevent the most devastating impacts of climate change, a new study has claimed. Analysts suggest the mitigation strategies and targets that negotiators...


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The UK’s air will remain polluted until 2030, government reveals

The government has revealed that Britain’s largest cities are unlikely to meet EU air quality standards before 2030, retreating from its previous claim that the UK will have clean air by 2025. Legal limits of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution will not be reached in London, Birmingham and Leeds until...


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Archbishop joins F&C at event to mark 30 years of ethical investment

The archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said how ethical investment “changes the future”, at an event marking the 30th anniversary of the UK’s first ethical fund range. Speaking at his official residence, London’s Lambeth Palace, he paid tribute to F&C Asset Management’s Stewardship funds – which launched in...


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207 global cities say climate change is a threat to local economy

Most of the world’s major cities, from London to São Paulo, have warned that climate change presents a very real, physical risk to the businesses that operate within them, as part of a major new report. In an urbanised age, cities play a vital role in the global economy....


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Norway to reduce harmful greenhouse gas through purchase of certified emission reductions

The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) has closed its procurement of certified emission reductions (CERs) after successfully contracting 21 million CERs from 13 projects. NEFCO is an international financial institution owned by five Nordic countries. It aims to help the environment and reduce levels of CO2 through financing projects...


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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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