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Ecology says record figures prove ‘commercial viability’ of sustainable finance

Ecology Building Society has announced record-breaking success in its latest annual report – figures that its chief executive says “prove the commercial viability of genuinely sustainable finance”. Ecology, one of the youngest building societies still in existence, unveiled record assets, gross and net lending and savings balances for the...


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Climate change threatens India tea production

Tea producers in India, where one-third of the world’s tea is grown, are suffering because of changes in temperature and rainfall caused by climate change, experts and tea garden owners have said. Though it makes the world’s most popular drink – after water – tea is a very delicate...


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Monmouthshire to plant wild flowers to help bees

The Welsh county Monmouthshire has launched an initiative to plant wild flowers and create more grassy areas to increase pollination and the number of bees. The council said it would plant wild flowers and cut grassed areas less often, in order to make the pollinators’ population thrive. As a...


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Climate change threatens Japan’s natural icons

Rising temperatures and more frequent extreme weather are affecting two of Japan’s most popular icons, cherry trees and ancient beech forests, campaigners have claimed. The WWF has argued that average temperatures in Japan have already risen and are expected to rise by up to 5C. This, combined with more...


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Ocean acidification will threaten fish stocks

As human activities make the oceans more acidic many marine species are increasingly being put at risk, including populations of fish that people around the world rely on for food, scientists have warned. Speaking to the BBC, in an investigation for Newsnight by environment analyst Roger Harrabin, experts warn...


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UN chief visits Greenland to see reality of climate change

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon went to see first-hand the effects of climate change on Greenland’s “majestic” environment, which he said is threatening the livelihood of local communities. The UN chief met with the premier of Greenland, Aleqa Hammond and visited the Arctic town of Uummannaq. He said he was...


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Rubbish on British beaches reached record high in 2013

Campaigners who cleaned up UK beaches in September collected 2,309 items of litter every kilometre – the highest amount in 20 years, which they say can threaten the safety of both humans and animals. Among the items collected, – mostly plastic – were half a TV, a French bullet-proof...


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Financial advisers sought for sustainable investment bootcamps

Following the success of the first Sustainable Investment Bootcamp, Blue & Green Tomorrow will be running a series of free, Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) accredited events on sustainable investment throughout the UK. We are looking for a number of diverse financial advisers, paraplanners and network heads to participate in the...


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Climate change could prolong world hunger for decades, says Oxfam

World hunger could be prolonged for decades because our global food system is “woefully” unprepared for the impacts of climate change, an Oxfam report has warned. The paper, titled Hot and Hungry: How to stop climate change derailing the fight against hunger, says that rising temperatures, extreme weather and changing...


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Heatwaves to become normal by 2040s, says the Met Office

Research by the Met Office has suggested that climate change will bring wet and mild winters and dry hot summers to the UK, with dangerous heatwaves set to become more frequent across Europe over the next few decades. According to the Met Office, the UK will have on average...


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Poll: three-quarters of voters want more environmental policies

Almost three-quarters of UK voters feel that the major political parties need to focus more on the environment, renewable energy and efforts to cut carbon emissions, according to a new poll. The survey, commissioned by WWF-UK, also found that 47% of voters are willing to switch their political allegiance...


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World Health Organisation: 7 million people died because of air pollution in 2012

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that one in eight total global deaths in 2012 was been caused by air pollutants, which resulted in a high number of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. The organisation estimates that pollution from industries, cooking fires and auto fumes caused 7 million premature...


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F&C: responsible investment ‘continues to gather momentum’

Responsible investment “continues to gather momentum globally”, driven by investor values, risk management and the introduction of stronger codes and standards, according to asset management business F&C. The firm – which controls £83.4 billion in assets – said environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues were now “material to long-term...


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Thawing Arctic releases more carbon than it absorbs

The benefits of an Arctic region that stays greener for longer because of warming temperatures are not sufficient to offset the carbon released by the thawing permafrost, scientists have found. As the Arctic climate warms at twice the rate of the rest of the globe, the region’s ‘growing season’...


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Wetter winters may pollute UK rivers, scientists warn

Intense winter rainfalls might cause more agricultural chemicals to be washed away into waterways, polluting rivers and encouraging the growth of algae, according to UK academics. Researchers from English and Welsh universities have suggested that if British winters continue to be mild and wet, much like the winter that...


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