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$100bn climate finance goal achievable but stronger commitments needed

The goal of mobilising $100 billion (£65.5bn) per year in international climate funding by 2020 is achievable but requires various sources of funding, including public and private sectors, to be brought together, according to a report from the World Resources Institute. The paper – Getting to $100 Billion: Climate...


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Ban Ki-Moon calls on governments to invest in low-carbon industry

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said that civil society movements are vital to reaching fair and sustainable climate targets at the Paris conference in December. Ban Ki-Moon said that governments should invest wisely in low-carbon technology if world leaders are to work together to avoid the disastrous consequences...


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Blatter under investigation following resignation

US media has reported that FIFA president Sepp Blatter is being investigated by US officials as part of a wider investigation into allegations of corruption, bribery and money laundering at the world football governing body. US officials said that hoped that they could gain the co-operation of top FIFA...


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Texas bans ban on fracking

The US State of Texas has passed state legislation that renders residents unable of voting in favour of a ban on the controversial shale gas extraction method, fracking. Residents in Denton voted overwhelmingly in favour of a permanent ban on fracking last November, but on Monday, Vantage Energy began...


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Sepp Blatter resigns amid corruption scandal

FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter has resigned amid a corruption scandal less than a week after he was re-elected by the football governing body. Announcing his resignation, the Swiss 79 year-old said that he clearly did not have the support of everybody in his bid to lead FIFA for a...


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2015 General Election: ‘most disproportionate in UK history’

The British voting system has been blasted by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS), who have declared the 2015 election as the “most disproportionate in UK history” and called upon the government to act before more people are driven away from politics. The ERS analysed how the make-up of the...


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Tanzania elephant slump blamed on poaching

Poaching is likely to be the cause of the rapid decline in the Tanzanian elephant population, officials have said, pledging action on “slaughterhouse”. Tanzanian authorities promised action on Monday against poachers who are slaughtering elephants in their thousands for illegal ivory. Figures released by the East African nation’s department...


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Extreme weather in UK and US linked to Arctic ice loss

Rapid ice loss in the Arctic region has been linked to extreme weather conditions – including snowstorms in the US and flooding in the UK – according to a new study. Warming in the Arctic region is directly responsible for extreme weather events witnessed in recent years, with scientists...


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Tobacco firms ordered to pay £8bn in damages

The Quebec Superior Court has told tobacco firms that they must pay $15.5bn (£8bn) in damages to smokers for failing to alert customers of the health risks of smoking. The court told tobacco firms that they had failed in their duty “not to cause injury to another person”, ordering...


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Rana Plaza owner charged with murder over 2013 factory collapse

Bangladeshi police has charged over 40 people – including the factory’s owner – with murder, over the 2013 disaster where more than a thousand garment workers lost their lives. Sohel Rana, the owner of the sadly known building that collapsed in April 2013 and left over 1,100 people dead,...


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Solar Impulse forced to land because of weather conditions

Solar-powered plane that attempted to fly from China to Hawaii has been forced to land in Japan because of poor weather conditions and will now have to wait for clear skies to continue its journey. The team behind Solar Impulse has the ambitious project to circumnavigate the world through...


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Shell tried to influence the Science Museum’s climate programme – new data reveal

Internal emails between Shell and the Science Museum seen by the Guardian have revealed the oil giant tried to influence the museum’s climate science and waste exhibitions, saying it had concerns this could give NGOs the chance to criticise Shell’s operations. The emails refer to the London Science Museum’s...


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Energy bosses call for carbon pricing system

Chiefs of global energy companies including BP, Shell, Total and Eni have called on world leaders to recognise the role natural gas can play in a low-carbon economy and urged to adopt a carbon pricing scheme in all countries ahead of UN talks in Paris. In a letter published...


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Global Transition movement conference to come to the UK in September

Totnes in Devon is expected to welcome hundreds of Transitioners from all over the world in September to share ideas and progress about reduction of energy consumption and waste, food growing and other core issues for the Transition Movement. The event will take place in Totnes, Devon on September...


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Great Barrier Reef not ‘in danger’ but more protection needed, says UNESCO

The UN’s World Heritage Committee has said the Australian reef should not be listed as “in danger”, but added that the country must submit a report with a long-term conservation plan by December next year to address environmental threats. UNESCO issued a draft report saying that coastal development, pollution...




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