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US pledges to cut emissions by 28%

The US has submitted its climate change pledge ahead of an international treaty being agreed at the end of a year. The country has set a target of achieving 26-28% emissions cuts by 2025 when compared to 2005 levels. The US has also said it was on track to...


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Bishops call on Anglican churches to divest from fossil fuels

A group of bishops and archbishops have called on the Anglican Church to divest from fossil fuels and help stop environmental degradation in the face of an “unprecedented climate crisis”. The group, which represents the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, argue that contributing to climate change means “our responsibility to...


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1 in 32,000 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain’s recovery

In a letter to Conservative-supporting Daily Telegraph, senior executives from 0.003% of active UK companies employing under 2% of working people hail Conservative economic policies which they say show that “the UK is open for business”. Therefore 99% of business chiefs who represent over 98% of working people didn’t sign...


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Health professional call for immediate ban on fracking due to health risks

Health professionals have called for an immediate moratorium on fracking to allow time for a full and comprehensive health and environmental impact assessment to be completed, arguing that there are several potential health risks. In a report, which has been supported by a letter calling for shale gas development...


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Study: climate action can add 1m jobs by 2030 across EU, US and China

Action on climate change could create over 1 million jobs by 2030 across the EU, US and China, while preventing over 100,000 premature deaths each year, according to a new study from the NewClimate Institute that looks at the economic benefits of climate mitigation. The report has been released...


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United Reformed Church of Scotland to divest from fossil fuels

The United Reformed Church’s (URC) National Synod of Scotland has backed the fossil fuel divestment campaign and will now begin moving its investments out of polluting energy sources. The resolution on divestment was passed at the spring synod meeting. The organisation agreed that no further investment in fossil fuels...


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UK and Scottish governments commit £4.2m for carbon capture research

The UK and Scottish governments have jointly committed to providing £4.2 million for industrial and feasibility research for a carbon capture storage coal-gasification power plant located in Grangemouth, Scotland. Carbon capture and storage involves capturing emissions at power plants and burying the gases. The technology could help make the...


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Antarctica ice shelves see ‘substantial’ loss in last two decades, finds study

A new study has found that over the last two decades there has been “substantial changes” in Antarctica’s floating ice shelves, with some areas experiencing as much as an 18% decreases. The researchers argue that the findings show how the ice sheet is responding to climate change. The study,...


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Voice of the Adviser 2015 released on Monday

For the last five years we’ve interviewed hundreds of financial advisers to ask them about the state of the advice market, the economy, and their political leanings and, most importantly for us, their finger on the pulse of sustainable, responsible and ethical investment in the UK.   The report...


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UK greenhouse gas emissions fell 8% in 2014

Greenhouse gas emissions across the UK fell by more than 8% in 2014 thanks to a combination of greater energy efficiency, burning less coal and increasing renewable power generation, government figures suggest. Statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate change show overall emissions fell by 8.4%, when compared...


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Sustainable investing doesn’t require financial trade-off, says Morgan Stanley

The common perception that investing sustainably means losing some financial return is not true, according to a study conducted by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. Despite this, the misconception is hampering growth in the sector. The report – Sustainable Reality: Understanding the performance of sustainable investment strategies...


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EU agrees to start carbon market stability reserve in 2021

EU member states are set to begin negotiations on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) next week after an agreement was reached on Wednesday. They have agreed to seek cutting supply in the carbon market in 2021, despite calls for earlier action. The EU-ETS covers more than 11,000 factories,...


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Davey: low-carbon economy within reach

In a new report published by the government, energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has described the UK’s low-carbon economy ambitions of being “within reach”. The paper aims to show how the low-carbon economy has developed over the last five years and highlight further opportunities for those interested...


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5 million UK properties at risk of flooding, warn MPs

There are major risks to the sustainability of current levels of flood protection, according to the Public Accounts Committee’s report. The report warns that some five million properties across England are at risk. The report notes that one in six properties are at risk of flooding from coastal, river...


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New platform tracks corporate deforestation commitments

A new platform has launched with the aims of giving decision makers, investors and consumers more information on how companies are tackling deforestation and living up to the pledges they have made on the issue. The platform follows the Forest 500 rankings, which identifies, ranks and tracks companies, investors,...



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