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#GE2015: the People’s Manifesto 2015

It is 6pm on the May 6th, with 13 hours until the polls open. 730,800 have taken the voteforpolicies.org.uksurvey – the impartial, non-profit, policy-matching tool. Download the manifesto here. Photo: Adam Wyles via Flickr Further reading: #GE2015: Blue & Green backs a red, yellow and green policy coalition around sustainability...


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Danish pension savers vote on fossil fuel divestment

Six Danish pension funds have given their members an opportunity to vote on fossil fuel divestment. The votes come as the divestment movement continues to gather pace. According to the Guardian, academics, civil engineers and architects in Denmark voted in favour of their pension funds selling off their holdings...


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EU votes to fix carbon market in 2019

EU lawmakers have voted to start fixing the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in 2019, two years ahead of schedule. The changes, which have been welcomed by the renewable industry, mean billions of carbon allowance will be held back. The EU-ETS covers over 11,000 factories, power stations and other...


another wind turbine by lamoix via Flickr

IEA: low-carbon technology spending needs to triple to meet climate goals

In order to limit climate change public spending on low-carbon technology research and development must triple, according to a report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report – Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 – argues that clean energy progress is falling short if the world is to meet...


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Carmaker Tesla backs renewables with move into battery market

Carmaker Tesla has announced a move into the energy storage market that could support renewable energy and help cut down emissions. The company has described the move as a “critical step” in its mission to enable zero emission power generation. Tesla Energy, a suite of batteries that can be...


Arctic beaufort sea by NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre via Flickr

‘New era’ in Arctic Ocean due to climate change

Climate change has led to the Arctic Ocean entering a “new era” that could have an impact on the region’s biodiversity, according to Norwegian scientists. The Norwegian Polar Institute is researching how climate change is impacting the Arctic Ocean. In particular, they will look at how rising temperatures and...


USA power plant by squeaks2569 via Flickr

Lord Stern calls for countries to raise ambition of climate pledges

Lord Stern has warned that current greenhouse gas emission pledges to limit climate change do not go far enough to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, in a new paper. The report calls for counties to raise the ambition of their climate pledges. The paper, published by the Grantham...


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Renewable jobs growing 7 times faster than average

Jobs in the renewable energy sector are growing seven times faster than the UK national average, new analysis reveals. In total there are now over 112,000 people employed in the sector. According to the Renewable Energy Association (REA) employment in renewable energy increase by 9% across all sectors this...


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Climate change will make UK heat waves 13 time more likely

Human induced climate change will increase the chances of record breaking warm years in England, according to scientists. A study suggests the exceptionally warm years are now 13 times more likely to occur because human activities are affecting the climate. The research, which has been published in Environmental Research...


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Ecology Building Society backs renewable energy with loan via Abundance

Ecology Building Society has extended its support for the renewable energy sector with a £250,000 investment through online investment platform Abundance. The investment marks the start of an on-going collaboration between the two ethical finance organisations. The Ecology Building Society selected the Oakapple Berwickshire project to invest in. The...


derbyshire church by eamon curry via flickr

Church of England divests from coal and tar sands

The Church of England has committed to divesting from two of the most polluting fossil fuels, thermal coal and tar sands. The organisation argues the Church has a “moral responsibility” to assist in the transition to the low-carbon economy. The religious institution will no longer make any direct investments...


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Medical students call for health research funders to divest from fossil fuels

Future healthcare professionals are asking leading health research funders to divest from the fossil fuel industry, arguing the sector poses a risk to human health and as a result is incompatible with the health sector. In an open letter the authors, supported by leading medical students’ organisations including the...


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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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Foresight Group has been named Company of the year at the eighth New Energy & Cleantech Awards in London

In a glittering ceremony at the Park Plaza Victoria, the firm, an infrastructure and private equity investment manager with over £1.3 billion of assets under management, won the Financier of the Year, and was selected as the overall winner by an independent judging panel. Foresight Group was recognised for a...


Polling station By Martin Bamford via Flickr

#GE2015 Will Airdrie & Shotts, Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross and Na h-Eileanan an Iar, vote for policies, parties or personalities in 2015?

These are the three constituencies with the lowest ‘turnout’ in the Vote for Policies 2015 survey , gathering only 425 votes between them. In comparison Bristol West has seen 5,172 votes cast. The average is 937 ‘votes’ for policies per constituency. With Labour, Lib Dem and the SNP holding...




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