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Fracking in Derby - Nicholas A. Tonelli

Labour seeks fracking restrictions to protect drinking water

The Labour Party is seeking to ban fracking for shale gas on land that collects Britain’s drinking water in proposed amendments to the government’s infrastructure bill. A campaign group has said such a move is “basic common sense”. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is gradually becoming more widespread in the...


Numbers And Finance

Low-carbon technologies and social impact both investment trends to watch

Institutional investors increasingly moving towards low-carbon technologies and social investment are both amongst the environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment trends to watch in 2015, according to MSCI. Written by MSCI’s global head of ESG research, Linda-Eling Lee, the paper notes that 2014 suggested there is a shortening lag...


oil rig scotland by Steven Straiton via Flickr

Study: majority of fossil fuel reserves must remain unburnt

A new study has cautioned policymakers that the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground and unburnt if the world is to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. The researchers also warned that fossil fuel investments are becoming “increasingly risky”. The research from the University...


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Shell agrees £55m payout over Niger Delta oil spill

Oil giant Shell has agreed to a £55 million settlement with residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta over two oil spills that occurred in 2008 and 2009. The spills caused environmental devastation and particularly affected fisherman in the area, with 15,600 being impacted. Each individual affected...


Train track - Marc Johnson via Flickr

Green Party pledges to cut public transport cost

In a bid to promote less carbon-intensive methods of transport and ensure that the rail and bus networks are accessible, the Green Party has revealed plans to cut fares by 10%. The plans come just after train fares were hiked for the 11th consecutive year, with average day fares...


coal power plant by Greg Goebel via Flickr

UK government loaned £1.7bn to fossil fuel projects abroad since 2010

Despite publicly criticising fossil fuel subsidies, research has revealed that the UK government has pledged £1.7 billion in financial support to dirty energy projects aboard in the last five years. Analysis by environmental campaign group Greenpeace, discovered that the total support for fossil fuel industries amounts to £1.76 billion-worth...


Money plant - 401(K) 2012 via Flickr

UK lagging behind Europe on social impact investing

Despite government incentives and research suggesting appetite for social impact investing, the UK is lagging behind European counterparts in the area, according to a survey. In an article published on Politics Home, Monica Middleton, national director of Oikocredit UK, explains that it is a lack of understanding and readily...


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London’s Oxford Street has already breached air pollution limit

London’s Oxford Street had breached its nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limit for the whole of 2015 by 5 January, according to campaign group Clean Air London, which has blasted London Mayor Boris Johnson for taking “backward steps” around the issue. Campaigners state that the landmark shopping street has already exceeded...


wind turbine onshore by Attilio Lombardo via Freeimages

Wind powered a quarter of homes in 2014

Record amounts of clean energy from wind farms were generated last year, powering over a quarter of all UK homes, official statistics from the National Grid show. RenewableUK, the trade body for the wind and marine energy sectors, has highlighted the figures that show the growth within the renewable...


Suit By Martin BOULANGER via Freeimages

FTSE chief executives surpass average annual salary in 2 days

By late afternoon on January 6 company executives that returned to work the previous day will have earned more than the average UK worker earns in an entire year, according to calculations by think-tank the High Pay Centre. FTSE 100 chief executives are paid on average £4.72 million, even...


summer sun by  Gerwin Sturm via Flickr

Met Office: 2014 UK’s warmest year on record

Provisional full year figures have confirmed that 2014 was the UK’s warmest year, according to the Met Office. Despite this, awareness of the effects of climate change on the UK remains low amongst the public, leading to one expert calling the government’s communications on the issue a “colossal failure”....


train St Pancras By Matt Buck via Flickr

Commuters faced with train fare hike

Last week train fares were increased further, putting pressure on commuters, with average day fares rising by 2.2%. The increase means that a record number of workers travelling into London will now pay more than £5,000 a year on travel costs. The latest price hike marks the 11th successive...


Sir David Attenborough by Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Flickr

David Attenborough: people in power denying climate risk

Naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough has accused those in a position of authority and power of denying the risks posed by climate change because it is easier than taking the necessary action. Speaking to Sky News, Attenborough said, “Wherever you look there are huge risks. The awful thing is...


organic food by Matt Werner via flickr

Asda to trial misshapen veg as Jamie Oliver criticises food waste

Supermarket Asda is to trial selling misshapen fruit and vegetables at a discount price after working with TV chef Jamie Oliver, who has described the amount of food waste in the UK as “bordering on criminal”. The initiative featured in a new series of Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night...


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Scotland’s electricity system could be almost 100% renewable by 2030

By 2030 Scotland’s electricity could be powered almost entirely by renewables and be fossil fuel-free, according to a report backed by WWF Scotland. The research adds that clean energy sources could provide a “secure and stable” alternative for the country. The first half of 2014 saw renewables become the...



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