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Budget 2015: government announce marine reserve around Pitcairn Islands

The UK is to establish the largest, continuous marine reserve in the world, chancellor George Osborne announced in 2015 budget. The reserve will protect the waters around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory. Some 94% of the UK’s biodiversity exists in it Overseas Territories and the water around...


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Carbon absorbed by Amazon has halved since 90s, says study

A study has found that the net carbon uptake of the Amazon forest as halved since the 1990s. Researchers warn that the findings have implications for climate change and emission reduction targets. The research, which was led by the University of Leeds and published in the journal Nature, notes...


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Study: cost of climate change to become ‘serious challenge’ by 2040

Economists have said that the cost of climate change could increase significantly over the coming decades and become a “serious challenge” for businesses by 2040. They have urged businesses to consider the true financial costs of climate change in order to prepare for the future. The study was led...


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Prince Charles calls for action to clean up oceans

The heir to the throne is making his 20th official visit to the United States. He attended a conference concerning the rule of law in the 21st century entitled ‘The Magna Cart of the Future’, at the National Archives in Washington D.C. In a speech he described ocean waste as, “one...


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Sustainable cooking enterprise seeks investment

A social firm working to provide smokeless cooking stoves to rural communities and access to reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly fuel is seeking investment. Smoke from cooking on open fires kills 4.3 million people around the world every year, more than AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis combined. Bhutanese co-operative Dazin...


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70% of Scots back wind energy

Support for wind energy is growing in Scotland, according to an independent poll. The findings disprove objectors stating that many communities are opposed to the renewable energy source. The poll, conducted by YouGov and commissioned by industry body Scottish Renewables, found that more than seven in ten Scottish adults...


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Budget 2015: What the papers say

We take a look at what the newspapers and financial papers says about the last budget of this government. The Telegraph categorised the Budget speech as a triumph for the “lucky” chancellor where he put, “electioneering over economics”. They concluded that, “It’s a great tragedy: had Mr Osborne cut...


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Budget 2015: summary

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered the final budget before the General Election in May. We take a look at the key points in pensions, savings, tax and energy. Osborne announced that pension pot lifetime allowance would be reduced from £1.25 million to £1 million from next year, saving £600...


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Fossil fuel investments ‘risky’, says Ed Davey

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has supported the fossil fuel divestment movement, stating that such investments are set to becoming increasingly “risky” in the decades ahead. Recent research suggests that as much as 85% of current coal reserves must stay in the ground if dangerous levels of...


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Report calls for next government to prioritise climate change and environment

Ahead of the General Election in May, a new report has been published calling on the next government to prioritise climate change and the environment, arguing it is needed to promote the UK’s health, wealth and security in the long-term. The report – Environment: Priorities for the next government – has...


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UN backing fossil fuel divestment campaign

Ethical investment is not a new thing, but the recent trend towards massive and sweeping fossil fuel divestment from pension funds, universities and cities, has definitely taken the idea of considering the morals of an investment to a new level – and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change...


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EU one of the largest importers of illegal deforestation products

EU imports have been linked to driving illegal deforestation in a report from campaign group Fern. The UK is among the largest consumers of the good highlighted in the study. The report – Stolen Goods: The EU’s complicity in illegal tropical deforestation – estimated that in 2012 the EU...


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Charity Bank backs chocolate factory set to support people with disabilities

Charity Bank, a bank that lend exclusively to charities and social enterprises, is financially backing a project that will see a chocolate factory and horticulture enterprise being run by people with autism and other disabilities to help them gain employment opportunities and new skills. Building work is set to...


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2015 International Ashden Awards shortlist unveiled

Ten sustainable energy companies have been selected as finalists for this year’s International Ashden Awards. The awards champion organisations and individuals working within sustainable energy. The finalists come from Bangladesh, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and Vietnam. Those making up the shortlist work across a diverse range of...


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Oxford University defers divestment decision

Oxford University has deferred the decision on whether or not to divest from fossil fuels, leaving campaigners disappointed and accusing the institution of “serious complacency”. The Oxford University Council met on Monday to discuss proposals for fossil fuel divestment, however, they decided that the issue needed further discussion and...




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