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‘No consistent evidence’ links wind farms and adverse health, says study

A review of thousands of papers looking at the possible relationship between wind farms and human health has concluded “there is currently no consistent evidence that wind farms cause adverse health effects in humans”. Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) identified over 4,000 papers that looked at...


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Shell chief exec calls on industry to engage in climate debate

The head of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, Ben van Beurden, is set to urge the fossil fuel industry to actively engage in the climate change debate as international talks on a universal climate treaty continue. The chief executive will speak on Thursday evening at the International Petroleum Week...


water tap by Mark Lee via flickr

Report: UK faces rising water bills without efficiency measures

Without water efficiency measures, recently announced reductions to water bills will be cancelled out because of the challenge of dealing with long term water shortage, according to a report from think tank Green Alliance. The report – Cutting the cost of water: the case for improving water efficiency in...


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Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser come out top in deforestation rankings

Only a small minority of ‘powerbrokers’ that control the global supply chains that drive over half of tropical deforestation are equipped to tackle bold zero deforestation commitments, according the Forest 500 rankings. Among these are UK based Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever and HSBC. The Global Canopy Programme, which developed the...


bee flower by Michaela Kobyakov via Freeimages

Bees and pollinators ‘thrive’ in urban environment

Bees and other pollinator species thrive as well in towns and cities as they do in farms and nature reserves, according to a new study. The University of Bristol led the study, which has been published in the Proceeding of the Royal Society B. The team of researchers compared...


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Final institutional equity investor of Swansea Bay tidal lagoon revealed

InfraRed has been named as the final institutional equity investor in Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay. The investment equals that of Prudential, made in October, and confirms full equity funding from two British institutions. Werner von Guionneau, chief executive of InfraRed Capital Partners, commented, “We are proud to be playing...


wind turbines by Rocky Sun via Flickr

UK government spent 300 times more on fossil fuel than clean tech

Figures have shown that the government’s export credit agency has spent over 300 times as much supporting the fossil fuel industry than its has clean energy projects despite pledging to champion British companies that develop and export green technologies. The figures, obtained by the Guardian through a freedom of...


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

Geoengineering should not replace cutting emissions, say scientists

Geoengineering should not yet be deployed as a solution to climate change or replace cutting emissions, according to the US National Academy of Science. The organisation called for more research into the area and said the consideration of such technology should serve as a “wake up call”. Geoengineering involves...


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MPs identify £600m shortfall in flood defence funding

The government must attract £600 million from the private sector to fund its commitment to protect 300,000 properties from floods, a group of MPs have warned. The government has cut spending on flood defences in recent years and had aimed to gain investment from the private sector to supplement...


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Brits increasingly opting for more environmentally friendly cars

As more models become available and consumer awareness of the benefits, such as cost savings in the long-term, alternatively fuelled vehicles are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. In January, 4,598 alternatively fuelled vehicles were registered, a considerable increase of over 60% when compared to the 2,859 registered during...


pylons By Karen Roe via Flickr

Energy consumption across EU falls to lowest levels since 90s

In 2013 the amount of energy consumed across the EU fell to its lowest levels since the early 1990s, aided by energy efficiency measures, the latest figures show. However, the statistics also reveal that the EU and UK remain dependent on imported energy. The energy consumed across the union...


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Investors calls for transparency and clarification in green bond market

A group of investors are calling for further transparency, standardisation and clarification in the green bond market in order to spur growth and help the sector reach its potential. Green bonds have seen impressive growth in recent years as investors seek to have a positive impact whilst making a...


Polling station By Martin Bamford via Flickr

General election: quarter would switch vote based on climate change policy

A survey has revealed that climate change policy is set to be crucial in this year’s general election, with over a quarter of Brits saying it could change who they vote for and the majority wanting strong action. The poll, released by ComRes, questioned over 2,000 UK adults about...


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London named second most sustainable city in world

London has been named the second most sustainable city in the world, beaten only by Germany’s Frankfurt, in an index that explores social, environmental and economic sustainability challenges and solutions. The Sustainable Cities Index, from Arcadis, examined 50 cities from 31 countries and ranked each one across three pillars...


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UK Valentine’s cards could be contributing to deforestation

Purchasing a Valentine’s card for your loved one on the UK high street could contribute to illegal logging and deforestation, the WWF has warned, due to loopholes in EU regulation. WWF purchased a number of cards from high street retailers and found that three, from Card Factory, Clintons and...



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