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European Investment Bank issues €500m climate awareness bond

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has issued a €500 million (£397m) climate awareness bond that will reach maturity in 2026 and carries an annual coupon on 1.25%. Since 2007 EIB climate awareness bonds have raised €6.2 billion (£4.9bn), demonstrating the growing demand for ethical bonds. The 12 year bond...


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Goldman Sachs to issue Islamic bonds

Goldman Sachs is to push forward with plans to launch its first Islamic bonds, as Islamic finance continues its journey into the mainstream. The US bank will meet investors in Qatar and the UAE next week, it has been announced, to discuss the launch of $500 million (£306m) of five-year...


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UK to be global leader of offshore wind energy market by 2020

The UK’s offshore wind sector experienced amazing growth in 2013, and now owns a 52% share of the global market, according to new analysis. Investment in the sector is expected to rise from £2 billion to nearly £5 billion in 2020. New figures by GlobalData have revealed the UK’s...


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Radio Taxis Credit Union votes to merge with London Capital

Two London credit unions are to merge and create one of the largest such organisations in England, joining together some 11,000 members. Earlier this week, members of Radio Taxis Credit Union voted unanimously to merge with London Capital Credit Union, in a move that will create a new organization...


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Ban Ki-Moon encourages people to give on the International Day of Charity

Charities play a crucial role in helping our society wherever public spending is lacking and they need support from the public now more than ever, the UN secretary-general said on International Day of Charity on Friday. The event coincides with the anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace Prize...


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Public opposes fracking in national parks and under private land

A new poll has found the controversial possibility of fracking operations coming to UK national parks and private land is opposed by the majority of the public. In July, the government revealed that British national parks would be open to fracking “under exceptional circumstances”. Energy companies can now apply...


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BP ruled ‘grossly negligent’ in Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Oil giant BP was “grossly negligent” in the build up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a US judge has ruled. The disaster, at BP’s offshore oil rig, cost the lives of 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in US history, with 4-5 million barrels’ worth...


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Sir Ronald Cohen: impact investing needs venture capital-style support

The father of social investment and chair of the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force has called on governments to provide more support to social impact investment to help it thrive. Speaking to the Thomson Reuters Foundation during the social capital markets conference SOCAP, Cohen said, “We’re in a...


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Public backs green groups on the creation of Arctic sanctuary

A poll commissioned by Greenpeace and conducted across 30 countries has found robust public support for the proposal to create a protected area in the Arctic region to preserve wildlife. The survey, of more than 30,000 people, was led by the RIWI Corporation and found three in four (74%)...


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Study links high ESG ratings to positive investment portfolio performance

Asset managers can create better-performing portfolios by excluding stocks with lower environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings, according to new research. The study by New Amsterdam Partners used the Thomson Reuters Corporate Responsibility Ratings, which screens the ESG ratings of almost 5,000 companies. Analysts compared randomly selected, equally weighted portfolios...


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MSCI launches tool to support fossil free investment

MSCI, a provider of investment decision support tools, has launched a new set of carbon and fossil fuel metrics to aid investors wanting to reduce their carbon exposure. The MSCI ESG CarbonMetrics can be used as a tool for divestment screening, portfolio footprinting and engagement with corporatea on climate-related...


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Elliot reivew calls for special unit to fight food crime

Britain should form a special unit to tackle food crime in the wake of the 2013 horsemeat scandal, according to a government-backed report by food security expert Chris Elliott. Elliott, professor of food safety and director of the Global Institute for Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, has said...


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Samoa UN climate conference generates $2bn in island-to-continent environmental partnerships

Nearly 300 partnerships have been forged between governments, businesses and civil society organisations at a UN climate conference, generating $1.9 billion (£1.1bn) supporting small island developing states in achieving sustainable development. At the conclusion of the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States, secretary general of the Conference, Wu...


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Ban Ki-moon: world must act on climate change now

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concern that the world is not acting fast enough to mitigate climate change, ahead of a UN climate summit set to be attended by world leaders this month. The secretary-general said that climate change has been one of his top priorities since...


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Greenpeace warns of ‘long road ahead’ for truly green gadgets

Ahead of Europe’s largest consumer technology show, to be hosted in Berlin this week, Greenpeace has analysed the environmental progress being made by companies attending the IFA 2014. The report, titled ‘Green Gadgets: Designing the future’, evaluates the progress and subsequent future challenges facing 16 leading consumer technology companies....



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