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2014 record year for UK’s renewable energy investment

Investment in the UK’s renewable energy set a new record in 2014 with £10.7 billion poured into the country’s sun and wind resources, according to new analysis by PwC. However, another £50 billion is needed by 2020 to meet renewables targets. The research led by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) on...


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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine divests from coal companies

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has become the first health research organisation to divest from coal companies because of the damage they cause to the environment and public health. LSHTM follows the universities of Glasgow, Bedfordshire and Soas, University of London, all of which previously...


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Edinburgh to host the Global Ethical Finance Forum in September

Middle East Global Advisors (MEGA) and the Scottish government have announced Edinburgh will be the venue for the event focused on responsible and ethical finance. The Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) is organised in conjunction with the UK Islamic Finance Council and Thomson Reuters, to bring closer players in...


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Former Tory minister Gregory Barker joins the Climate Group’s board of trustees

Ex- minister for energy and climate change Greg Barker has become a trustee of the Climate Group – an international organisation focused on making businesses aware of low-carbon opportunity to fight climate change. Barker served under the last conservative government but stepped down in 2014 following cabinet reshuffle and...


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Edinburgh students stage sit-in over fossil fuel investments

Students at Edinburgh University staged a sit-in on Wednesday over management’s ‘reckless and irresponsible failure’ in maintaining investments in fossil fuels. Anger was sparked on Tuesday after a meeting of the university court “refused” to divest £9m of its investment portfolio from companies such as BP and Shell. The...


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Nepal: Rescue efforts resume after deadly tremor

Rescue teams have continued the search for victims of the latest earthquake that hit the devastated region of Nepal on Tuesday. The death toll now stands at 65 with almost 2,000 injured after the second tremor in as many weeks hit the South Asian country at 1225 local time...


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UN calls to tackle $19bn e-waste ‘tsunami’

The UN has expressed grave concerns over the ‘tsunami’ of dumped computers and smartphones that is expected to reach 50m tonnes by 2017. PCs, smartphones and tablets are being illegally dumped in developing countries, with the ‘mountain’ of waste growing year by year. Sites where old devices are being...


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May takes tough stance on Med migrants

Theresa May is on a collision course with EU leaders over a quota scheme for EU countries to take an equal share of migrants coming to Europe through the Mediterranean region. The Home Secretary said she “disagree with the suggestion by the EU’s high representative” Federica Mogherini that migrants...


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Antarctica ice shelf at risk of collapse

An ice shelf twice the size of Wales depleted by 4 metres between 1998 and 2012 and is at risk of collapse, according to a study by the British Antarctica Survey. Larsen C, which is a long ice shelf in the northwest part of the Weddell Sea, is thinning...


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Edinburgh University ‘refuses’ to divest from fossil fuels

Student campaigners at Edinburgh University have accused staff of being ‘in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry’ after the University Court refused to divest from fossil fuels, despite recommendations to pull the plug on investments in coal and tar sands. The university court, the highest decision making body...


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Nepal hit by second earthquake

A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 has hit the South Asian country of Nepal, just two weeks after a quake devastated the region killing more than 8,000 people. Reports on The World at One on Tuesday suggested that 37 people had been killed in the latest quake,...


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Flint and Eagle face Rudd and Truss on Energy and Environment

We’re interested in all aspects of sustainable government. Amber Rudd and Elizabeth Truss have taken the two portfolios we’re most interested in – energy and environment. With a single-party majority government, Opposition matters in drawing attention to poor legislation and holding government to account. Caroline Flint holds the Shadow...


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Eurozone banks ‘as vulnerable today’ as before 2008 crisis

Efforts to mitigate the risks of financial chaos within the banking sector have been insufficient, a report published on Tuesday concludes. The report published on Tuesday in the Journal of Banking and Finance claims that some banks within the Eurozone are ‘as vulnerable today’ as they were before the...


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Obama administration gives the nod to Arctic oil drilling

The US Interior Department has given its approval to the oil giant Shell to begin drilling in Arctic waters, subject to safety conditions being met. But pressure groups have responded with criticism over Shell’s ability to overcome safety concerns. After a long review into the procedures, American officials referred to...


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Australia announces corporate tax crackdown

A crackdown on multinational corporations by Australian authorities has been described as “the first of its kind in the world”, with Google, Apple and Microsoft firmly in their sights. Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the plans on the eve of the Australian budget, saying that it was “pretty evident”...



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