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Sustainability pressures threaten investment and development, warns report

Competition for key resources and converging sustainability pressures in developing countries could “trigger far-reaching instability” in the global economy, according to a report that calls for governments and businesses to look at the bigger picture on resilience. The report, from the Earth Security Group, argues that resource pressures in...


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Green Investment Bank announces £50m waste and recycling fund

The UK Green Investment Bank has launched a new £50 million fund that will target smaller-scale, innovative, recycling and waste projects across the UK. The Green Investment Bank was created by the government with that aim to use its finance to back green projects on commercial terms and mobilise...


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General election: Labour pledges to protect forests

The Labour party has pledged to protect forests and green spaces if they win the general election and have heavily criticised the current government for failing to stop environmental degradation. Speaking at wildlife charity RSPB’s head office, Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s shadow environment secretary, said, “David Cameron promised us...


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Stable, long-term policy needed to push offshore wind, says EWEA

The pace of growth in Europe’s offshore wind sector is slowing and stabilising, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). The organisation is calling for stable, long-term policy to help the sector progress. In a report, the EWEA states the European offshore wind industry saw new capacity installation...


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UN ranks 2014 as hottest year on record

The UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has ranked 2014 as the hottest year on record and noted that 14 of the 15 warmest years have now occurred in this century, demonstrating the continuing warming trend. Average global air temperatures over land and sea surface were 0.57C above the long-term...


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Melting glaciers leading to Iceland rising, according to scientists

The Earth’s crust under Iceland is ‘rebounding’ as climate change leads to the ice caps on the island melting, according to research conducted by the University of Arizona. The paper argues that the “current fast uplift” of the Icelandic crust is a result of accelerated melting of the island’s...


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Green Party challenges GDP as sole indicator of prosperity

The Green Party has labelled the use of GDP as a sole measure of indicating prosperity as “very flawed”, and has argued for other factors, such as resource depletion and health, to be considered. According to the Guardian, Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton, said, “I don’t think it’s...


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Ethical Tourism Conference to explore sector’s issues and solutions

An annual meeting and ethical tourism conference is set to take place on Saturday 7 February in Croydon Town Hall and will discuss how the industry is developing, an online ethical travel guide and future campaigns. The event is being organised by charity Tourism Concern, which argues that tourism...


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Supermarkets failing to meet consumer demand for sustainable fish

There is a growing gap between supermarkets when it comes to offering their customers labelled sustainable seafood choices that protect the ocean environment, despite growing demand from consumers, according to a study. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) found that Sainsbury’s topped the table in terms of the number of...


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Less than half of top asset managers disclosing responsible investment policies

Asset managers are failing to “walk the talk” on stewardship and responsible investment, according to responsible investment charity ShareAction, after a report revealed that just 42% of asset managers assessed disclose policies on how they incorporate environmental and social considerations into the investment process. The report ranks the 33...


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Frequency of heatwaves in urban areas on the rise

A new study has found that the world’s urban areas are increasingly experiencing heatwaves, potentially leading to huge issues for public health and infrastructure. The research, which has been published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that prolonged periods of extreme hot days have significantly increased in over...


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UK solar power almost doubled in 2014

Over the course of last year the electricity generated from solar installations across the UK almost doubled, figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show. The official data finds that at the end of 2014 solar generated almost 5 gigawatts (GW), up from 2.8 GW at the...


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Shell backs shareholder resolution on climate risk

Oil giant Shell has issued a letter urging shareholders to back a resolution calling for transparency on the risks around climate change. The move has been described as a “turning point” and welcomed by those that filed the resolution. A coalition of more than 150 investors filed resolutions for...


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Business can be sustainable and profitable, says Unilever boss

The chief executive of Unilever, Paul Polman, has heavily criticised the business world for focusing solely on profits and failing to take sustainability and global challenges into account. He argued that businesses don’t need to choose between financial gain and having a positive impact. Speaking ahead of Unilever’s Sustainable...


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North Sea nations key to Europe’s low-carbon transition, says report

North Sea nations, including the UK, have the skills and storage capacity to deliver a carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry that is capable of transforming Europe’s industry and power sectors, according to a report from Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS).  The report argues that CCS technology can...



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