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IPCC’s latest climate change report: the reaction

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued its latest sobering report into climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. It maps out in no uncertain terms how warming temperatures will affect food prices, national security and the environment. Read the full story here, and see below for all...


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The IPCC’s stark warning: no nation will be untouched by climate change

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned of the effects global warming will have on food prices, national security and the environment in its latest sobering report. The second part of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, released on Monday, states that the scientific evidence is “overwhelming”....


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Preston council urges residents to ‘make a difference’ by moving their money

Residents in the Lancashire city of Preston are being encouraged by their local council to join the alternative banking campaign Move Your Money. Preston city council says it believes that since the 2008 financial crash, people are being increasingly concerned about where their money is going and what is...


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Smaller independent energy firms a ‘cheaper alternative’ to big six

Consumers are increasingly switching away from the big six energy suppliers and searching for cheaper deals from smaller firms, an independent energy supplier has claimed. Economy Energy says that it has seen its customer base increase by 45% since the energy price hikes last year. Its comments come after...


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Financial services leaders honoured at Money Marketing Awards

A number of financial services firms were honoured at the majestic Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Thursday night, at the Money Marketing Financial Services Awards. The awards, organised by financial news publication Money Marketing, rewards those firms representing excellence in the sector. The three categories, which included 31...


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World told to ‘stand up to fossil fuels’ ahead of IPCC climate change report

The campaign group Friends of the Earth has said the world must “stand up to the fossil fuels industry” ahead of the launch of a new major report on climate science, released on Monday. A draft of the second report in a series of three from the Intergovernmental Panel...


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Number of investors considering green credentials ‘incredibly promising’

The number of investors selecting alternative investment vehicles because of ethical and green credentials has been described as “incredibly promising” by Warrington-based investment provider Avacade Investments. The company’s Alternative Investment Index (AII) found that 12% of investors stated that whether an alternative product was green or ethical was of significance...


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Zuckerberg to use ‘drones, satellites and lasers’ to connect everyone to the web

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the firm plans to use unmanned drones, lasers and satellites to hook up the planet’s entire population to the internet. The drones and satellites will aid the Internet.org initiative, set up by a number of internet-based organisations including Facebook, Ericsson, Samsung and...


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Ecology says record figures prove ‘commercial viability’ of sustainable finance

Ecology Building Society has announced record-breaking success in its latest annual report – figures that its chief executive says “prove the commercial viability of genuinely sustainable finance”. Ecology, one of the youngest building societies still in existence, unveiled record assets, gross and net lending and savings balances for the...


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Sustainable transport: Exeter to showcase world’s leading green cars

Some of the world’s leading and most advanced electric and hybrid cars will descend on Exeter next month, where the public will be given the opportunity to test drive top models from the likes of BMW, Lexus and Renault. The Green Car Showcase is part of the Renewable Energy...


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Leaked IPCC report suggests extracting carbon to fight climate change

A leaked report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests using extraction technology in order to take harmful carbon out of the atmosphere and reduce the effects of global warming. Reuters has seen the draft document ahead of its official publication due out on Monday. The report...


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New Energy & Cleantech Awards 2014 unveils shortlist

The shortlist for the New Energy & Cleantech Awards 2014 has been announced, recognising some of the most influential and exciting players in the future of renewable energy and clean technology. Renewable energy developers, investors, entrepreneurs, and financiers are all nominated for gongs, ahead of the award ceremony to...


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Researchers call for further smoke-free legislation

The introduction of more smoke-free legislation could bring substantial reductions in premature births and hospital attendance for asthma, a study has found. Researchers say that they support further regulation in the area, which could potentially impact on investors with money in the sector. The study, published in The Lancet,...


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Climate change threatens India tea production

Tea producers in India, where one-third of the world’s tea is grown, are suffering because of changes in temperature and rainfall caused by climate change, experts and tea garden owners have said. Though it makes the world’s most popular drink – after water – tea is a very delicate...


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Monmouthshire to plant wild flowers to help bees

The Welsh county Monmouthshire has launched an initiative to plant wild flowers and create more grassy areas to increase pollination and the number of bees. The council said it would plant wild flowers and cut grassed areas less often, in order to make the pollinators’ population thrive. As a...


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