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Parliament backs plain packaging. Big tobacco fights back.

Despite securing the overwhelming support of the British people and Members of Parliament in a vote yesterday, big tobacco is looking to fight the introduction of plain or standardised packaging. Yesterday in Parliament 367 MPS voted for plain or standardised packaging with 113 against. This follows a similar vote...


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Report: car emissions could be cut by half by 2030 though low-carbon transport

Low-carbon technologies could almost half the carbon emissions coming from cars and vans in the UK by 2030, according to a new report. The paper, from the Cambridge Econometrics, outlines how low-carbon vehicles can have a positive impact on the economy, environment and consumers. Carbon emissions from the car...


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Sustainable policies could support EU economic growth, says report

Sustainability should be the focus of the EU’s €300 billion (£210bn) investment plan, according to a report from WWF that sets out a five-step plan. The paper argues that the gains from investing sustainably could boost economies and generate further savings. For example, the report – From crisis to...


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UK finalists of 2015 Ashden Awards announced

Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards recognise and celebrate those working in sustainable energy. The finalists for the 2015 Ashden UK Awards have now been announced and highlight the diversity of the green energy sector. This year’s seven finalists are The London Borough of Islington’s SHINE Initiative, Beat the...


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EU-US trade deal threatens environment and health protections, MPs say

MPs have warned that the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated could risk “hard won” environmental and public health protections in a report. The report calls on the next government to ensure they are involved in discussion about the deal. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will broaden...


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Pace of climate change will speed up, warn researchers

Researchers have warned that changes to the climate that occur over several decades are now happening faster than historical levels and are continuing to speed up. They added that people will have to adapt to a warming world faster than previously anticipated. The study, which has been published in...


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Energy saving smart meters could be ‘costly failure’, warn MPs

Plans to install energy saving smart meters in every UK home and business by the end of the decade are at risk of “veering off-track”, according to the Energy and Climate Change Committee. In a report, MPs on the committee raise concerns about technical, logistical and public communication issues...


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New initiative aims to create social change

A new social enterprise initiative is inviting people to become involved in a fellowship that aims to connect people who share a vision and appetite for social change. Pioneers for Change will provide a six-month Fellowship that includes virtual mentoring and executive coaching alongside a two-day forum. The initiative...


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Jeremy Leggett: world can win the ‘carbon war’

In recent years there has been a shift in the ‘carbon war’ that means those fighting to cut emissions, avoid dangerous levels of climate change and encourage green technology could win, according to Jeremy Leggett’s new book. The book ‘The Winning of the Carbon War’ is downloadable for free....


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UN calls for investment in disaster resilience as costs reach $300bn per year

The UN is calling on countries to increase investment in risk reduction strategies after it revealed in a report that the cost of disasters worldwide has reached an average of $250 billion (£164) to $300 billion (£197bn) every year. The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction has been...


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Researchers link climate change to Syrian conflict

A new study has suggested that climate change was amongst the reasons for the Syrian uprising in 2011, as the worst drought ever recorded in the region destroyed agriculture in the northern part of the country. The research, which has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National...


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Use smart technology to cut energy demand and emissions, say MPs

MPs have criticised the government’s ‘capacity market’ and have instead urged the use of smart technology to cut greenhouse gas emissions and energy demand. The capacity markets aims to prevent blackouts and pays a regular payment to reliable forms of energy, in return for generating capacity when the system...


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70% of investors interested in sustainability

Over 70% of individual investors describe themselves as being interested in considering sustainability factors when making investment decisions, according to a new report. The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing published the report – Sustainable Signals. The study included a survey of 800 individual investors and questioned them on...


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Global flood risk could almost triple by 2030

Climate change and growing global populations could mean that flood risk around the world will nearly triple over the next fifteen years, according to a new online tool. The Aqueduct Global Flood Analyser was co-developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and four Dutch research organisations – Deltares, the...


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Study reveals ‘widespread risk’ of disease to wild bees

A new study has discovered that a network of viruses that were previously associated with managed honeybees are spreading to wild bee populations, potentially posing “widespread risk” to the wild population. The study, which has been published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, notes that the infectious interconnected diseases...




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