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Second-biggest carbon market launched by South Korea

The world’s second-largest emission trading scheme began trading on Monday in South Korea. The scheme imposes emission caps on the country’s largest 525 companies. The cap-and-trade system was approved in 2012 and caps the country’s emissions at 1.687 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, it covers the period from...


city of london by Simon Rogers via freeimages

Energy consumption in cites to triple by 2050 without sustainable planning

Cities around the world will consume three times more energy in 2050 when compared to 2005 unless sustainability is considered in planning phases. The greatest potential energy savings come from developing cities where infrastructure is not already ‘locked-in’. Currently around half of the world’s population live in cities, but...


boost for offshore Scottish wind - Kim Hansen via Flickr

Wildlife charity challenges Scottish windfarms

Wildlife Charity RSPB Scotland has a launched a legal challenge over the consent of four offshore windfarms in the Outer Forth and Tay. The organisation argues that the projects could have “serious implications” on wildlife in the area. The wind farm developments – Neart na Geoithe, Inch Cape, Seagreen...


waves by shirokazan via Flickr

Wave energy has potential to be cheaper than wind

Wave energy could be cheaper and easier to integrate into current energy systems than other forms of renewables because of its relative consistency, according to new analysis. The study, a collaboration between researchers at Oregon State University, the University of Victoria, and private industry, estimates that the cost of...


car fumes by Riley Kaminer  via flickr

Campaign group calls on Scottish government to address air pollution

Friends of the Earth Scotland has called on the government to treat air pollution like the “public health crisis it really is” after analysis revealed some areas are breaking EU air quality standards and are getting worse. The environmental campaign group measured levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate...


another wind turbine by lamoix via Flickr

Ecotricity benefits from customer dissatisfaction with ‘big six’

Renewable energy firm Ecotricity has revealed that it has almost doubled in size over the last 12 months, having benefitted from customer dissatisfaction with the ‘big six’ energy companies. The firm has now reached 150,000 customers, almost double the figure it had at the beginning of 2014. The news...


coins leaf By Tax Credits via Flickr

Charity Bank first European bank to achieve B Corporation certification

The UK’s Charity Bank has become the first bank in Europe to achieve certification as a B Corporation, a status for companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corporation is described as being to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee....


ban ki moon by specialoperations via Flickr

Ban Ki-moon calls for action on world challenges to create sustainable future

Ban Ki-moon, the UN’s secretary general, has called on the international community to work together to tackle issues, from climate change to poverty, to create a sustainable future, in an article. The article, which has been published in the Guardian, marks the 70th anniversary of the UN but notes...


community energy groups - BlackRockSolar via Flickr

Renewable investment up 16% in 2014

Renewable energy investments increased by 16% in 2014, reaching $310 billion (£205bn), the first growth registered since 2011, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Whilst renewable energy investments have failed to grow in the previous three years, this has been linked to falling costs, rather than a lack...


USA power plant by squeaks2569 via Flickr

300 Stanford professors call for full fossil fuel divestment

Some 300 professors from Stanford University, California, have called for the school to fully divest from the fossil fuels industry, arguing that the magnitude of climate change calls for a thorough commitment, not a partial solution. In May last year, the board of trustees at the prestigious university decided...


London traffic By Garry Knight via Flickr

Air pollution ‘most deadly’ environmental challenge, says former deputy mayor of London

Former deputy mayor of London Nicky Gavron has described air pollution in the capital as the “most deadly” environmental challenge and heavily criticised the current leadership for failing to take strong action. Gavron, who was deputy under Ken Livingstone, wrote in the Guardian, “Of all the environmental challenge the...


wind turbine by Colin Brough via Freeimages

Rushlight Show to showcase latest innovation in cleantech

The Rushlight Show, which focuses on innovative clean technology, is set to take place on Thursday 29 January at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London. The Rushlight Show, now in its sixth year, is designed to showcase clean technologies, innovations and initiatives from across the UK and...


Polling station By Martin Bamford via Flickr

General election: Cameron to refuse TV debates if Greens are excluded

Prime minister David Cameron has said that he will refuse to take part in TV debates in the run up to the general election in May if the Green Party is excluded. The comment comes after media regulator Ofcom published its consultation on the political parties it lists as...


ed davey by Department of Energy and Climate Change via Flickr

Ed Davey voices concerns over likelihood of strong climate change agreement

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has revealed that the UK will be seeking a legally binding climate change agreement at negotiations later this year. However, he has also voiced concerns that the deal will not go far enough to avert dangerous levels of climate change. Davey’s comments...


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Experts warn of increasing migration due to climate change

Experts have warned governments that migration is set to increase in the coming decades as climate change impacts become more frequent and intense. According to data from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) 22 million people were displaced by extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,...



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