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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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FCA plans inquiry into 30m insurance policies

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is reportedly planning an inquiry into 30 million policies sold by insurance firms. The review is set to include pensions, endowments, investment bonds and life insurance policies sold between the 1970s and 2000. The inquiry will begin in the summer and includes insurance sold...


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Total looks at shale oil deal with Russian firm

French oil firm Total is exploring the possibility of collaborating with private company Lukoil in Russia in unconventional oil extraction, despite the US and EU’s sanctions linked to the annexation of Crimea. The talks between Total and Lukoil, which is the largest private energy company in Russia, could end...


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Public engagement ‘essential’ to successful energy technologies

Developers of new energy technologies must work more effectively to earn public support, in an effort to increase both the speed and the scale of market penetration, according to a new report. The government-funded study, released by the Energy Generation and Supply Knowledge Transfer Network (EG&S KTN) at a...


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Renewable electricity share at 15% in 2013 as UK emissions fall 2%

The government’s latest energy statistics reveal that the production of renewable electricity in the UK increased by 3.5 percentage points in 2013, with renewables now accounting for 15% of the UK’s needs. Data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said that renewable energy generation grew by...


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Church investors back active ownership activities

The Church Investors Group (CIG) has said it supports investor engagement in order to improve practices and operations within companies. The comments follow Ownership Day, which encourages investors to be more ‘active owners’ and use shareholder power. CIG is a membership organisation for 49 institutional church investors, predominantly based...


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Standard Life buys Ignis for £390m

Scotland-based Standard Life has bought Ignis Asset Management for £390 million. It was announced earlier this week that talks were occurring between the two firms. The deal sees Standard Life increase the amount of money it manages by a third, making it one of the UK’s largest investment managers....


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Prince Charles calls for affordable housing in London

The Prince of Wales has called for more affordable and better quality housing in London as he predicated the current pace of rising property prices in the capital was “unsustainable”. He said, “The National Housing Federation estimates that in only six years the average London house price will have...


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