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Just 6 UK universities assessing climate risk on investments

A survey of the UK’s universities has revealed that whilst a growing number of the institutions recognise the impact of their investments and are publishing ethical investment policies, just six are committed to assessing the climate change risk associated with their investments. The 2015 People & Planet University League...


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Richest 1% on track to own more than all the rest by 2016

Global inequality has been labelled as “simply staggering” after it was revealed that the wealthiest 1% is set to own more than the rest of the population combined by 2016. A report published by charity Oxfam, entitled Wealth: Having it all and wanting more, found that the wealth gap...


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Commercial bees risk spreading disease to wild pollinators

Viruses carried by commercial bees, used for honey or to pollinate crops, risk spreading diseases to wild pollinator populations with potentially “devastating effects”, researchers from the University of Exeter have warned. The research, funded by the Royal Society and the Natural Environment Research Council, found that commercial species of...


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Plummeting renewable costs present ‘historic opportunity’ to build clean energy systems

The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources is plummeting and in many cases can now compete with fossil fuels, creating a “historic opportunity” to build sustainable energy systems and avert dangerous climate change, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). A report from the organisation concludes...


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50 UK companies feature in Sustainably Yearbook for investors

Fifty UK based companies have been named in RobecoSAM’s 2015 Sustainability Yearbook, which has been described as a “compass” for responsible investors, with seven of the businesses being awarded ‘gold class’ medals.  The UK has seen 50 of its companies being included in a Sustainability Yearbook with seven –...


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Wind power vital for cutting import costs and improving energy resilience

Domestic wind power in the UK could save £7.4 billion in gas import costs by 2030 whilst improving the resilience of the energy system, according to a new report. The report – The impact of wind energy on UK energy dependence and resilience – was published by Cambridge Econometrics...


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It’s impossible for big oil and gas to adapt to decarbonisation, says environmentalist

Leading environmentalist and founder of Forum of the Future Jonathon Porritt argues that it is “impossible” for major companies in the oil and gas industry to adapt to decarbonisation in a timely and intelligent way. In an article, published in the Guardian, Porritt explains that oil majors are “trapped...


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Pope Francis: climate change is mostly man’s fault

Pope Francis has said that the majority of climate change is man’s fault and criticised climate negotiations for failing to progress quickly enough during his tour of Asia. According to Reuters, the Pope said,  “I don’t know if it is all but the majority is, for the...


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Axa: climate risks should not be neglected from investment decisions

Despite arguments that climate change is not a financially material risk in the short and medium term, asset manager Axa has warned investors not to exclude climate risks from their investment decisions. The asset manager, one of the largest in Europe, noted that some in the investment industry are...


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Human activity risking life on Earth, warn scientists

A group of scientists have warned that human activity is destabilising the Earth system that we depend on, with four of the nine planetary boundaries now being crossed, potentially leading to serious risks and dangers. The researchers explain that the planetary boundaries concept, first published in 2009, identifies nine...


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Study: sea levels rising quicker than previously estimated

Sea level rise is accelerating at a much faster pace than previously estimated, according to a new study from Harvard University. The findings have implications for climate change models. The study, which has been published in the journal Nature, found that global sea level rise from 1900 to 1990...


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General election: Greens call on party leaders to support TV debate bid

The Green Party has called on other political parties to support their bid to be involved in TV debates in the run up to the general election in May following a decision by Ofcom that would see them excluded. In a letter to Labour leader Ed Miliband, Liberal Democrat...


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Report: renewables to grow faster than fossil fuels in 2015

Growth in renewable energy consumption is set to significantly outpace the growth seen in fossil fuels this year, according to a report. However, it also warns that non-fossil fuels lack the policy needed to progress fast globally. The report – Industries in 2015 – is from the Economist Intelligence...


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Harvard increases fossil fuel investment despite calls to divest

The world’s richest university Harvard has invested ten of million of dollars in fossil fuel companies during the third quarter of 2014 despite calls for divestment from the institution’s students and staff. The figures have led to several faculty members voicing their concern that investment returns are being justified...


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Green bond issuance triples in 2014

The green bond market saw incredible growth last year, reaching $36.6 billion (£24bn) issued by 73 different issuers, according to figures released by the Climate Bonds Initiative. The figure for 2014 is more than triple the number recorded in 2013. The growth takes the total amount of green bonds...




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