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Climate change threatens Japan’s natural icons

Rising temperatures and more frequent extreme weather are affecting two of Japan’s most popular icons, cherry trees and ancient beech forests, campaigners have claimed. The WWF has argued that average temperatures in Japan have already risen and are expected to rise by up to 5C. This, combined with more...


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Futurewealth survey: millionaires increasingly using digital tools to manage wealth

Nine out of ten of the world’s wealthy are using digital tools to inform their wealth management transactions, according to the findings of a new survey.  The second instalment of the Scorpio Partnership’s 2014 Futurewealth series, conducted in conjunction with NPG Wealth Management and SEI, surveyed over 3,000 millionaires...


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Ceres initiative looks to boost stock exchange sustainability reporting

A new initiative has been launched to lobby for the integrating of environmental and social disclosure requirements into listing rules for companies on US and global stock exchanges. The potential changes could allow investors to better compare the sustainability of companies. The initiative, which aims to engage with global...


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Ocean acidification will threaten fish stocks

As human activities make the oceans more acidic many marine species are increasingly being put at risk, including populations of fish that people around the world rely on for food, scientists have warned. Speaking to the BBC, in an investigation for Newsnight by environment analyst Roger Harrabin, experts warn...


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Ofgem orders inquiry into energy market competition

The energy regulator Ofgem has confirmed it will conduct an inquiry into competition within the energy market. The announcement comes just days after consumers and businesses called for “radical changes” to the sector. Ofgem said it had taken action to “remove uncertainty” for the energy market by proposing an...


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UN chief visits Greenland to see reality of climate change

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon went to see first-hand the effects of climate change on Greenland’s “majestic” environment, which he said is threatening the livelihood of local communities. The UN chief met with the premier of Greenland, Aleqa Hammond and visited the Arctic town of Uummannaq. He said he was...


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Fracking protest village Balcombe sets up renewable energy co-op

Residents of Balcombe, the quiet Sussex village that shot to fame when a two-month protest against fracking in the area made headlines, have founded their own renewable energy co-operative. REPOWERBalcombe launched its first project on Thursday, with the signing of a lease to host 19kW of solar panels on...


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Rubbish on British beaches reached record high in 2013

Campaigners who cleaned up UK beaches in September collected 2,309 items of litter every kilometre – the highest amount in 20 years, which they say can threaten the safety of both humans and animals. Among the items collected, – mostly plastic – were half a TV, a French bullet-proof...


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Investors call for supply chain transparency legislation in UK modern slavery bill

Investors with a total of £195 billion in assets under management are calling for Transparency in Supply Chains (TISC) legislation to be embedded in the UK modern slavery bill. They argue that human rights abuses not only present ethical concerns but also place financial returns at risk. The group...


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Ethical consumer market now worth £54bn in the UK – up 12% in 2012

The ethical consumer market, most notably the food and drink sector, grew by more than 12% in 2012 despite the global recession, according to findings by Ethical Consumer magazine. Its latest report says that the food and drink sector alone grew by 36% in 2012 and is now worth...


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Financial advisers sought for sustainable investment bootcamps

Following the success of the first Sustainable Investment Bootcamp, Blue & Green Tomorrow will be running a series of free, Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) accredited events on sustainable investment throughout the UK. We are looking for a number of diverse financial advisers, paraplanners and network heads to participate in the...


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Santander fined £12.4m for unsuitable financial advice

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has handed out one of its biggest ever retail banking fines to Santander, over its failure to give accurate and quality investment advice to some customers. According to the FCA, the Spain-based bank did not take sufficient care in advising customers over investment risks...


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UK investors being ‘ripped off’ because of lack of competition and transparency

The UK investment industry is operating against public interest, according to a new report that calls for the Office of Fair Trading to conduct an investigation into the retail investment industry. The True and Fair Campaign argues that the investment world is hiding fees from investors and leaving them...


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Climate change could prolong world hunger for decades, says Oxfam

World hunger could be prolonged for decades because our global food system is “woefully” unprepared for the impacts of climate change, an Oxfam report has warned. The paper, titled Hot and Hungry: How to stop climate change derailing the fight against hunger, says that rising temperatures, extreme weather and changing...


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Heatwaves to become normal by 2040s, says the Met Office

Research by the Met Office has suggested that climate change will bring wet and mild winters and dry hot summers to the UK, with dangerous heatwaves set to become more frequent across Europe over the next few decades. According to the Met Office, the UK will have on average...


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