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Climate pledges don’t go far enough, say scientists

Climate change pledges made by countries ahead of a UN summit later this year are not ambitious enough to limit warming to the internationally agreed 2C, according to scientists from the Climate Action Tracker (CAT). CAT as an independent scientific analysis produced by four research organisations – Climate Analytics,...


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#GE2015 Vote for Polices hits 502,000 surveys completed

Over half a million people have now completed the Vote for Policies survey. At this point in 2010 there were just over 150,000 survey results. With voter registration closed and postal votes starting we are now in the final stages of the general election. You still have time to match...


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SOAS academics call on University of London to divest from fossil fuels

Staff at SOAS, University of London, have called on the educational institution’s management to divest from fossil fuels, citing an ethical duty. Some 63 members of staff have signed a letter calling on the director and chair of the governing body to cut polluting energy sources out of its...


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Seven in ten CEOs convinced of the value of sustainability

Almost 70% of CEOs understand the value and importance of sustainability within their organisation, according to a survey conducted for Ethical Corporation’s State of Sustainability 2015 report. The report is the first annual survey that aims to gauge the current state of corporate responsibility and sustainability around the world....


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Conservatives and Labour vie to create vast marine protection areas

Both main political parties have now pledged to create vast ocean reserves around UK overseas territories. Last week it was the Conservatives adopting the campaign of Zac Goldsmith and this week it was Labour putting forward an even more ambitious plan. The Labour plan, to be announced in this...


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Ethical spending up 9% as UK consumer awareness increases

As awareness of ethical issues grow, UK consumers are increasingly opting to spend their money with brands that reflect their values and think about the impact their money is having, according to a new report. The Annual Report from Ethical Consumer has been published since 1999 and is deigned...


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Poll: government planning system not equipped for sustainable economy transition

Three quarters of environment and sustainability professionals do not believe the current government planning system is equipped to aid the UK’s transition to a sustainable economy, according to a poll from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). The survey results come as political parties continue to campaign...


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Roadmap needed to ensure future water security, say World Water Forum delegates

Ensuring the world has a secure supply of water in the future is one of the many challenges associated with climate change and sustainability. Delegates of the World Water Forum, hosted by the World Water Council, have urged countries to deliver a roadmap on the issue. The seventh World...


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Blue & Green affiliate Etsy valued at £2.7bn at IPO

$2 billion worth of goods was bought through Etsy last year. Etsy rang the open for their Nasdaq listing on Thursday. Early trading saw their shares soar by 120%. We’re delighted for them and that they’re one of affiliate partners. Etsy was one of the companies we chose to...


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Opposition leaders’ debate #GE2015

Starting at 8pm last night, running through the 90 minute opposition leaders’ debate, post-debate spin room coverage, the 10pm news, Question Time and This Week, there were nearly five hours of political porn. Great for political junkies but we won’t know until 8th May if it engaged any of...


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Car emissions ‘significantly below’ 2015 target

The average emissions level of a new car sold in 2014 was “significantly below” the 2015 EU target, according to provisional data from the European Environment Agency. Under plans to cut emissions from transport, the EU set a target for new car emissions to be below 130 grams of...


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UN’s Ban Ki-moon calls for sustainable investment

The UN’s secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has called for increased cooperation and investment to tackle climate change, noting there has been “enormous progress” but that the stakes are getting higher. Speaking at a conference hosted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Ban recalled that two years ago at the same summit...


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Norway’s oil fund backs Shell climate resolution

The Government Pension Fund of Norway has begun revealing voting intentions in a bid to drive transparency. The fund has announced it will support a shareholder resolution asking Shell to report on climate change risks. The fund, commonly known as Norway’s oil fund, has been criticised in the past...


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Almost half of Brits willing to pay more for green energy

Despite affording energy bills being one of the top concerns amongst British householders, almost half have said they would be willing to pay more in order to boost investment green energy infrastructure, according to a new survey. The poll, conducted by financial services firm EY, found that almost 30%...


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University of Edinburgh recommended to divest from coal and tar sands

The University of Edinburgh’s central management group has received a recommendation for the educational institution to divest from companies involved coal and tar sands extraction. The divestment campaign is calling on the university to go further and cut out all fossil fuels. A Fossil Fuel Review Group was established...



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