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Report: single smartphone requires 13 tonnes of water to produce

A new report has revealed the amount of resources, including water and land use, that is required to make the everyday products we often take for granted. The report was commissioned by environmental group Friends of the Earth and aims to explore the environmental footprint of everyday products, measured...


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Consultation set to look at air quality impacts of airport expansion

A public consultation is set to assess the impact expansion at Heathrow and Gatwick airports could have on air quality, one of the issues that have been flagged up by environmental groups. Gatwick and Heathrow both put forward plans for expansion to the Airport Commission in order to increase...


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#GE2015: Greens retain seat but criticise voting system

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has retained the party’s only seat in Brighton Pavilion and the party has recorded a record number of votes. However, the party has criticised the current voting system, labelling it “unfair and outdated”. Lucas has grown her majority in Brighton Pavilion by 11% and...


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#GE2015: Vote for Policies ‘exit poll’

The BBC’s exit poll gives the election to a minority Conservative Party (316 MPs). Meanwhile, the Vote for Policies results are in. It’s a coalition between the policies of Labour (23.9%), Liberal Democrat (20.6%) and Greens (20.5%). In Scotland, Green policies (27%) come ahead of the SNP (24.8%). The BBC exit...


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Last chance to vote for Britain’s national bird

Today is the last chance for the British public to vote for the national bird. Voters can select one of the ten short-listed birds that they think best personifies what Britain represents. The poll will close at midnight on May 7. Included in the list is the popular Robin,...


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#GE2015: 100,000+ Vote for Policies in 18 hours as UK goes to the polls

Just as there was a last minute surge in voter registration there has been a surge in people using Vote for Policies.  As Britain goes to the polls to vote, over 100,000 people have used the Vote for Policies to match their views with party policies. At 6pm yesterday we released...


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Bank of America to reduce exposure to coal to help climate change efforts

The Bank of America has confirmed that it will reduce its exposure to coal mining companies, noting that such investments are becoming increasingly risky and that the institution has a “responsibility to help mitigate climate change”. The statement was released at the bank’s annual shareholder meeting, with the new...


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Climate ‘milestone’ reached as global carbon dioxide levels surpass 400ppm

Global carbon dioxide concentrations have surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first month since measurements began, the latest results from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show. Scientists have said the record is a significant climate milestone. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,...


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#GE2015: the People’s Manifesto 2015

It is 6pm on the May 6th, with 13 hours until the polls open. 730,800 have taken the voteforpolicies.org.uksurvey – the impartial, non-profit, policy-matching tool. Download the manifesto here. Photo: Adam Wyles via Flickr Further reading: #GE2015: Blue & Green backs a red, yellow and green policy coalition around sustainability...


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Danish pension savers vote on fossil fuel divestment

Six Danish pension funds have given their members an opportunity to vote on fossil fuel divestment. The votes come as the divestment movement continues to gather pace. According to the Guardian, academics, civil engineers and architects in Denmark voted in favour of their pension funds selling off their holdings...


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EU votes to fix carbon market in 2019

EU lawmakers have voted to start fixing the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in 2019, two years ahead of schedule. The changes, which have been welcomed by the renewable industry, mean billions of carbon allowance will be held back. The EU-ETS covers over 11,000 factories, power stations and other...


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IEA: low-carbon technology spending needs to triple to meet climate goals

In order to limit climate change public spending on low-carbon technology research and development must triple, according to a report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report – Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 – argues that clean energy progress is falling short if the world is to meet...


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Carmaker Tesla backs renewables with move into battery market

Carmaker Tesla has announced a move into the energy storage market that could support renewable energy and help cut down emissions. The company has described the move as a “critical step” in its mission to enable zero emission power generation. Tesla Energy, a suite of batteries that can be...


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‘New era’ in Arctic Ocean due to climate change

Climate change has led to the Arctic Ocean entering a “new era” that could have an impact on the region’s biodiversity, according to Norwegian scientists. The Norwegian Polar Institute is researching how climate change is impacting the Arctic Ocean. In particular, they will look at how rising temperatures and...


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Lord Stern calls for countries to raise ambition of climate pledges

Lord Stern has warned that current greenhouse gas emission pledges to limit climate change do not go far enough to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, in a new paper. The report calls for counties to raise the ambition of their climate pledges. The paper, published by the Grantham...



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