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Government infrastructure plan could ‘lock in’ greater fossil fuel dependency

Analysis of the UK’s infrastructure pipeline indicates that fossil fuel projects are expected to exceed that of low-carbon energy, potentially locking in a greater dependency on fossil fuels and cutting the chances of the UK meeting carbon emission targets. The infrastructure plan was updated by the Treasury this month...


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France and Germany seek to push back EU car emission target

EU vehicle emission cuts could be delayed as a report suggests that France and Germany are seeking to have a proposed 2025 deadline pushed back. Cars are responsible for around a eighth of Europe’s carbon dioxide emissions and the EU has set ambitious targets for carbon reduction in vehicles,...


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Greenpeace urges David Cameron to divert tax funds away from coal

Greenpeace is calling on people to sign a petition urging David Cameron to not spend the funds raised from a new tax on energy bills on polluting coal plants and instead divert the money to more sustainable resources.  The government is set to make a decision on how the...


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Met Office: chance of heatwaves in Europe has ‘increased dramatically’

The chance of heatwaves occurring across parts of Europe has “increased dramatically” in the last decade, according to a study by the Met Office. The organisation added that the changes are due to human influence on the climate. The Met Office has previously commented that heatwaves could become the...


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European investors stepping up responsible investment strategies

European asset owners are increasingly moving towards responsible investment strategies, according to a new survey that shows 72% of investors have drawn up formal responsible investment policies, an increase of 7% on 2013.  Novethic published the survey at its annual event in Paris. It questioned 185 long-term investors, with...


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Denmark, Sweden and UK top Climate Change Performance Index

Whilst global emissions have reached a new peak, developments suggest a new readiness for action on climate change protections, according to a new index, with Denmark, Sweden and the UK toping rankings. The Climate Change Performance Index, published by Germanwatch and CAN Europe, ranks the performance of the 58...


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Lima climate change talks suggest progress is being made

Reports from the climate change conference currently taking place in Lima, Peru, suggest that progress towards an international climate change agreement is being made. The talks In Peru see government ministers discussing the international climate change agreement. The conference kicked off on December 1 and is running through to...


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Air pollution deemed a ‘public health crisis’ by MPs

MPs have called for new schools, hospitals and care home to be built away from ‘air pollution hotspots’ after describing the UK’s air quality as a “public health crisis” on par with smoking. In a report the Environmental Audit Committee notes that tens of thousands of deaths are caused...


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More research needed on risks fracking poses to human health, says study

A new study, from researchers at the University of Missouri, has warned that more research into how fracking can impact human health needs to be done. The paper found that fracking by-products could affect human reproductive and developmental health.  Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial method used to...


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Miliband criticises Cameron over climate change action

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband has accused Prime Minister David Cameron of abdicating on responsibilities around climate change and making Britain a “laggard” on this issue in an article. Despite the Conservatives saying they would be the greenest government ever and Cameron describing climate change as “one...


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Funding gap in climate adaption, says UN report

The cost of adapting to climate change could be far higher than previously estimated, a new report from the UN has warned. The report – The Adaption Gap Report – states that even if greenhouse gas emissions are drastically cut to keep global warming below 2C, the point at...


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Report calls on researchers to step-change to address world challenges

If the world is to address the serious environmental, social and economic challenges it currently faces than a step-change in research is needed, according to a new report. The report – Strategic Research Agenda 2014 – has been published by Future Earth, a global research platform that brings together...


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Industry lacking expertise in impact investing, says World Economic Forum

In a new report the World Economic Forum has voiced concerns that the investment industry lacks the expertise and understanding to effectively advise people on the growing trend of impact investing. Impact investing involves funding projects that deliver wider benefits, from social to environmental, and can include renewable energy,...


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Co-op Bank bonuses scrapped over stress test concerns

The Co-operative Bank has cancelled a shareholder vote on its bonus plan after stating that it is likely to fail a stress test from the Bank of England. In light of this the bank has decided to scrap its long-term incentive plan and is now looking at alternative ways...


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Church of England urges BP and Shell to consider impact on climate

The Church Commissioners and Church of England Pensions Board have announced they are to co-file shareholder resolutions on climate change at the annual general meetings (AGM) of oil giants BP and Shell. The organisations state that the move is part of the Church of England’s decision to strengthen engagement...



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