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Climate change already influencing extreme weather events

Climate change is already affecting the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as heat waves and heavy rainstorms, according to a new study. The study, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, has been published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The research calculates more than half...


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SOAS becomes first London university to divest from fossil fuels

SOAS, University of London, has announced that over the next three years it will fully divest from fossil fuels, making it the first university in the capital to make such a commitment. The decision was taken during a review of the school’s investments and was approved by the governing...


wind turbine by Colin Brough via Freeimages

General Election: parties failing to address renewables, says industry

The majority of renewable professionals believe that the industry has not been properly addressed in election campaigns, according to a survey conducted by the Renewable Energy Association (REA). The results have been published ahead of the general election on 7 May. Some 95% of REA members said that the...


coal power plant by Greg Goebel via Flickr

Report: majority of large investors failing to manage climate risks

Many of the world’s largest investors are continuing to make a “big gamble” on accelerating climate change by investing in carbon intensive assets, according to a report from the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP). The index suggests only a small minority of funds are shifting investments for a safer,...


woodland river by Robert Pittman via Flickr

General Election: sustainability professionals call for Nature and Wellbeing Act

The next UK government must implement a Nature and Wellbeing Act to rebuild natural capital, according to sustainability professionals. The survey comes ahead of the general election next month. The survey, conducted by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), asked almost 650 environment and sustainability professionals on...


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Report: fossil fuel companies need to consider climate action or risk shareholder value

The Carbon Tracker Initiative has warned fossil fuel companies to stress test their business model against low carbon, low price scenarios or risk shareholder value falling. Working with the Energy Transition Advisors, the organisation has published a blueprint examining the impact of limiting global temperature rise to 2C on...


Ocean fish By Swaminathan via Flickr

WWF calls for increased ocean protection and values resource at $24tn

The ocean is a valuable resource, worth at least $24 trillion (£16tn), but is currently being neglected, according to a report from environmental campaign group WWF. The group calls for sustainability to be considered in order to protect the world’s oceans. The report – Reviving the Ocean Economy: The...


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Earth Day: public urged to take climate action

To mark the 45th Earth Day people around the world are being urged to take action and show their support for creating a more sustainable world. The first Earth Day on April 22 1970 activated 20 million Americans, it has since grown to include 50,000 partners in 192 countries...


power plant emissions by Matt Buck via Flickr

Climate will irrevocably change unless bold action is taken, scientists warn

Unless world leaders take bold climate action this year a number of tipping points could be crossed, resulting in a “vastly different climate” and far-reaching, devastating consequences, scientists have warned. In a written statement 17 scientists have set out their argument for climate action as well as eight key...


charity By James White via Flickr

Survey: wealthiest should donate 25% of money to good causes

The British public would like to see the wealthiest in society donate more to worthy causes, according to a new poll, with answers revealing Brits believe the rich should give away 25% of their money. The survey, conducted by Populus for the Charities Aid Foundation, asked over 2,000 UK...


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Businesses to showcase pledges and call for policies at climate summit

For the first time major international business networks have joined together for a conference on climate change. The event will see over 1,000 businesses, investors and policymakers make the case for action to limit global warming to 2C. The conference will take place in Paris at the UNESCO headquarters...


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Renewable investors face growing risks as policies evolve

Investors that back renewable energy projects in Europe are being urged to gain an deeper understanding of the market and its value as many existing government supports are winding down or being replaced. Globally $270 billion (£182bn) was invested in and committed to renewables last year. Despite the challenges...


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#GE2015 Election Debates: Environment and Climate Change

Andrew Neil and the BBC’s environment analyst Roger Harrabin were joined yesterday by leading politicians to debate climate change, energy prices and the countryside. You can view the debate for the next 29 days here. On the panel were Caroline Flint (Labour), Matthew Hancock (Conservative), Andrew Cooper (Green), Ed...


Air emissions by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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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