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Scotland deliver renewable energy success to Malawi

Almost 80,000 people in rural Malawi have improved access to electricity and a brighter future thanks to the Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP) which has published its final results. Led by the University of Strathclyde, with an investment of £2.3m, MREAP is the single biggest Scottish Government international...


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Scientists find cause for rise in urban flooding

Scientists at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science investigating the increasing risk of ‘compound flooding’ for major US cities have found that flooding risk is greatest for cities along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts when strong storm surge and high rainfall amounts occur together. While rising...


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Zero Waste Scotland Fund opens for businesses to boost remanufacturing

The remanufacturing sector presents a fantastic economic opportunity for Scotland, and Zero Waste Scotland is focused on getting the right infrastructure and supply of products and materials in place for Scotland to reap the rewards. Remanufacturing in Scotland has the potential to grow rapidly from its current value of...


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FTSE Russell celebrates launch of new ex Coal Index Series

FTSE Russell, the global index provider, today announces its new FTSE All-World ex Coal Index Series. The suite of benchmarks will omit companies that have certain exposure to coal or general mining companies with proved and probable coal reserves. The new index series will assist market participants in managing...


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CSR Programs Increase Revenue up to 20%, Says Verizon, Campbell Soup Study

Well-designed corporate social responsibility programs increase revenue by as much as 20 percent, command price premiums up to 20 percent and increase customer commitment by as much as 60 percent, according to a study commissioned by Verizon and Campbell Soup. Project ROI, conducted by IO Sustainability and Babson College,...


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Banks told to cap processing fees for credit and debit cards

The Government has launched a consultation on new rules to cap fees charged by banks to their business customers for processing credit and debit card payments. These new rules, which are part of the Interchange Fee Regulation that the European Union (EU) agreed earlier this year, introduce an EU-wide...


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Wind energy to supply more than 12% of Europe’s electricity supply

The cumulative capacity of wind energy connected to the EU grid reached 129GW last year, matching 8% of European electricity demand, the equivalent to the combined annual consumption of Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Ireland. According to report published by the European Commission Joint Research Centre report, the impressive...


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Study finds 40% of world’s population hasn’t heard of climate change

A new study that examined the public understanding of climate change found that 40 percent of the global adult population were completely unaware of the crisis – a figure that rose to nearly two-thirds of grown-ups in developing countries. Using data from the largest cross-sectional survey of climate change...


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P&G to make 230 million bottles a year out of recycled plastic

Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble (P&G) Fabric Care has reinforced its environmental credentials with the announcement of a new environmental initiative which will result in 230 million bottles of flagship brands like Ariel, Dash, Lenor and Unstoppables made out of ‘Post Consumer Recyclate’ (PCR) – recycled packaging. As...


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Essential indicators reflect trends of a warming planet

In 2014, the most essential indicators of Earth’s changing climate continued to reflect trends of a warming planet, with several markers such as rising land and ocean temperature, sea levels and greenhouse gases ─ setting new records. These key findings and others can be found in the State of...


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UK and Canada in unique link-up to develop tidal energy projects

Five British companies are to receive grant funding from the Government’s innovation experts at Innovate UK to develop tidal energy projects with Canadian businesses and universities. Split across two projects, worth a combined £700,000, the projects will help governments, industry and academia better understand the impact of tidal technology...


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NASA finds Greenland glaciers melting faster than thought

Greenland’s glaciers flowing into the ocean are grounded deeper below sea level than previously measured, allowing intruding ocean water to badly undercut the glacier faces. That process will raise sea levels around the world much faster than currently estimated, according to a team of researchers led by Eric Rignot...


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Mangroves help protect coastal areas against sea level rise

Mangrove forests could play a crucial role in protecting coastal areas from sea level rise caused by climate change, according to new research involving the University of Southampton. A joint study between researchers at the University of Southampton along with colleagues from the Universities of Auckland and Waikato in...


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Natural gas boom is NOT responsible for drop in CO2 emissions

The 11 percent decrease in climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions in the US during the six years up to 2013 was caused by the global financial recession – not the switch to natural gas, new research shows. Experts have assumed that the drop in emissions reflected a shift to...


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Scotland’s First Minister demands Whitehall “respect” for renewable energy

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is using her increased political muscle to fight the corner of the Scottish renewable energy industry in the wake of planned subsidy cuts. The SNP leader has written to Prime Minister David Cameron to demand “respect” for her nation’s world-leading position on the development...



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