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Rushlight Show to showcase latest innovation in cleantech

The Rushlight Show, which focuses on innovative clean technology, is set to take place on Thursday 29 January at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London. The Rushlight Show, now in its sixth year, is designed to showcase clean technologies, innovations and initiatives from across the UK and...


Polling station By Martin Bamford via Flickr

General election: Cameron to refuse TV debates if Greens are excluded

Prime minister David Cameron has said that he will refuse to take part in TV debates in the run up to the general election in May if the Green Party is excluded. The comment comes after media regulator Ofcom published its consultation on the political parties it lists as...


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Ed Davey voices concerns over likelihood of strong climate change agreement

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has revealed that the UK will be seeking a legally binding climate change agreement at negotiations later this year. However, he has also voiced concerns that the deal will not go far enough to avert dangerous levels of climate change. Davey’s comments...


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Experts warn of increasing migration due to climate change

Experts have warned governments that migration is set to increase in the coming decades as climate change impacts become more frequent and intense. According to data from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) 22 million people were displaced by extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,...


Fracking in Derby - Nicholas A. Tonelli

Labour seeks fracking restrictions to protect drinking water

The Labour Party is seeking to ban fracking for shale gas on land that collects Britain’s drinking water in proposed amendments to the government’s infrastructure bill. A campaign group has said such a move is “basic common sense”. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is gradually becoming more widespread in the...


Numbers And Finance

Low-carbon technologies and social impact both investment trends to watch

Institutional investors increasingly moving towards low-carbon technologies and social investment are both amongst the environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment trends to watch in 2015, according to MSCI. Written by MSCI’s global head of ESG research, Linda-Eling Lee, the paper notes that 2014 suggested there is a shortening lag...


oil rig scotland by Steven Straiton via Flickr

Study: majority of fossil fuel reserves must remain unburnt

A new study has cautioned policymakers that the vast majority of fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground and unburnt if the world is to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. The researchers also warned that fossil fuel investments are becoming “increasingly risky”. The research from the University...


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Shell agrees £55m payout over Niger Delta oil spill

Oil giant Shell has agreed to a £55 million settlement with residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta over two oil spills that occurred in 2008 and 2009. The spills caused environmental devastation and particularly affected fisherman in the area, with 15,600 being impacted. Each individual affected...


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Green Party pledges to cut public transport cost

In a bid to promote less carbon-intensive methods of transport and ensure that the rail and bus networks are accessible, the Green Party has revealed plans to cut fares by 10%. The plans come just after train fares were hiked for the 11th consecutive year, with average day fares...


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UK government loaned £1.7bn to fossil fuel projects abroad since 2010

Despite publicly criticising fossil fuel subsidies, research has revealed that the UK government has pledged £1.7 billion in financial support to dirty energy projects aboard in the last five years. Analysis by environmental campaign group Greenpeace, discovered that the total support for fossil fuel industries amounts to £1.76 billion-worth...


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UK lagging behind Europe on social impact investing

Despite government incentives and research suggesting appetite for social impact investing, the UK is lagging behind European counterparts in the area, according to a survey. In an article published on Politics Home, Monica Middleton, national director of Oikocredit UK, explains that it is a lack of understanding and readily...


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London’s Oxford Street has already breached air pollution limit

London’s Oxford Street had breached its nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limit for the whole of 2015 by 5 January, according to campaign group Clean Air London, which has blasted London Mayor Boris Johnson for taking “backward steps” around the issue. Campaigners state that the landmark shopping street has already exceeded...


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Wind powered a quarter of homes in 2014

Record amounts of clean energy from wind farms were generated last year, powering over a quarter of all UK homes, official statistics from the National Grid show. RenewableUK, the trade body for the wind and marine energy sectors, has highlighted the figures that show the growth within the renewable...


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FTSE chief executives surpass average annual salary in 2 days

By late afternoon on January 6 company executives that returned to work the previous day will have earned more than the average UK worker earns in an entire year, according to calculations by think-tank the High Pay Centre. FTSE 100 chief executives are paid on average £4.72 million, even...


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Met Office: 2014 UK’s warmest year on record

Provisional full year figures have confirmed that 2014 was the UK’s warmest year, according to the Met Office. Despite this, awareness of the effects of climate change on the UK remains low amongst the public, leading to one expert calling the government’s communications on the issue a “colossal failure”....




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