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Climate change will make UK heat waves 13 time more likely

Human induced climate change will increase the chances of record breaking warm years in England, according to scientists. A study suggests the exceptionally warm years are now 13 times more likely to occur because human activities are affecting the climate. The research, which has been published in Environmental Research...


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Ecology Building Society backs renewable energy with loan via Abundance

Ecology Building Society has extended its support for the renewable energy sector with a £250,000 investment through online investment platform Abundance. The investment marks the start of an on-going collaboration between the two ethical finance organisations. The Ecology Building Society selected the Oakapple Berwickshire project to invest in. The...


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Church of England divests from coal and tar sands

The Church of England has committed to divesting from two of the most polluting fossil fuels, thermal coal and tar sands. The organisation argues the Church has a “moral responsibility” to assist in the transition to the low-carbon economy. The religious institution will no longer make any direct investments...


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Medical students call for health research funders to divest from fossil fuels

Future healthcare professionals are asking leading health research funders to divest from the fossil fuel industry, arguing the sector poses a risk to human health and as a result is incompatible with the health sector. In an open letter the authors, supported by leading medical students’ organisations including the...


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General election: attention given to sustainability in campaigns criticised

Sustainability and environment professionals have criticised political parties for the lack of attention they are giving sustainability issues despite their impact on a range of areas, from health to the economy. In a poll conducted by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), 89% of respondents said they...


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Foresight Group has been named Company of the year at the eighth New Energy & Cleantech Awards in London

In a glittering ceremony at the Park Plaza Victoria, the firm, an infrastructure and private equity investment manager with over £1.3 billion of assets under management, won the Financier of the Year, and was selected as the overall winner by an independent judging panel. Foresight Group was recognised for a...


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#GE2015 Will Airdrie & Shotts, Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross and Na h-Eileanan an Iar, vote for policies, parties or personalities in 2015?

These are the three constituencies with the lowest ‘turnout’ in the Vote for Policies 2015 survey , gathering only 425 votes between them. In comparison Bristol West has seen 5,172 votes cast. The average is 937 ‘votes’ for policies per constituency. With Labour, Lib Dem and the SNP holding...


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Charity Bank supports organisation aiding deaf community

The East Lancashire Deaf Society (ELDS) will be able to boost its work in helping young deaf people improve their employment prospects after Charity Bank has provided a £150,000 loan. Charity Bank lends exclusively to charities and social organisations and its latest loan to ELDS will be used to...


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UK government ordered to take ‘immediate action’ on air pollution

The UK government today appeared in Supreme Court and has been ordered to deliver plans to cut illegal levels of air pollution by the end of the year. Areas of the UK are breaching EU limits for nitrogen. Under previous plans several areas would still be over the limit...


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WHEB investment helps cut annual air emissions by 400 tonnes

Products and services supplied by investor WHEB’s private equity portfolio companies have cut annual emissions by 400 metric tonnes, the equivalent of the power consumption of 34,700 UK residents. The figure comes from a new report detailing the impact WHEB’s investments. The report is the first of its kind...


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80% of deforestation set to occur in just 11 areas

Eleven places in the world will account of over 80% of deforestation by 2030, according to a report published by WWF. Between 2010 and 2030 these deforestation fronts could lose up to 170 million hectares of forest unless action is taken. The Living Forests Report builds on previous analysis...


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UK government faces Supreme Court over air pollution

Today the UK government will learn whether it will have to create a new air quality plan as the EU Supreme Court will hand down its final judgement. The UK is breaching EU air quality rules for nitrogen dioxide. Under current plans three areas –  Greater London, West Midlands...


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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...


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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...



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