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General election: Green Party turns to the crowd to raise funds

As the general election draws nearer and the campaigning starts, the Green Party have turned to crowdfunding as an innovative way to raise funds and their political profile, whilst offering voters more choice. In the last three months 64 Green Party parliamentary candidates have used Crowdfunder to gather support,...


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World can meet climate targets and live well, finds government initiative

The world can cut carbon emissions and limit global temperature increase to 2C whilst still prospering and maintaining lifestyles, according to new online tool the Global Calculator, a project led by the UK government. The initiative uses data reviewed by over 150 international experts and concludes that the world...


woodland river by Robert Pittman via Flickr

Decline of UK’s natural environment ‘costly’ to economy and wellbeing

The UK’s natural capital is in decline and must be safeguarded, according to a report from the Natural Capital Committee. The study warns that a declining natural environment is proving “costly” to our wellbeing and economy. The committee argues that England’s natural capital, which is defined as elements of...


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US north-east cost faces ‘historic’ blizzard

A “potentially historic blizzard” could see as much as 3ft of snow hit the US north-east coast, the National Weather Service has warned. The warning comes as a study suggests that extreme weather events could double due to climate change. The US forecast led to travel bans, public transport...


Offshore wind turbine, Thames Estuary- Phault (flickr name)

New Energy & Cleantech Awards deadline approaching

There are just two days left to submit nominations for the New Energy & Cleantech Awards, which recognise those who play a pivotal role in shaping the future of green energy and cleantech industries. The awards are now in their eighth year and will be held on April 29...


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Prince Charles: climate agreement should be ‘new Magna Carta for the Earth’

Prince Charles has called on the international community to act on climate change before we reach an irreversible situation. He said the climate change agreement, which is set to be decided in Paris later this year, should “be seen as a new Magna Carta for the Earth, and humanity’s...


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Government forced to U-turn on fracking plans

The government has been forced to change plans on where fracking can occur across the UK after conceding to Labour’s calls to close 13 environmental loopholes in the industry’s regulation. Energy secretary Ed Davey accepted amendments to the infrastructure bill put forward by Labour. The amendments include an outright...


red brick houses by Alex Pepperhill via Flickr

Government faces calls to raise Zero Carbon Homes standards

MPs are being urged to back amendments to the infrastructure bill today to “restore” the government’s Zero Carbon Homes standards, which are set to come in next year. The UK had been on track to deliver “genuinely zero carbon homes for new build in 2016”. However, according to a...


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UBS sponsors fund that aims to deliver financial and social return

A series of Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) funds across UK cities are set to launch and offer both a social and financial return, the funds are from social impact investment specialist Resonance and will be sponsored by wealth manager UBS. The first SITR fund aims to launch in...


tar sands by Howl Arts Collective via Flickr

Oxford University committee meets to discuss fossil fuel divestment

The Oxford University General Purposes Committee will meet today to discuss whether or not to recommend fossil fuel divestment, following a campaign from students, academics and local residents. In May last year, students and residents of Oxford took to the streets in demonstrations calling for local authorities and the...


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MPs: fracking incompatible with climate change targets

A group of MPs have called for the UK’s fledgling fracking industry to be put on hold because the method is incompatible with climate change targets and presents “significant localised” environmental risks to public health. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves drilling and injecting fluids into the ground at a...


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M&S, Unilever and London Stock Exchange among world’s most sustainable companies

The 2015 Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the World Index includes UK based companies Marks & Spencer, Unilever and London Stock Exchange. In total, 11 British companies make the list, up from eight last year. Household product company Reckitt Benckiser is the highest placed UK company at number...


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European lawmakers fail to back carbon market reforms

The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), the largest in the world, saw the price of carbon fall after a European Parliament committee failed to back a reform package. The EU-ETS covers more than 11,000 factories and companies. It operates on a cap-and-trade system, where the total amount of...


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World Bank: green bonds changing investor expectations

Green bonds are changing investor expectations and making sustainable investing easier, according to the World Bank. The organisation also predicts that sustainable investment will eventually become the standard way for managing a fixed-term portfolio. Green bonds act the same way as traditional bonds, paying out defined payments over a...


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Climate change pushes doomsday clock closer to midnight

Climate change and nuclear proliferation have led to scientist deciding to move the symbolic doomsday clock closer to midnight signalling growing threats to humanity and the earth. The clock now reads three minutes to midnight. The doomsday clock was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists...




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