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Insurers to protect renewable energy investors as states roll back support

The European renewable energy industry has been hit by cuts to subsidies and incentives, prompting investor uncertainty – but insurers are pledging to provide support to maintain industry growth. Willis, the third largest insurance broker in the world, alongside Lloyds of London, is putting together a policy that will...


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Climate change biggest concern for future generations in Wales

Climate change is the biggest issue that the future generations of Wales will have to face, according to a survey released as the government reads a new bill that will embed sustainability into the heart of policymaking and legislation. Some 69.5% of respondents from a variety of networks, NGOs...


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Sustainable wildlife tourism is a positive force for conservation and economies, says expert

If done correctly wildlife tourism can have a positive influence on the way economies develop and view their wildlife and biodiversity, according to Dr Michael Hutchins, who has extensive experience in the wildlife industry and is an expert on conservation and science education. Hutchins argues that if wildlife tourism...


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Modern slavery: cheap maids for sale in Singapore

Women from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Myanmar are being sold in shopping malls in Singapore, where people can take them home as cheap house cleaners, an investigation by Al Jazeera has found. Domestic workers are being displayed in the galleries and are advertised as if they are goods for...


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Leaked emails show World Bank could ease loans at expense of environment

Leaked emails by the World Bank, seen by the Observer, show how loans could become more readily available, potentially leading to lower environmental and social standards.  The emails show how regulations for loans could be relaxed with more than $50 billion (£29bn) available every year for power, mining, transport...


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Government predicts an overcrowded planet riddled with conflict by 2050

A new report forecasting the future of the planet, published by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), has described a world overpopulated and undernourished, with a high probability of consistent conflict. The report, entitled ‘Global Strategic Trends’,also warns that ageing populations will become the burden of the young, as the...


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Leisure social enterprises ‘serious competitors’ for private firms

Social enterprises operating in the leisure services sector are becoming “serious competitors” to privately run businesses, according to the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) SE100 Index. The index also shows that overall social enterprises are performing well. The SE100 Index, launched in 2010, aims to give social investors a platform...


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Elephants in Thailand brutally trained for the tourism industry, investigation reveals

Live wild elephants are being illegally captured and cruelly trained in Myanmar to be sold to the tourism industry in Thailand, a new report by wildlife trade organisation Traffic has discovered. The animals are caught in the wild when they are young and then moved to Thailand, at which...


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Study: climate change policies could have positive effect on UK economy

Policies to tackle climate change could have a positive effect on the UK economy, according to a new report that challenges those that say sustainability will harm economic growth. A range of studies and lobby groups have previously criticised climate change policies for harming the economy because of the...


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US government intervenes as coal industry faces environmental lawsuits

The US government has intervened in an ongoing court battle between the coal industry and the environmental campaign group WildEarth Guardians, which is challenging unsustainable mining operations on federal land. WildEarth Guardians is arguing that the federal review process that takes place on proposed mining operations is deliberately lax...


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Punjab seeks to boost untapped Indian ecotourism

The Indian state of Punjab has launched a ‘comprehensive project’ to develop and promote ecological, wildlife and adventure tourism, while respecting the delicate environment of the region. The north-west state is already a well-known tourist spot for its historic and spiritual sites and its architecture. It is a predominantly...


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Investors worth £550bn urge government for legal clarity on fiduciary duty

Investors with over £550 billion in assets under management have called on the government to consider legal clarification when it comes to stewardship issues. This follows on from the Law Commission confirming that trustees could consider a wide range of sustainability issues when making investment decisions. Last week, the...


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Climate change could make gene for ginger hair less common

People with ginger hair and blue eyes could become less common within centuries if Scotland gets sunnier and warmer because of climate change, according to a genetic testing firm. Experts believe that the gene for red hair evolved due to cloudy skies and a lack of sunlight, so that...


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World Bank to invest $775m in India’s renewable energy

The World Bank is to invest $775m (£452m) in Indian renewable energy projects, supporting prime minister Narendra Modi’s push to clean up the country’s energy mix.  Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata party came to power in May, has pledged to bring reliable electricity to the 300 million Indians who currently...


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Pension providers need to restore savers’ trust and confidence – report

Consumers feel “disconnected” from pension providers, which they associate with uncertainty and wrongdoings, according to new analysis by the National Employment Savings Trust (Nest). A new report by the non-departmental public body found that most savers do not trust pension providers and fear that bad practices and a lack...


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