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US Geological Survey

Modern technology could have predicted global warming hiatus

If scientists had today’s tools in the 1990s, they would have been able to forecast a pause in global rising temperatures, according to a new study by US and Australian researchers. Scientists from the National Centre...


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Greenpeace launch campaign to save ancient Mahan Forest from Indian Coal

This week, environmental group Greenpeace have launched a campaign to save over 400,000 trees and its local inhabitants in Mahan, India, from a potentially illegal coal plant. A petition has already begun to raise pressure on India’s minister of tribal affairs to ensure a fair village vote in the...


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Conflict zones could place crucial crops at risk, study finds

Wild species related to our crops and are crucial as a potential future food resource have been identified in a study. However, researchers from the University of Birmingham said conflict zones could places these species at risk. Crop wild relatives (CWR) are species closely related to our crops, which researchers say...


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Global food trade may not meet future demand

As the global population grows food supply may be unable to meet rising demand, with potentially devastating impacts for countries already reliant on imports, a new study has warned. The paper, published in the journal...


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Ed Davey promises bold action from the UK at UN climate summit

The government has outlined an action plan to ensure a global climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ahead of UN conference in Paris in 2015 and climate summit in New York later this month. The...


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Scottish independence: sterling falls as investor confidence struck by Yes gains

The findings of a recent YouGov poll that confirmed the Yes campaign for an independent Scotland has edged ahead of its rival has spurred panic among businesses and consumers over financial uncertainty. The sterling has subsequently fallen to a 10-month low, down 1.1% at $1.6147 against the dollar and down...


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Children science project found more bumblebees in cities than in the countryside

A nationwide school science experiment has revealed that bumblebees prefer suburban areas to rural places, because of the wider variety of flora. EDF Energy’s Big Bumblebee Discovery was carried out in partnership with the British Science Association (BSA) and the Centre of Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and involved around...


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WMO: greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984

Concentrations of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2013, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has warned in a finding that underlines the need for an international climate change treaty.   Though many...


One of the younger visitors to Westmill Wind Farm and Solar Park during the inaugural Community Energy Fortnight in 2013

Co-operative Energy set to launch world’s largest community energy celebration

A fortnight of community energy celebration spanning the breadth of the UK, complete with public tours and events, will officially begin on Saturday, headed by industry leader Co-operative Energy and in partnership with Forum for the Future. Organised by the Community Energy Coalition (CEC), a conglomeration of 36 civil...


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Renewable industry calls for next government to make series of commitments

Trade bodies from the renewable energy industry have joined together to call for political parties to commit to clean energy ahead of next year’s general election. The group has launched six ‘key tests’ in a renewable manifesto statement and campaign hosted by Action for Renewables. The group of renewable...


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Marks & Spencer turns to biogas to cut carbon emissions

Retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced plans to buy 35,000 mega-2att (MW) hours of biomethane certificates, as part of its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and promote clean energy. M&S will purchase the gas...


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Urgent shift to renewables needed to avoid ‘catastrophic climate change’, says report

Unless the world urgently shifts to renewable and clean energy the impacts of climate change could be “catastrophic”, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) warns in a new report. The first edition of REthinking Energy, which looks at the progress the world Is making in its transition to a...


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Council’s development opposition ‘automatically’ overturned by planning loophole

A report by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has highlighted that steep targets set for councils over the building of new homes has allowed building developers to bypass resistance from regional councils and build on greenfield sites The paper, titled Targeting the countryside, analysed and compared appeal decisions...


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The Green Party attacks Osborne over bankers’ bonus cap legal challenge

A Green MEP has said chancellor George Osborne’s decision to challenge a cap on all bankers’ bonuses awarded from 2014 at a year’s basic salary is cause for concern and would put financial stability at risk. ...


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NGOs call on the UK to take the lead at UN climate summit

A group of environmental organisations has urged David Cameron to take serious action on climate change in order to successfully reach a global agreement in Paris in 2015 and not being left behind by China and the US in the race to a low-carbon future. [Blue&Green Tomorrow is currently...



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