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Planting forests may ease Beijing pollution crisis – but other solutions are needed

Planting “an army of trees” in the Chinese capital Beijing could help combat the city’s severe air pollution crisis, but such a strategy should not be seen as an easy way out, a scientist has said. Writing for the Conversation, Jun Yang, an associate professor at Tsinghua University’s Centre for...


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Leaked IPCC report warns of social and economic impact of climate change

A leaked draft of a new study by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reportedly outlines a worrying scenario of conflicts, food crises and economic losses caused by climate change by the end of the century. The draft, seen by the Independent, is said to reveal that...


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Budget 2014: government must ‘turbocharge’ green deal and energy efficiency efforts

The government must “turbocharge” its efforts to encourage homeowners to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes, a leading sustainable investor has said ahead of Wednesday’s budget statement. London-based WHEB said this meant either replacing the “complex” green deal with “something better” or overhauling the scheme to maximise its...


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Cambridge University’s ethical investment policies questioned after arrest of Ukrainian oligarch

A Ukrainian energy tycoon who has made considerable donations to the University of Cambridge has been arrested, with campaigners saying the university must review its ethical investment and donations policy as a result. At the request of US security services, Dmitry Firtash was detained in Austria last week on...


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Governance in co-operatives ‘as good’ as limited companies

Governance in co-operatives is “as good”, if not better, than governance in limited companies, according to a new report. The research comes just days after the Co-operative Group’s former chief executive labelled the organisation “ungovernable”. The report, from the trade body Co-operatives UK, reviews the performance and structures of...


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London won’t follow Paris’s lead on restricting car use to curb pollution

Despite rising pollution levels, London will not restrict cars in a bid to tackle emissions, an adviser to the mayor has said. This follows the introduction of a similar system in Paris to cut the number of vehicles on the road, restricting cars on alternate days based on registration...


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Budget 2014: investors say shelving low-carbon policies would be ‘reckless’

The trade body for the sustainable investment industry has called on George Osborne to deliver a budget statement on Wednesday that supports long-term investment and keeps in place economic measures to boost the low-carbon economy. The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) said the chancellor must avoid bowing...


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Ethical Consumer names ‘best buy’ sustainable investment funds

Sustainable investment funds from WHEB, F&C and Jupiter have been described as “best buys” in a new ranking from Ethical Consumer magazine. Nineteen funds are scored across five broad categories – animals, environment, people, politics and sustainability. The WHEB Sustainability fund came top with a total score of 14...


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Son of billionaire tycoon Warren Buffett commits $24m to protect rhinos

The son of US business magnate, investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett has pledged nearly $24m (£14m) for measures to tackle poaching in South Africa, which is driving rhinos to extinction. Howard Buffett said that the sum would help fund a three-year plan in an area of the Kruger national...


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Wealth inequality costs ‘deeply divided’ UK £39bn a year

The wealth gap in Britain is continuing to widen and is not only having an impact on people’s quality of life but also the economy, two separate studies have found. The first report, from Equality Trust, argues that the social consequences of inequality, including reduced life expectancy, mental health...


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Worries over melting of previously ‘stable’ Greenland ice sheet

The last remaining ‘stable’ corner of the Greenland ice sheet is stable no more, with a potentially devastating impact on global sea levels, scientists have found. The Greenland ice sheet – the only ice sheet to exist outside of Antarctica – covers about 80% of the country. Scientists already...


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HS2 chair wants project to be completed ahead of schedule

Chair of the HS2 high speed rail line Sir David Higgins has said that the second phase of the project should be finished three years ahead of schedule and proposed a 43-mile extension to reach Crewe, in Cheshire. Higgins says in a new government report that the second phase...


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Budget 2014: freezing carbon price floor will impact investment, warns renewables industry

The renewables and nuclear industries have urged the chancellor George Osborne not to freeze a tax on fossil fuels ahead of his annual budget statement on Wednesday. They argue that doing so could have an adverse impact on investment. Osborne is expected to announce a freeze in the carbon...


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‘Garden city’ to provide 15,000 homes in Ebbsfleet, Kent

The chancellor George Osborne has confirmed plans for a new 15,000 home ‘garden city’ in Ebbsfleet, Kent, in an attempt to help solve Britain’s housing crisis. The government will invest £200m in a project that has been expected for some time. The area on the Thames Gateway has a...


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Paris bans half of cars from its roads to tackle pollution

Paris has introduced a system to cut the number of cars on its roads, in an effort to reduce pollution levels which have been extremely high over the past five days. Citizens will be allowed to drive in the French capital according to their cars’ number plates – alternating...


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