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tar sands by Howl Arts Collective via Flickr

EU approves import of tar sands oil

Despite some politicians calling for the oil produced from tar sands to be labelled as ‘dirty’ and for the veto of such imports into the bloc, the European Parliament voted to allow imports, delivering a boost to Canada. In May, it was reported that Canada was lobbying to make...


Ocean plastic - Jason Karn via Flickr

Study: microplastics accumulating in deep sea

Harmful tiny fragments of plastics are accumulatingin the deep-sea in surprisingly high concentrations, according to scientists. The findings suggest that marine life and the deep sea ecosystem is being threatened by waste plastic. Scientists from the Museum of Natural History, the University of Oxford, the Scottish Association for Marine...


£10m fund to reduce energy use - Liz West via Flickr

UK energy consumption falls

Despite coming out of a recession and entering economic growth, the UK’s energy consumption has decreased, new analysis shows. Typically increasing wealth leads to increased energy usage but energy efficiency measures appear to have rebuked this trend. Analysis of government figures for the BBC News found that the average...


car fumes by Riley Kaminer via Flickr

Car industry calls for standardisation for London’s ultra-low emission zone

In an open letter the car industry has called for London’s ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) to be “harmonised” and include the same standards for both petrol and diesel vehicles. The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) has stated that is supports and applauds the proposals but urged...


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Climate change playing significant role in record temperatures

Europe is likely to have experienced its hottest year since the 1500s in 2014, and according to new research climate change has played a significant role in setting record temperatures. Scientists from Oxford University, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the University of Melbourne and the Australia National University...


Bamboo forest by odonata98 via Flickr

Climate finance of $150bn needed to limit climate change

Pledges made by Europe, China and US to cut carbon emissions and move to more sustainable energy sources are and an “important step forward” but a more comprehensive effort is needed to prevent catastrophic climate change, according to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. A study from the...


greenland ice sheet by Christine Zenino via Flickr

Greenland ice melt and sea level rise ‘greatly underestimated’

Two separate studies have concluded that ice in Greenland could be lost more rapidly than expected, leading to sea levels rising quicker than previously estimated. The first study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, comes from the University of Buffalo and agues that current...


Dawlish by  96tommy via Flickr

Climate change could affect half of South West rail lines

Climate change and the associated increased risk of flooding in the UK could threaten up to half of the South West rail lines, according to an internal report at Network Rail. The UK has been ranked among the countries where flooding poses the greatest risk to economic output, research...


Prince Charles - John Williams via Flickr

Prince Charles calls on finance and accountancy leaders to promote sustainability

During a speech to mark his Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Project’s tenth anniversary Prince Charles has challenged accountants and finance leaders to encourage and promote sustainability. Speaking to 200 senior leaders from the industry, Charles urged those in attendance to convince their peers of the importance of taking action...


Marshall Islands by Stefan Lins via Flickr

Pacific Island college commits to fossil fuel divestment

The first college in the Pacific Islands, which face serious threats from climate change, has committed to divesting from fossil fuels. The College of the Marshall Islands voted unanimously to cut fossil fuel companies out of its holdings. Over the last year the fossil fuel divestment campaign has been...


loophole for coal - jonasclemens via Flickr

Coal demand set to reach record 9bn tonnes by 2019

Over the next five years demand for coal will continue to rise, reaching a record breaking 9 billion tonnes by 2019, according to a new report. During this period, China will still not see ‘peak coal’, it adds. The report – Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2014 – has been...


Air emissions by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

UK increasingly dependent on imported fossil fuels

Despite energy security issues being raised across the EU earlier this year, analysis from renewable energy firm Good Energy shows that the UK is becoming more reliant than ever on imported fossil fuels. The research found that in 2013, the UK imported over 60% of the fuel needed to...


Arctic by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr

Arctic sea ice slightly down on 2013

The latest data from Europe’s CryoSat has revealed that Arctic sea ice in October was slightly lower than that recorded in 2013. However, researchers added that the data does not necessarily indicate a turn in the long-term downward trend. In 2012 Arctic sea ice cover shrank to its lowest...


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Supermarket price war threatens ethical shopping

Whilst UK supermarkets are beginning to compete against each other on ethical aspects, the rise of discounters Aldi and Lidl could threaten the progress made, according to a new report. In a guide Ethical Consumer ranks 11 supermarkets on their ethical and environmental ratings and looks at how the...


oil field by johnny choura via Flickr

Climate agreement ‘falls short’, says 350.org

Campaign group 350.org has criticised the outcome of the UN climate talks in Lima, stating that they fall short of expectations and fail to reflect the global momentum seen during marches and protests. In September, some 600,000 people joined 2,646 peaceful rallies and events in 156 countries to call...




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