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Investors committing to fossil fuel divestment face challenge in finding alternatives, says study

As more institutional investors realise the potential risks around investing in fossil fuels, while the world moves towards a low carbon economy, research argues they face a challenge when it comes to finding alternative destinations for their money. Over the last few years the fossil fuel divestment campaign has...


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Pope Francis urged to divest Vatican from fossil fuels

Campaigners have called on the Vatican Bank to ditch all its investments in the fossil fuel industry, and throw its considerable weight behind the growing divestment movement. In a petition addressed directly to Pope Francis, who has commented often on the “sin” of environmental destruction, the global climate campaign...


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‘Underestimated’ coal emissions rising 4% per year – study

Despite plans to reduce coal use, experts have warned that emissions from newly built power plants are being underestimated and are rising at a rate of 4% per year, with China and India the largest contributors. New research, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, argues that the international...


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EvoEnergy: renewable energy investments offer better returns than pension funds

An investment in a renewable energy project can offer significant and reliable long-term income to private investors in retirement, perfectly complimenting a pension, according to new research. In a new analysis, the leading independent solar PV installer EvoEnergy compared the estimated returns generated over 20 years from an investment...


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Scottish salmon farmers under scrutiny over seals shooting

The Scottish salmon industry is battling conservationists and animal rights campaigners over the killing of seals, seen as a threat to the industry. Hundreds of mammals were killed last year but the Scottish government has refused to publish new data revealing how many animals were shot in 2014. Despite...


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Study: UK rivers polluted by abandoned landfill

The Natural Environment Research Council has warned that several rivers in the UK could be highly polluted, after researchers discovered that tonnes of ammonium reach the River Thames every year from an Oxford wetland. New research published in the journal Science of the Total Environment has found out that...


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Small island states threatened by rising sea levels call for sustainability

Leaders of small island states are to seek investment in renewable energy projects and sustainable food production facilities to gain an economic overhaul at a UN climate summit next week. The summit will take place on September 1 in Samoa, located in the Pacific. Leaders will hope to gain...


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Antarctic marine life atlas launched to inform conservation debate

A new atlas, providing the most thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean, is to be published to inform future decisions about conservation and marine protected areas in the region. The atlas, published by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, saw leading marine biologists and oceanographers from...


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Vote for Policies reaches crowdfunding target

Vote for Policies, an online service that encourages the electorate to cast their vote according to policies, has reached its £20,000 crowdfunding target and is now seeking to raise an additional £5,000 to add features to its site. The service presents users with a series of policies to choose...


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Norway breaks record in yearly whale catching rates

Norwegian fisherman have captured a record total of 729 whales so far this year, the highest number since 1993, when the country officially resumed the internationally condemned practice. Whaling capture rates have steadily increased in the waters around Norway, with 590 rorqual whales captured last year – far higher...


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Black carbon linked to risk of cardiovascular disease in Chinese homes

Black carbon – a form of pollutant with a particularly potent warming affect on the climate – has been linked to the increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In a new study, researchers have investigated the impacts of the dangerous pollutant on those exposed to it on a daily basis....


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Al Gore’s firm invests £8m in Ovo Energy

UK energy supplier Ovo Energy has received an £8 million investment from former US vice president Al Gore’s firm. The deal comes as the regulator is seeking to make the energy market more competitive and reduce the dominance of the big six suppliers. Generation Investment Management, which was set...


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Scottish Independence: Salmond gains ground over Darling in second TV debate

In the second round of the televised debate between Alistair Darling, leader of the pro-union Better Together campaign, and Alex Salmond, first minister of Scotland and leader of the ‘say no’ campaign, polls suggest Salmond took the initiative in a debate focused on Scotland’s future currency and disputed oil...


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Crown Estate to invest almost £10m in tidal project

The MeyGen tidal power development in Pentland Firth, Scotland, is to receive almost £10 million investment from the Crown Estate. The investment is part of £50 million funding for the first phase of the 398 megawatt (MW) project. The location of the project is described as one of the...


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Homeless International to move from charity to social enterprise to help developing countries

UK’s Homeless International charity has decided to change its model in order to be able to issue loans to NGOs in Africa and Asia to build sustainable homes for communities living in slums. The charity aims to “support slum dwellers to improve their lives and find lasting solutions to...



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