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Consumers urged to consider waste this Easter

As people are celebrating Easter this weekend, consumers are being urged to consider their waste and impact on the environment. Iain Gulland, chief executive of Zero Waste Scotland, commented, “Easter can traditionally be quite a wasteful time, but by buying Easter eggs with less packaging or choosing homemade alternatives,...


wind turbine by Colin Brough via Freeimages

Onshore wind could deliver cheapest electricity by 2020

With the right policies onshore wind could deliver the cheapest electricity of all power by the end of the decades, driving down fuel bills across the UK, according to a new report. The industry-led report has been published by the Onshore Wind Cost Reduction Taskforce, which was set up...


litter beach plastic by epSos.de via Flickr

Plastic accumulating in Mediterranean Sea, says study

Thousands of pieces of plastic are accumulating in the Mediterranean Sea, according to a study, posing a threat to the ecosystem. The study, which has been published in the journal PLOS One by the University of Cadiz in Spain, found huge amounts of plastic, such as fragments from bags...


food bank launch by BromfordGroup via Flickr

Unilever named most sustainable amongst top food and beverage firms

British firm Unilever has been named as the most sustainable food and beverage company, ranking high on farmers, workers and the climate, in a scorecard that rates the top ten firms in the sector. The rankings, complied by Oxfam America rate the top ten food and beverage companies –...


oil rig scotland by Steven Straiton via Flickr

Guardian Media Group commits to divesting from fossil fuels

The Guardian Media Group has announced that it will divest from coal, oil and gas companies because of both ethical and financial reasons. The £800 million fund is thought to be the largest to join the divestment campaign. Chair of the Guardian Media Group, Neil Berkett said in the...


Polling station By Martin Bamford via Flickr

General election 2015: a stark choice for voters in five weeks

Periodically voters have the opportunity to nudge the tiller of their country in a different direction. 1910 saw the election of a government to pass a radical People’s Budget against the will of the Lords. In 1945 the electorate voted for the creation of the NHS, Welfare State and...


turbines field By  cariliv via Flickr

Renewable investments surge 17% in 2014

After two years of decline, renewable energy investment rebound in 2014, despite challenges after crude oil prices fell sharply, a report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). In total $270 billion (£182bn) was invested in and committed to renewables last year, with major solar installations China and Japan and...


power plant by Lisa Murray via Flickr

US pledges to cut emissions by 28%

The US has submitted its climate change pledge ahead of an international treaty being agreed at the end of a year. The country has set a target of achieving 26-28% emissions cuts by 2025 when compared to 2005 levels. The US has also said it was on track to...


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Bishops call on Anglican churches to divest from fossil fuels

A group of bishops and archbishops have called on the Anglican Church to divest from fossil fuels and help stop environmental degradation in the face of an “unprecedented climate crisis”. The group, which represents the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, argue that contributing to climate change means “our responsibility to...


general election 2010 By Khairil Zhafri via Flickr

1 in 32,000 business chiefs: Labour threatens Britain’s recovery

In a letter to Conservative-supporting Daily Telegraph, senior executives from 0.003% of active UK companies employing under 2% of working people hail Conservative economic policies which they say show that “the UK is open for business”. Therefore 99% of business chiefs who represent over 98% of working people didn’t sign...


Dart fracking rig by  Climate Revolution via Twitter

Health professional call for immediate ban on fracking due to health risks

Health professionals have called for an immediate moratorium on fracking to allow time for a full and comprehensive health and environmental impact assessment to be completed, arguing that there are several potential health risks. In a report, which has been supported by a letter calling for shale gas development...


coal plant by michelle carl via Flickr

Study: climate action can add 1m jobs by 2030 across EU, US and China

Action on climate change could create over 1 million jobs by 2030 across the EU, US and China, while preventing over 100,000 premature deaths each year, according to a new study from the NewClimate Institute that looks at the economic benefits of climate mitigation. The report has been released...


USA power plant by squeaks2569 via Flickr

United Reformed Church of Scotland to divest from fossil fuels

The United Reformed Church’s (URC) National Synod of Scotland has backed the fossil fuel divestment campaign and will now begin moving its investments out of polluting energy sources. The resolution on divestment was passed at the spring synod meeting. The organisation agreed that no further investment in fossil fuels...


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UK and Scottish governments commit £4.2m for carbon capture research

The UK and Scottish governments have jointly committed to providing £4.2 million for industrial and feasibility research for a carbon capture storage coal-gasification power plant located in Grangemouth, Scotland. Carbon capture and storage involves capturing emissions at power plants and burying the gases. The technology could help make the...


Arctic by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr

Antarctica ice shelves see ‘substantial’ loss in last two decades, finds study

A new study has found that over the last two decades there has been “substantial changes” in Antarctica’s floating ice shelves, with some areas experiencing as much as an 18% decreases. The researchers argue that the findings show how the ice sheet is responding to climate change. The study,...



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