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Norwegian pension fund asks companies to reveal climate change strategies

The Norges Bank, manager of Norway’s Government Pension Fund, has called for companies it invests in to test their business strategies against global climate change efforts. According to WWF-Norway, if other funds follow suit it could be the start of the “tipping point” the world needs to stop financing...


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Cyclone Pam: a sign of worse to come

The tiny archipelago nation of Vanuatu has been devastated by its worst natural disaster. Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam ravaged the islands from March 12 to 15. Their President has called for immediate help and blamed climate change for the severity of the cyclone. On March 6, Pam formed east...


wind turbine construction by Henry Burrows via Flickr

New Energy & Cleantech Awards 2015 unveils shortlist

The shortlist for the New Energy & Cleantech Awards, the foremost event recognising excellence in the green energy and clean technology industries. The 2015 New Energy & Cleantech Awards, in their eighth year, recognises those who play a pivotal role in the shaping of the future green energy and...


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Global energy emissions stalled last year

Figures have been released that suggest global emissions of carbon dioxide from the energy sector stalled for the first time in 40 years without an economic downturn in 2014, “giving hope” that emission targets to avoid dangerous levels of climate change can be achieved. The International Energy Agency (IEA)...


dry fields drought by Danumurthi Mahendra via Flickr

UK set to offer climate expertise to developing countries

The UK has announced a new initiative by which it intends to provide developing countries with its “world-leading climate and adaptation expertise” in an attempt “successfully tackle climate change”. The programme, launched by energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey, combines the knowledge from leading UK organisations and government...


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Poll: UK government failing to encourage circular economy

A survey has found that sustainability professional believe that the UK government is failing to encourage businesses to improve resource efficiency and move towards a circular economy. The poll comes from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), a network of environment and sustainability professionals, and asked 400...


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Shale gas should play a role in low-carbon future, say MPs

A report from the energy and climate committee has said that shale gas should play in role in the UK’s low-carbon future. They add that the next government must address “misguided” anti-fracking and onshore wind campaigners. The interactive report looks at the committee’s work over the last five years,...


power plant emissions by Martin Nikolaj Bech via Flickr

London assembly backs fossil fuel divestment

London assembly members have voted in support of fossil fuel divestment, calling for London mayor Boris Johnson to divest the £4.8 billion London Pension Fund Authority’s (LPFA) pot from fossil fuels over the next five years. The London assembly voted on Wednesday, with a majority of 15-3 supporting taking...


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General election: public debate to explore how the internet affects voting

A free public debate is set to look at how the internet, including social media, is changing and affecting the way that people vote and think about politics ahead of the General Election. The debate is being organised by Vote for Policies, in partnership wit the Birkbeck Institute for...


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What the papers say. Dale Vince and the Supreme Court

Yesterday’s the Supreme Court decided that the ex-wife of Ecotricity founder can make a financial claim against him. Kathleen Wyatt, 55, took legal action against Dale Vince OBE, 53, in 2011. The couple were married in 1981 and divorced in 1991. Mr Vince is now reported to be worth...


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Parliament backs plain packaging. Big tobacco fights back.

Despite securing the overwhelming support of the British people and Members of Parliament in a vote yesterday, big tobacco is looking to fight the introduction of plain or standardised packaging. Yesterday in Parliament 367 MPS voted for plain or standardised packaging with 113 against. This follows a similar vote...


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Report: car emissions could be cut by half by 2030 though low-carbon transport

Low-carbon technologies could almost half the carbon emissions coming from cars and vans in the UK by 2030, according to a new report. The paper, from the Cambridge Econometrics, outlines how low-carbon vehicles can have a positive impact on the economy, environment and consumers. Carbon emissions from the car...


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Sustainable policies could support EU economic growth, says report

Sustainability should be the focus of the EU’s €300 billion (£210bn) investment plan, according to a report from WWF that sets out a five-step plan. The paper argues that the gains from investing sustainably could boost economies and generate further savings. For example, the report – From crisis to...


Sweden wind turbine by axelivarsson via Flickr

UK finalists of 2015 Ashden Awards announced

Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards recognise and celebrate those working in sustainable energy. The finalists for the 2015 Ashden UK Awards have now been announced and highlight the diversity of the green energy sector. This year’s seven finalists are The London Borough of Islington’s SHINE Initiative, Beat the...


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EU-US trade deal threatens environment and health protections, MPs say

MPs have warned that the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated could risk “hard won” environmental and public health protections in a report. The report calls on the next government to ensure they are involved in discussion about the deal. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will broaden...



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