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UK greenhouse gas emissions fell 8% in 2014

Greenhouse gas emissions across the UK fell by more than 8% in 2014 thanks to a combination of greater energy efficiency, burning less coal and increasing renewable power generation, government figures suggest. Statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate change show overall emissions fell by 8.4%, when compared...


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Sustainable investing doesn’t require financial trade-off, says Morgan Stanley

The common perception that investing sustainably means losing some financial return is not true, according to a study conducted by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. Despite this, the misconception is hampering growth in the sector. The report – Sustainable Reality: Understanding the performance of sustainable investment strategies...


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EU agrees to start carbon market stability reserve in 2021

EU member states are set to begin negotiations on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) next week after an agreement was reached on Wednesday. They have agreed to seek cutting supply in the carbon market in 2021, despite calls for earlier action. The EU-ETS covers more than 11,000 factories,...


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Davey: low-carbon economy within reach

In a new report published by the government, energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has described the UK’s low-carbon economy ambitions of being “within reach”. The paper aims to show how the low-carbon economy has developed over the last five years and highlight further opportunities for those interested...


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5 million UK properties at risk of flooding, warn MPs

There are major risks to the sustainability of current levels of flood protection, according to the Public Accounts Committee’s report. The report warns that some five million properties across England are at risk. The report notes that one in six properties are at risk of flooding from coastal, river...


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New platform tracks corporate deforestation commitments

A new platform has launched with the aims of giving decision makers, investors and consumers more information on how companies are tackling deforestation and living up to the pledges they have made on the issue. The platform follows the Forest 500 rankings, which identifies, ranks and tracks companies, investors,...


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US coal decline a warning for fossil fuel investors, says Carbon Tracker

The Carbon Tracker Initiative has said the decline of the thermal coal market in the US should serve as a warming for investors with holdings in fossil fuel companies, explaining it may be a harbinger of things to come for other fossil fuel markets globally. In a new report...


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Investment platform Ethex wins Sustainable Finance award

Online positive investment platform Ethex has won the award for Sustainable Finance in the Sustainable City Awards. A fair trade lender and an organisations working to advance sustainable investment in retail financial services have also been highly commended. Social entrepreneur Jamie Hartzell started Ethex in 2012. The online platform...


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Survey: global electricity system could be 70% renewable by 2050

It is achievable for the global electricity system to be 70% powered by renewables by mid-century according to a survey of energy sector participants. The survey was conducted by DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts, and asked for the views of over 1,600 people working...


power plant emissions by Martin Nikolaj Bech via flickr

Carbon price should increase up to 200% to avoid tipping point, says study

In order to avoid dangerous levels of climate change and crossing irreversible tipping points in the future, the price of carbon should be increased by up to 200%, according to a new study. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter, Zurich, Stanford and Chicago have urged policymakers not to discount...


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Climate change could bring exotic diseases to UK

Increasing temperatures could lead to a tropical diseases coming to the UK and the rest of Europe, public health experts have warned. Warmer weather could maker it easier for mosquitoes and other insects to spread disease to new regions. The study, which has been published in The Lancet Infectious...


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Lord Stern: development and climate finance should not be separated

Lord Nicholas Stern has argued that government should not consider development and climate finance to developing countries as separate issues because they are interconnected in a new policy paper. The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy...


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Just Index: a market solution to inequality?

Paul Tudor Jones founded the Tudor Investment Corporation hedge fund in 1980, now worth $13.5 billion (£9bn). In 1988 he used his accumulated wealth to found the Robin Hood Foundation alleviating poverty in New York. Today he is focused on the Just Capital, to create an index that rates...


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National Trust: climate change ‘single biggest threat’

Climate change has been described as the “single biggest threat” by the National Trust, which argues the phenomenon is bringing new risks to a natural environment already under pressure. The organisation has set out a ten-year strategy to “nurse the natural environment back to health and reverse the alarming...


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Former UK climate envoy criticises Shell’s climate strategy

John Ashton, the UK’s representative on climate change between 2006 and 2012, has criticised oil giant Shell and the fossil fuel industry for its climate change strategy in an open letter. The letter follows a speech made by the head of Shell, Ben van Beurden, last month. He urged...



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