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Citigroup: solar industry to outperform fossil fuels in long term

Investment bank Citigroup predicts that the solar industry will continue to grow on a global scale and will become competitive with fossil fuels, because of “pure economics” and the need to diversify energy supply over the long term. A report, which was released to Citigroup’s investors earlier this year,...


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Chinese government asks citizens to use sustainable transport to battle pollution

The Chinese government has published guidelines explaining how citizens can help curb the nation’s air pollution crisis, urging the public to walk more and drive less. The “behavioural standards”, published earlier this week, also ask citizens to ride bikes, buy goods with less packaging, avoid burning rubbish and use less...


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Giant Amazon fish being fished to extinction

Arapaima, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish, has been fished to extinction in some communities in South America, a new study has found. The arapaima can grow up to 10 foot long (3m) and weigh more than 28 stone (181kg). Its size, and its tendency to swim near...


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Art project launched to plant new woodland in Lincolnshire

A unique project that hopes to use art to engage people in sustainability, while also planting a new 1.5 acre woodland in Lincolnshire, is appealing for crowdfunding. The Woodland Project, launched by artist Christopher Wiles, will recruit 1000 people to plant 1000 trees near the market town of Horncastle,...


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Barclays could face additional £1.2bn legal costs

Legacy issues could cost Barclays banks an additional £1.2 billion, according to research and brokerage firm Sanford C Bernstein. The costs relate to dark pool trading, mis-selling fines and other regulatory issues. This year Barclays controversially decided to increase its bonus pool by 10%, taking it to £2.38 million...


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‘Big six’ pushed out of best buy tables by smaller companies

The ‘big six’ energy companies have failed to be in the top five best buy deals for the last six months, figures show. New MoneySuperMarket data shows smaller, alternative companies are offering cheaper deals for customers. The six companies have been under scrutiny in recent months with an investigation...


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Genetically altered fruit flies could be answer to global crop problem

A genetically altered self-killing fruit fly could provide the answer to a global pest-control issue, according to new research, potentially saving over 300 crop types. Published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers analysed the effect of injecting male mutant flies with a lethal gene that...


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New online comparison tool to help renewable energy get best deals

A new, first of its kind online comparison service for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) could help those generating renewable energy earn up to 20% more. London based company Open Utility has launched the tool to make it easier for small and medium sized clean energy generators to choose the...


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Melting Antarctica poses risk to coastal megacities

The Antarctic ice sheets could be melting at a faster pace than previously thought, potentially leading to faster rising sea levels and posing a risk to coastal megacities, such as New York and Shanghai, according to a new study. The study, led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact...


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Mexico expected to exceed $2.4 billion renewable energy investment in 2014

Mexico is already showing signs of exceeding its 2010 record of $2.4 billion (£1.4bn) in renewable investment for the first half of 2014 – helped by a significant increase in investment in wind and solar power. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, investment in the first half of the...


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E.ON’s profits fall 20% amid German renewables drive

E.ON, Germany’s biggest utility, has revealed a profit fall of 20% for the first half of 2014, the decline has been linked to the growing renewables market. Germany recently set a new world record for renewable energy generation. The company’s underlying net income, which is used to calculate dividends,...


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California drought: policymakers agree to tackle climate change to end extreme drought

On the final day of approval, California governor Jerry Brown gained support on both sides of the house for a $7.6 billion (£4.5bn) water bond that will rescue the drought ridden state from catastrophe. The bond will be used to improve water supplies and will be put in front...


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Australian environment minister admits climate change threat to Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s environment minister has admitted that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger, after a troubling report warned that the unique ecosystem is already being affected by climate change. The Australian government’s own Outlook Report 2014, published earlier this week, found some positive trends improving the reef’s fortunes. Since the...


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UK wind energy sets new record for August

Wind power in the UK continues to see high levels of energy generation, as figures show the sector reached a record hourly output for August on Sunday. RenewableUK found wind averaged over 5 gigawatts (GW) of power, with high winds in the evening meaning the green energy outperformed coal....


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FTSE 100 double charitable donations since recession

Since the start of the recession the UK’s biggest companies have almost doubled their donations to charities, according to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). However, research also shows that whilst companies are taking philanthropic steps, many are not communicating their work with the public. The report – Corporate Giving...



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