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Amazon to use wind to power data centres

Amazon is set to use wind to power its data centres forming its giant global network after announcing a commitment to use renewables last year. Amazon Web Services has announced a partnership with Pattern Energy Group to support the construction and operation of a 150 megawatt wind farm in...


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Business leaders embracing sustainability but Europe lagging behind

Business leaders around the world are increasingly embracing sustainability and are confident of their abilities to turn challenges into opportunities, according to a new report that also found Europe is lagging behind. Whilst business leaders in China are the most optimistic, with 48% stating they can take advantage of...


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Clean energy investment reached $274bn in 2014

New clean energy investment increased for the first time since 2011 last year, surging by 12% to reach $274.2 billion (£181bn), according to a preliminary analysis from Clean Energy Pipeline. The figures show that new investment in the global clean energy sector totalled $69.7 billion in the fourth quarter...


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Shell and BP face investor calls for transparency on climate change risks

Oil giants Shell and BP are facing calls to disclose business risks associated with climate change after more than 150 investors filed a resolution ahead of the annual general meetings later this year. The Aiming for A coalition, which includes major investors, asset managers and insurers, have challenged the...


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Food diversity vital for adapting to climate change

Maintaining genetic diversity within the world’s food supply is vital to ensuring that humankind can preserve crop yields and adapt to climate change, however, a warming world places diversity at risk, a paper from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned. The paper notes that agriculture, fisheries,...


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Energy efficiency and decentralisation cuts dependence on imported fossil fuels

Demand side services, energy management measures that include decentralised generation and demand reduction, have cut the UK’s dependence on imported fuel by two-thirds and negated the need to build 14 new power stations, according to a report. The report – Invisible Energy: Hidden benefits of the demand side –...


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Co-op Bank extends list of companies it won’t lend to

As the Co-operative Bank re-launches its ethical policy following a customer survey on the issues, it has extended the list of companies that the bank will not finance to include companies involved in irresponsible gambling, pay day lenders and businesses that do not responsibly pay tax. The Co-operative Bank...


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Fracking jobs claims ‘overstated’, argue environmental group

A new report from environmental group Friends of the Earth argues that the fracking industry’s claims about job creation are “overstated” and calls for investment to support renewables instead. The report, which is supported by PCS Union and North West trade councils, places doubt on claims around the amount...


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Just 6 UK universities assessing climate risk on investments

A survey of the UK’s universities has revealed that whilst a growing number of the institutions recognise the impact of their investments and are publishing ethical investment policies, just six are committed to assessing the climate change risk associated with their investments. The 2015 People & Planet University League...


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Richest 1% on track to own more than all the rest by 2016

Global inequality has been labelled as “simply staggering” after it was revealed that the wealthiest 1% is set to own more than the rest of the population combined by 2016. A report published by charity Oxfam, entitled Wealth: Having it all and wanting more, found that the wealth gap...


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Commercial bees risk spreading disease to wild pollinators

Viruses carried by commercial bees, used for honey or to pollinate crops, risk spreading diseases to wild pollinator populations with potentially “devastating effects”, researchers from the University of Exeter have warned. The research, funded by the Royal Society and the Natural Environment Research Council, found that commercial species of...


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Plummeting renewable costs present ‘historic opportunity’ to build clean energy systems

The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources is plummeting and in many cases can now compete with fossil fuels, creating a “historic opportunity” to build sustainable energy systems and avert dangerous climate change, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). A report from the organisation concludes...


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50 UK companies feature in Sustainably Yearbook for investors

Fifty UK based companies have been named in RobecoSAM’s 2015 Sustainability Yearbook, which has been described as a “compass” for responsible investors, with seven of the businesses being awarded ‘gold class’ medals.  The UK has seen 50 of its companies being included in a Sustainability Yearbook with seven –...


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Wind power vital for cutting import costs and improving energy resilience

Domestic wind power in the UK could save £7.4 billion in gas import costs by 2030 whilst improving the resilience of the energy system, according to a new report. The report – The impact of wind energy on UK energy dependence and resilience – was published by Cambridge Econometrics...


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It’s impossible for big oil and gas to adapt to decarbonisation, says environmentalist

Leading environmentalist and founder of Forum of the Future Jonathon Porritt argues that it is “impossible” for major companies in the oil and gas industry to adapt to decarbonisation in a timely and intelligent way. In an article, published in the Guardian, Porritt explains that oil majors are “trapped...




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