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Ed Davey: political consensus on climate change can deliver ‘real progress’

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has said that “real progress” on climate change can only be achieved if there is political consensus, leadership and trust between parties. The comments follow a new joint climate agreement between the three main parties. On Saturday it was announced that David...


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Climate change leading to emergence of infectious disease

Climate change is causing the appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, according to a study. Researchers warn that climate change shifts habitats and could lead much more illness emerging in the future. Zoologist Daniel Brooks, who is affiliated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, conducted the...


summer sun by  Gerwin Sturm via flickr

Scientist raises concerns over hostile geoengineering

Senior US climate scientist Professor Alan Robock, from Rutgers University in New Jersey, has expressed concern the geoengineering, manipulating the climate, could be used as a weapon in the future. Geoengineering involves manipulating the climate in order to reduce the negative effect of climate change. Scientists believe there are...


coal power plant by Greg Goebel via Flickr

Problem of fossil fuel stranded assets a ‘real one’, says Tim Yeo

Conservative MP and chairman of the energy and climate change committee, Tim Yeo has said that the problem of stranded assets within the fossil fuel industry is real. The comments come as the chief executive of Shell said the current energy debate was “naïve”. Speaking at the International Petroleum...


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Banks targeted as part of Global Divestment Day

Over the weekend the big five banks were targeted in a series of protests to coincide with Global Divestment Day, the movement calling for investments within the fossil fuel industry to be withdrawn and diverted to low-carbon alternatives. Global Divestment Day took place over February 13-14, with the day...


power plant by Lisa Murray via Flickr

Students call on parents to divest from fossil fuels

Campaign group Push Your Parents has released a video showing students calling on their parents to email their pension funds about divesting from fossil fuels. The video has been released to coincide with Global Divestment Day. In the video, one student asks, “Dear Mum and Dad, did you know...


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Cameron, Clegg and Miliband sign joint climate change agreement

In an unusual move of political consensus the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition have agreed to work together across party lines to tackle climate change. The decision comes during a pivotal year for addressing the issue of climate change, later this year world...


Ocean plastic - Jason Karn via Flickr

8m tons of plastic enters oceans every year

A new study calculating the amount of plastic waste going into the ocean finds that 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ecosystem every year. Tiny bits of plastic can devastate the environment and enter the food chain. It has long been suspected that much of the plastic...


Drought by Anthony Quintano via Flickr

Rising emissions could ‘dramatically’ increase risk of US megadroughts

Increasing greenhouse gas emissions drive up the risk of severe droughts, or megadroughts, in the US southwest and central plains, according to a study by NASA. According to the research, which has been published in the journal Science Advances, the current likelihood of a megadrought, defined as a drought...


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Fossil fuel industry challenged as part of Global Divestment Day

The fossil fuel divestment movement is using its increasing momentum to pressure institutions, from universities to pension funds, to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies in its global day of action, taking place over February 13-14. The day of action will see events and campaigns occurring across...


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

World needs to act now to close ‘emissions abyss’, says WWF

As world leaders move towards a climate change agreement, that is set to be signed at the end of year, WWF is calling on countries to act now to close the “emissions abyss”. In a report – Crossing the Divide: How to Close the Emissions Abyss – WWF points...


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M&S and Waitrose score top marks on animal welfare

Food retailers Marks & Spencer and Waitrose have both scored top marks in a global annual farm animal welfare benchmark. The benchmark can be used as a tool for investors to manage risk and return within the food sector. The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) is now...


USA power plant by squeaks2569 via Flickr

Countries call on IPCC to make reports more accessible

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should alter the way it communicates and publishes reports to make them more accessible and user friendly, according to governments. The IPCC publishes reports on the current state of scientific knowledge and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts, which are used by...


light bulb by Bes Z via Flickr

Dropping public building energy rating ‘beggars belief’

The government is facing criticism after proposing to scrap Display Energy Certificates (DECs), the energy ratings for public buildings, with the UK Green Building Council labelling it “simply beggars belief”. Since 2008, all public buildings over 1,000 meters squared have been required to have a DEC that shows the...


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‘No consistent evidence’ links wind farms and adverse health, says study

A review of thousands of papers looking at the possible relationship between wind farms and human health has concluded “there is currently no consistent evidence that wind farms cause adverse health effects in humans”. Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) identified over 4,000 papers that looked at...



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