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2014 on track to be hottest year on record

Both the UK and the world are on track to make 2014 the hottest year on record, according to early figures from the Met Office. The organisation added that the temperatures recorded would be “highly unlikely” without human influence on the climate. Across the globe between January and October...


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Norway’s oil fund will continue to invest in fossil fuels

A government panel has rejected calls for Norway’s $870 billion (£555bn) wealth fund to divest from polluting fossil fuels, instead advocating an engagement approach. The Government Pensions Fund of Norway is the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. The fund owns around 1.25% of the world’s stocks, with 10-15% of...


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Government ‘serious’ about tidal potential, says Ed Davey

The inclusion of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon in the National Infrastructure Plan shows that the government is serious about the potential of the sector, according to energy secretary Ed Davey.  The £850 million project will see a six-mile horseshoe shaped sea wall enclose 11.5 sq km of water....


city of london by Simon Rogers via Freeimages

Autumn Statement: banks and multinationals to ‘pay their fair share’

Banks and large multinationals that avoid paying tax in the UK have both been targeted in chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. He declared that both would start “paying their fair share” and aiding in the economic recovery. After being supported and bailed out during the financial crisis the Autumn...


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Autumn Statement: failure to link stamp duty to energy efficiency ‘missed opportunity’

During the Autumn Statement, chancellor George Osborne announced that stamp duty would be cut for 98% of homebuyers. Whilst householders are likely to welcome the move, the UK Green Building Council (UK GBC) has labelled it as a “missed opportunity” to encourage energy efficiency. Prior to the announcement stamp...


sea by Konstantin Malanchev via Flickr

70% chance El Niño will be declared

The weather phenomenon El Niño could soon be declared, according to meteorologists.  The climate variation pattern can have a huge impact on weather and as a result can affect farming and the occurrence of extreme weather events. The El Niño southern oscillation (ENSO) is a stream of warm ocean water...


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World must cut meat consumption to curb climate change

If the world is to curb dangerous levels of climate change then more must be done to cut meat and dairy consumption, a sector that contributes greatly to greenhouse gas emissions, and raise awareness of the issues, according to a report for think-tank Chatham House. The report – Livestock...


oil rig scotland by Steven Straiton via Flickr

Global day of action for fossil fuel divestment announced

The Fossil Free campaign, which is calling on institutions to divest from fossil fuel companies, has announced a global day of action beginning on February 13 2015. The divestment campaign launched in 2012 and has seen success across the globe over the last two years. Institutions are being urged...


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Sustainable fuel could cut aviation emissions by 24% by 2050

Using sustainable aviation fuels could cut the industry’s emissions by almost a quarter in the UK by 2050, whilst also generating economic value and creating jobs, according to a new report. The road-map, published by Sustainable Aviation, a coalition of the UK’s airlines, airports, manufacturers and air navigation service...


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E.ON to focus on renewables and spin off fossil fuels

Germany’s biggest utility, E.ON, has announced that in order to respond to the “transformation of the energy world” it will shift its focus to renewables, distribution networks and customer solutions. In a statement the firm revealed its intentions to combine its conventional generation, global energy trading and exploration and...


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Government unveils £15bn road building plans

The government announced Britain’s “biggest and boldest” road building programme in a generation on Monday, unveiling plans to spend £15 billion over the next five years. The plans have been met with some criticism due to their lack of focus on sustainable transport. More than 80 new road schemes...


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via flickr

Bank of England to assess ‘carbon bubble’ risk

The Bank of England has revealed in a letter that it is to assess the risk fossil fuel companies and the ‘carbon bubble’ poses to financial stability. Some argue that fossil fuel reserves are being overvalued when the need to tackle climate change is factored in, creating a ‘carbon...


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UN Green Climate Fund nears $10bn after Spanish pledge

Spain has committed €120 million (£95m) to the UN Green Climate Fund, which is designed to support counties adapting to climate change, taking the total to almost $10 billion (£6.3bn). So far 22 nations have committed finance to the fund, now worth $9.7 billion (£6.1bn). The Green Climate Fund’s...


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Fracking could present potential risks equivalent to asbestos and thalidomide

The UK government’s chief scientist Mark Walport has warned of the need to thoroughly look at the potential risks of innovations, including fracking, or risk unforeseen impacts if they are adopted too quickly. The report – Innovation: managing risks, not avoiding it – is the first annual report of...


Air emissions by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

UN climate talks get underway in Lima

As governments meet in Lima, Peru, to discuss an international climate change agreement, the UN is confident that the talks will be a success and pave the way for the climate conference to be held in Paris late next year, where a new universal UN-backed treaty on climate change...



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