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OECD: Large banking sectors fuel inequality and slow growth

Countries with larger banking sectors experience greater inequality and slower economic growth, according to a report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A report by the OECD has said that countries that have larger banking sectors have higher levels of inequality and slower rates of...


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Bamboo has the power to transform timber supply chains, says Wiseman

Troy Wiseman, CEO of EcoPlanet Bamboo, has stated that bamboo has the potential to transform timber-dependent supply chains by offering a sustainable solution that can reverse the effects of deforestation while meeting global demand for fibre. The article was published in a climate change focused publication released for the...


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Wind power industry set to lose thousands of jobs

The wind power industry could be set to lose thousands of jobs in both the industrial and construction sectors after the government announced that it would end subsidies to the industry a year earlier than expected. The industry trade association for the renewable energy sector Renewable UK has warned...


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Elephant poaching hotspots revealed

Researchers have identified parts of Tanzania and Mozambique as the areas where most illegally poached elephant ivory can be traced back. Scientists have said that most illegally poached ivory found can be traced back to two hotspots on Tanzania and Mozambique. Researchers were able to trace back the ivory...


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Greece can ‘forge a good agreement’ says finance minister

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has insisted that the debt-ridden country can reach a deal, but warned that the Eurozone was “dangerously close” to accepting an accident. Varoufakis warned that the Eurozone was “dangerously close to a state of mind that accepts an accident”. He said, “I urge my...


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Obama administration secures $4bn from private sector to back cleantech

The Obama administration has doubled an initial target of gaining $2 billion from the private sector in commitments to support clean energy innovation. In a statement the White House notes, “Harnessing the ingenuity of America’s entrepreneurs, innovators, and technology is a crucial part of the fight against climate change.”...


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Government plans to end onshore wind subsidies early

The government is facing criticism after announcing that new onshore wind farm will be excluded from a subsidy scheme a year earlier than expected, from 1 April 2016. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has argued that the “high volume” of onshore wind either deployed or in the...


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Pope encyclical: we need a new dialogue to shape the future of our planet

Pope Francis has finally released his much-expected encyclical on the environment and climate change, with unprecedented warnings over the use of resources, climate, poverty and sustainable consumption. The encyclical, named Laudato Si’- after the first words of Saint Francis of Assisi’s canticle in which he praised God’s creation –...


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European Commission urged to adopt circular economy measures

MEPs have urged the European Commission to approve a strong and effective package of measures on circular economy by the end of the year, to cut waste and encourage manufacturers to make products more durable. The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has voted in favour of a proposal to cut...


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Thousands urge MPs to tackle climate change

Over 9,000 people demanding climate change action took part in a mass lobby calling on UK politicians to take strong action. Those involved travelled to Westminster to ask their local MPs to tackle the global issue. The lobby was organised by the Climate Coalition. The organisation wants politicians to...


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Renewables firm Good Energy to accept Bristol Pound

Good Energy, which provides 100% renewable power, has become the world’s first energy company to accept a local currency – the Bristol Pound – for its energy bills. The Bristol Pound (£B) is the UK’s first city-wide local currency, aimed at supporting the local economy. The currency is accepted...


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Renewable energy makes good pension investment return, according to new poll

Britons think pension funds that invest in clean energy deliver as good a return as investments in conventional sources of energy, such as fossil fuels, according to a new ComRes poll. The survey, commissioned by Low Carbon and the Whitehouse Consultancy, found that a third of respondents believed that...


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Protect more bee species to prevent future shocks, says scientists

Bee conservation efforts should focus on more bee species, not just those currently providing value by pollinating crops, in order to prevent future changes affecting the security of food supplies, scientists have said. Researchers from the University of Reading argue that while most crops are pollinated by only a...


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Study: major aquifers past sustainability tipping points

Human activities are “rapidly draining” some of the world’s largest groundwater aquifers, which millions of people rely on, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and NASA. The study, which has been published in Water Resources Research, warns that 21 of the world’s 37...


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Austrian chancellor offers solidarity to Athens

The Austrian Chancellor has said he stands with the Greek people in the face of the rising prospect of Greece defaulting on its debt, saying that proposals by creditors are ‘detrimental to society’. The Austrian Chancellor spoke ahead of his meeting in Athens with Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras...



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