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coal power plant by Greg Goebel via Flickr

Fossil fuel investments ‘risky’, says Ed Davey

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has supported the fossil fuel divestment movement, stating that such investments are set to becoming increasingly “risky” in the decades ahead. Recent research suggests that as much as 85% of current coal reserves must stay in the ground if dangerous levels of...


Forest - Moyan Brenn via Flickr

Report calls for next government to prioritise climate change and environment

Ahead of the General Election in May, a new report has been published calling on the next government to prioritise climate change and the environment, arguing it is needed to promote the UK’s health, wealth and security in the long-term. The report – Environment: Priorities for the next government – has...


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UN backing fossil fuel divestment campaign

Ethical investment is not a new thing, but the recent trend towards massive and sweeping fossil fuel divestment from pension funds, universities and cities, has definitely taken the idea of considering the morals of an investment to a new level – and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change...


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EU one of the largest importers of illegal deforestation products

EU imports have been linked to driving illegal deforestation in a report from campaign group Fern. The UK is among the largest consumers of the good highlighted in the study. The report – Stolen Goods: The EU’s complicity in illegal tropical deforestation – estimated that in 2012 the EU...


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Charity Bank backs chocolate factory set to support people with disabilities

Charity Bank, a bank that lend exclusively to charities and social enterprises, is financially backing a project that will see a chocolate factory and horticulture enterprise being run by people with autism and other disabilities to help them gain employment opportunities and new skills. Building work is set to...


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2015 International Ashden Awards shortlist unveiled

Ten sustainable energy companies have been selected as finalists for this year’s International Ashden Awards. The awards champion organisations and individuals working within sustainable energy. The finalists come from Bangladesh, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and Vietnam. Those making up the shortlist work across a diverse range of...


Oxford protest by Adam Ramsay via Twitter

Oxford University defers divestment decision

Oxford University has deferred the decision on whether or not to divest from fossil fuels, leaving campaigners disappointed and accusing the institution of “serious complacency”. The Oxford University Council met on Monday to discuss proposals for fossil fuel divestment, however, they decided that the issue needed further discussion and...


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Study: rich nations could affordably give $2tn to tackle climate change in developing countries

Rich nations could pledge up to $2 trillion (£1.35tn) each year by mid-century to developing countries to help mitigate and adapt to climate change without exceeding more than 2% of GDP or the finance provided being prohibitive. The research, from the London School of Economic’s Grantham Research Institute on...


coal mine By Greg Goebel via Flickr

Norwegian pension fund asks companies to reveal climate change strategies

The Norges Bank, manager of Norway’s Government Pension Fund, has called for companies it investment in to test their business strategies against global climate change efforts. According to WWF-Norway, if other funds follow suit it could be the start of the “tipping point” the world needs to stop financing...


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Cyclone Pam: a sign of worse to come

The tiny archipelago nation of Vanuatu has been devastated by its worst natural disaster. Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam ravaged the islands from March 12 to 15. Their President has called for immediate help and blamed climate change for the severity of the cyclone. On March 6, Pam formed east...


wind turbine construction by Henry Burrows via Flickr

New Energy & Cleantech Awards 2015 unveils shortlist

The shortlist for the New Energy & Cleantech Awards, the foremost event recognising excellence in the green energy and clean technology industries. The 2015 New Energy & Cleantech Awards, in their eighth year, recognises those who play a pivotal role in the shaping of the future green energy and...


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

Global energy emissions stalled last year

Figures have been released that suggest global emissions of carbon dioxide from the energy sector stalled for the first time in 40 years without an economic downturn in 2014, “giving hope” that emission targets to avoid dangerous levels of climate change can be achieved. The International Energy Agency (IEA)...


dry fields drought by Danumurthi Mahendra via Flickr

UK set to offer climate expertise to developing countries

The UK has announced a new initiative by which it intends to provide developing countries with its “world-leading climate and adaptation expertise” in an attempt “successfully tackle climate change”. The programme, launched by energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey, combines the knowledge from leading UK organisations and government...


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Poll: UK government failing to encourage circular economy

A survey has found that sustainability professional believe that the UK government is failing to encourage businesses to improve resource efficiency and move towards a circular economy. The poll comes from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), a network of environment and sustainability professionals, and asked 400...


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Shale gas should play a role in low-carbon future, say MPs

A report from the energy and climate committee has said that shale gas should play in role in the UK’s low-carbon future. They add that the next government must address “misguided” anti-fracking and onshore wind campaigners. The interactive report looks at the committee’s work over the last five years,...



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