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Court rules in favour of Cuadrilla in anti-fracking protest dispute

Manchester High Court Judge, David Hodge QC has imposed an interim injunction against a group of anti-fracking protestors in Lancashire after a court battle with gas firm Cuadrilla. Cuadrilla took up legal proceedings alongside ten local farmers earlier this week, claiming protestors were trespassing and affecting business for landowners....


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IEA: policy uncertainty to impact on pace of renewable investment

The amount of money invested in renewables could decrease in the years ahead because of policy uncertainty, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned in a new report. Through to 2020, the IEA estimates that investment in new renewable power capacity will average around $230 billion (£138bn) annually, lower...


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Activists to be chosen to speak at UN climate summit

Today more than 500 members of the public will hear whether they have been chosen to attend the UN Climate Summit in September. Environmental activists from 115 countries put forward their names to be considered to address issues of climate change to world leaders at the summit. The competition...


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Third largest global pension fund ABP has refused calls to divest from Israeli banks

The Dutch public employees’ pension fund ABP has ignored an appeal from activists, including South Africa’s Desmund Tutu as well as 1.8 million petition signatories, to divest from Israeli banks linked the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. The campaign has been led by Avaaz, a community pressure group...


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Small business lending under flagship scheme falls

Figures from the Bank of England have revealed that lending to small and medium sized enterprises (SME) through the government’s flagship Funding for Lending (FLS) scheme fell again in the second quarter of 2014. Lending under the scheme fell by £435 million after banks collectively drew down £3.2 billion...


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IEA: renewable power capacity grew at fastest pace in 2013

Last year global capacity for renewable power grew at its fastest pace to date, with almost 22% of power generation coming from clean sources, data in a report from the International energy Agency (IEA) has revealed. In 2013 global renewable electricity generation rose by an estimated 240 terawatt hours...


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Britain 65th in global representation of women in politics

A new report by Counting in Women has placed the UK 65th in a global leader board that compares the political representation of women, who make up 51% of Britain’s population. The report, titled ‘Sex and Power 2014: Who Runs Britain?’ reveals that in the UK less than a...


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Investors should be worried by Shell’s revived Arctic oil ambitions, says ShareAction

Responsible investment charity ShareAction has warned that investors should be concerned by Shell’s revived plans to drill in the Arctic, after the oil giant admitted it has failed to meet environmental targets elsewhere. The company had suspended its plans for Arctic exploration earlier this year, but on Thursday submitted...


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Lockheed Martin to track space debris

US defence and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has announced it will develop a pioneering laser system to track the growing threat of space debris.  Working with Electro Optic Systems (EOS), an Australian technology firm, Lockheed Martin will build a new tracking station in Western Australia, which will use optical...


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Yale committee fails to back fossil fuel divestment

The Yale Corporation’s Committee on Investor Responsibility (CCIR) has not recommended that the Ivy League school divests from fossil fuels, despite pressure from students. Instead shareholder proxy voting guidelines on climate change will be adopted. A survey conducted last year found that 83% of students at Yale University would...


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WWF releases sustainable finance guide for banks in Singapore

A new guide by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been launched to help banks in Singapore implement environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice into their frameworks and develop sustainable solutions to risks of climate change and resource scarcity. The ESG Integration for Banks: A Guide to...


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Ecology Building Society loses battle to save ancient tree

Bradford council gave the green light for the destruction of an ancient 100-foot high lime tree to make room for a new Aldi store, despite pleas and campaigning by the neighbouring Ecology Building Society to preserve it. The Ecology Building Society launched a social media campaign earlier this month,...


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Samsung faces new child labour scandal at supplier factory

Just three weeks after Samsung Electronics announced it is to reduce trade with a parts supplier after revelations of child labour, the tech giant has come under fire again as another supplier factory has been accused of exploiting children. The US-based watchdog China Labor Watch (CLW) claims to have...


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UBS: solar set to transform energy system within 20 years

According to a paper from UBS, the world’s largest private bank, the solar industry is set to transform energy systems over the next two decades and place an emphasis on locally sourced power. The paper states, “Solar panels and batteries will be disruptive technologies. Solar is at the edge...


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Southwestern US ‘20-50% likely’ to suffer megadrought this century

There is a good chance that the southwestern United States will suffer a 30-year drought this century as a result of climate change, scientists have warned. In a new study, published in American Meteorological Society, researchers conclude that southwestern states face a crisis “worse than anything seen during the...



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