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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...


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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...


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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...


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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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Invest in Blue & Green Tomorrow

Phase two of our renaissance is about to begin and we’re looking to our readership to be investors in our future. In our reader survey in August we asked our readers if they would invest in us and they said yes to the tune of £426,500. We wrote about...


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Renewables largest power source in Scotland

The first half of 2014 saw renewables become the largest power source in Scotland, beating nuclear and fossil fuels, according to figures from the National Grid. The news has been described as an “important milestone”. In total, the renewables sector generated a record 10.3 terawatt-hours (TWh) in the first...


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World Responsible Tourism Awards highlight best in industry

The best players in the responsible tourism industry have been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony that aims to encourage and inspire the tourism industry to consider its impact. The World Responsible Tourism Awards were announced earlier this month to mark world responsible tourism day. The awards were presented...


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Report: climate change to impact severity and frequency of extreme weather

Both the severity and frequency of extreme weather events are likely to increase because of climate change, according to a report from the Royal Society. The study argues that action needs to be taken now to reduce future vulnerabilities. The report – Resilience to extreme weather – highlights the...


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Pension savers urged to oppose Helge Lund’s £25m pay package at BG

Pension savers are being urged by responsible investment charity ShareAction to call on their pension funds to vote against Helge Lund’s, the incoming chief executive of oil and gas producer BG, pay package. The energy firm has offered Lund a £25 million pay deal, consisting of a £13 million...




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