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Chinese man sues government over failure to curb air pollution

The Chinese government is being sued by a resident of the northern city of Shijiazhuang, who claims the region’s Environmental Protection Bureau is shunning its responsibilities to tackle smog. According to local newspaper Yanzhao Metropolis Daily, Li Guixin has lodged a complaint with the district court, asking that it...


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Hyundai looks to sustainable transport with Intrado hydrogen car

South Korean motoring giant Hyundai has revealed a new hydrogen fuel cell concept car, describing the design as a vision of the automobiles of the future. The Intrado combines aircraft-inspired aesthetics with a next-generation hydrogen fuel cell powertrain. Using a 36 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery that can recharge in...


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Green Investment Bank pledges £50m funding for energy efficiency

The Green Investment Bank has announced a partnership with a French finance group to fund energy efficiency projects. These include one at Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire, which is set to save the organisation £1.7m in bills. The government-backed GIB has teamed up with French finance firm Societe Generale Equipment...


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National Farmers’ Union: farming should be ‘higher priority’ in flood clean-up plans

The president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has condemned proposals to flood land on high ground to prevent homes and businesses in towns and cities from being hit. The plans are part of efforts to mitigate the effects of further heavy rainfall, after storms and flooding caused more...


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No link between wind farms and health problems, study finds

Australia’s leading medical research body has found that there is no credible evidence to suggest that wind farms are harmful to human health. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released a draft information paper on Monday that concludes, “There is no reliable or consistent evidence that wind farms...


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‘Mixed signals’ lead to UK fall in renewable investment rankings

The UK has fallen from fourth to fifth in the latest report from consultancy firm EY showing how attractive a country is for renewable energy investment. Political uncertainty and “mixed signals” have led to a decrease in investor confidence and potentially puts £330 billion of investment at risk. The...


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Ecotourism heralded as saviour of threatened Madagascan lemurs

Scientists have tabled a £4.6m plan that combines conservation work with responsible tourism in an effort to protect lemurs in Madagascar – a species among the most threatened on the planet. Lemurs are common in Madagascar but are on the brink of extinction due to deforestation, illegal logging, hunting...


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Harriet Harman on responsible media: Daily Mail allegations ‘horrible and untrue’

Deputy leader of the Labour party Harriet Harman has hit out at the Daily Mail over what she calls a “politically-motivated smear campaign” against her. The newspaper claimed that the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), which Harman worked for between 1978 and 1982, was linked to a group...


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UNEP Finance Initiative appoints Charles Anderson as new director

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has appointed Charles Anderson, who has held leadership roles in the insurance industry, as its new director. He was previously CEO of Sovereign, New Zealand’s largest life and health insurance firm, and has worked at Aviva Asia Pacific and the...


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Parliament needs to consider ‘health and wellbeing’ costs of HS2

The London Assembly environment committee have said the “hidden costs” of HS2, such as the impact on health and the environment, have been underestimated and should be taken into account to provide an accurate cost-benefit analysis. HS2 plans to connect London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. The project has...


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65-mile stretch of Mississippi river reopens after oil spill

A stretch of the Mississippi river has reopened two days after the local coastguard was forced to close it following an oil spill. The closure of the river was in response to an incident involving a tanker barge colliding with another towboat, which led to 31,500 gallons of crude...


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Volcanic eruptions explain global warming ‘slowdown’

A new study has suggested that when volcanoes erupt, they released particles that reflect sunlight and therefore ‘pause’ the warming of the Earth. This would partially explain a slowdown in global warming since 1998, which is often used by climate deniers as evidence that climate change is not happening....


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Shell investors urged to take action on ‘high-risk’ Arctic drilling

Investors across the UK are being urged to call for oil giant Shell to abandon its plans to drill for fossil fuels in the Arctic Ocean. Campaigners say the project is high-risk with uncertain returns. Responsible investment charity ShareAction said it expects to see thousands of people email their...


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Investment banks ‘could face diminished returns’ by failing to factor in sustainability

Banks and other financial institutions are being pressured to report sustainability data in order to create long-term value, as negotiations attempt to drive responsible finance up the agenda. The talks, which are being co-ordinated by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), have included shareholders, large corporations and multinational banks...


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British public’s concern for the environment ‘highest for six years’

After the wettest two months ever recorded in some areas of the UK, public concern for the environment is on the rise, according to a new poll. The February Economist/Ipsos MORI issues index found that one in 10 people list ‘pollution and the environment’ as one of the most...


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