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UK Valentine’s cards could be contributing to deforestation

Purchasing a Valentine’s card for your loved one on the UK high street could contribute to illegal logging and deforestation, the WWF has warned, due to loopholes in EU regulation. WWF purchased a number of cards from high street retailers and found that three, from Card Factory, Clintons and...


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Climate change activists forced to ‘pay to protest’

Climate change activists have criticised the need to hire a private firm in order to hold a protest, despite police previously carrying out the role, arguing it means they must “pay to protest”. According to the Guardian, the organisers of the Time to Act march, have been told that...


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HSBC Swiss bank helped clients dodge taxes

HSBC, the second largest bank in the world, has been accused of helping wealthy clients to conceal assets and avoid paying taxes. The bank has admitted that its Swiss private bank may have held accounts for tax-dodgers. The admittance follows several media outlets, including the Guardian and French newspaper...


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University of Sydney commits to reducing carbon footprint of investments

Following calls for fossil fuel divestment, the University of Sydney has committed to a different approach and will reduce the carbon footprint of its investments by 20%. The university claims that this approach is a more “effective and meaningful” way to address climate change. Over the next three years...


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CDP: Japanese carmakers best prepared for stricter emissions regulation

Japanese automotive companies are the best prepared to deal with stricter emissions targets, according to a report from CDP. The organisation also warned investors that carmakers that fail to adapt to more stringent regulation are likely to see financial returns affected. The report – No room for passengers: are...


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Survey: businesses look to embed sustainability in 2015

Over the next year almost half of businesses and organisations have made it a top priority to embed sustainability throughout operations, according to a survey. Additionally 25% of respondents labelled sustainability as a key driver. The survey, conducted by Ethical Corporation, primarily compromised of global brands but also included...


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Unbiased’s Responsible Adviser of the Year announced

John Ditchfield, director of Barchester Green Investments, has won Unbiased’s Responsible Adviser of the Year award. The aim of the Unbiased Media Awards is to recognise the valuable contribution advisers and journalist make to the promoting the value of professional financial advice. The Awards are now in their eleventh...


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Norway’s pension fund divests from risky assets

The world’s wealthiest sovereign wealth fund, Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, has revealed its divestments over the last year, including coal-mining companies, due to uncertainty around sustainability of business models The pension fund, worth $850 billion (£554bn), has come under increasing pressure to use its size to force companies...


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Durham University commits to ethically sourced electronics

Durham University has committed to only purchasing ethically sourced electronics, taking a stand on the issue of labour rights within the industry after becoming an affiliate to Electronics Watch. Electronics Watch is an independent monitoring organisation that encourages responsible purchasing in Europe in order to improve working conditions of...


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Climate change records support predictions, say scientists

Scientists looking at evidence showing the level of atmospheric CO2 millions of years ago say the data supports climate change predictions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The research team, led by scientists at the University of Southampton, analysed records showing the CO2 content of the Earth’s...


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UK hotel industry could save £38m through water and energy efficiency

The UK hotel industry could save £38 million through installing simple energy and water efficiency measures in just half of rooms, according to SaveMoneyCutCarbon, which works with organisations to reduce energy, water and carbon consumption. Following working with The Hotel Collection, SaveMoneyCutCarbon estimates that if just half of the...


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Branson and Polman among business leaders calling for tough emission targets

Business leaders, including Richard Branson and Paul Polman, of Virgin and Unilever respectively, have called for tough emission targets to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. The B Team, which is made up of international business leaders, wants to see a net-zero emissions target for 2050. In a letter...


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Report: fossil fuel investments ‘incompatible’ with health sector’s responsibility

Health organisations should get rid of fossil fuel investments because they are “incompatible” with the moral and professional responsibilities of the sector, a report has said. The report – Unhealthy Investments: fossil fuel investment and the UK health community – has been published by health charity Medact and other...


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Public support for renewables remains high

A government public poll has revealed that despite the government supporting the fracking industry, Brits still prefer renewables, with over three-quarters supporting clean energy generation. In the 12th survey of its kind questioning UK adults, some 76% support the use of renewables to generate electricity, fuel and heat in...


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IPCC warns that more needs to be done to address water scarcity

The head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that the world is still not doing enough to address the challenges associated with water scarcity, which is set to worsen because of climate change. According to Reuters, Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the IPPC, told delegates at...



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