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Investors exposed to ‘unprecedented’ climate risks – report

Investors and financial institutions are, and will continue to be, exposed to risks associated with climate change, according to a new report. However, the study notes that alternative opportunities in more sustainable sectors, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, are available. The publication of the report – Climate...


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M&S chief: some investors ‘highly engaged’ on sustainability but most are not

The mainstream investment community does not see sustainability as a “priority”, according to the chief executive of leading sustainability-focused retailer Marks & Spencer. Marc Bolland, who was appointed in 2010, said the majority of investors have historically “not been very interested in the agenda”. This is despite the firm’s...


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Preventing competition could help threatened species survive climate change

Some threatened species could be better protected from the impacts of climate change if more is done to prevent competition with rival species in the same habitats, a new study has found. In a new paper published in the journal Global Change Biology, researchers from Durham University studied the...


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University of Oxford college praised for move towards vegan diet

Animal charities have praised a University of Oxford college on its decision to serve only vegan food for five nights a week, in order to help reduce its carbon footprint. Wadham College passed the motion at a recent students’ union meeting.  It said its aim was to help tackle...


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Rupert Murdoch invited by Scotland Yard to be quizzed on phone hacking

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who owns News International, is to be interviewed “under caution” as part of an inquiry into crimes committed by his British-based newspapers. Originally requested by detectives last year, Murdoch avoided questioning by Scotland Yard until the phone hacking scandal surrounding his former paper News of...


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FAO: forests vital in sustainable development and reducing poverty

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has called on the world to strengthen its forest policies so that they “put people at the centre”, recognising the role they can have in reducing poverty, providing food and contributing to sustainable development. The State of the World’s Forests report by...


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Bloomberg: economic risks of climate change ‘impossible to ignore’

A new report has warned that businesses and economies stand to lose billions if inaction on climate change continues. Despite the stark warning, it argues that the most severe risks can be avoided through early investment. The Risky Business Project launched in 2013 and focuses on quantifying and publishing...


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Unesco blocks Australia’s proposals to open up Tasmanian rainforest to logging

The UN has rejected a proposal from the Australian government to revoke the special protection afforded to 74,000 hectares of Tasmanian rainforest, in order to allow logging operations in the region to resume. The controversial request was unanimously rejected within just seven minutes at a meeting of the Unesco’s...


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Global warming: May 2014 hottest month on record, says Noaa

May 2014 was the warmest since records began in 1880, with land and ocean temperatures across the world hitting an all-time high, according to the latest data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). Average land and ocean temperatures in May were 0.74C higher than the last...


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Human trafficking at sporting events highlighted as World Cup continues

As the group stages of the World Cup draw to a close, a report from the US has highlighted the impact major sporting events can have on human trafficking, in terms of both forced labour and sex trafficking. The report – Trafficking in Persons – aims to be the...


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Big Society Capital backs community projects with £1m social investment

Social investment bank Big Society Capital is investing £1m in a fund designed to support community projects if there is a funding gap. It is hoped the investment will allow community groups to be more ambitious in the scale of share offer they launch. Big Society Capital launched in...


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Climate scientists need professional body to communicate evidence

Climate scientists need to rethink the way they communicate the evidence and risks of climate change, according to a new report that finds experts are often ill-prepared to engage in public debate on the use of their findings. The report, published on Tuesday by a cross-disciplinary policy commission established...


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Government estimates electricity market reforms will lead to £100bn investment

Investment in the renewable energy sector will be boosted due to low-carbon electricity incentives leading to an additional £100 billion investment by 2020, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The secondary legislation of the government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) has been pushed forward, taking one...


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Shopper finds ‘cry for help’ from exploited worker in Primark dress

A young woman from Swansea found a label stitched into her newly bought £10 Primark dress, detailing how the garment worker had been “forced to work exhausting hours”. Rebecca Gallagher, 25, had quite a surprise when she looked at the label of her new flowery dress bought at Primark...


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New cycle hire scheme launched in Glasgow to cut pollution and keep citizens fit

Glasgow’s sustainable transport sector has received a boost with a £600,000 cycle hire scheme. Campaigners have welcomed the initiative, stating it will simultaneously improve citizens’ health and cut pollution. The initiative, which comes as the city gears up to host the Commonwealth Games, will see 400 bikes available to...


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