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Palm oil producers urged to commit to sustainability to safeguard investment

With representatives from across the supply chain meeting in London on Wednesday for a summit on the palm oil industry, signatories of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have urged producers to adopt less environmentally damaging practices. Palm oil is the most widely used vegetable oil in the...


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Amount saved in ISA accounts sees largest fall in 15 years

The amount of money held in cash ISAs fell in April at the fastest monthly rate since the accounts were introduced in 1999, according to figures from the Bank of England. Low interest rates and incoming reforms are thought to be responsible. ISAs, or individual savings accounts, allow individuals...


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Safety restriction changes could extend life of Dungeness B nuclear reactor

The EDF-run Dungeness B nuclear power station in Kent will soon see its safety limits raised in an effort to prolong its life, pushing up the amount of weight that graphite bricks can lose from radiation. Graphite bricks start to lose weight because of radiation and their degradation could...


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Plans for garden cities unveiled as 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize announces shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize, which asks entrants how they would deliver a visionary garden city, has been announced, as a poll reveals three-quarters of Britons would support their construction. The five finalists are town planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, the leading housing and homelessness...


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Natalie Bennett backs 45,000-strong petition to end ‘media blackout’ of Green party

A petition that demands the BBC ends its “media blackout” of the Green party has gathered over 45,000 signatures, with leader Natalie Bennett saying that a lack of balance has limited the party’s chances to get its message across. The petition, featured on the website of the campaigning community...


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Scientists discover three new ‘manmade’ ozone depleting gases

UK scientists have discovered two new types of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and one new hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) that are almost certainly manmade. The gases contribute to the thinning of the ozone layer, which is vital to filter dangerous ultraviolet rays from the sun. The new discoveries takes the number of newly-discovered...


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Queen’s speech: coalition of 400 businesses calls for infrastructure bill upheaval

The Social Economy Alliance, a growing consortium of around 400 national and local organisations, is calling for the rewriting of the infrastructure bill ahead of its announcement in the Queen’s speech on Wednesday. The government is set to prioritise economic growth with investments in roads, railways, fossil fuels, telecommunications...


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Friends Life: sustainability risks directly impacts shareholder value

Insurance and pension provider Friends Life, which manages funds worth around £100 billion, has reaffirmed its commitment to responsible investment. In the firm’s corporate responsibility report, it notes that it has a “duty” to ensure that its funds are invested responsibly. The report states, “We know that the management...


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Tepco begin work on Fukushima ‘ice wall’ to contain water leaks

The operator of the troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), has begun construction of a 1.5km (0.9-mile) ice wall to contain leaked radioactive water. Some 1,550 coolant-circulating pipes will be inserted 25 metres into the ground in an attempt to freeze the soil surrounding the...


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World Environment Day to ‘raise a call for solidarity’ among island nations

World Environment Day (WED), organised by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), takes place on Thursday, hosted by Barbados. The event aims to raise awareness about environmental protection and this year’s host nation represents an example of a country under great threat from climate change. 2014 is the International Year...


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World Cities Summit: Singapore welcomes 20,000 delegates to talk sustainability

Opened by Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hesien Loong, the annual World Cities Summit (WCS) began on Sunday with more than 3,000 guests in attendance – including leaders from government, businesses, academia and international organisations. The event runs until June 5, with two more events running alongside it: Singapore International...


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Obama emissions plan could boost investment in renewables

US president Barack Obama’s new proposals to fight climate change and slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants could boost investment in the renewables and nuclear sector. Earlier this week, Obama and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced tighter emission restrictions with the aim of cutting power plant...


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Current rate of ocean acidification eclipses ancient extinction event

The acidification of the world’s oceans, occurring today because of manmade carbon emissions, is happening 10 times faster than it did 56 million years ago, when many species were wiped out as a result. Around 9 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs, between the Paleocene and Eocene...


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Renewables industry calls for boost to hydroelectric pumped storage

Scottish Renewables has called on the UK and Scottish governments to collaborate in an effort to boost potential and investment in hydroelectric pumped storage. The organisation argues that the technology can help the UK transition to a low-carbon future. Pumped storage effectively acts like a giant battery. The method...


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Philanthropy narrative shifting towards ‘how much change has been made’

Glen Galaich and Tracy Mack Parker, respectively CEO and executive vice president of the strategic education and networking body the Philanthropy Workshop, gave advice for donors and impact investors in a live discussion featured on the Forbes website on Monday. Galaich said that the experiences of its members proved...


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