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Less than half of top asset managers disclosing responsible investment policies

Asset managers are failing to “walk the talk” on stewardship and responsible investment, according to responsible investment charity ShareAction, after a report revealed that just 42% of asset managers assessed disclose policies on how they incorporate environmental and social considerations into the investment process. The report ranks the 33...


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Frequency of heatwaves in urban areas on the rise

A new study has found that the world’s urban areas are increasingly experiencing heatwaves, potentially leading to huge issues for public health and infrastructure. The research, which has been published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that prolonged periods of extreme hot days have significantly increased in over...


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UK solar power almost doubled in 2014

Over the course of last year the electricity generated from solar installations across the UK almost doubled, figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show. The official data finds that at the end of 2014 solar generated almost 5 gigawatts (GW), up from 2.8 GW at the...


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Shell backs shareholder resolution on climate risk

Oil giant Shell has issued a letter urging shareholders to back a resolution calling for transparency on the risks around climate change. The move has been described as a “turning point” and welcomed by those that filed the resolution. A coalition of more than 150 investors filed resolutions for...


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Business can be sustainable and profitable, says Unilever boss

The chief executive of Unilever, Paul Polman, has heavily criticised the business world for focusing solely on profits and failing to take sustainability and global challenges into account. He argued that businesses don’t need to choose between financial gain and having a positive impact. Speaking ahead of Unilever’s Sustainable...


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North Sea nations key to Europe’s low-carbon transition, says report

North Sea nations, including the UK, have the skills and storage capacity to deliver a carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry that is capable of transforming Europe’s industry and power sectors, according to a report from Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS).  The report argues that CCS technology can...


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Report: achieving renewable energy targets could address water challenges

Meeting renewable energy targets could significantly cut the amount of water used for generating electricity as water scarcity becomes a bigger risk, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Changing the way we use water and cutting down where possible is hugely important as climate...


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Report: supply chain collaboration can boost sustainability and investment return

Collaborating with supply chain partners on sustainability initiatives can boost outcomes, including financial return and reducing a firm’s environmental footprint, according to a new report. The report comes from CDP and Accenture and uses information from a supply chain programme, where companies can request that their supplier disclose information...


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Renewable generation to double by 2025

By 2025 the global installed capacity of renewable energy generation will more than double to reach over 3,200 gigawatts (GW), when compared to 2012, with an average annual growth rate of 5.7%, according to consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. A report from the firm notes that renewable energy has...


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General election: Green Party turns to the crowd to raise funds

As the general election draws nearer and the campaigning starts, the Green Party have turned to crowdfunding as an innovative way to raise funds and their political profile, whilst offering voters more choice. In the last three months 64 Green Party parliamentary candidates have used Crowdfunder to gather support,...


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World can meet climate targets and live well, finds government initiative

The world can cut carbon emissions and limit global temperature increase to 2C whilst still prospering and maintaining lifestyles, according to new online tool the Global Calculator, a project led by the UK government. The initiative uses data reviewed by over 150 international experts and concludes that the world...


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Decline of UK’s natural environment ‘costly’ to economy and wellbeing

The UK’s natural capital is in decline and must be safeguarded, according to a report from the Natural Capital Committee. The study warns that a declining natural environment is proving “costly” to our wellbeing and economy. The committee argues that England’s natural capital, which is defined as elements of...


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US north-east cost faces ‘historic’ blizzard

A “potentially historic blizzard” could see as much as 3ft of snow hit the US north-east coast, the National Weather Service has warned. The warning comes as a study suggests that extreme weather events could double due to climate change. The US forecast led to travel bans, public transport...


Offshore wind turbine, Thames Estuary- Phault (flickr name)

New Energy & Cleantech Awards deadline approaching

There are just two days left to submit nominations for the New Energy & Cleantech Awards, which recognise those who play a pivotal role in shaping the future of green energy and cleantech industries. The awards are now in their eighth year and will be held on April 29...


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Prince Charles: climate agreement should be ‘new Magna Carta for the Earth’

Prince Charles has called on the international community to act on climate change before we reach an irreversible situation. He said the climate change agreement, which is set to be decided in Paris later this year, should “be seen as a new Magna Carta for the Earth, and humanity’s...



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