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Green bond issuance triples in 2014

The green bond market saw incredible growth last year, reaching $36.6 billion (£24bn) issued by 73 different issuers, according to figures released by the Climate Bonds Initiative. The figure for 2014 is more than triple the number recorded in 2013. The growth takes the total amount of green bonds...


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EU votes for more flexibility on GM crops

The EU has voted to give individual member states the final say on whether or not genetically modified (GM) crops can be grown within their borders under a compromise deal on the dividing issue. GM is a controversial subject, with the European networks of Scientists for Social and Environmental...


coal power plant by Greg Goebel via Flickr

Business leaders call for stability reserve in EU Emissions Trading Scheme

European business leaders are calling for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) to be reformed to include a Market Stability Reserve by 2017. They argue such a move is necessary to ensure the low-carbon economy and energy system remains on track. The EU-ETS covers more than 11,000 factories, power...


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Allow building on green belt land to ease housing crisis, says report

A new report from think thank The Adam Smith Institute argues that the housing crisis in metropolitan areas, and particularly London, should be solved by reforming England’s planning system to allow new homes to be built on green belt land. The report – The Green Noose: An analysis of...


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Campaign calls on Pope to support fossil fuel divestment

The Fossil Free campaign is calling on Pope Francis to support and lead in the fossil fuel divestment movement as he visits the Philippines, the country devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. The campaign, which is organised by 350.org, urges the Pope to throw the weight of the Vatican...


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Second-biggest carbon market launched by South Korea

The world’s second-largest emission trading scheme began trading on Monday in South Korea. The scheme imposes emission caps on the country’s largest 525 companies. The cap-and-trade system was approved in 2012 and caps the country’s emissions at 1.687 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, it covers the period from...


city of london by Simon Rogers via freeimages

Energy consumption in cites to triple by 2050 without sustainable planning

Cities around the world will consume three times more energy in 2050 when compared to 2005 unless sustainability is considered in planning phases. The greatest potential energy savings come from developing cities where infrastructure is not already ‘locked-in’. Currently around half of the world’s population live in cities, but...


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Wildlife charity challenges Scottish windfarms

Wildlife Charity RSPB Scotland has a launched a legal challenge over the consent of four offshore windfarms in the Outer Forth and Tay. The organisation argues that the projects could have “serious implications” on wildlife in the area. The wind farm developments – Neart na Geoithe, Inch Cape, Seagreen...


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Wave energy has potential to be cheaper than wind

Wave energy could be cheaper and easier to integrate into current energy systems than other forms of renewables because of its relative consistency, according to new analysis. The study, a collaboration between researchers at Oregon State University, the University of Victoria, and private industry, estimates that the cost of...


car fumes by Riley Kaminer  via flickr

Campaign group calls on Scottish government to address air pollution

Friends of the Earth Scotland has called on the government to treat air pollution like the “public health crisis it really is” after analysis revealed some areas are breaking EU air quality standards and are getting worse. The environmental campaign group measured levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate...


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Ecotricity benefits from customer dissatisfaction with ‘big six’

Renewable energy firm Ecotricity has revealed that it has almost doubled in size over the last 12 months, having benefitted from customer dissatisfaction with the ‘big six’ energy companies. The firm has now reached 150,000 customers, almost double the figure it had at the beginning of 2014. The news...


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Charity Bank first European bank to achieve B Corporation certification

The UK’s Charity Bank has become the first bank in Europe to achieve certification as a B Corporation, a status for companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corporation is described as being to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee....


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Ban Ki-moon calls for action on world challenges to create sustainable future

Ban Ki-moon, the UN’s secretary general, has called on the international community to work together to tackle issues, from climate change to poverty, to create a sustainable future, in an article. The article, which has been published in the Guardian, marks the 70th anniversary of the UN but notes...


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Renewable investment up 16% in 2014

Renewable energy investments increased by 16% in 2014, reaching $310 billion (£205bn), the first growth registered since 2011, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Whilst renewable energy investments have failed to grow in the previous three years, this has been linked to falling costs, rather than a lack...


USA power plant by squeaks2569 via Flickr

300 Stanford professors call for full fossil fuel divestment

Some 300 professors from Stanford University, California, have called for the school to fully divest from the fossil fuels industry, arguing that the magnitude of climate change calls for a thorough commitment, not a partial solution. In May last year, the board of trustees at the prestigious university decided...



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