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Paris Deal Not “Worth The Paper It’s Written On” If Investment Made In Fossil Fuels

Friends of the Earth have stated that the announcement by Prime Minister, Theresa May, that the UK will ratify the Paris climate deal by Christmas is an important step. However, Friends of the Earth say it won’t be worth the paper it’s written on unless the government stops investing...


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UK Companies ‘Leading The Way’ In The Sustainability Of Palm Oil

British manufacturers, food service companies and retailers that heavily use palm oil have ranked among the best in the 2016 version of WWF’s Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard, which has been launched today. Many well-known UK companies are ‘leading the way’, on sustainable palm oil while others have failed to keep their promises...


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29 Chemical Accidents Occur On Average In China Per Month This Year

Greenpeace East Asia’s ‘China Chemical Accidents Counter’ has stated that in China from January to August 2016, there were 232 chemical-related accidents averaging of 29 per month. This resulted in 199 deaths and 400 injuries. The findings demonstrate the lax management of China’s chemicals industry, the world’s largest. In...


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Scotland And The Future Of Scottish Energy

The impact of the Brexit vote will be discussed at the first of two summits in Edinburgh today and how the vote will affect the energy sector in Scotland. Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse will meet with key sector stakeholders to hear more about the challenges presented...


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Exxon Investigation Development: Reaching A Tipping Point On Climate Change Risk

ClientEarth has responded to reports that a possible investigation of Exxon by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will occur into how it has accounted for assets during the oil price slump and regarding its estimates of climate change risk. Alice Garton, lawyer at ClientEarth said: “This is a...


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UK To Ratify Paris Agreement Shows Commitment To Climate Change

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the UK will move forward with its domestic ratification of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, and will join a group of top countries to bring the Paris deal into the full force of law. This announcement has been welcomed by Christian Aid. Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid’s...


‘Tinkering’ With Grid Charging Is Putting Smart Power Revolution At Risk

‘Tinkering’ With Grid Charging Is Putting Smart Power Revolution At Risk

“Network Charging for a Flexible Future” is a new report setting out proposed principles for how charging for the grid should be reformed. According to the new paper by energy experts Regen SW, the smart power revolution is being put at risk by tinkering with charging for use of the grid instead of...


Encouraging Signs For Green Property Investment In Major US Cities

Encouraging Signs For Green Property Investment In Major US Cities

Emission performance trajectories for commercial offices in seven US cities have been released by the Climate Bonds Initiative which will enable bond issuers to gain certification against the Climate Bonds Low Carbon Buildings Criteria. An easy-to-use CO2 Target Calculator is available on the Climate Bonds website, which enables issuers to...


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Calls For The King Of Swaziland To Withdraw Trade In Rhino Horn

Twenty-eight leading wildlife organisations have sent a desperate appeal to the King of Swaziland, His Majesty Mswati III, imploring him to withdraw his country’s proposal to legalise the international trade in rhino horn. Just days ahead of World Rhino Day (22nd September) and the 17th meeting of the Parties to the...


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Study Estimates 100,300 Deaths From Indonesia’s Fires In 2015

 Harvard and Columbia university have issued a groundbreaking study estimating that 100,300 premature deaths resulted from the destructive Indonesian forest fire crisis that occurred lat year. The peer-reviewed study published today used air pollution readings and satellite data to calculate forest fire smoke exposure, estimating that 2,200 premature deaths occurred...


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Support Given In New Campaign For Social Enterprise And Charity Boards

Social enterprise non-executive directors and charity trustees will be given access to free information and support as part of a new campaign to give boards a better understand of the risks and opportunities of social investment. GET INFORMED is a joint initiative by Big Society Capital, The Charity Commission, Trustees Unlimited,...


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A ‘Low-Carbon’ Future Supported By Majority Of Scots

Today the Scottish Government was called upon by environmental campaigners to invest in projects that will reduce emissions in order to establish a low-carbon Scotland. The call by WWF Scotland comes as the group published opinion polling data which found 61% of Scots either ‘strongly agree’ or ‘agree’ that “the...


US Launch Climate Bonds Flagship Report, Climate Week New York

US Launch Climate Bonds Flagship Report, Climate Week New York

The 5th annual ‘Bonds and Climate Change: State of the Market in 2016’ report will be presented today at the HSBC Sustainable Financing Briefing by Sean Kidney, CEO of Climate Bonds Initiative, as part of the opening events of Climate Week. This annual flagship report from Climate Bonds is the...


Search For UK University To Join Catapult's Wind Blade Research Hub

Search For UK University To Join Catapult’s Wind Blade Research Hub

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is searching for a UK-based University to work with in order to propel offshore wind turbine blade research and development activities, by combining academic and industry expertise there will be a better response to industry needs. The technology innovation and research centre is establishing...


Corporate Action On Antibiotic Overuse Demanded By Investors Before UN Meeting

Corporate Action On Antibiotic Overuse Demanded By Investors Before UN Meeting

The private sector is being encouraged to take important action on antimicrobial resistance by an international group of 75 stakeholders with $189 billion in assets under management. Companies are being asked by investors to enforce harsher policies on antibiotic use in livestock supply chains. “We urge that the role of the...