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Communities Investment Tackles Tough Issues

Societies across the UK are benefitting from social investment. A new report has revealed that charities and social enterprises are using investment to address tough issues, like unemployment and homelessness, in their communities – and that investment is steadily rising. Big Society Capital have shown the amount of money available...


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Singapore Tops Smart City Rankings

Analytical services company Juniper Research has released the top ranking smart cities in the world for 2016. In first place was Singapore, second Barcelona, London was third, San Francisco came in fourth and Oslo fifth. The Smart City Rankings were decided after an extensive study of cities all around the...


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UK-GBC Factors Can Increase Building Performance

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) have released a report that highlights five key factors that address the gap between building design and building performance. Delivering Building Performance suggests, amongst other things, that using a simple metric system and collaborative contracting could help the industry manage its carbon emissions....


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China’s Wind Installations Blew Away Competition in 2015

Consulting firm GlobalData reported that China represented almost half of the wind installations worldwide last year, and it’s on track to keep poll position this year too. Now China has successfully increased its installed capacity, its focus will be to hone its quality and efficiency. China took the global...


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Art Activists Gatecrash BP-Sponsored Exhibition

Activists protesting against BP have taken over the entrance to the British Museum’s new exhibition Sunken Cities – Egypt’s Lost Worlds which is sponsored by the oil giant. The protesters have created artwork of their own to symbolise the “human rights violations” BP causes through its operations in Egypt. Earlier...


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Boris Johnson Buried Damning Air Quality Report

Whilst Boris Johnson was Mayor of London he failed to publish an air quality report showing that over 400 primary schools in London were located in areas with illegal levels of pollution. The unpublished report highlighted the primary schools in the capital which were situated in areas that surpassed...


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CMA Proposals Could Transform Banking

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) released its Provisional Decision on Remedies today. The publication sets out proposals to address a wide range of banking difficulties, including improving competition, getting a better deal for customers and protections for overdraft users. The report proposals should make the retail banking industry...


Greenpeace Indonesia activists unfurled a banner saying ‘Quit Coal’ from the cranes as they blocking the loading of coal for the the Cirebon Coal Power Plant, Cirebon, West Java, Indonesia, May 15, 2016. The protest is part of a global wave of actions demanding governments keep coal, oil and gas in ground, called Break Free, running from 4-15 May.

Protesters Climb Coal Cranes

The supply of coal to Cirebon Coal Power Plant in Indonesia was blocked by protesters on Sunday. Greenpeace Indonesia activists scaled the cranes of two ship unloaders as part of the ‘Break Free’ actions which ran for eleven days. Indonesia is the world’s second biggest exporter of coal and...


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Scots Set for Floating Wind Farm

The Crown Estate have granted a lease for what will be Europe’s largest floating wind farm. Following the announcement, Statoil has said construction work on the project will begin later this year. The project includes five floating turbines off the coast of Scotland. Lang Banks, WWF Scotland director, said:...


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Poor Countries Will Get Hotter Quicker

Poorer countries will be affected by climate change sooner than wealthier destinations. That’s according to research conducted by an international team, including the University of East Anglia (UEA). They found that the world’s poorest countries could experience soaring daily temperatures if climate change is not addressed. New findings published...


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Christian Aid Warn World Not to Get Climate Complacent

For the first time this year countries will meet in Bonn, Germany to discuss climate, but Christian Aid is urging the world not to put climate change efforts at the bottom of the “to do” list. This is the first time delegates have met for UN climate talks since...


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Polluting Countries Will Cause Coastal Flooding

Christian Aid has released a report that shows which cities are most likely to be hit by coastal flooding in the future. The report highlights that the biggest carbon polluting countries are most at risk. The United States of America, China and India top the list. Act Now Or...


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EU Made Easy – Leaflet Sent to UK Voters

From today a European Union (EU) Referendum leaflet will be posted out to every household in the UK. The leaflet, from the Electoral Commission, has been written after a poll highlighted many people don’t know basic information about the EU. The Electoral Reform Society have welcomed the news. Results...


Break Free

Pressure Mounts on Fossil Fuel Industry

Almost two weeks of demonstrations against fossil fuels use have come to an end. The actions took place over six continents and the protest made a significant stand, posing a serious threat to the future of the fossil fuel industry which has already been weakened by financial and political...


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Investment Leaders Group Reveal Sustainability Toolkit

Investment Leaders Group (ILG) have created two new tools for investors to tackle short-termism and the lack of transparency in the financial sector. ILG is a group of investors brought together by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and include ten pension funds, insurers and asset owners....