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Investment platform Ethex wins Sustainable Finance award

Online positive investment platform Ethex has won the award for Sustainable Finance in the Sustainable City Awards. A fair trade lender and an organisations working to advance sustainable investment in retail financial services have also been highly commended. Social entrepreneur Jamie Hartzell started Ethex in 2012. The online platform...


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Survey: global electricity system could be 70% renewable by 2050

It is achievable for the global electricity system to be 70% powered by renewables by mid-century according to a survey of energy sector participants. The survey was conducted by DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts, and asked for the views of over 1,600 people working...


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Carbon price should increase up to 200% to avoid tipping point, says study

In order to avoid dangerous levels of climate change and crossing irreversible tipping points in the future, the price of carbon should be increased by up to 200%, according to a new study. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter, Zurich, Stanford and Chicago have urged policymakers not to discount...


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Climate change could bring exotic diseases to UK

Increasing temperatures could lead to a tropical diseases coming to the UK and the rest of Europe, public health experts have warned. Warmer weather could maker it easier for mosquitoes and other insects to spread disease to new regions. The study, which has been published in The Lancet Infectious...


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Lord Stern: development and climate finance should not be separated

Lord Nicholas Stern has argued that government should not consider development and climate finance to developing countries as separate issues because they are interconnected in a new policy paper. The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy...


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Just Index: a market solution to inequality?

Paul Tudor Jones founded the Tudor Investment Corporation hedge fund in 1980, now worth $13.5 billion (£9bn). In 1988 he used his accumulated wealth to found the Robin Hood Foundation alleviating poverty in New York. Today he is focused on the Just Capital, to create an index that rates...


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National Trust: climate change ‘single biggest threat’

Climate change has been described as the “single biggest threat” by the National Trust, which argues the phenomenon is bringing new risks to a natural environment already under pressure. The organisation has set out a ten-year strategy to “nurse the natural environment back to health and reverse the alarming...


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Former UK climate envoy criticises Shell’s climate strategy

John Ashton, the UK’s representative on climate change between 2006 and 2012, has criticised oil giant Shell and the fossil fuel industry for its climate change strategy in an open letter. The letter follows a speech made by the head of Shell, Ben van Beurden, last month. He urged...


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Arctic sea ice hits record low

This year’s maximum Arctic sea ice is the lowest on record, US scientists have said. The figures have led to campaigners calling for “dramatic cuts” in greenhouse gas emissions. The National Snow and Ice Data Centre at the University of Colorado, Boulder, has issued a statement saying Arctic sea...


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Gates and Bloomberg give $4 million to fight tobacco

It comes to something when you need two of the world’s richest philanthropists to fight big tobacco’s well-coordinated attempts to use international law to force developing countries to allow unfettered sales of a product that causes the death of half its users. The $4 million (£2.7m) Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation...


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Partial eclipse 2015: the source of all our power

As we get ready to put out our pinhole cameras, colandars or don thick, dark perspex glasses, the moon is racing towards an intersection with the sun, creating a partial eclipse in parts of the UK. The Sun’s distance from Earth is about 400 times the Moon’s distance, and...


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Budget 2015: government announce marine reserve around Pitcairn Islands

The UK is to establish the largest, continuous marine reserve in the world, chancellor George Osborne announced in 2015 budget. The reserve will protect the waters around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory. Some 94% of the UK’s biodiversity exists in it Overseas Territories and the water around...


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Carbon absorbed by Amazon has halved since 90s, says study

A study has found that the net carbon uptake of the Amazon forest as halved since the 1990s. Researchers warn that the findings have implications for climate change and emission reduction targets. The research, which was led by the University of Leeds and published in the journal Nature, notes...


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Study: cost of climate change to become ‘serious challenge’ by 2040

Economists have said that the cost of climate change could increase significantly over the coming decades and become a “serious challenge” for businesses by 2040. They have urged businesses to consider the true financial costs of climate change in order to prepare for the future. The study was led...


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Prince Charles calls for action to clean up oceans

The heir to the throne is making his 20th official visit to the United States. He attended a conference concerning the rule of law in the 21st century entitled ‘The Magna Cart of the Future’, at the National Archives in Washington D.C. In a speech he described ocean waste as, “one...




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