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Climate negotiations ‘far too slow’, says UN chief

Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the UN, has said climate change negotiations are going “far too slow” and urged governments, business leaders and communities to work together towards a solution. The comments come ahead of world leaders meeting in Paris in December to agree on a universal climate change...


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Government faces increasing costs if it fails to act quickly on climate, warns report

Early action from the new government is needed to keep the UK’s emissions reduction targets on track and to adapt to climate change, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned. Without “urgent action” the government is likely to face increasing costs and impacts, the report adds. The report...


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Obama and Attenborough discuss climate change

US President Barack Obama and British naturalist Sir David Attenborough discussed climate change and the future of the planet at a meeting at the White House. The interview, which aired on the BBC, saw Obama criticise the pace of climate change negotiations and action. The President has made climate...


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OECD: energy taxes ‘misaligned’ with climate change impacts

Taxes placed on energy are ‘under-utilised’ by governments and too small to have an large impact on climate change, according to analysis from OECD. In a report, OECD argues that governments are failing to use adequately use energy taxes as a tool to curb the environmental consequences of energy...


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European banks failing to adequately integrate environmental and social risks, says study

Large European banks are failing to factor in the potential risks and opportunities of sustainability issues and the financial impacts, according to a study from KPMG and WWF. The report notes that the lack of awareness is despite growing pressure from investors to be informed of potential risks. The...


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Renewables could account for 50% of EU electricity by 2030, according to leaked paper

A leaked consultation paper suggests that renewables will account for half of electricity capacity across the EU by 2030 in order to meet climate change goals. However, the paper warns that to accommodate this, changes to the electricity system will have to “come even faster”. Around a quarter of...


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UN urges oil firms to move to cleaner energy

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, has urged the heads of six European oil majors to transition to cleaner technologies in a letter that praises their efforts so far. The letter, which has been addressed to the heads of BG Group, BP, Eni,...


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NGOs urge world leaders to harness ‘historic opportunity’

World leaders have a “historic opportunity” this year to tackle climate change and eradicate poverty, according for NGOs who are calling on them to seize the opportunity. In a report, development and environmental NGOs CARE and WWF argues that two important government summits can be used to forge lasting...


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Report: investors face risks as credit rating agencies failing to consider climate change

Rating agencies could be repeating the mistakes of the credit crisis, where risks were underestimated to the detriment of the global financial system, by not factoring in climate change, according to a new report. The report – (Mis)Calculated Risks and Climate Change – Are Rating Agencies Repeating Credit Crisis...


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G7 study: climate change a ‘global security threat’

Climate change will aggravate social and political tensions for decades to come unless action is taken, according to a new report commissioned by the G7 governments. The report, which was written by an international consortium, urges governments to make climate change a priority in foreign policy. It describes climate...


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Government to sell stake in Green Investment Bank

The government has unveiled plans to sell a stake in the Green Investment Bank. The decision has bee met with some criticism despite claims it will increase the volume of capital the bank has available to support green projects. It is still unclear how much of the bank the...


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Solar activity could affect UK winters but not enough to offset global warming

Solar activity could mean the UK, and other parts of Europe and Northern America, have cooler winters at levels not seen since ‘frost fairs’ took place on the River Thames, according to research from the Met Office. However, researchers added that the sun would not “save us from global...


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ICUN Red List: over 22,000 species threatened with extinction

The latest update from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reveals that over 22,000 species around the world are now threatened with extinction, from the Lion to the New Zealand Sea Lion, one of the rarest sea lions in the world. The Red List now contains 77,340 assessed...


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Circular economy could boost UK GDP by £29bn

Embracing a circular economy in the UK could boost GDP by £29 billion over the next decade, according to research from Imperial College London. The report  – The Circular Economy Revolution – examines the economic benefit of transitioning to an economy that considers the challenge of resource depletion and...


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Report: power emissions to peak in 2029 as decarbonisation progress made

Emissions from the power sector will peak in 2029 and “tremendous progress” will be made to decarbonise power generation over the next two and a half decades, according to forecasts from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). However, the organisation notes that more needs to be done if the world...



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