Wednesday 27th May 2015                 Change text size:

Polling station By Martin Bamford via Flickr

#GE2015 Will Airdrie & Shotts, Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross and Na h-Eileanan an Iar, vote for policies, parties or personalities in 2015?

These are the three constituencies with the lowest ‘turnout’ in the Vote for Policies 2015 survey , gathering only 425 votes between them. In comparison Bristol West has seen 5,172 votes cast. The average is 937 ‘votes’ for policies per constituency. With Labour, Lib Dem and the SNP holding...


Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 12.04.54

Charity Bank supports organisation aiding deaf community

The East Lancashire Deaf Society (ELDS) will be able to boost its work in helping young deaf people improve their employment prospects after Charity Bank has provided a £150,000 loan. Charity Bank lends exclusively to charities and social organisations and its latest loan to ELDS will be used to...


car fumes by Riley Kaminer via Flickr

UK government ordered to take ‘immediate action’ on air pollution

The UK government today appeared in Supreme Court and has been ordered to deliver plans to cut illegal levels of air pollution by the end of the year. Areas of the UK are breaching EU limits for nitrogen. Under previous plans several areas would still be over the limit...


Lonely tree

WHEB investment helps cut annual air emissions by 400 tonnes

Products and services supplied by investor WHEB’s private equity portfolio companies have cut annual emissions by 400 metric tonnes, the equivalent of the power consumption of 34,700 UK residents. The figure comes from a new report detailing the impact WHEB’s investments. The report is the first of its kind...


Deforestation - crustmania via Flickr

80% of deforestation set to occur in just 11 areas

Eleven places in the world will account of over 80% of deforestation by 2030, according to a report published by WWF. Between 2010 and 2030 these deforestation fronts could lose up to 170 million hectares of forest unless action is taken. The Living Forests Report builds on previous analysis...


city of london by Simon Rogers via freeimages

UK government faces Supreme Court over air pollution

Today the UK government will learn whether it will have to create a new air quality plan as the EU Supreme Court will hand down its final judgement. The UK is breaching EU air quality rules for nitrogen dioxide. Under current plans three areas –  Greater London, West Midlands...


summer sun by  Gerwin Sturm via Flickr

Climate change already influencing extreme weather events

Climate change is already affecting the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as heat waves and heavy rainstorms, according to a new study. The study, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, has been published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The research calculates more than half...


259167077_8fa3de1a04_z

SOAS becomes first London university to divest from fossil fuels

SOAS, University of London, has announced that over the next three years it will fully divest from fossil fuels, making it the first university in the capital to make such a commitment. The decision was taken during a review of the school’s investments and was approved by the governing...


wind turbine by Colin Brough via Freeimages

General Election: parties failing to address renewables, says industry

The majority of renewable professionals believe that the industry has not been properly addressed in election campaigns, according to a survey conducted by the Renewable Energy Association (REA). The results have been published ahead of the general election on 7 May. Some 95% of REA members said that the...


coal power plant by Greg Goebel via Flickr

Report: majority of large investors failing to manage climate risks

Many of the world’s largest investors are continuing to make a “big gamble” on accelerating climate change by investing in carbon intensive assets, according to a report from the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP). The index suggests only a small minority of funds are shifting investments for a safer,...


woodland river by Robert Pittman via Flickr

General Election: sustainability professionals call for Nature and Wellbeing Act

The next UK government must implement a Nature and Wellbeing Act to rebuild natural capital, according to sustainability professionals. The survey comes ahead of the general election next month. The survey, conducted by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), asked almost 650 environment and sustainability professionals on...


pylons By Ingy The Wingy via Flickr

Report: fossil fuel companies need to consider climate action or risk shareholder value

The Carbon Tracker Initiative has warned fossil fuel companies to stress test their business model against low carbon, low price scenarios or risk shareholder value falling. Working with the Energy Transition Advisors, the organisation has published a blueprint examining the impact of limiting global temperature rise to 2C on...


Ocean fish By Swaminathan via Flickr

WWF calls for increased ocean protection and values resource at $24tn

The ocean is a valuable resource, worth at least $24 trillion (£16tn), but is currently being neglected, according to a report from environmental campaign group WWF. The group calls for sustainability to be considered in order to protect the world’s oceans. The report – Reviving the Ocean Economy: The...


earth by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr

Earth Day: public urged to take climate action

To mark the 45th Earth Day people around the world are being urged to take action and show their support for creating a more sustainable world. The first Earth Day on April 22 1970 activated 20 million Americans, it has since grown to include 50,000 partners in 192 countries...


power plant emissions by Matt Buck via Flickr

Climate will irrevocably change unless bold action is taken, scientists warn

Unless world leaders take bold climate action this year a number of tipping points could be crossed, resulting in a “vastly different climate” and far-reaching, devastating consequences, scientists have warned. In a written statement 17 scientists have set out their argument for climate action as well as eight key...




Latest poll

Does the UK need a more proportional electoral system?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...