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‘Super-rich’ Africans boosting philanthropic giving across continent

The emergence of ‘super-rich’ Africans has been met with the development of western-style philanthropy, a new report has found. The study, from the African Grantmakers Network (AGN), said that urbanisation across the continent and a corrosion of traditional norms and values were part of the reason that wealthy Africans...


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Poll: two-thirds of Britons favour wind power over fracking

A new survey has revealed that almost two-thirds of Britons would choose to live near a wind farm over a fracking site. The findings have led to the government being accused of ignoring public opinion. The YouGov poll, commissioned by renewable energy firm Ecotricity, found that 62% of participants...


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Investments in renewables must increase, warns UN

Trillion-dollar shifts in investments are needed to scale up the use of renewable energy sources if runaway climate change is to be prevented, a UN report has warned. Published today after a week of deliberations in Berlin, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report attempts to explain how global...


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Wind farms do not impact Welsh tourism, report finds

Opponents of wind farms in Wales have suffered a setback, after a new report concluded that tourism levels have not been affected in regions where turbines have been erected. An inquiry was set up after concerns were raised, and backed by some Conservative Assembly Members (AM), that the tourism...


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China oil giant blamed for water contamination crisis

China’s largest oil firm is being blamed for the contamination of drinking water that has led to over 2.4m residents scrambling to buy bottled water. It was reported on Friday that authorities in the western city of Lanzhou ordered all water supplies to be cut off, after levels of...


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Years of Living Dangerously: James Cameron’s climate change series to air on Sunday

The first episode of an eight-part documentary series looking at climate change and featuring a range of well-known Hollywood stars is set to begin on Sunday on US TV channel Showtime. Years of Living Dangerously tells the stories of people across the world who have been – and are...


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Wind farms impact on house prices disputed in contradictory studies

Two separate studies looking at how wind farms affect house prices have drawn contrasting conclusions. The impact of wind farms on communities has been debated, with government proposing giving locals more say on developments. One of the pieces of research from the London School of Economics (LSE) suggests that...


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National Trust calls for action to protect coastline from climate change

A national strategy to adapt Britain’s coastlines to the rising sea levels and extreme weather that are expected as a result of climate change is “urgently needed”, the National Trust has warned. Referring to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report on the likely impacts of climate change,...


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IPCC climate report means cleantech ‘an attractive proposition for any investor’

A ‘clean revolution’ of renewable energy could provide the global economy with a major boost while also preventing devastating climate change, according to a coalition of business and government leaders. Commenting ahead of the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report on how global warming...


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Drinking water in Chinese city contaminated by cancer-causing chemical

Residents in Lanzhou, China, have flocked to supermarkets in a desperate bid to buy bottled water, after authorities warned the city’s drinking water contained high levels of a cancer-causing chemical. It on Friday that the drinking water from Lanzhou’s tap supply contained 20 times national levels of benzene.  Authorities have...


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Airbus wins European weather satellite contract

Aeronautical firm Airbus has won a contract to build Europe’s next generation of satellites, which it hopes will improve forecasts of major storms and extreme weather events. The polar orbiting satellites will gather information using advanced sensors to build profiles of atmospheric conditions that will give forecasters a more...


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600,000 people switch current accounts using new service

Over 600,000 UK current account customers have changed providers in the first six months of the new Current Account Switch Service, according to new statistics. The Payments Council, which oversees the service, says that 609,300 customers switched between October 1 and March 31 – a 14% year-on-year increase.  The...


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Social bank Unity Trust announces ‘positive’ 8% growth for 2013

Unity Trust, a specialist bank for civil society, social enterprises, councils and trade unions, has reported an 8% growth in total assets and a considerable increase in profits in its full-year financial results for 2013. The bank’s assets grew to £717.5m last year, while pre-tax profits increased from £400,000...


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ABI investment arm merges with IMA to create ‘single, coherent’ voice

The boards of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Investment Management Association (IMA) have agreed in principle to merge their investment activities, the organisations have confirmed. The merger will include the ABI’s Institutional Voting Information Service (IVIS), which provides advice for fund managers on how to exercise...


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EY survey: majority of institutional investors considering sustainability

Almost nine out of 10 institutional investors say that non-financial performance information plays a pivotal role in at least some of their investments, according to a new report from consultancy firm EY. However, many are relying on personal judgement rather than having a process in place. EY’s global survey...


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