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Pope Francis criticises those involved in weapons industry

Pope Francis has labelled Christians that are involved in the arms industry or invest in the sector “hypocrites”. The comments come after the Pope published his encyclical in climate change and the environment. The Pope set aside his prepared speech as he addressed a really of young people in...


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UK needs to invest £10bn to meet low-carbon transport targets

In order to meet carbon emission reduction targets and encourage low-carbon transport, the UK needs to invest more than £10 billion by 2050, according to a new series of reports. A series of reports for the LowCVP by consultants Element Energy suggests that the UK can develop the infrastructure...


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UN: clean energy investment can support economy more than fossil fuels

Transitioning to renewable energy sources can create more jobs and positively benefit economies, according to a new report. The paper argues that investment in clean energy, rather than fossil fuels, will boost job creation. The research, from the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Global Green Growth Institute...


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Climate change a ‘medical emergency’, says study

The threat climate change poses to human health is so great it should be considered a “medical emergency” and has the potential to undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a UCL-led Commission. The research, which has been published in the Lancet,...


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Study: world in period of ‘mass extinction’

The world is currently in a period of mass extinction, according to a new study. Human activities have been linked to the falling populations of many species but the research also warns that extinction on a large scale could threaten human existence. The study, which has been published in...


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2015 on track to be hottest year on record

This year is on course to be the hottest year on record after data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed that last month was the hottest since record keeping began in 1880. During May 2015 the average temperature across global land and ocean surface were 0.87C...


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Climate finance key to securing strong climate change deal, says Amber Rudd

In order to ensure that a strong climate change deal can be achieved this year it is “absolutely essential” that developed nations demonstrate how they can mobilise climate finance, according the energy and climate secretary Amber Rudd. World leaders, businesses and organisations will meet in Paris later this year...


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UN: insurance industry must play role in shaping more sustainable future

As a major source of long-term investment the insurance industry must play a “strong role” in shaping a more sustainable future, according to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. The comments were made to the International Insurance Society Global Insurance Forum in New York and come ahead of world leaders...


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OECD: Large banking sectors fuel inequality and slow growth

Countries with larger banking sectors experience greater inequality and slower economic growth, according to a report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A report by the OECD has said that countries that have larger banking sectors have higher levels of inequality and slower rates of...


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Bamboo has the power to transform timber supply chains, says Wiseman

Troy Wiseman, CEO of EcoPlanet Bamboo, has stated that bamboo has the potential to transform timber-dependent supply chains by offering a sustainable solution that can reverse the effects of deforestation while meeting global demand for fibre. The article was published in a climate change focused publication released for the...


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Wind power industry set to lose thousands of jobs

The wind power industry could be set to lose thousands of jobs in both the industrial and construction sectors after the government announced that it would end subsidies to the industry a year earlier than expected. The industry trade association for the renewable energy sector Renewable UK has warned...


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Elephant poaching hotspots revealed

Researchers have identified parts of Tanzania and Mozambique as the areas where most illegally poached elephant ivory can be traced back. Scientists have said that most illegally poached ivory found can be traced back to two hotspots on Tanzania and Mozambique. Researchers were able to trace back the ivory...


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Greece can ‘forge a good agreement’ says finance minister

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has insisted that the debt-ridden country can reach a deal, but warned that the Eurozone was “dangerously close” to accepting an accident. Varoufakis warned that the Eurozone was “dangerously close to a state of mind that accepts an accident”. He said, “I urge my...


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Obama administration secures $4bn from private sector to back cleantech

The Obama administration has doubled an initial target of gaining $2 billion from the private sector in commitments to support clean energy innovation. In a statement the White House notes, “Harnessing the ingenuity of America’s entrepreneurs, innovators, and technology is a crucial part of the fight against climate change.”...


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Government plans to end onshore wind subsidies early

The government is facing criticism after announcing that new onshore wind farm will be excluded from a subsidy scheme a year earlier than expected, from 1 April 2016. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has argued that the “high volume” of onshore wind either deployed or in the...