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Climate change among greatest threats to human civilisation

Extreme climate change has been listed as one of the global challenges that pose the greatest threat to human civilisation in a new report. The paper aims to inspire collaborative action from global leaders. The report, published by the Global Challenges Foundation, looks at current and emerging risks, as...


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University of Cambridge calls on businesses to tackle natural resource challenges

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is calling businesses on to tackle natural resource challenges, from increasing energy and water consumption to environmental degradation, in a report that points out the benefits of responsible business. The report – Doing Business with Nature –targets international companies that...


another wind turbine by lamoix via Flickr

Renewable community energy projects to benefit from £100m funding

Community-scale renewable energy projects are set to benefit from a funding boost from the Green Investment Bank (GIB), with up to £100 million on offer to clean energy projects. The GIB has committed to providing up to £50 million of new investment to support community-scale renewable energy projects, through...


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Ed Davey: political consensus on climate change can deliver ‘real progress’

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has said that “real progress” on climate change can only be achieved if there is political consensus, leadership and trust between parties. The comments follow a new joint climate agreement between the three main parties. On Saturday it was announced that David...


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Climate change leading to emergence of infectious disease

Climate change is causing the appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, according to a study. Researchers warn that climate change shifts habitats and could lead much more illness emerging in the future. Zoologist Daniel Brooks, who is affiliated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, conducted the...


summer sun by  Gerwin Sturm via flickr

Scientist raises concerns over hostile geoengineering

Senior US climate scientist Professor Alan Robock, from Rutgers University in New Jersey, has expressed concern the geoengineering, manipulating the climate, could be used as a weapon in the future. Geoengineering involves manipulating the climate in order to reduce the negative effect of climate change. Scientists believe there are...


coal power plant by Greg Goebel via Flickr

Problem of fossil fuel stranded assets a ‘real one’, says Tim Yeo

Conservative MP and chairman of the energy and climate change committee, Tim Yeo has said that the problem of stranded assets within the fossil fuel industry is real. The comments come as the chief executive of Shell said the current energy debate was “naïve”. Speaking at the International Petroleum...


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Banks targeted as part of Global Divestment Day

Over the weekend the big five banks were targeted in a series of protests to coincide with Global Divestment Day, the movement calling for investments within the fossil fuel industry to be withdrawn and diverted to low-carbon alternatives. Global Divestment Day took place over February 13-14, with the day...


power plant by Lisa Murray via Flickr

Students call on parents to divest from fossil fuels

Campaign group Push Your Parents has released a video showing students calling on their parents to email their pension funds about divesting from fossil fuels. The video has been released to coincide with Global Divestment Day. In the video, one student asks, “Dear Mum and Dad, did you know...


PM signs letter 10/2/15  Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

Cameron, Clegg and Miliband sign joint climate change agreement

In an unusual move of political consensus the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition have agreed to work together across party lines to tackle climate change. The decision comes during a pivotal year for addressing the issue of climate change, later this year world...


Ocean plastic - Jason Karn via Flickr

8m tons of plastic enters oceans every year

A new study calculating the amount of plastic waste going into the ocean finds that 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ecosystem every year. Tiny bits of plastic can devastate the environment and enter the food chain. It has long been suspected that much of the plastic...


Drought by Anthony Quintano via Flickr

Rising emissions could ‘dramatically’ increase risk of US megadroughts

Increasing greenhouse gas emissions drive up the risk of severe droughts, or megadroughts, in the US southwest and central plains, according to a study by NASA. According to the research, which has been published in the journal Science Advances, the current likelihood of a megadrought, defined as a drought...


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Fossil fuel industry challenged as part of Global Divestment Day

The fossil fuel divestment movement is using its increasing momentum to pressure institutions, from universities to pension funds, to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies in its global day of action, taking place over February 13-14. The day of action will see events and campaigns occurring across...


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

World needs to act now to close ‘emissions abyss’, says WWF

As world leaders move towards a climate change agreement, that is set to be signed at the end of year, WWF is calling on countries to act now to close the “emissions abyss”. In a report – Crossing the Divide: How to Close the Emissions Abyss – WWF points...


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M&S and Waitrose score top marks on animal welfare

Food retailers Marks & Spencer and Waitrose have both scored top marks in a global annual farm animal welfare benchmark. The benchmark can be used as a tool for investors to manage risk and return within the food sector. The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) is now...



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