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IKEA pledges €1 billion to tackle climate change

The world’s biggest furniture retailer has announced plans to invest €600 million (£438m) in renewable energy and €400 million (£292m) in programmes to alleviate poverty and diseases linked to climate change in poor countries. As global leaders meet in Bonn to discuss a climate agreement to be presented in...


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Deadly Brazilian spider found in Aldi’s bananas

A family in Warwickshire has been forced to flee home after finding a cocoon of Brazilian wandering spider in a bunch of bananas. Keith Hobbs and wife Laura with their kids had to leave their home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire after finding what appeared to be the nest of the...


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BP criticised over ties with oppressive Azerbaijan government

Campaign group Platform London has attacked the oil firm in a new book, criticising the sponsorship of the 2015 European Games in Baku and the relationship the company has with the Azeri regime, responsible for jailing various journalists and activists. In the book named All that Glitters – Sport,...


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Global warming has not slowed down, say US scientist

A new study has refuted claims that global temperature increases have been slowing down in recent years. US scientists argue that the rate of global warming has been as fast, or faster, in the last 15 years when compared to the latter half of the 20th century. Data from...


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Nominations open for the Global Diversity List

Nominations are being invited for the Global Diversity List 2015. The aim of the list is to create the definitive global diversity standard that covers every aspect of diversity in every country. This year a list will be published online in October and aims to bring a “new rigour”...


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Lack of progress on climate change, says former Shell boss

The former chairman of Shell has said that fossil fuel divestment is a rational approach to investment within the energy industry, warning that little progress has been made within the oil industry on tackling climate change. Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, who spent four decades at the oil giant Shell, urged...


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HSBC fined £27.8m over accusations of money laundering

Swiss authorities have fined HSBC a record 40 million Swiss francs (£27.8m) over allegations it allowed money to be laundered in its Swiss subsidiary. In a financial settlement that saw authorities in Geneva announce that it would close the investigation into money laundering, HSBC was ordered to pay the...


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Paper giant APRIL commits to end deforestation in Indonesia

Major producer of pulp and paper APRIL has announced a new ‘Sustainable Forest Management Plan’ to implement conservation measures that would help cut deforestation in Indonesia and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cutting trees. Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd. (APRIL) – Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper producer –...


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Marine assessment finds ‘major’ overfishing threat in Europe

An assessment from the IUCN warns that European marine fish species are threatened with extinction due to overfishing. While some species are recovering, the threat in European waters is described as “major”. In total, 7.5% of all European marine fish species are threatened and the figure is much higher...


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Report: building climate resilience essential to business survival

A new report argues that businesses need to begin building their climate resilience if they are to survive in the future. The paper explains that $200 billion (£130bn) of investments will be needed each year globally to combat $1 trillion (£650bn) of losses from climate impacts within the next...


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Shell CEO: We can’t ignore the importance of renewable energy

Shell boss Ben van Beurden has told an OPEC meeting that traditional energy sources must integrate and work together with clean technologies to provide sustainable and economically-sensible power for the future. Speaking in Vienna on Thursday, van Beurden said that the global energy system is going through a transition...


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MEPs reject 1.6 million signatures from European initiative Stop Vivisection

The European Commission has rejected the Stop Vivisection initiative, which had collected over a million signatures from all European countries to demand the end of animal testing in Europe. The initiative had the aim to question the role and utility of animal testing for human medicines and proposed a...


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Three quarters of business leaders recognise direct climate risks

Over three quarters of global businesses leaders recognise the bottom line risks from the direct impacts of climate change, according to a new report from the Carbon Trust. However, the paper notes that many businesses are failing to have a clear vision of how they will adapt considering sustainability...


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Pavegen raises over £1m on Crowdcube

With just over a month left for its crowdfunding, clean tech company Pavegen has already smashed its £750,000 target and hit £1,081,940 pledged from 905 investors on investment platform Crowdcube. Pavegen is a London-based firm that launched an innovative technology to covert people’s footstep into clean energy. With over...


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$100bn climate finance goal achievable but stronger commitments needed

The goal of mobilising $100 billion (£65.5bn) per year in international climate funding by 2020 is achievable but requires various sources of funding, including public and private sectors, to be brought together, according to a report from the World Resources Institute. The paper – Getting to $100 Billion: Climate...



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