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Study reveals ‘widespread risk’ of disease to wild bees

A new study has discovered that a network of viruses that were previously associated with managed honeybees are spreading to wild bee populations, potentially posing “widespread risk” to the wild population. The study, which has been published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, notes that the infectious interconnected diseases...


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Europe needs ambitious policy to live sustainably by 2050

Despite progress in recent years, Europe must implement more ambitious policies if it is to be sustainable by mid-century, according to the European environment sate and outlook 2015 report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).  The five-yearly assessment argues that progress has been made, with Europeans enjoying cleaner air...


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Fossil fuel investors could face ‘huge hit’, warns BoE

Long-term investors in the fossil fuel industry could face a “huge hit” in the future, the Bank of England has warned. The central bank noted that assets in the sector could become ‘stranded’ as the world moves towards low-carbon alternative. Last week the Bank of England acknowledged that climate...


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World Responsible Tourism Award 2015 open for nominations

Businesses and organisations operating in the tourism sector from around the world can now be nominated for consideration in the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards. The prestigious awards scheme, now in their 12th year, was co-founded and is organised by Responsible Travel, as part of World Market’s World Responsible...


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UK tidal lagoon plans unveiled

Tidal Lagoon Power has revealed its plans to build the world’s first series of tidal lagoons across the UK. The six lagoons could meet 8% of the UK’s total electricity requirement for 120 years. The first tidal lagoon set to be built is the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, which...


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Study: increasing EU carbon price would have ‘extremely limited’ impact on business

Despite claims that increasing the price of carbon in the EU could harm businesses, a new study suggests that this is not the case. According to the paper, even a ten-fold increase in the carbon price is likely to have an “extremely limited” impact on exports and imports.  The...


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Public believes wind subsides are 14 time higher than they are

The UK public believes that subsidies for wind power are over 14 times more than the amount they are in reality, a poll commissioned by trade body RenewableUK found. The poll, conducted by OnePoll, questioned 2,000 UK adults on their opinions of wind energy and how it affects their...


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Sustainability network The Crowd reaches investment target

The Crowd, a network of corporate sustainability experts, has reached its investment target of £300,000 in its equity crowdfunding campaign and is now overfunding to launch two sustainability platforms. The Crowd launched its investment with the aim of raising £300k – £500k through the sale of a 20% stake...


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Climate march in London set to go ahead this weekend

Despite some issues around policing, the Time to Act march is set to go ahead on Saturday 7 March, with the aim of raising awareness about the challenges of climate change and to urge government to act. Speakers at the event include Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Labour MP...


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Nominations open for Observer Ethical Awards 2015

Nominations have now opened for the 2015 Observer Ethical Awards, which are celebrating their tenth anniversary. The awards are an annual event recognising businesses, individuals and communities working to improve the environment. The Observer Ethical Awards were set up in 2005 to recognise and reward those in society who...


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Government rejects MPs’ plans for air pollution inquiry

The government has rejected MPs’ calls for a public inquiry into the impacts of air pollution and a change in legislation to prevent schools and care homes being built in pollution hotspots. The move has been labelled as a “failure” to act on an opportunity to address the issue....


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Policy uncertainty leads to UK slipping down renewable investment rankings

The UK’s top ten position as one of the most attractive destinations for renewable investment is at risk because of policy uncertainty, according to a report from financial advisory firm EY. A “lack of clarity” over the role of renewable energy after May’s general election and uptake of the...


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University of Edinburgh academics call for divestment

The University of Edinburgh is facing calls to divest from the fossil fuel and arms industries following an open letter signed by academics from the institution. The university has one of the largest endowment funds in the UK, totalling £230 million. The letter has been published ahead of a...


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Santander commits to cutting funding for deforestation firm

Multinational bank Santander has pledged to stop financing pulp and paper company Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL) because of its unsustainable practices causing the destruction of the Indonesian rainforest. According to Greenpeace, Santander had loaned ten of million of pounds to APRIL, as well as directly brokering syndicated...


antarctica ice by Liam Quinn via Flickr

Study: global warming ‘pause’ caused by natural climate cycles

The so-called global warming ‘pause’ in recent years is likely to have been caused by natural variations in the climate cycle, not a slowdown in man-made climate change, according to a team of scientist. The research, which has been published in Science, notes the importance of ensuring that studies highlight...



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