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Labour announces devolved cities spending plan

The Labour party has pledged that if it wins the next general election, it will provide a funding boost to councils and give cities more autonomy, in a bid to close the gap between London and the rest of the country. In a speech in Birmingham on Tuesday, party...


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Harvard to sign Principles for Responsible Investment and set up $20m climate fund

The president of Harvard University has announced its intention to fund projects that will help improve sustainability and tackle climate change – a year after it was revealed that the school would not be divesting from fossil fuels. Drew Faust announced the creation of a Climate Change Solutions Fund...


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Co-op Bank delays annual results while it finalises accounts

The Co-operative Bank has said it will miss its already delayed deadline for publishing its annual report and accounts. The news follows the bank seeking further funding after discovering another hole in its balance sheet last month. The Co-op’s annual results should have been published no later than today....


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UK and northern Europe among worst EU regions for honeybee deaths

The UK has one of the highest mortality rates in honeybee colonies in the EU, with 29% dying in the winter of 2012/13, according to a comprehensive study by the European commission. The study, called Epilobee, analysed 32,000 bee colonies across 17 EU states, for the year 2012 to...


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Hampshire solar co-operative reaches £1m milestone

A community-owned solar project seeking to raise nearly £2.5m has reached the £1m milestone. The money raised will build a solar farm on the site of a restored gravel pit at Lower Pennington, Hampshire. The West Solent Solar Co-operative, which owns and will run the project, gives investors the...


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Alquity launches three global sustainable investment funds

Sustainable investment specialist Alquity Investment Management has announced the launch of three new funds, expanding its reach from Africa to Latin America, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. The firm says that the Luxembourg-domiciled UCITs IV funds will adhere to the values at the heart of Alquity’s investment model: “attractive returns,...


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Renewable energy investment drops as technology becomes cheaper

A new report has said that clean energy accounted for 44% of newly-installed electricity generating capacity in 2013, but less was invested in renewables due to falling costs and policy uncertainty. The 2014 Global Trends In Renewable Energy Investment report says that despite a remarkable increase in renewable energy...


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Brain region linked with gambling addiction identified by scientists

Scientists from the University of Cambridge believe they have identified the region of the brain that leads to problem gambling. The research could change the way gambling addicts are treated. The study found that brain damage affecting the insula – an area of the brain with a key role...


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Businesses call for stronger policy to avoid ‘trillion tonne’ carbon milestone

A coalition of global businesses has called on world leaders to prevent a trillion tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere, by promoting clear low-carbon policies. The Trillion Tonne Communiqué, a coalition of 70 companies including Mars, Unilever, Adidas and EDF, and co-ordinated by the Prince of Wales’s Corporate...


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Energy customer complaints triple in a year

The number of customer complaints received by the Ombudsman Service about energy companies has tripled in a year, new figures have revealed. The organisation, which handles dispute resolution for the energy sector, revealed that over the first three months of 2014, it received 10,638 complaints. This compares to just 3,277...


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First State: increased transparency key to improving investor trust

Transparency is a key component of stewardship, according to a survey conducted by First State Investments. Some 37% of respondents said a high degree of transparency and reporting was the most important indicator of effective equity investor stewardship. The survey was conducted during the company’s annual Responsible Investment and...


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Indian election: voting underway in world’s largest democracy

The world’s largest democracy is taking to the polls today, as Indians begin voting in the first phase of a massive general election.  More than 814 million people are eligible to vote, with 20% receiving a ballot for the first time. The democratic exercise will take part in nine...


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Growing appetite for green investment in low-income countries

Low-income countries are working to improve sustainability and build resilience to climate change, but more investment in needed, the Institute for Environment and Development (IED) has said. Nanki Kaur, senior researcher at the IED said that there was a growing appetite for sustainable investment in these areas but a...


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Conservationists ‘concerned’ with dragonfly numbers after UK floods

Conservationists have said that an extremely wet winter may have impacted on invertebrate numbers, boosting mosquito populations but causing a decline in dragonflies. The Canal and River Trust has warned that dragonflies and damselflies may begin to dwindle, with rivers spreading across fields over the past few months, leaving...


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Draft UN report: investment in renewable energy must rise drastically

Time is running out for world powers to cut greenhouse gas emissions and prevent runaway global warming, while the need for a rapid transition to a low-carbon economy grows ever more urgent, a draft UN document has warned. Climate scientists and government officials are meeting in Berlin on Monday...


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