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Ants play significant role in reducing global carbon emissions, suggests report

A 25-year study conducted by the Geological Society of America has concluded that ants are one of the most powerful biological agents of mineral decay, offering an insight into accelerated methods of carbon dioxide (CO2) storing, or ‘sequestration’. The investigation has specifically centred on how the insects interact with...


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Report: climate bonds enter mainstream, reaching $502bn

The sums invested in bonds related to climate change have rapidly grown in the last year, a new report shows. The investment vehicle is entering the mainstream and becoming an increasingly popular choice for investors with the market now standing at an estimated $502.6 billion (£293.6bn). The report –...


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Obama announces climate change initiatives to improve sustainability

US president Barack Obama has announced initiatives aimed at sustaining the nation’s infrastructure, and in particular its energy supply and coastal and flood protection, as well as better predictions regarding rising sea levels. The president’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness, made up of 26...


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Pesticides found in 63% of UK bread

New data reveals that two-thirds of UK bread contains pesticide residues, with 25% of it showing more than one chemical, prompting campaigners to call for more research on the effects on human health. The tests were carried out by the government’s expert committee on pesticide residues in food (Prif)...


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Australia smoking rates drop as plain package cigarette laws take effect

The Australian government has recently announced a 15% reduction in the amount of people smoking, as recent policy measures enforce plain cigarette packaging laws. Figures show that in 2010, smoking was as high as 15.8%. This has dropped by 15%, to 12.8%, in 2013 among people 14 and older...


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UK calls for changes to EU emissions system to boost low carbon investment

The UK government published reform measures in a blueprint on Wednesday, which are aimed at helping the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) improve and encourage a more low carbon economy. The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is the largest greenhouse gas emissions trading system in the world, which...


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Triodos Bank divests from Google over arms link

Ethical bank Triodos has taken the decision to divest from Google after an acquisition means the firm now has links with US defence agencies and the development of armed robots. Triodos Bank has a zero tolerance policy on arms. Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, a company that is specialised...


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UK cities can generate cleaner and safer energy than the ‘big six’ – report

British cities can play an active role in supplying energy to citizens, while promoting cleaner and more affordable power, supporting the local economy and decarbonisation, a new analysis has suggested. The report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) calls for cities to become “powerhouses”, by engaging in...


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Politicians risking much-needed renewable energy investment, says CBI

Populist politics and short-term thinking are risking crucial investment in energy and threatening our ability to reach climate change targets, the UK’s leading business lobby group has warned. On Thursday, the CBI will publish a new poll of over 550 business leaders and 2,300 households that reveals growing concern...


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Australia first country to ‘irresponsibly’ scrap the carbon tax

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s repeal bill to abolish tax on the country’s biggest polluters has been passed in the senate, with opposition and scientists deeply worried that the move will leave Australia behind in the race to a low-carbon future. The tax – which has been opposed by...


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Met Office issue heatwave warnings for the UK

Public Health England (PHE) has issued health advice as the Met Office put out heatwave alerts for many parts of England for the next few days. Temperatures are expected to rise from tonight and continue into Saturday daytime, with these reaching 32C in some places, triggering a level two...


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Yates, Brackenbury and Watson confirmed for Sustainable September Tourism Debate

Three leading authorities on the tourism industry have been confirmed as speakers for the Sustainable September Tourism Debate, in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long celebration of sustainability. Tickets are available here. In the Oxford-style debate, two sides will speak either for or against the motion “Growth in tourism is undesirable: it is...


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‘Financial innovation’ critical to renewable energy’s success – ex-minister Greg Barker

The government’s former energy and climate change minister has called for a “relentless and remorseless” push to drive down the costs of renewable energy technologies – in what proved to be one of his final public engagements in office. Speaking in London last Thursday at a breakfast meeting organised...


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Plastic bag use in England rises for fourth year running

Campaigners say the government should have acted sooner to stop the increase on plastic bag use with figures showing UK supermarkets gave out 8.3 billion bags in 2013. Wrap is a not for profit company set up to encourage resource efficiency in the UK. They published data on Tuesday,...


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Survey: Increasing number of professionals value sustainability as reason to invest

A survey of more than 360 international investment professionals on sustainable investment has outlined how environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies are becoming increasingly fundamental for the sector. The survey, by Thomson Reuters and the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), assessed 179 buy-side firms and 14 brokerage...


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