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More research needed on risks fracking poses to human health, says study

A new study, from researchers at the University of Missouri, has warned that more research into how fracking can impact human health needs to be done. The paper found that fracking by-products could affect human reproductive and developmental health.  Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial method used to...


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Miliband criticises Cameron over climate change action

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband has accused Prime Minister David Cameron of abdicating on responsibilities around climate change and making Britain a “laggard” on this issue in an article. Despite the Conservatives saying they would be the greenest government ever and Cameron describing climate change as “one...


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Funding gap in climate adaption, says UN report

The cost of adapting to climate change could be far higher than previously estimated, a new report from the UN has warned. The report – The Adaption Gap Report – states that even if greenhouse gas emissions are drastically cut to keep global warming below 2C, the point at...


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Report calls on researchers to step-change to address world challenges

If the world is to address the serious environmental, social and economic challenges it currently faces than a step-change in research is needed, according to a new report. The report – Strategic Research Agenda 2014 – has been published by Future Earth, a global research platform that brings together...


Numbers And Finance

Industry lacking expertise in impact investing, says World Economic Forum

In a new report the World Economic Forum has voiced concerns that the investment industry lacks the expertise and understanding to effectively advise people on the growing trend of impact investing. Impact investing involves funding projects that deliver wider benefits, from social to environmental, and can include renewable energy,...


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Co-op Bank bonuses scrapped over stress test concerns

The Co-operative Bank has cancelled a shareholder vote on its bonus plan after stating that it is likely to fail a stress test from the Bank of England. In light of this the bank has decided to scrap its long-term incentive plan and is now looking at alternative ways...


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Church of England urges BP and Shell to consider impact on climate

The Church Commissioners and Church of England Pensions Board have announced they are to co-file shareholder resolutions on climate change at the annual general meetings (AGM) of oil giants BP and Shell. The organisations state that the move is part of the Church of England’s decision to strengthen engagement...


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2014 on track to be hottest year on record

Both the UK and the world are on track to make 2014 the hottest year on record, according to early figures from the Met Office. The organisation added that the temperatures recorded would be “highly unlikely” without human influence on the climate. Across the globe between January and October...


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Norway’s oil fund will continue to invest in fossil fuels

A government panel has rejected calls for Norway’s $870 billion (£555bn) wealth fund to divest from polluting fossil fuels, instead advocating an engagement approach. The Government Pensions Fund of Norway is the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. The fund owns around 1.25% of the world’s stocks, with 10-15% of...


Tidal Lagoon

Government ‘serious’ about tidal potential, says Ed Davey

The inclusion of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon in the National Infrastructure Plan shows that the government is serious about the potential of the sector, according to energy secretary Ed Davey.  The £850 million project will see a six-mile horseshoe shaped sea wall enclose 11.5 sq km of water....


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Autumn Statement: banks and multinationals to ‘pay their fair share’

Banks and large multinationals that avoid paying tax in the UK have both been targeted in chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement. He declared that both would start “paying their fair share” and aiding in the economic recovery. After being supported and bailed out during the financial crisis the Autumn...


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Autumn Statement: failure to link stamp duty to energy efficiency ‘missed opportunity’

During the Autumn Statement, chancellor George Osborne announced that stamp duty would be cut for 98% of homebuyers. Whilst householders are likely to welcome the move, the UK Green Building Council (UK GBC) has labelled it as a “missed opportunity” to encourage energy efficiency. Prior to the announcement stamp...


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70% chance El Niño will be declared

The weather phenomenon El Niño could soon be declared, according to meteorologists.  The climate variation pattern can have a huge impact on weather and as a result can affect farming and the occurrence of extreme weather events. The El Niño southern oscillation (ENSO) is a stream of warm ocean water...


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World must cut meat consumption to curb climate change

If the world is to curb dangerous levels of climate change then more must be done to cut meat and dairy consumption, a sector that contributes greatly to greenhouse gas emissions, and raise awareness of the issues, according to a report for think-tank Chatham House. The report – Livestock...


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Global day of action for fossil fuel divestment announced

The Fossil Free campaign, which is calling on institutions to divest from fossil fuel companies, has announced a global day of action beginning on February 13 2015. The divestment campaign launched in 2012 and has seen success across the globe over the last two years. Institutions are being urged...



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