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Lockheed Martin to track space debris

US defence and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has announced it will develop a pioneering laser system to track the growing threat of space debris.  Working with Electro Optic Systems (EOS), an Australian technology firm, Lockheed Martin will build a new tracking station in Western Australia, which will use optical...


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Yale committee fails to back fossil fuel divestment

The Yale Corporation’s Committee on Investor Responsibility (CCIR) has not recommended that the Ivy League school divests from fossil fuels, despite pressure from students. Instead shareholder proxy voting guidelines on climate change will be adopted. A survey conducted last year found that 83% of students at Yale University would...


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WWF releases sustainable finance guide for banks in Singapore

A new guide by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been launched to help banks in Singapore implement environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice into their frameworks and develop sustainable solutions to risks of climate change and resource scarcity. The ESG Integration for Banks: A Guide to...


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Ecology Building Society loses battle to save ancient tree

Bradford council gave the green light for the destruction of an ancient 100-foot high lime tree to make room for a new Aldi store, despite pleas and campaigning by the neighbouring Ecology Building Society to preserve it. The Ecology Building Society launched a social media campaign earlier this month,...


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Samsung faces new child labour scandal at supplier factory

Just three weeks after Samsung Electronics announced it is to reduce trade with a parts supplier after revelations of child labour, the tech giant has come under fire again as another supplier factory has been accused of exploiting children. The US-based watchdog China Labor Watch (CLW) claims to have...


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UBS: solar set to transform energy system within 20 years

According to a paper from UBS, the world’s largest private bank, the solar industry is set to transform energy systems over the next two decades and place an emphasis on locally sourced power. The paper states, “Solar panels and batteries will be disruptive technologies. Solar is at the edge...


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Southwestern US ‘20-50% likely’ to suffer megadrought this century

There is a good chance that the southwestern United States will suffer a 30-year drought this century as a result of climate change, scientists have warned. In a new study, published in American Meteorological Society, researchers conclude that southwestern states face a crisis “worse than anything seen during the...


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Nespresso commits £330m to sustainability scheme

Nestlé-owned coffee brand Nespresso has announced it wants to invest CHF500 million (£330m) over the next six years into a programme to create “significant benefits for the business, society and the environment” and become carbon neutral. The programme, named the Positive Cup, would help boost the company’s green credentials...


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New lignite coal plants threaten EU climate change targets

The construction of a new wave of coal plants designed to burn Europe’s reserves of lignite could scupper the EU’s efforts to curb climate change, campaigners have warned. In a new analysis, researchers from Greenpeace say the expansion of lignite mining could add 118 million tonnes of carbon dioxide...


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Government policy failing to support community energy groups

Community Energy England (CEE) has welcomed a new report by Ofgem describing difficulties community energy groups face in connecting to the grid. However, the new group has urged the energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, to ensure progress is made with tangible results. The report, based on discussions...


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Urgent action needed on climate change to cut health risks, warns WHO

The world must act to curb and adapt to the impacts of climate change or it will face serious health challenges, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned, as over 300 experts gather at a conference to discuss health and the climate. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said, “The evidence...


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Scottish referendum: business coalition speaks in favour of independence

After 130 business leaders defended the union on Wednesday, another group of 200 figures has responded to back the referendum, arguing that independence would help businesses of all sizes to thrive, while a possible exit of the UK from the EU would instead threaten the country’s prosperity. The letter,...


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Climate change will trigger global food crisis, says World Bank official

The global food system will be severely disrupted by climate change, according to the World Bank’s vice president, who warned countries must focus on ‘smart agriculture’ to keep feeding their people. Speaking at the Crawford Fund 2014 annual conference on food security in Canberra on Wednesday, Rachel Kyte, World...


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Majority of public unaware of scientific climate consensus

A new poll has highlighted the lack of effective communication between the scientific community and the public. Just one in nine people are aware of the strengthening consensus on man-made climate change, it revealed. The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which commissioned the survey, said the findings carry...


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FCA fine RBS £14.5m over mortgage advice failures

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) £14.5 million over a catalogue of failings that saw customers given the wrong information regarding mortgage products. A review of the bank’s sales processes carried out in 2012 by the city financial watchdog has uncovered an...


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