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Responsible investment a ‘clear trend’, says AXA Investment Management

Investor interest in responsible investment and the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment choices increased in 2013, according to AXA Investment Management (AXA IM). The growing demand is recognised in AXA IM’s Responsible Investment Annual Review for 2013. The firm says that clients are increasingly...


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Civil Service has ‘real and visible’ diversity issues

The Civil Service has “real and visible” diversity issues, according to an analysis that finds women and ethnic minorities are under-represented in higher paid roles. The diversity of civil servants has been brought into the spotlight in recent weeks after Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher promised to...


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Abu Dhabi seeks ‘sustainable investment’ to meet private school demands

In order to meet demands for affordable high quality private education, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has organised its annual Private Education Investment Forum under the slogan ‘sustainable investment’. The conference is designed to brief investors and operators on the Private Schools and Quality Assurance (PSQA) plans for...


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Japan prefers coal over renewables for post-Fukushima energy mix

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has approved a new energy plan that promotes coal as a cheap, stable, long-term and efficient energy source, along with nuclear power, while failing to set adequate renewable energy targets. Shortly after the UN warned that the world must dramatically reduce the use of...


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Scientists told to ‘strike’ over lack of global action on climate change

Scientists frustrated by a lack of action on climate change, despite the recent stark warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), should go on strike, it has been suggested. In a blog post, Dr Jonathan Rowson said that while it was “a long shot” that may never...


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Asian pollution is strengthening storms, new study finds

Researchers have suggested that pollution from China and other Asian countries is strengthening storms above the Pacific Ocean and influencing weather patterns elsewhere in the northern hemisphere. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal has suggested there is a link between...


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EU set to vote on high frequency trading restrictions

The European Union (EU) is preparing to vote on some of its “strictest” restrictions for high frequency traders to date. The measures will aim to reduce instability whilst improving investor protection and transparency. High frequency trading (HFT) is a type of algorithmic trading to rapidly trade securities. The computer...


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Impax takes resource optimisation investment strategy to US west coast

Impax Asset Management, a specialist in resource optimisation and environmental investment, has announced its intention to expand its business to the US west coast, with the opening of a new office in Portland, Oregon. The firm currently has offices in London, New York and Hong Kong, as well as...


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Three-quarters of British beaches applauded for ‘excellent quality’

Last year’s hot and dry summer dramatically improved the water quality at a record 73% of beaches in Britain, which are now rated ‘excellent’ by the Good Beach Guide. Compiled by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the guide states that only 2% of beaches failed on quality, while 73%...


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Campaigners call for clarity in Green Bond Principles

A coalition of campaigners has called for further clarification in the Green Bond Principles, to ensure they include “genuine commitments rather than broad recommendations”. A green bond’s proceeds are used to fund environmentally friendly projects, ranging from renewable energy to habitat restoration. According to figures from the Climate Bonds...


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Impact of urbanisation on built environment ‘staggering’, says report

Big business needs to “ramp-up” its board-level understanding of built environment issues, such as dealing with problems related to carbon targets, a new report has warned. The University College London-commissioned report – The Built Environment: Profit Warning – looks at how the world and businesses will need to adapt...


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Environment Agency shores up flood defences in battered south-east

After the wettest British winter since records began in 1910 caused severe flooding across the country, the Environment Agency has completed a “health check” of defences on the south-east coastline. Prolonged storms and heavy rainfall battered many parts of the UK from the Christmas period and into February, with...


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Pitzer College and Robert Redford unveil $125m fossil fuel divestment plans

Pitzer College, California, has said it will have divested $125m (£74m) worth of holdings in fossil fuel companies by the end of the year – a move backed by Hollywood actor Robert Redford, who is a trustee at the school. President Laura Skandera Trombley made the announcement alongside Redford...


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Clean energy investment up 14% in first quarter of 2014

Investment in the clean energy grew 14% to $61 billion (£36 billion) in the first quarter of 2014, with the offshore wind, solar and energy efficiency sectors leading the way. Venture capital, private equity, project finance and public market figures released by financial data provider Clean Energy Pipeline said...


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Lord Myners: Co-op Group needs to ‘strengthen its governance’

Lord Myners, who resigned from the Co-operative Group last week, has defended his review into the governance structure of the organisation, saying he wants to “protect its values” and is not proposing a plc business model. Myners is reported to have left the company following opposition to plans to...


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