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Years of Living Dangerously: James Cameron’s climate change series to air on Sunday

The first episode of an eight-part documentary series looking at climate change and featuring a range of well-known Hollywood stars is set to begin on Sunday on US TV channel Showtime. Years of Living Dangerously tells the stories of people across the world who have been – and are...


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Wind farms impact on house prices disputed in contradictory studies

Two separate studies looking at how wind farms affect house prices have drawn contrasting conclusions. The impact of wind farms on communities has been debated, with government proposing giving locals more say on developments. One of the pieces of research from the London School of Economics (LSE) suggests that...


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National Trust calls for action to protect coastline from climate change

A national strategy to adapt Britain’s coastlines to the rising sea levels and extreme weather that are expected as a result of climate change is “urgently needed”, the National Trust has warned. Referring to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recent report on the likely impacts of climate change,...


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IPCC climate report means cleantech ‘an attractive proposition for any investor’

A ‘clean revolution’ of renewable energy could provide the global economy with a major boost while also preventing devastating climate change, according to a coalition of business and government leaders. Commenting ahead of the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) new report on how global warming...


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Drinking water in Chinese city contaminated by cancer-causing chemical

Residents in Lanzhou, China, have flocked to supermarkets in a desperate bid to buy bottled water, after authorities warned the city’s drinking water contained high levels of a cancer-causing chemical. It on Friday that the drinking water from Lanzhou’s tap supply contained 20 times national levels of benzene.  Authorities have...


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Airbus wins European weather satellite contract

Aeronautical firm Airbus has won a contract to build Europe’s next generation of satellites, which it hopes will improve forecasts of major storms and extreme weather events. The polar orbiting satellites will gather information using advanced sensors to build profiles of atmospheric conditions that will give forecasters a more...


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600,000 people switch current accounts using new service

Over 600,000 UK current account customers have changed providers in the first six months of the new Current Account Switch Service, according to new statistics. The Payments Council, which oversees the service, says that 609,300 customers switched between October 1 and March 31 – a 14% year-on-year increase.  The...


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Social bank Unity Trust announces ‘positive’ 8% growth for 2013

Unity Trust, a specialist bank for civil society, social enterprises, councils and trade unions, has reported an 8% growth in total assets and a considerable increase in profits in its full-year financial results for 2013. The bank’s assets grew to £717.5m last year, while pre-tax profits increased from £400,000...


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ABI investment arm merges with IMA to create ‘single, coherent’ voice

The boards of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Investment Management Association (IMA) have agreed in principle to merge their investment activities, the organisations have confirmed. The merger will include the ABI’s Institutional Voting Information Service (IVIS), which provides advice for fund managers on how to exercise...


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EY survey: majority of institutional investors considering sustainability

Almost nine out of 10 institutional investors say that non-financial performance information plays a pivotal role in at least some of their investments, according to a new report from consultancy firm EY. However, many are relying on personal judgement rather than having a process in place. EY’s global survey...


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Plymouth solar co-op raises £400,000 investment in five weeks

A community solar project launched in March in Plymouth has revealed it has raised £400,000 in just five weeks, meaning it can go ahead with plans to install free solar panels on schools and community buildings. The project was launched by Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) with an aim to...


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IPCC report proves fossil fuel investors are ‘wrecking our future’

A forthcoming UN report will say there is still time to prevent runaway climate change, but only if investment is rapidly shifted away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy, campaigners have said. Due for publication on Sunday after a week of deliberations, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s...


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Desmond Tutu: divest from fossil fuels firms in ‘apartheid-style’ boycott

Eminent bishop and Nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu has called on businesses to cut ties with the fossil fuels industry, in the same way as they did with South African companies during apartheid. Writing in the Guardian, Tutu said that there were many ways people can raise their...


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Co-op Bank reveals £1.3bn loss for 2013

Following a troubled year, the Co-operative Bank has posted a loss of £1.3 billion for 2013 and has said it does not expect to make a profit for several years. The bank apologised to customers and has confirmed it will withhold payments to former executives. The bank had delayed...


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Harvard academics rally for ‘ethically responsible’ fossil fuels divestment

Ninety-three professors from Harvard University have signed an open letter that labels its president’s attitude towards climate change as “contradictory” and argues that divesting from fossil fuels is an act of “ethical responsibility”. The letter comes after president Drew Faust announced a new climate strategy for the university and...


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