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Drought by Anthony Quintano via Flickr

Rising emissions could ‘dramatically’ increase risk of US megadroughts

Increasing greenhouse gas emissions drive up the risk of severe droughts, or megadroughts, in the US southwest and central plains, according to a study by NASA. According to the research, which has been published in the journal Science Advances, the current likelihood of a megadrought, defined as a drought...


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Fossil fuel industry challenged as part of Global Divestment Day

The fossil fuel divestment movement is using its increasing momentum to pressure institutions, from universities to pension funds, to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies in its global day of action, taking place over February 13-14. The day of action will see events and campaigns occurring across...


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

World needs to act now to close ‘emissions abyss’, says WWF

As world leaders move towards a climate change agreement, that is set to be signed at the end of year, WWF is calling on countries to act now to close the “emissions abyss”. In a report – Crossing the Divide: How to Close the Emissions Abyss – WWF points...


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M&S and Waitrose score top marks on animal welfare

Food retailers Marks & Spencer and Waitrose have both scored top marks in a global annual farm animal welfare benchmark. The benchmark can be used as a tool for investors to manage risk and return within the food sector. The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW) is now...


USA power plant by squeaks2569 via Flickr

Countries call on IPCC to make reports more accessible

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should alter the way it communicates and publishes reports to make them more accessible and user friendly, according to governments. The IPCC publishes reports on the current state of scientific knowledge and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts, which are used by...


light bulb by Bes Z via Flickr

Dropping public building energy rating ‘beggars belief’

The government is facing criticism after proposing to scrap Display Energy Certificates (DECs), the energy ratings for public buildings, with the UK Green Building Council labelling it “simply beggars belief”. Since 2008, all public buildings over 1,000 meters squared have been required to have a DEC that shows the...


wind turbine by Colin Brough via Freeimages

‘No consistent evidence’ links wind farms and adverse health, says study

A review of thousands of papers looking at the possible relationship between wind farms and human health has concluded “there is currently no consistent evidence that wind farms cause adverse health effects in humans”. Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) identified over 4,000 papers that looked at...


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Shell chief exec calls on industry to engage in climate debate

The head of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, Ben van Beurden, is set to urge the fossil fuel industry to actively engage in the climate change debate as international talks on a universal climate treaty continue. The chief executive will speak on Thursday evening at the International Petroleum Week...


water tap by Mark Lee via flickr

Report: UK faces rising water bills without efficiency measures

Without water efficiency measures, recently announced reductions to water bills will be cancelled out because of the challenge of dealing with long term water shortage, according to a report from think tank Green Alliance. The report – Cutting the cost of water: the case for improving water efficiency in...


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Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser come out top in deforestation rankings

Only a small minority of ‘powerbrokers’ that control the global supply chains that drive over half of tropical deforestation are equipped to tackle bold zero deforestation commitments, according the Forest 500 rankings. Among these are UK based Reckitt Benckiser, Unilever and HSBC. The Global Canopy Programme, which developed the...


bee flower by Michaela Kobyakov via Freeimages

Bees and pollinators ‘thrive’ in urban environment

Bees and other pollinator species thrive as well in towns and cities as they do in farms and nature reserves, according to a new study. The University of Bristol led the study, which has been published in the Proceeding of the Royal Society B. The team of researchers compared...


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Final institutional equity investor of Swansea Bay tidal lagoon revealed

InfraRed has been named as the final institutional equity investor in Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay. The investment equals that of Prudential, made in October, and confirms full equity funding from two British institutions. Werner von Guionneau, chief executive of InfraRed Capital Partners, commented, “We are proud to be playing...


wind turbines by Rocky Sun via Flickr

UK government spent 300 times more on fossil fuel than clean tech

Figures have shown that the government’s export credit agency has spent over 300 times as much supporting the fossil fuel industry than its has clean energy projects despite pledging to champion British companies that develop and export green technologies. The figures, obtained by the Guardian through a freedom of...


coal power plant by Emilian Robert Vicol via Flickr

Geoengineering should not replace cutting emissions, say scientists

Geoengineering should not yet be deployed as a solution to climate change or replace cutting emissions, according to the US National Academy of Science. The organisation called for more research into the area and said the consideration of such technology should serve as a “wake up call”. Geoengineering involves...


christmas flood by Morgan Masters via Flickr

MPs identify £600m shortfall in flood defence funding

The government must attract £600 million from the private sector to fund its commitment to protect 300,000 properties from floods, a group of MPs have warned. The government has cut spending on flood defences in recent years and had aimed to gain investment from the private sector to supplement...



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