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Energy saving smart meters could be ‘costly failure’, warn MPs

Plans to install energy saving smart meters in every UK home and business by the end of the decade are at risk of “veering off-track”, according to the Energy and Climate Change Committee. In a report, MPs on the committee raise concerns about technical, logistical and public communication issues...


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New initiative aims to create social change

A new social enterprise initiative is inviting people to become involved in a fellowship that aims to connect people who share a vision and appetite for social change. Pioneers for Change will provide a six-month Fellowship that includes virtual mentoring and executive coaching alongside a two-day forum. The initiative...


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Jeremy Leggett: world can win the ‘carbon war’

In recent years there has been a shift in the ‘carbon war’ that means those fighting to cut emissions, avoid dangerous levels of climate change and encourage green technology could win, according to Jeremy Leggett’s new book. The book ‘The Winning of the Carbon War’ is downloadable for free....


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UN calls for investment in disaster resilience as costs reach $300bn per year

The UN is calling on countries to increase investment in risk reduction strategies after it revealed in a report that the cost of disasters worldwide has reached an average of $250 billion (£164) to $300 billion (£197bn) every year. The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction has been...


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Researchers link climate change to Syrian conflict

A new study has suggested that climate change was amongst the reasons for the Syrian uprising in 2011, as the worst drought ever recorded in the region destroyed agriculture in the northern part of the country. The research, which has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National...


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Use smart technology to cut energy demand and emissions, say MPs

MPs have criticised the government’s ‘capacity market’ and have instead urged the use of smart technology to cut greenhouse gas emissions and energy demand. The capacity markets aims to prevent blackouts and pays a regular payment to reliable forms of energy, in return for generating capacity when the system...


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70% of investors interested in sustainability

Over 70% of individual investors describe themselves as being interested in considering sustainability factors when making investment decisions, according to a new report. The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing published the report – Sustainable Signals. The study included a survey of 800 individual investors and questioned them on...


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Global flood risk could almost triple by 2030

Climate change and growing global populations could mean that flood risk around the world will nearly triple over the next fifteen years, according to a new online tool. The Aqueduct Global Flood Analyser was co-developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and four Dutch research organisations – Deltares, the...


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Study reveals ‘widespread risk’ of disease to wild bees

A new study has discovered that a network of viruses that were previously associated with managed honeybees are spreading to wild bee populations, potentially posing “widespread risk” to the wild population. The study, which has been published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, notes that the infectious interconnected diseases...


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Europe needs ambitious policy to live sustainably by 2050

Despite progress in recent years, Europe must implement more ambitious policies if it is to be sustainable by mid-century, according to the European environment sate and outlook 2015 report from the European Environment Agency (EEA).  The five-yearly assessment argues that progress has been made, with Europeans enjoying cleaner air...


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Fossil fuel investors could face ‘huge hit’, warns BoE

Long-term investors in the fossil fuel industry could face a “huge hit” in the future, the Bank of England has warned. The central bank noted that assets in the sector could become ‘stranded’ as the world moves towards low-carbon alternative. Last week the Bank of England acknowledged that climate...


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World Responsible Tourism Award 2015 open for nominations

Businesses and organisations operating in the tourism sector from around the world can now be nominated for consideration in the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards. The prestigious awards scheme, now in their 12th year, was co-founded and is organised by Responsible Travel, as part of World Market’s World Responsible...


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UK tidal lagoon plans unveiled

Tidal Lagoon Power has revealed its plans to build the world’s first series of tidal lagoons across the UK. The six lagoons could meet 8% of the UK’s total electricity requirement for 120 years. The first tidal lagoon set to be built is the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, which...


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Study: increasing EU carbon price would have ‘extremely limited’ impact on business

Despite claims that increasing the price of carbon in the EU could harm businesses, a new study suggests that this is not the case. According to the paper, even a ten-fold increase in the carbon price is likely to have an “extremely limited” impact on exports and imports.  The...


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Public believes wind subsides are 14 time higher than they are

The UK public believes that subsidies for wind power are over 14 times more than the amount they are in reality, a poll commissioned by trade body RenewableUK found. The poll, conducted by OnePoll, questioned 2,000 UK adults on their opinions of wind energy and how it affects their...



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