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Water poverty by Edwin Lee

NGOs urge world leaders to harness ‘historic opportunity’

World leaders have a “historic opportunity” this year to tackle climate change and eradicate poverty, according for NGOs who are calling on them to seize the opportunity. In a report, development and environmental NGOs CARE and WWF argues that two important government summits can be used to forge lasting...


Drought by Anthony Quintano via Flickr

G7 study: climate change a ‘global security threat’

Climate change will aggravate social and political tensions for decades to come unless action is taken, according to a new report commissioned by the G7 governments. The report, which was written by an international consortium, urges governments to make climate change a priority in foreign policy. It describes climate...


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Pope Francis criticises those involved in weapons industry

Pope Francis has labelled Christians that are involved in the arms industry or invest in the sector “hypocrites”. The comments come after the Pope published his encyclical in climate change and the environment. The Pope set aside his prepared speech as he addressed a really of young people in...


doctors by Fernando AUDIBERT via Freeimages

Climate change a ‘medical emergency’, says study

The threat climate change poses to human health is so great it should be considered a “medical emergency” and has the potential to undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health, according to a UCL-led Commission. The research, which has been published in the Lancet,...


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OECD: Large banking sectors fuel inequality and slow growth

Countries with larger banking sectors experience greater inequality and slower economic growth, according to a report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A report by the OECD has said that countries that have larger banking sectors have higher levels of inequality and slower rates of...


houses of parliament by soosalu via Flickr

Thousands urge MPs to tackle climate change

Over 9,000 people demanding climate change action took part in a mass lobby calling on UK politicians to take strong action. Those involved travelled to Westminster to ask their local MPs to tackle the global issue. The lobby was organised by the Climate Coalition. The organisation wants politicians to...


water tap by Christoph Schnabel via Freeimages

Study: major aquifers past sustainability tipping points

Human activities are “rapidly draining” some of the world’s largest groundwater aquifers, which millions of people rely on, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and NASA. The study, which has been published in Water Resources Research, warns that 21 of the world’s 37...


city skyscrapers by Rob Schofield via flickr

Trickle-down economics dismissed by IMF economists

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a new report that suggests the stagnation of wages for poor and middle class families could have been a factor in the financial crisis. Economists at the lender-of-last-resort produced a report that suggests the widening gap between the highest and lowest earners...


wheat by Lauren Tucker via flickr

Report highlights vulnerability of global food systems

Global food systems are increasingly susceptible to acute disruption and systemic shocks could lead to food price rises, food riots and changes in stock market values. The global food system is increasingly vulnerable to acute disruptions that have the potential to cause widespread economic, social and political implications, according...


ITALY-IMMIGRATION

Italy warns tough response on Med migrant crisis

EU ministers are to discuss plans to tackle the growing crisis of Mediterranean migrants risking their lives to come to Europe, but Italy is warning of a strong response if no solution is found. European leaders widely acknowledge that solutions must be found to tackle the growing problem of...


Commons by UK Parliament via Flickr

‘MPs should get free vote on extending EU referendum to 16 year-olds’

Campaigners have called on the Westminster political parties to allow MPs a free vote on allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in the forthcoming EU referendum. The government has announced that MPs will be able to vote on whether 16 and 17 year-olds should be given the vote...


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Journalists and activists banned from BP-sponsored ‘oil games’ in Azerbaijan

Media outlets – including the Guardian – and human rights organisations have been prevented from entering Azerbaijan to cover the European Games in Baku. The sporting event has already faced criticism over the country’s repressive policies on freedom of speech. Several European media outlets and human rights activists were...


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Pope Francis creates tribunal to judge sexual abuse cover-ups

The Pope announced on Wednesday the creation of a new church tribunal to judge bishops who don’t expose priests guilty of sexual abuse on children, a move considered revolutionary in the Vatican history. The measure has been long urged by the victims of sexual abuse and their families, given...


power plant emissions by Martin Nikolaj Bech via Flickr

Do whatever it takes to limit climate change, says global population

Some 63% of the global population think world leaders should ‘do whatever it takes’ to limit climate change and a further 26% want to see ambitious action, according to a new poll. Over 10,000 people in 79 countries were questioned about their views on climate change and the actions...


e-cigarette by Jonny Williams via Flickr

E-Cigarette ban in public places pushed in Wales

Ministers in Wales are debating the use of e-cigarettes in public places, which they believe act as a ‘gateway’ for the normalisation of smoking. Many supermarkets, public houses and other public places in the UK have banned as part of their own policies the use of e-cigarettes on their...



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