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How cooking endangers planet and people

Almost half of the world’s population still uses open fires to cook their food risking a number of diseases because of their exposure to air pollution, explains Nathalia Hentze Nielsen, communications manager for Dazin. Can you remember the last time you cooked a meal over open fire? I am going to take...


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Ambitious policy ‘essential’ to transforming UK energy, say scientists

In order to meet carbon targets set for 2050 the UK government needs to take action now and set out an ambitious policy package to transform the energy system, according to research led by University College London (UCL) scientists. The study analysed potential pathways the UK could take to...


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Airports Commission backs Heathrow expansion

The Airports Commission has recommended Heathrow as the preferred site of London’s new runway. The decision has been met with opposition from campaign groups. The decision follows three years of consultations and the government will now make a choice. The £17 billion expansion plan, which would see a third...


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100 philanthropic organisations have pledged to divest from fossil fuels

One hundred philanthropic trusts, foundations and family offices, with over $5 billion (£3.2bn) in assets under management, have now committed to divesting from fossil fuels and supporting the low carbon economy. Eighteen philanthropic organisations have made their commitment public today, joining existing signatories, including the Rockefeller Brothers’ Fund and...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 1 July headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Government faces increasing costs if it fails to act quickly on climate, warns report Obama and Attenborough discuss climate change Climate negotiations...


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UN urges oil firms to move to cleaner energy

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, has urged the heads of six European oil majors to transition to cleaner technologies in a letter that praises their efforts so far. The letter, which has been addressed to the heads of BG Group, BP, Eni,...


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Government to sell stake in Green Investment Bank

The government has unveiled plans to sell a stake in the Green Investment Bank. The decision has bee met with some criticism despite claims it will increase the volume of capital the bank has available to support green projects. It is still unclear how much of the bank the...


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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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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...


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Antarctic Peninsula experiences ‘dramatic’ ice melt

An equivalent of the UK’s annual domestic water supply is being lost in ice melting in the Antarctic Peninsula according to new satellite research led by the University of Bristol. The Antarctic Peninsula is experiencing ‘dramatic’ losses in ice mass according to new research published on Friday. Studies of...


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Bank of America to reduce exposure to coal to help climate change efforts

The Bank of America has confirmed that it will reduce its exposure to coal mining companies, noting that such investments are becoming increasingly risky and that the institution has a “responsibility to help mitigate climate change”. The statement was released at the bank’s annual shareholder meeting, with the new...


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Open Energi: creating a ‘virtual power station’

Creating an energy system that is secure, affordable and clean across the UK requires us to utilise cutting edge technology and come up with innovative solutions. Open Energi is one of the firms working to solve the energy crisis through the creation of a “virtual power station”. David Hill, Open Energi’s...


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World Bank president calls for fossil fuel subsidies to be scrapped

Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, has called for fossil fuel subsidies to be scrapped immediately and for a price to be put on carbon. Speaking to the Guardian, Kim said, “You can have growth that will protect the plant and decouple carbon emissions from growth....


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 10 April headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Major investors support BP climate resolution Warmer weather leads to rise in air pollution AODP: We need to divest from carbon and...


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UK and Scottish governments commit £4.2m for carbon capture research

The UK and Scottish governments have jointly committed to providing £4.2 million for industrial and feasibility research for a carbon capture storage coal-gasification power plant located in Grangemouth, Scotland. Carbon capture and storage involves capturing emissions at power plants and burying the gases. The technology could help make the...