Top articles of the week: September 27

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This week on Blue & Green Tomorrow, at the annual Labour party conference party leader Ed Miliband vowed to increase taxes on tobacco giants to boost NHS funding.

We also reported on the UK challenger bank Aldermore confirming its intentions to launch an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange in October. In other news, a new report from the Global Sustainability Institute has warned that climate change could see a rise of violent conflict in India.

1. Climate change could see rise of violent conflict in India, warns new report

Charlotte Malone: A new report from the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University warns that India is vulnerable to ‘climate conflict’, due to climate change having an impact on the country’s already stressed water resources. Read more.

2. Prince Charles: we must act on climate change, ‘before it is too late’

Richard Heasman: In a video address for the UN Climate Summit in New York, Prince Charles has listed the consequences of not acting on the “symptoms of climate change,” suggesting the planet needs to be treated as a “sick patient”. Read more.

3. Desmond Tutu: ‘Nobody should profit from climate change suffering’

Tom Revell: In an impassioned plea for action on climate change, the Nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu has called for an apartheid-style boycott of fossil fuel firms. Read more.

4. Labour Party Conference: Ed Miliband promises to increase tax on big tobacco to fund NHS

Richard Heasman: Labour party leader Ed Miliband has vowed to increase taxes on tobacco giants to boost NHS funding at the annual Labour party conference this week, placing health care at the centre of his election manifesto. Read more.

5. Role of agriculture in sustainable development to be debated

Charlotte Malone: A conference set to take place on Thursday in New York will debate the role of agriculture and food systems in sustainable development and aims to draw attention to the issues. Read more.

6. Challenger bank Aldermore prepares for London flotation

Tom Revell: UK challenger bank Aldermore, which provides financial services to small and medium sized-businesses, has confirmed its intentions to launch an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange in October. Read more.

7. Energy bills consumers’ top winter budget worry

Tom Revell: Almost half of UK consumers say their energy bill is their top spending priority this winter, ahead of their weekly shop and Christmas presents, according to a new poll. Read more.

8. Labour Party Conference: shadow environment secretary promises to tackle air pollution

Ilaria Bertini: Labour’s environment secretary Maria Eagle will deliver her party’s promises on improving air quality, tackling climate change and ending the badger cull at the Labour’s annual conference. Read more.

9. UN climate summit: Cameron calls for end to fossil fuel subsidies and a strong climate deal in Paris

Ilaria Bertini: The UK’s prime minister David Cameron said in a speech at the UN’s climate summit that the country is on track to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 but that businesses and the poorest countries need assistance in order to thrive in a low-carbon future. Read more.

10. Climate adaption budgets could reverse poverty progress

Charlotte Malone: A new report has warned that climate change adaption budgets in the world’s poorest nations could reverse the progress made on reducing poverty. The report has been released ahead of a UN climate change summit, taking place on Tuesday in New York. Read more.

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