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Climate change: businesses must understand what is at stake, says French environment minister

Climate change: businesses must understand what is at stake, says French environment minister

Developing countries are "waiting to see" what rich nations will offer them in global warming talks, the French minister of environment has said, ahead of crunch negotiations to be hosted in Paris later this year.

Energy industry calls for climate deal in Paris that supports low carbon investment

World governments must sign a clear new agreement on greenhouse gas emissions at a crunch conference in Paris this December, leaders of the world’s energy industry have urged.

Queen Speech: "worrying omissions" of climate change action

The Queen will formally open the next Parliamentary year at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, setting out the Conservative Government’s agenda for the next 12 months. But there are concerns that the speech will do little to mitigate the effects of climate change or invest for the future.

Make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority, business leaders tell Osborne

Leaders of major UK companies, including Whitbread, BAM Construct, Willmott Dixon and Kingfisher, have called on George Osborne today to put energy efficiency at the heart of the Government’s economic plan.

Blazing a trail in investment crowdfunding: Crowdcube raises over £24m

Blazing a trail in investment crowdfunding: Crowdcube raises over £24m

Investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube funded 36 businesses in the first quarter of 2015, helping raise more than £17 million for innovative projects.

Charity Platform to launch first fossil fuel-free pension scheme

London charity Platform is launching the first cooperative and fossil fuel-free pension scheme in the UK, focused on sustainable society and renewable energy.

Loss of ice in Antarctic Peninsula equivalent to UK's annual domestic water supply

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.

Green Deal passes £50m loans barrier

The Green Deal, the Government’s home energy efficiency scheme that has struggled to get off the ground, has broken through the £50 million barrier in terms of loan applications and finance plans passing through the system.

E.ON and Green Investment Bank partner on £1.3bn Rampion offshore wind project

Energy giant E.ON has partnered with the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) over the construction of the Rampion offshore wind farm – expected to power 300,000 homes.

Sustainability titles Blue & Green Tomorrow and GreenWise Business to merge

GreenWise Business, the independent UK green business-to-business online news and information publisher, is merging with Blue & Green Tomorrow, the fastest-growing sustainable lifestyle magazine in the UK. Together they will create the leading online independent publishing powerhouse dedicated to consumers, businesses and investors that want to live, work and invest sustainably.

Axa to divest £330m from coal; triple cleantech investments

The insurance company Axa has said it will remove around €500m (£355m) of coal investments from its portfolio, in a move that reflects long-term concerns in the insurance industry over climate change.

Glencore chairman and former BP boss calls for end to fossil fuel subsidies

The chairman of the world’s biggest commodity trader has called for an end to subsidies for fossil fuels.

Organic farming increases biodiversity, report claims

The debate over the environmental effects of organic farming is likely to be reignited after a study found that it offsets the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms.

Fracking: public support dwindles, as Amber Rudd backs shale gas extraction

Public opposition to fracking in the UK has continued to rise, according to polling released as the new Conservative Energy Secretary said she would "deliver shale" now the impediment of the Liberal Democrats had been removed.

Fossil fuel subsidies outstrip health spending by governments globally, says IMF

Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3 trillion (£3.4 trillion) a year, equivalent to $10 million every minute of every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund.

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