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US and India to unveil joint deal to combat climate change

America and India will unveil joint efforts to fight climate change when Barack Obama visits New Delhi next month, as the US tries to keep up the momentum of international negotiations.

Community Shop opens first 'social supermarket' in London

The UK’s first full-scale social supermarket starts its national rollout on Monday, selling surplus food and drink to people on the verge of food poverty for up to 70 per cent less than high street prices.

Carbon bubble: firms should have to disclose investments in fossil fuels, says Davey

Britain’s Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, has said companies should be required to disclose their investments in fossil fuels, bringing firmly into the mainstream the idea that climate risk will affect the value of such holdings.

Government to release £100m more to Green Deal in tranches

Homeowners will be able to claim up to £5,600 from the Government towards home improvements such as a new boiler and cavity wall insulation from Wednesday 10 December – but the money may not be around for long.

Abundance launches "new avenue" for finance for renewable energy developers

A new online service enabling 'shared ownership' in renewable energy projects is being hailed as new "positive" way to raise capital for onshore wind and solar in the UK by enabling developers to mobilise communities to take a stake in local projects.

Carbon bubble: Bank of England launches enquiry into risk

The Bank of England is to conduct an enquiry into the risk of fossil fuel companies causing a major economic crash if future climate change rules render their coal, oil and gas assets worthless.

Rising population and climate change poses dire consequences for people and business, report warns

The double whammy of global warming and a growing, ageing population will mean peoples’ exposure to deadly heatwaves will multiply tenfold this century, according to a new report from the Royal Society.

World Bank to prioritise clean energy investment to tackle climate change

The World Bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects in "circumstances of extreme need" because climate change will undermine efforts to eliminate extreme poverty, says its president Jim Yong Kim.

UK smart water saving outfit i2O secures £8m to expand business

i2O Water, the UK cleantech firm that is helping utilities plug the leaks in their water supply networks, says it has secured a further £8 million to expand the business at home and abroad.

UK to donate £720m to UN’s Green Climate Fund

Britain will face a disaster if it adopts an "isolationist approach" to the environment, the Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, has warned as he announced the UK is to give £720 million to an international fund to help poor countries cope with climate change.

Recycling rates in England flatline

Households appear to have given up trying to recycle more of their rubbish, official statistics suggest, which show that recycling rates in England have stalled.

Defra confirms avian flu at Yorkshire duck farm where 6,000 birds face slaughter

Government scientists are investigating whether an outbreak of avian flu on a duck farm in Yorkshire is connected to a highly contagious strain in chickens in the Netherlands, as officials stressed the threat to humans remains extremely low.

RBS search for energy saving solutions leads to trial of simple radiator heating controller

An eight-month search by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to find and showcase innovative energy saving solutions invented by UK and international small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has led the bank to trial a simple, radiator heating control device in its buildings.

Cycling industry has created 650,000 green jobs in Europe

Europe’s cycling industry now employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry, according to the first comprehensive study of the jobs created by the sector.

US and China sign carbon emissions cuts ahead of global climate change talks

The United States and China have unveiled a secretly negotiated deal to reduce their greenhouse gas output, with China agreeing to cap emissions for the first time and the US committing to deep reductions by 2025.

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