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China makes carbon reduction pledge ahead of Paris climate talks

China will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 60-65 per cent from 2005 levels under a plan submitted to the United Nations ahead of crucial climate change talks in Paris later this year.

Circular economy could be worth £29bn to UK economy

Embracing a circular economy in the UK could boost GDP by £29 billion over the next decade, according to research from Imperial College London.

Dutch government climate policy ruled illegal under human rights law

A court in the Hague has declared the Dutch government’s climate policy illegal and ordered it to cut its emissions by at least 25 per cent within five years, in a landmark ruling.

Climate change: Insurance industry must play "strong role" in shaping sustainable future, says UN

As a major source of long-term investment the insurance industry must play a "strong role" in shaping a more sustainable future, according to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.

Pope Francis' historic encyclical calls for action on climate change

Pope Francis has finally released his much-expected encyclical on the environment and climate change, with unprecedented warnings over the use of resources, climate, poverty and sustainable consumption.

Onshore wind subsidies to end from April 2016

The Government has confirmed it will end subsidies for onshore wind energy in April 2016, a year earlier than planned.

Swansea Tidal Lagoon under scrutiny over £300m contract to Chinese firm

A £300 million contract with a Chinese company to build a sea wall for the Government’s flagship renewable energy project at Swansea Bay has been called into question amid allegations that it may have been awarded improperly.

Two-thirds of UK workers care about energy efficiency, YouGov poll finds

Research has found that 68 per cent of UK workers take extra care to help make their work place more energy efficient – with 22 per cent saying they care a great deal

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon given Government greenlight

The Government has given planning consent for the construction of the world’s first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay.

Environmentalist Zac Goldsmith states intention to run for Mayor of London

Conservative MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith has revealed he plans to enter the race to become the next Mayor of London. However, in a unique move he will give his constituents the final say on whether or not he will bid to become Boris Johnson’s successor.

G7 commit to decarbornise global economy "in the course of this century"

The G7 leading industrial nations have agreed to cut greenhouse gases by phasing out the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has announced.

Fracking: Labour leader contestant Andy Burnham in favour of moratorium

A moratorium on fracking should be imposed until stronger scientific evidence can show it is safe to drill for shale gas, Andy Burnham, the frontrunner in the Labour leadership contest, is to say.

Retail giant IKEA to invest €1bn on renewables and tackling climate change

The world’s biggest furniture retailer has announced plans to invest €600 million (£438 million) in renewable energy and €400 million (£292 million) in programmes to alleviate poverty and diseases linked to climate change in poor countries.

Scotland calls for consultation over onshore wind subsidies

The Scottish Energy Minister has called for an "adult discussion" with the UK government over the future of wind farm subsidies, after writing to Amber Rudd to express his concern that Scotland is being shut out of discussions.

Cleantech innovator Pavegen smashes through Crowdcube investment target

With just over a month left for its crowdfunding, clean tech company Pavegen has already smashed its £750,000 target and hit £1,081,940 pledged from 905 investors on investment platform Crowdcube.

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