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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

25 UK beaches could fail under revised EU Bathing Water Directive

Twenty-five beaches in England may fail to meet tough new EU standards for bathing water quality that come into force on Friday.

Lord Turner warns of carbon bubble threat to investment

Lord Turner, formerly Britain’s top financial regulator, has become the latest finance sector grandee to warn that investment industry valuations are in need of urgent review in the face of the threat posed by climate change.

Renewable energy generation up 20 per cent

Green electricity generation increased by a fifth in 2014, according to figures released today by industry body the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

Commercial solar rooftop: Kingspan looks to engage with other utilities following ESB joint venture

Leading insulation manufacturer Kingspan has signalled its intention to work with utility firms in other territories to accelerate the take up of commercial solar rooftop, following yesterday’s joint venture deal with Ireland’s largest energy company, ESB.

Shell greenlit to drill in Arctic; green groups warn of environmental disaster

The US government has given Shell approval to restart drilling in the Arctic despite repeated warnings from environmentalists that it could lead to an ecological disaster.

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