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Britain's biomass generation carries big emissions risk, report claims
The UK's renewable energy industry has hit back at new economic analysis which finds that biomass power could be causing more carbon pollution than burning coal or natural gas, claiming it is "distorting the facts".
Harley-Davidson fined $15m for polluting 'super tuners'
American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has reached a settlement with US authorities to pay $15m (£11m) and stop selling an aftermarket tuning product that exceeds national pollution limits.
UK's carbon footprint rises 3%, what happens next?
New figures published by Defra have revealed that the UK's carbon footprint grew by 3% between 2012 and 2013. With ambitious international and national carbon reduction targets now in place to enshrine low-carbon actions into law, is this a mere blip on the radar, or does the UK need radicalise its approach to emission goals?
Scotland ranks second in Western European greenhouse gas reductions
Over the last 25 years, only Sweden has achieved bigger greenhouse gas emissions reduction levels than Scotland across Western Europe, the Scottish Government revealed on Sunday (31 July).
World's largest carbon producers face landmark human rights case
The world's largest oil, coal, cement and mining companies have been given 45 days to respond to a complaint that their greenhouse gas emissions have violated the human rights of millions of people living in the Phillippines.
Decoupling emissions from economic growth: the Interserve success story
With a number of global reports recently highlighting that national carbon reductions are being achieved while economies are growing, one of Britain's biggest construction firms is proving that sustainability and profitability can also go hand-in-hand for businesses.
Member states slash EU emissions by 24%
Ahead of the European Union (EU) referendum date later this week, new figures have revealed that total EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have plummeted to record lows, with the UK accounting for a significant proportion of the overall reductions.
Scotland exceeds 'world-leading' emissions target six years early
Scotland has exceeded its 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42% six years early and confirmed plans to establish a "new and more testing" objective, new Government figures have revealed.
Truck emissions limits crucial to achieving EU climate goals, report finds
Introducing EU-wide CO2 standards for trucks would bring significant savings and place Europe on track to fulfil its Paris climate commitments to cap global warming, a new study has found.
Campaigners threaten legal action over fracking decision
Campaigners have written to North Yorkshire County Council, threatening to take legal action over its decision to approve Third Energy's plans for fracking near the village of Kirby Misperton.
Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds
Degradation of the world's natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet's ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is increasing globally, the most comprehensive environmental study ever undertaken by the UN has found.
Getting over peak delusion: Four strategies for sustainable prosperity within planetary boundaries
Our aspirations for sustainable growth and prosperity have little chance of being realised, if we don't manage within all our planetary boundaries. Mike Townsend explores how we need to get over our delusions, and find a new course for business success.
Tory MPs tell Cameron to accept steep cuts needed for UK's fifth carbon budget
Twenty Conservative MPs have written to the prime minister urging him to accept the steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions required by the UK's 'fifth carbon budget'.
Biodiesel worse for the environment than fossil fuels, warn green campaigners
Instead of reducing levels of pollution, the use of biodiesel in transport will increase emissions by 4% - the same as putting an extra 12 million cars on the road in 2020 - green campaigners have said.
Shipping industry urged not to 'miss the boat' on emissions reductions
Calls for the global shipping industry to reduce its carbon emissions intensified this week as a coalition of companies from across the sector have demanded climate action from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) ahead of a forthcoming committee meeting.
WRI: 21 countries are reducing emissions while growing economies
The UK is listed among 21 nations that have achieved annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions while experiencing continued growth in GDP since the turn of the century, in a new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI).
On wings of waste: Plane fuelled by recycled plastic wins Attenborough's approval
A plan to fly across America in a plane powered by recycled plastic has been welcomed by legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough as a "sign of hope in a very depressing world".
Early signs of climate progress as emissions stall for second year running
The battle to reduce global warming received a welcome boost today (16 March), with new data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) revealing that international energy-related emissions stalled for the second year running in 2015.
New sustainability roadmap launched as shipping industry hits troubled waters over emissions
A coalition of businesses and NGOs including AkzoNobel, Unilever and WWF is introducing a 2040 roadmap and set of shared commitments to help the shipping industry navigate the 'significant challenges' it faces on reducing emissions.
Global initiative introduces first proposal to reduce airplane pollution
International Civil Aviation Organisation plan of 4% fuel reduction of new aircraft starting in 2028 not enough to halt emissions, environmental groups say
From 'zero deforestation' to lasting solutions: Beyond COP21, what is needed to save forests?
Following a spate of global zero-deforestation initiatives and commitments at last month's Paris climate conference, environmental campaigner and Forum for the Future founder Jonathon Porritt investigates the practical, sustainable solutions needed to mitigate and eliminate tropical deforestation.
Corporate giants adopt 'science-based' carbon targets in Paris
Some of the world's biggest brands including Coca-Cola Enterprises, General Mills, Sony and Procter & Gamble are among a new wave of 114 companies that have adopted science-based carbon reduction targets that would save almost 800 million tonnes of CO2.
Investor pressure helps cut corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes
Influential investors with $22trn in assets have helped reduce global corporate emissions by 641 million tonnes through collaboration with CDP's Carbon Action initiative.
Report: Current climate change solutions can cut a quarter of global emissions
A new report supported by world-leading institutions has found that global emissions could be reduced by up to 25% by using already-established climate solutions that do not need to be supported by new inventions or vast amounts of capital.
British Airways ranked as least efficient major transatlantic airline
British Airway has ranked last in a new analysis of the fuel efficiency of the 20 largest airlines that fly transatlantic routes.
WWF launches line of sustainable meals
Conservation charity WWF has teamed up with facilities manager and food services provider Sodexo to launch a new range of 10 'sustainable' meals.
Branson's B Team calls for long-term climate goals beyond Paris
An environmental coalition of 22 business leaders including Sir Richard Branson and Unilever's Paul Polman have penned an open letter ahead of the crucial Paris talks calling for an 'actionable' global commitment of 'Net-Zero by 2050'.
MEPs fail to boost EU renewables, efficiency targets before COP21
The European Parliament's energy committee today (10 November) rejected a push by MEPs to increase the EU's 2030 climate and energy targets and to make them legally binding.
World only half way to meeting emissions target with current pledges
Current global efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions leave about half of the reductions needed still to be found, according to a new analysis by the UN.
G20 could deliver 40% of 2C target with better energy standards, report claims
Raising and normalising energy efficiency standards across the G20 group of rich countries could deliver 40% of the emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to two degrees, a major new report has found.
EU will beat 2020 emissions target but won't raise it without backing at COP21
The European Union is on track to beat its target reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 but any move to increase it from 20% to 30% will only be considered if matched by developed countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
VIDEO: Sky raises £9m through Rainforest Rescue initiative
Sky has raised more than £9m to help keep a billion trees standing in the Amazon, thanks to a six-year partnership with WWF which concluded last week.
Indonesia to cut carbon emissions by 29% by 2030
Indonesia, one of the world's biggest carbon polluters, said it would cut greenhouse gas emissions 29% by 2030 compared to what it is currently on course for.
North East set for green energy surge with two more CHP plants
Almost £300m is being invested in two new combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Northumberland and Durham.
Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP
Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.
Shell and Gazprom among companies backing 2C limit
More than a third of the world's largest listed companies, including major fossil fuel producers, say they would support an international deal limiting global warming to 2 degrees, according to research by CDP.
Food giant General Mills announces 10-year plan to slash emissions by 28%
US food producer General Mills has announced that it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 28% across the entirety of its value chain in the next 10 years.
Brazil constructs climate tower in heart of Amazon to monitor climate change
Researchers in Brazil have finished constructing a 325-metre high tower that will analyse the Amazon rainforest's gas emissions, to help understand climate change.
Top campaigners call for mass climate action ahead of Paris conference
Desmond Tutu, Vivienne Westwood, Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky are among a group of prolific figures who will issue a mass call to action on Thursday ahead of the UN's crunch climate change conference in Paris in December.
UK's AD capacity now greater than a nuclear power station
The UK's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has surpassed the 500MW capacity milestone, with 411 plants across the farming, waste and water sectors.
China's carbon emissions from fossil fuels may be 14% lower than thought
China's carbon emissions from fossil fuels and cement production may have been overestimated by as much as 14%, according to a new analysis by scientific researchers.
Pulp & paper giant retires plantations to curb emissions
One of the world's largest pulp and paper manufacturers has today (13 August) pledged to immediately retire some of its commercial plantation areas in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions. edie editor Luke Nicholls reports from Jakarta.
Obama's clean power action contrasts with 'small-minded' UK approach
Green groups have compared US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan with the lack of UK Government action, claiming Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to meet climate change targets.
Obama launches Clean Power Plan to slash power plant emissions
President Obama is set to launch the final version of America's Clean Power Plan today (3 August) to tackle carbon emissions from power plants.
Hillary Clinton pledges to build half a billion solar panels in first term as US President
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has promised to build more than 500 million solar panels by the end of her first term has US President.
London's economy facing 'great unknown' on climate risks, warns Assembly
Businesses in London are unprepared for the impacts of global warming and more than half of FTSE 100 companies have no strategy to deal with climate change.
Lord Stern: 10 years on from the Stern Review
Ten years after the infamous Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change was commissioned, Lord Nicholas Stern has warned the risks of global warming are even greater now than ever before.
19% of Asia's blue chips disclose green performance
Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange are slowly improving their carbon reporting measures, but the emissions of those companies are continuing to rise.
Green Investment Bank seals future of Sheffield biomass plant
Developers of a new biomass plant in Sheffield have secured £30m funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and fund managers Equitix.
Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists
The warming of the oceans due to climate change is now unstoppable after record temperatures last year, bringing additional sea-level rise, and raising the risks of severe storms, US government climate scientists said on Thursday.
Climatarian: The new way to cut carbon emissions from your diet
Climate change is not normally on people's minds when they choose what to have for lunch, but a new diet is calling for people to go 'Climatarian' for their health and for the planet.
WWF and Unilever announce campaign to protect one million trees
WWF and Unilever have launched a one-year partnership to engage consumers in the fight against deforestation, it was announced today (7 July).
Prince Charles: rewire the global economy to stop climate change
Prince Charles has said that "profound changes" to the global economic system are needed in order to avert environmental catastrophe, in an uncompromising speech delivered in front of an audience of senior business leaders and politicians.
DECC awards £6m to heat network innovators
Nine heat network projects from across the UK will receive a share of £6m as part of a competition run by the Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Research farm could slash environmental impact of livestock
Researchers are trying to reverse beef's reputation as the least environmentally friendly meat with a 'model farm' established in Devon.
£10bn investment needed to drive low-carbon transport industry
More than £10bn will need to be invested in low-carbon transport if the UK is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets by 2050.
Climate aid key to Paris deal, says Amber Rudd
Climate aid to developing countries is likely to be the biggest sticking point hindering a global deal at the UN climate talks in Paris later this year, according to the UK's energy and climate secretary.
Ban nuclear from Paris talks, green groups urge
An international coalition of clean energy groups have launched a new campaign asking for the nuclear power industry to be barred from the UN climate talks in Paris.
Sluggish pace mars Bonn negotiations on text for Paris climate deal
Climate change negotiators meeting in Bonn on Thursday made slow progress as two weeks of talks drew to a close, with participants and civil society groups frustrated by the sluggish pace of forging a potential agreement.
G7 leaders make historic pledge to phase out fossil fuels
The G7 summit of economic powers has thrown its weight behind a goal to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2100 in what has been hailed as an unequivocal sign on climate action.
75% of global emissions covered by national targets
Three-quarters of the world's annual emissions of greenhouse gases are now limited by national targets, according to a new study published today (1 June).
Energy industry calls for new emissions targets to aid low-carbon growth
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.
Shell sustainability report: Business growth thwarts green ambitions
Royal Dutch Shell released 76 million tonnes of direct greenhouse gas emissions, used 193 million cubic metres of fresh water, and disposed of 2.2 million tonnes of waste in 2014.
China to clean up act on environment with water commitment
China is set to tackle its heavily-polluted water supplies by enforcing polluting industries to treat discharged water.
US set to pledge emissions cuts of up to 28% ahead of global climate treaty
The US will pledge to cut carbon pollution by up to 28%, doubling the pace of current emissions cuts, under a global agreement on climate change to be finalised in Paris at the end of the year.
Political consensus: EU membership crucial for UK's voice on climate change
An exit from the European Union (EU) would seriously impact the UK's energy security and hamper future cleantec investment, members of four of the main political parties have unanimously agreed.
Charted success: Five graphs that show the UK's low-carbon future is in sight
The Government has released two major reports detailing the UK's emissions figures for 2014 and where it got its' energy from. And there is reason for optimism.
City-based solar is best source of clean energy, says study
Building solar systems into the infrastructure of cities could be the most efficient way to provide clean energy according to a new study by Stanford University.
Jeremy Leggett: It's time to wake up to the fact that the war on carbon is being won
The green energy entrepreneur, environmental campaigner and founder of Solarcentury says the renewables revolution is gathering pace, and UK businesses are on the front-line.
Global emissions stall in 2014 following slowdown in China's economy
A slowdown in China's economic growth helped the world to a pause in the upward rise in greenhouse gas emissions last year, according to data released on Friday.
Shale gas should be at centre of next government's energy policy - Tim Yeo
Shale gas exploration can be environmentally sound, and should be the centrepiece of the next government's energy policy, the Conservative's most senior green-leaning MP has urged.
Rising price of carbon would have almost no effect on EU trade, study finds
The EU could increase its carbon price tenfold without any real impact on international exports, academics have found.
£30m waste-to-energy investment by GIB propels sector into 'new phase'
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has made a 'landmark' £30m investment in the construction of a new £60m advanced-technology Waste to Energy (WtE) plant in Hertfordshire.
Citi backs sustainability with $100bn finance commitment
Global bank Citi has announced a landmark 10-year $100bn commitment to finance activities that reduce carbon emissions, help communities adapt to climate change and directly finance sustainable infrastructure such as green housing.
Tim Yeo: Paris climate talks must allow emissions trading system to be linked
The chairman of Parliament's Energy and Climate Change Committee says a new global climate deal due to be agreed at the COP21 Paris meeting must allow for carbon trading between countries.
UK spent 300 times more on fossil fuels than clean energy despite green pledge
The UK government has broken a key pledge to support green energy abroad over "dirty" energy projects by spending more than three hundred times as much backing fossil fuel energy compared with clean energy projects via the government's export credit agency.
EU energy consumption at lowest level for 20 years
Energy consumption by European Union members has fallen to its lowest level since the early 1990s, but the EU is still heavily reliant on imported energy to meet its needs, the latest research shows.
UK cities dominate global sustainability index
London ranks as the world's second most sustainable city, with Manchester and Birmingham also cracking the top 20 of the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index Report.
End of China's coal boom in sight as consumption falls for first time
China's coal consumption fell for the first time in 2014 due to a rapid increase in renewable generation capacity, energy efficiency improvements and a shift away from heavy industry.
WRI launches new GHG reporting guidance for businesses
The World Resources Institute (WRI) has launched an updated reporting guidance to help businesses keep track of their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from purchased electricity.
L'Oreal aims to improve environmental profile of packaging labels
Cosmetics giant L'Oreal Americas and self-adhesive label firm Avery Dennison are collaborating to identify and reduce the environmental impacts of packaging labels throughout the entire label lifecycle.
Activists say Obama action on methane emissions 'misses 90% of pollution'
Barack Obama has defied a Republican Congress to move ahead on his climate agenda on Wednesday, cracking down on methane emissions from America's oil and natural gas boom.
Global campaign aims to inspire British cities to choose 100% clean energy
Hope that example set by Munich, Seattle, Lima and others will prompt pledges to commit to zero emissions by 2050.
Emissions of world's largest firms continue to rise
The greenhouse gas emissions of the world's 500 largest companies increased by 3.1% from 2010 to 2013, threatening the UN-set target to keep global warming within 2C.
Aluminium sector unveils new global sustainability standard
BMW Group and Nestlé Nespresso are among 28 organisations to have collaborated on a new standard to improve the environmental, social and governance performance of the aluminium industry.
Diageo raises a glass to water efficiency with revamped CSR targets
International alcohol firm Diageo has committed to dramatically reduce its water use through a 50% improvement in water use efficiency by 2020.
Lima climate talks: What was (and wasn't) agreed...
The recent UN climate talks concluded with international representatives drawing up a draft proposal which will commit all countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But is that enough to limit global warming?
Lima climate change talks reach global warming agreement
International negotiators at the Lima climate change talks have agreed on a plan to fight global warming that would for the first time commit all countries to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.
Corporate giants set sustainable agriculture goals
Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture has announced that its member companies - including Unilever, General Mills, Kellogg's, Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble - have committed to drive sustainable agriculture in the US with six new environmental pledges.
From Lima to Leeds: Cities could cut emissions by 34% at no net cost, report finds
Cities across the world could bring in billions of dollars of investments that would completely pay for themselves while delivering carbon savings of up to 34% of global energy-related emissions, according to a new report.
Volvo commits to speed up progress of zero carbon transport
The Volvo Group will shift its focus to reducing CO2 emissions throughout the transport and construction sector, as well as from its own products and production.
GIB invests in North West's largest waste wood plant
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) will provide £16.9m of mezzanine loans and a £13.2m equity investment for one of the UK's largest waste wood processing plants.
Fossil fuel subsidies obstructing renewable energy investment, warns IEA
Fossil fuel subsidies totalled $550bn in 2013 - more than four-times those to renewables - and are holding back investment in efficiency and renewable energy.
China and US strike deal on carbon cuts in push for global climate pact
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.
Sustainable cotton 'saves water and reduces emissions'
Sustainable cotton cuts greenhouse gas emissions and saves water, dramatically reducing its environmental impact compared with irrigated cotton.
Hyundai and Kia ordered to pay $100m for breaching US Clean Air Act
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Justice has announced a settlement with carmakers Hyundai and Kia which will see them pay $100m civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations.
IPCC: Fossil fuels 'must be phased out by 2100' to limit climate change
"Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side."
£5bn in 2 years: Green Investment Bank drives uptake in UK renewables
David Cameron has praised the positive impact of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), which has ploughed more than £5bn worth of investment in 37 green energy investment projects across the country since its inception two years ago.
EU climate package: Leaders agree on 40% emissions cut by 2030
The 28 leaders of the European Union have committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, despite deep divisions among some Member States over how to produce energy.
EU urged to agree 'robust 2030 climate goals'
Tesco, Kingfisher and Shell are among a group of big businesses and environmental organisations that are pushing EU leaders to lay out a clear 2030 energy and climate policy framework.