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The Walney Offshore Windfarm project, located 15km off Barrow in Furness in Cumbria, UK, and owned and constructed by Dong Energy. When finished it will have 102 3.6 MW turbines, giving a total capacity of 367.2 MW, enough to power 320,000 homes © Global Warming Images / WWF / Ashley Cooper

Energy policy is not a poker game

On Friday, Amber Rudd MP, gave her first major speech as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change during a meeting hosted by Aviva. I am always encouraged when I hear a minister speaking with conviction about the need for international action on climate change- this Rudd clearly has in spades. She is not […]

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The strength of fossil fuel divestment: let’s set things straight

Since its launch three years ago, the divestment movement has surpassed the $50 billion mark, with over 800 global investors committing to divest their holdings in fossil fuels over the next five years. Signatories encompass a broad diversity of sectors and regions, from cities and universities to health care organisations and large institutional investors. Last […]

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Investing in a time of climate change

Opportunity. It’s a word that inspires. Rarely does one read about climate change though in this context. While we need to fully understand and appreciate the massive risks posed by climate change, this report also addresses the important opportunities afforded to forward-thinking investors. More than 10 years ago, we decided to decarbonise our WWF-UK investment […]

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Houses of Parliament © Paul Brocklehurst / Flickr.com Politics

Politicians: What will you do for the environment?

So the starting-gun has finally been fired. The shadow-boxing has been going on for weeks, if not months, but, with the dissolution of Parliament, we are now in the final short campaign. This is the period when candidates are hunkered down in their constituencies, pushing and contending for every vote, while party leaders criss-cross the […]

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London cityscape - old and new © Getty Images Greener Budget

A missed opportunity for the economy and the environment

“The long-term economic plan is working”, the Chancellor claimed today in delivering the 2015 Budget – and it did include at least some good news for those who care about a more sustainable, resilient economy. Funding to explore the feasibility of Swansea’s new tidal lagoon is a welcome move that suggests some recognition that clean […]

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The Walney Offshore Windfarm project, located 15km off Barrow in Furness in Cumbria, UK, and owned and constructed by Dong Energy. When finished it will have 102 3.6 MW turbines, giving a total capacity of 367.2 MW, enough to power 320,000 homes © Global Warming Images / WWF / Ashley Cooper

Will Scotland choose to ride the wave of the renewables revolution?

Scotland’s story of a power sector in transition is being played out in many countries around the world. The centralised, large fossil fuel generation model is being unravelled with every new megawatt of renewable generation. The role of ‘baseload’ thermal power is being eroded rapidly as renewable technologies are effectively taking the place of conventional […]

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Forest communities celebrate as they switch on to solar energy

It was all smiles, cheers and celebration when Fatuma lit the first ever solar lantern in the village, lighting the whole one roomed house. The night had literally turned into daytime. This is the village of Fihoni, bordering the Gogoni forest. It’s one of the communities now benefitting from a shift to sustainable energy thanks […]

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Don’t assume it’s curtains for electricity from coal

Burning coal is the biggest threat to tackling climate change. Our old coal power stations, relics from the 1960s and 70s, have served us well but their time is up. The next Government must take action to ensure they close by 2025 at the latest. Here’s a startling statistic for you. Keeping just one coal […]

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