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  • The UK’s new bank: what shade of green and how much investment?

    Enthusiasm for Chancellor Darling’s green investment bank scheme needs to be tempered with caution if it is to avoid the pitfalls of its forebears.

  • The UK’s new bank: what shade of green and how much investment?

  • A brave new European World Bank?

    Although the EIB already lends more annually than the World Bank (€79 billion in 2009), it lends only a small proportion of this, approximately 10%, outside Europe.

  • Keeping the crisps coming – convincing the man in the pub on climate change

    Recent controversy over the handling of climate data has been seized upon by those intent on preserving their own financial interests, with potentially catastrophic results for us all. The upsurge in doubt among the general public is concerning – but it is lack of understanding that allows doubt and fear to thrive. What messages best help the man in the pub see the sense in tackling climate change?

  • Black Carbon – a glimmer of hope?

    Like most people, you’ve probably heard about it, but are not entirely sure what it is. You are not alone.

  • The Jackson Review: Justice for the planet?

    The Jackson Review is intended to address the significant financial risks that come with bringing a case in UK courts. ClientEarth lawyer Sandy Luk explains why it has missed the target for environmental cases.

  • Vedanta Resources cut from Church investments over human rights concerns

    In recent years Vedanta has been the subject of ongoing criticism on account of its operations and plans in Orissa, India.

  • Tarred with the same brush – is blackwashing a temptation green groups should resist?

    A new report claims that those shouting ‘greenwash’ might need to get their own house in order.

  • Tarred with the same brush, should we resist blackwashing?

  • As close as the US gets to saying No to coal

    The US Treasury Department has released guidelines calling on Multilateral Development Banks to reduce funding to coal power stations.

  • Tar sands: a sticky situation for Shell

    Royal Dutch Shell will face scrutiny on its controversial investments in the Canadian tar sands at its next Annual General Meeting.

  • Will a barefoot politician please step forth?

    The recriminations for the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Change summit to deliver a more robust deal on CO2 reductions are continuing in earnest.

  • Tuvalu’s proposal reveals what Copenhagen is all about

    The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), including the island of Tuvalu, has said that any deal that allows a temperature rise of more than 1.5 degrees C is not negotiable.

  • Human rights – getting to the heart of climate change

    Through a serendipitous piece of scheduling, a COP15 side event on human rights and climate change was held today, 10th December: International Human Rights Day.

  • Copenhagen: Political will ‘will never be stronger’

    Will there be an agreement? What form might it take? And it will be enough?

  • Political meltdown in the sunburnt country: Where to now for Australian climate policy?

    In one of the most dramatic weeks in Australian politics, the Australian emissions trading bill was defeated in the Senate this morning for the second time. Australia will now have nothing to show at Copenhagen and it is more uncertain than ever which path Australia will now take to deal with climate change.

  • Hollywood director Sydney Pollack’s environmental legacy remembered

    Sydney Pollack, the actor, director and producer, has been hailed as a legendary figure, the ‘last of his kind,’ as the Los Angeles Times put it. What is less known is his contribution to the environment.