By Lana Clements, Yahoo Finance UK, 15 October 2014 | You may think that you'd be wise to a scam, but smooth-talking fraudsters are using techniques that leave more and more people at risk. It's estimated that around £1.2billion a year is now lost through investment fraud - that's cash duped from the savings of others, which is never recovered. The average loss amounts to £20,000 and can have a devastating effect on a victim. Many think that it's easy to spot the signs of fraud. But conmen use sophisticated tactics and spend hours coaxing their prey - often experienced investors - to hand over cash. Scams are all the more difficult to spot because they are designed to look like genuine investments.
Energy and climate change secretary confident an ambitious emissions reduction agreement can be done next week
Financial watchdog to assess whether taxpayer-funded £92/MWh contract represents value for money
Susan Shaheen, the co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, focuses on furthering behavioral change
By Steve Zwick, Ecosystem Marketplace, 13 October 2014 | [U]nlike the free-market fundamentalists and Tea Party pontificators who often invoke his name, Friedman didn’t see the market as some all-knowing force that operates without governance, and he wasn’t opposed to environmental legislation. What he opposed was command-and-control regulation that dictated narrow solutions to complex and evolving challenges, and what he favored was something a bit more nuanced than the simplistic slogans spouted on Fox News. So last week, former South Carolina Congressman Bob Inglis and two University of Chicago professors revived Friedman to answer the question, “What would Milton Friedman do about climate change?” Using excerpts from videos of the fiery Friedman wrestling with 20th-Century challenges, they sparked an insightful, informative, and even entertaining dialectic on the economics of pollution and the art of communicating with ideologues...
By Kiran Pandey, Down To Earth, 16 October 2014 | Timely and accurate information on the state of forest resources is extremely important for effective implementation of sustainable forest management through well-informed national and local policy and planning. An up-to-date forest inventory is also essential for meeting current and future international reporting commitments such as FAO Global Forest Resource Assessment and UNFCCC greenhouse gas reporting and, potentially, REDD+ MRV. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has, therefore, launched Open Foris, which has free software tools that will help countries to compile comprehensive forest inventories and assist nations in understanding the value of their forest assets. These tools have been designed to change the way nations monitor the state of their forests and improve the data needed to develop strategies for reducing deforestation and effective climate mitigation action plans.
CBC News, 15 October 2014 | A bid by a group of First Nations chiefs to stop the provincial government's new forest management plan from being implemented has been dismissed by New Brunswick's highest court. Chiefs representing 10 First Nations and the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs of New Brunswick were seeking an interim injunction to block the deals, arguing the province failed to consult and accommodate them and breached their treaty rights to hunt, fish and harvest. However, Justice Margaret Larlee of the New Brunswick Count of Appeal upheld a lower court decision to deny the application for an interim injunction. Larlee said the application by the chiefs was premature because it's too soon to demonstrate harm.
In what may be an industry first, Procter & Gamble and the chemical giant join forces to use ethanol made from farm waste in laundry detergent
The European Union is requiring certain businesses to report on environmental strategies and programs - Here are five things you need to know
Tragus deploys iSee platform to curb energy demand across restaurant estate
Source: The Guardian - Are fossil fuel companies long toxic to our natural environment becoming toxic in the public relations environment as well? It seems so. Galvanised by the carbon tracker research showing that these firms have several times more carbon in their reserves than our atmosphere can safely absorb, Oxford city council has voted to divest; so has the British Medical Association.
Source: Huffington Post - Scientific research shows our children are especially vulnerable to environmental health hazards. October is Children's Health Month, and as we work to raise awareness and act on health risks, we need to keep children's health considerations and concerns at the forefront of our research, practice and policy decisions. We need to be especially vigilant as we face new health risks from climate change.
Source: ABC Onlline - Climate change is having an impact on every level of fire management, the New South Wales rural fire chief has said on the first anniversary of the Blue Mountains bushfires.
Source: RIA Novosti - The European Commission (EC) published a statement Thursday confirming the commitment of 100 European cities to address climate change concerns in an official signing ceremony where the mayors of the various cities across Europe pledged their dedication to the scheme.
Source: RTCC - Sweden has called on the European Union to adopt a greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 50% by 2030s, 10 percentage points higher than current proposals.
Source: Reuters - Japan's biggest utilities are blocking most new solar and other renewable energy from transmission grids, stirring concern among green power advocates that Japan favours restarting idled nuclear plants at the expense of other fossil-free supply.
Source: CleanTechnica - A new electric bus service utilizing wireless charging systems will soon be launching in Berlin. The service dubbed Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB) is currently set to start in 2015, and will make use of electric buses from Solaris.
Source: The New York Times - Amid the calls to capture carbon to save the climate, a Texas company is preparing to do that job for profit.
Source: Wall Street Daily - Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has long been weighed down by exorbitant costs, making it an industry thats been stuck on the launch pad for more than a decade
despite spending $20 billion on technology. Now, U.S. utilities could be required to install CCS technology in all newly built, coal-fired power plants, according to a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Source: The New Age Online - The city of Johannesburg is almost certain to become the first city in South Africa to convert its fleet to carbon-free fuel within the next two years. It began piloting the conversion in its Metrobus fleet at the beginning of this year.