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More than 140 people given key role in public inquiry into undercover police

The key players include the parents of Stephen Lawrence, grieving families, women deceived by undercover police, trade unions and a whistleblower

At least 140 individuals will have a key role in the public inquiry into the undercover infiltration of political groups, and the total may rise.

The list of individuals gives an indication of the scope of the inquiry which is headed by a senior judge, Lord Justice Pitchford.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Google Safari View: walking with elephants in Kenya

Kenya’s Samburu national park has been mapped by Google Street View, raising awareness of the reserve’s efforts to protect the elephant population

Google Street View has launched a map of Kenya’s Samburu national park, giving internet users the chance to get up close to the majestic elephants that live there. The project, created in partnership with Save the Elephants and with the support of the Samburu County government, aims to raise awareness about the struggle to protect the elephants, that remain at risk from poachers.

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Source: Guardian Environment

It's not just divers and nature lovers that should be concerned by record coral bleaching

The third mass coral bleaching event in recorded history is underway, signalling a biodiversity disaster on an unprecedented scale

It may come as a surprise to learn that we are in the middle of the third great coral bleaching event in human history. And scientists are calling it the severest yet. The last great bleaching event was in 1998 when 11% of the world’s coral reef coverage was lost. Some areas like the Maldives lost as much as 90% of their reefs. This event is worse, possibly much worse. 38% of the planet’s reefs will be affected, with 12,000 sq km of reefs killed off entirely according to experts.

“If things go badly, this is going to be the biggest global biodiversity disaster since the last mass extinction,” says marine ecologist Gregor Hodgson founder of Reef Check, a non-profit organisation that maps reefs around the world and empowers local people to protect them. “Best case scenario, the damage will be extreme – there’s consensus that it will certainly be worse than ’98.”

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Source: Guardian Environment

Donald Trump takes campaign against windfarms to UK supreme court

Republican presidential contender and golf course owner says planned turbines would be ‘monstrous’ blight on Aberdeenshire coastline

Donald Trump, the US presidential contender who has electrified the republican right, has taken his campaign against windfarms to the UK’s supreme court.

Despite losing at every stage in the Scottish courts, the billionaire property developer is funding a fresh challenge to prevent offshore turbines being built within sight of his Menie golf resort in Aberdeenshire.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Second solar firm in two days goes bust, blaming Tory policy

Climate Energy solar panel installation firm collapses putting over 100 jobs at risk, a day after 1,000 jobs were lost with the closure of Mark Group

Climate Energy, a company specialising in installing solar panels and home insulation, has been forced into liquidation – the second such business in as many days to collapse blaming government policies.

Around 30 of the 128 staff have been immediately laid off by FTI Consulting, the professional services firm brought in to try to rescue Climate Energy and its subsidiaries which had revenues of £47m last year.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Cars, aviation, steel … the stranded assets risk spreads far beyond fossil fuel firms | Andrew Simms

VW is paying the price of revelations that ‘clean diesel’ is as much a lie as ‘clean coal’ – in a low-carbon economy 100s of energy intensive industries will have to reinvent themselves or become similarly exposed

Imagine you invested heavily in glam rock silver spandex clothing just as punk music happened. You’d suddenly be left with a lot of shiny stuff you couldn’t shift. It would be a ‘stranded asset’ – the victim of an unanticipated devaluation due to shifting fashion (though you might argue it was always a liability).

Increasingly, mainstream acceptance that money poured into fossil fuels risks becoming trapped in similarly stranded assets, raises the intriguing possibility that the logic might leak out and touch other parts of the economy which are heavily dependent on the same fossil fuels.

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Source: Guardian Environment

Activists promise largest climate civil disobedience ever at Paris summit

Thousands expected to take part in ‘red line’ blockades of Paris climate summit, after two weeks of colourful protests that have been dubbed ‘the Climate Games’

Thousands of climate change campaigners have promised to blockade a major UN climate summit in Paris with what they say will be non-violent direct action on a scale Europe has not seen before.

Grassroots groups from 350.org to Attac France are throwing their weight behind the “Climate Games” event for the landmark climate conference in December. The protests will involve 10 blockades, themed around “red lines” which they fear negotiators for the nearly 200 countries inside the summit may cross.

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Source: Guardian Environment

IMF Downgrades Global Growth, Is A New Model Needed?

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has once again downgraded the outlook for the global economy, cutting projected growth internationally from 3.3% to 3.1%. The primary cause of the downgrade is slower growth in emerging markets, not helped by China’s significant deceleration and subsequent stock market crash. More than six years after the financial crisis, there’s serious reason to question whether the current economic paradigms can produce long-term global prosperity.

Licensed under CC - credit Ken Teegardin
Licensed under CC – credit Ken Teegardin

Growth is at its lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis with the IMF warning of the risk of global recession. China’s slowdown has caused a reshaping in the demand for global commodities hitting prices, and the developing economies that rely upon exports, hard. Throw in modest U.S. growth and a relatively weak recovery in Europe, and it becomes difficult to see where future prosperity might come from.

The circular economy is one alternative model currently gaining traction. It is less susceptible to the volatility of commodity prices and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s recent report, Growth Withinoutlines the possibility of a new paradigm for prosperity for Europe, where economic growth is created through the maximisation of existing assets. The opportunity is especially nascent for Europe’s economy, which currently relies heavily upon imported resources and where Growth Within revealed that only 5% of original material value is currently captured.

A circular vision is less well developed in emerging markets, though a recent article written by Remy Le Moigne on Circulate highlighted some of the early opportunities. An inability to rely on increasing exports may well necessitate an exploration in those economies for innovative ways to ensure continued development.

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Canada’s Forests: Linking Natural Capital and Productivity

A new research initiative led by Sustainable Prosperity in partnership with the Forests Product Association of Canada, aims to explore links between economic productivity and natural capital. The project’s starting hypothesis is that economic and environmental prosperity are linked, it aims to shed further light on that link, while also aiming to propose good policies that enable the relationship to prosper.

The project is backed up by currently available data that suggests that Canada’s forestry sector productivity concurrent with improved environmental performance.

A key part of the research is grappling with the issue of natural capital, how to measure it and how to effectively take account of its value in today’s economy. Developing new forms of accounting or measurement are probably beyond the scope of this project, there are others tackling that challenge, but it set outs to provide the rationale for integrating towards an adjusted measure of economic productivity, which takes environmental factors into account.

Designing out negative externalities and rebuilding natural capital is also a key principle of the circular economy model, which has gained traction, in part because of the growing desire for a more wholesome global economic system.

Source: Linking Natural Capital and Productivity

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