Why Walmart and Other Companies Are Sticking With the Paris Climate Deal

The Trump administration’s announcement this week that it would follow through with its plan to officially withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement is deeply unfortunate. Leaving the accord will hamper America’s economic competitiveness and put Americans and people around the world at greater risk for climate-related disasters. That’s why Walmart is one of over 3,800 American businesses, states, cities and other entities that have joined together in the coalition We Are Still In to continue our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet…

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UK renewable energy sector historically outstrips fossil fuels for electricity generation

Today is an historical and monumental landmark for current and future generations. For the first quarter ever, the third quarter of 2019 has seen the UK renewable energy sector generate more electricity than fossil fuels. This means that the UK’s solar panels, windfarms, hydro plants and biomass has created more electricity than all power plants that are powered by oil, gas and coal combined. Analysis released from Carbon Brief display that during the three months of July, August and September,…

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China Is Investing $13 Trillion in Construction. How Can We Help To Pursue Zero Carbon Buildings?

China is in the midst of a construction mega-boom. The country has the largest buildings market in the world, making up 20% of all construction investment globally. And it’s only set to grow: China is expected to spend nearly $13 trillion on buildings by 2030. This unprecedented level of construction has tremendous implications — not just for the Chinese, but for everyone. Building operations are responsible for 28% of global energy-related carbon emissions. How China constructs its buildings will either fuel dangerous climate change or help create…

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It’s International Orangutan Day!

Today is International Orangutan Day! Orangutans are fascinating creatures and due to the ongoing destruction of rainforests, their key habitat, they are in need of our help. Otherwise, these amazing animals are in danger of extinction. Here are some interesting facts on Orangutans and with our help, we can give them the better life they deserve. Orangutan facts 1) Orangutans are red-haired apes that live in the tropical rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in southeast Asia. 2) These magnificent mammals measure 1.2m to 1.5m tall and weigh up to 100kg.  And they have…

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Prince Charles officially opens Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm

Prince Charles has officially opened Scotland’s largest ever wind farm, which will become the nation’s largest source of clean and renewable energy. The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, located about eight miles (13km) off the coast of Wick in the far north, can generate enough energy to power 450,000 homes. The £2.65bn project, which involves 84 huge turbines, came fully online in May and achieved 588MW of electricity. The construction of the project has been a major success. It’s construction commenced in…

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Boris Johnson has been elected to become UK’s next Prime Minister

As has been widely expected, Boris Johnson has been elected within the Conservative Party to become Britain’s next prime minister, after winning a pretty hands-down victory over Jeremy Hunt in the party’s leadership race for number ten. The former mayor of London, who has long cherished an ambition to lead his country, won 66% of the votes – 92,153, to Hunt’s 46,656. Turnout was 87.4% among 159,320 party members. In a characteristically lighthearted acceptance speech, Johnson conceded that even some…

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London house prices fall for eighth consecutive quarter and at the quickest rate in 10 years

House prices in London have fallen at their fastest pace since the financial crash a decade ago as the capital bears the brunt of the nationwide torpor in the property market. This is not part of an isolated trend either as London house prices have fallen for eighth quarter in a row, signifying a worrying trend for sellers and an opportunity for liquid buyers. House prices have dropped in London for the eighth quarter in a row, pushing the average value of…

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Theresa May to resign after failing to deliver Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged defeat Friday and announced her resignation as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party. “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” said May, standing at a podium in the sunlight outside No. 10 Downing St. in London. Intentionally or otherwise, May was summing up her legacy as most here see it today. She is the prime minister who spent nearly three…

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London home sellers slash prices at biggest rate since financial crisis

The average asking price for a home in London in January was £600,926 – 3.5 per cent lower than a year before and the biggest drop since June 2009. London homeowners seeking to sell their properties slashed prices by the most since the financial crisis this month, at a time when house prices elsewhere in Britain are rising, industry figures showed on Monday. The capital’s once red-hot housing market has slowed down during the past year due to a double hit from higher purchase taxes (stamp duty) on…

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U.S. housing market is gradually cooling

After six years of strong house price growth, the U.S. housing market is now cooling. House price rises are decelerating gradually. Demand and construction activity are falling, amidst rising interest rates. Homebuilder sentiment is also at its lowest in more than three years. The S&P/Case-Shiller seasonally-adjusted national home price index rose by 5.16% during the year to November 2018 (2.92% inflation-adjusted), a deceleration from the previous year’s 6.09% growth and the lowest pace in more than two years. This was supported by Federal…

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