NatWest surpasses sustainable energy target with £3.5bn of UK funding

NatWest has beaten its sustainable energy funding target, providing £3.5bn of lending to UK renewable energy and energy efficiency projects over the past three years. The bank, which set a three year target of £3bn in 2015, has now committed to funding £10bn to the sustainable energy sector by 2020 – helping to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. The bank supported nearly 1,500 transactions throughout 2015 to 2017. Lending to the solar sector made up the most significant section of support, accounting for 41% of the funding,…

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UK Government unveils mental health action plan to improve support for elite sportspeople

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, today unveiled the first Mental Health Action Plan for Elite Sport, which has been developed with mental health and sports organisations to improve awareness and training in top-level sport. A new mental health strategy will be implemented across all elite sports to promote good mental wellbeing and give athletes and National Governing Bodies better information about accessing sports and clinical psychologists. By 2024, elite sport must have mental health procedures embedded in their performance plans, and provide clear pathways for athletes to…

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Half of plant and animal species at risk from climate change in world’s most important natural places

Up to half of plant and animal species in the world’s most naturally rich areas, such as the Amazon and the Galapagos, could face local extinction by the turn of the century due to climate change if carbon emissions continue to rise unchecked. Even if the Paris Climate Agreement 2°C target is met, these places could lose 25 percent of their species according to a landmark new study by the University of East Anglia, the James Cook University, and WWF. “Hotter days, longer periods of drought, and more intense storms…

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Unites Nation In Giving Thanks During Holiday Season; Raises More Than $108 Million For The Research And Treatment Of Childhood Cancer

The 14th annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® campaign saw generous shoppers, corporate partners and celebrities once again helping transform the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising more than $108 million to support the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Throughout the holiday season, shoppers donated at more than 70 corporate partners representing a cross-section in retail, restaurant, travel, hospitality, media and more. Best Buy once again led all partners, raising $20 million. Thanks to campaigns such…

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Shiva Foundation Call for Urgent and collaborative response to tackle modern slavery in hotel and hospitality sectors

The Shiva Foundation has launched a comprehensive new report calling for immediate and coordinated action to address modern slavery in the hotel and hospitality sectors, following wide-ranging insights from across the industry. The report is unveiled today at ‘Collaborating to Tackle Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery’, an event co-hosted with the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, which is managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system. The conference brings together key representatives from the UN, UK government, business and civil society, and will showcase best…

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