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Global Briefing: French vegan restaurant becomes first to win coveted Michelin Star

ONA awarded Michelin star in major milestone for vegan cuisine
A new chapter has been opened in the long history of French haute cuisine, after a restaurant in the country’s south-west became the first vegan restaurant to be awarded a coveted Michelin star.
The restaurant ONA – which stands for Origine Non Animale – in the city of Ares, near Bordeaux, was founded by Claire Vallée in 2016 after she secured crowdfunding from supporters and a loan from French green bank La Nef.
In addition to the standard star, Vallée was also awarded a green star, which Michelin introduced last year …

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‘Our futures are at stake’: Sports stars fear industry could be defeated by escalating climate impacts

Floods and storms are set to take an increasing toll on professional and amateur sports alike in the coming years

Top tennis, rugby, and football players open up about fears of growing impacts of volatile weather on sports in new ECIU podcast

A host of top athletes and figures from the world of sport have opened up about their fears over the growing impact of climate change on their professions, in a bid to raise awareness and ambition among…

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Podcast: How mobilising capital markets could drive decarbonisation of heavy industry

Decarbonising heavy industrial emitters is seen as a major challenge in the net zero transition

Climate Bonds CEO Sean Kidney and Decarb Connect founder Alex Cameron discuss the growing role for transition bonds in unlocking investment for tackling carbon-intensive sectors of the economy

With the Green Bond market delivering $1tr of investment, what opportunity could a new category of bond bring to companies trying to engineer a transition of hard to abate assets? How can capital markets be mobilised further to drive change in industries that need finance of a scale that matches the Paris agreement ambition?
Repurposing existing investment …

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Tyne and Wear village to tap blended hydrogen from gas grid in green heating pilot

Around 24.5 million homes – 85 per cent in the UK – are currently heated by natural gas

Plans for 10-month hydrogen heating trial near Gateshead comes as WWF Scotland urges major energy efficiency investment programme to slash emissions from leaky and carbon-intensive homes

More than 650 households and businesses in a village in Tyne and Wear could soon be among the first in the UK to heat their homes and cook their meals using natural gas blended with green hydrogen, with the neighbourhood set to take part in a pioneering clean gas energy pilot later this year.
Regional gas distributor Northern Gas Networks …

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Reports: Sharma offers to quit BEIS for full-time COP26 focus

Alok Sharma inspects insulation on a visit to Wokingham business InstaGroup last year

Business Secretary offers to leave departmental role in order to concentrate fully on leading the UK’s climate diplomacy efforts in run up to crucial Glasgow summit

Alok Sharma has offered to quit his role as Business Secretary in order to concentrate fully on spearheading the UK’s international climate diplomacy efforts over the coming year as president of the crucial COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow, according to reports.
Sharma was appointed to lead the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) early last year after the …

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Ørsted secures green light for mammoth 2.4GW Hornsea Three offshore wind farm

The blades for Hornsea One are 75m long | Credit: Ørsted

UK’s Planning Inspectorate grants consent for major wind farm despite concerns over potential impact on local seabird populations

Ørsted has officially been given the green light to start work on the third phase of its mammoth Hornsea wind farm off the coast of Norfolk, despite concerns raised by conservation groups over the potential impact of the development on local sea birds.
Following several delays on a final decision – which prompted dismay within the UK renewables sector – the UK’s Planning Inspectorate last week finally granted development consent …

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2020: A heartening year for tackling the climate crisis

The climate will only respond to carbon cuts – in 2021 companies must begin turning their net zero plans into action, writes ClimateCare CEO Vaughan Lindsay

How does one even begin to talk about the year that is 2020? It’s been a year full of uncertainly and has presented challenges for so many people. Not only did the pandemic affect our health and personal…

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What does the vaccine mean for cold chain sustainability?

Covid-19 vaccines are expected to begin rolling out in 2021

The coronavirus vaccine presents an opportunity to build a greener market and supply chain for refrigeration

After the BioNTech-Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine’s FDA approval in early December, the focus has shifted towards getting the vaccine to as many people as possible as quickly as possible. For this, Pfizer,…

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The impacts of 2020 that could ripple for years to come

‘Stay at home’ – those three simple words that sum up 2020 have had a huge impact, the complexity of which will take years to unravel, writes AECOM’s Robert Spencer

The way we work, travel, socialise and consume changed beyond recognition in the few minutes on the evening of 23 March 2020 when the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, addressed the nation to say that…

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‘Disastrous extremes’: Christian Aid catalogues $145bn cost of 2020 weather disasters

The most costly climate-related weather disasters in 2020 hit the highest total ever, the report claims | Credit: John Carnemolla

Most costly floods, windstorms, tropical cyclones and fires in 2020 killed thousands of people across the globe and displaced millions, charity finds

The world’s 10 most expensive climate-related weather disasters in 2020 together cost more than $145bn in uninsured losses and disrupted the lives of millions of people, according to Christian Aid…

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