ENDS Report Issue 490, December 2015

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Highlights in this issue

  • Paul Hatchwell is climate and energy editor at the ENDS Report

    Remembering Paris


    Paul Hatchwell: It is often said that climate change ranks with terrorism as one of the two worst threats facing humanity. In November, Paris had more than its fair share of the latter

  • The offshore wind industry has revived Bremerhaven’s fortunes. Photograph: blickwinkel/Alamy Stock Photo

    Energiewende: Germany’s green energy transition


    Germany has embarked on a dramatic and long-term plan to move away from fossil and nuclear power towards renewables. Gareth Simkins took a tour of Lower Saxony to see its effects

  • Royal Mail is on track to audit its 32,500-strong vehicle fleet

    Energy efficiency: Raising the standard


    Even in an uncertain regulatory environment, some companies are striving to increase their energy efficiency. Corin Williams reports on how they aim to improve performance and what is driving them to do it

  • Redcar's closure was the first in a string of difficulties for UK steel. Photograph: Brian Whittaker/123RF

    Counting the cost of competition


    The UK steel industry needs to be more competitive in the global market but will the environment pay a price for its success? Isabella Kaminski, Paul Hatchwell and Conor McGlone investigate

  • Richard Macrory is professor of environmental law at University College London

    Paris deal could boost courts’ climate role


    Richard Macrory: A move to internationally agreed national carbon targets and a bold decision in the Netherlands shows how courts may have a growing role in climate change governance

  • James Wyse is national sustainability lead at manufacturers’ organisation EEF

    Helping businesses go where they want to be


    James Wyse: Climate talks and corporate scandals highlight the need for more sophisticated sustainability strategies and corporate governance to help firms stay one step ahead

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    Infographic: Fly-tipping rise starting to reverse six years of gains


    Fly-tipping is on the rise again after falling for most of the previous decade. This month's infographic looks at hotspots and where most of the waste is coming from

  • The cost of climate change could reach US$1trn/yr globally. Photograph: RonfromYork/123RF

    Investment needed to protect the asset base


    Innovative financial mechanisms bringing together the public and private sectors are needed to address a shortfall in investment in climate adaptation, says Ian Allison

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