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2 April 2014

The whole world is set to experience climate chaos according to a new report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC). The IPCC has this week released it’s Fifth Assessment Report; Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. The report confirms that climate change is happening and that humans are driving it.

1 April 2014

£600 million in UK aid money is going to a scheme to help big businesses increase their profits in Africa, a report by the World Development Movement reveals today. The report slams the scheme as fuelling a ‘corporate scramble for Africa’.

13 March 2014

The economic case for the EU-US trade deal is ‘deeply flawed’, leading researchers on the deal have said as negotiations begin in Brussels today.

Prime Minister David Cameron has claimed that the deal, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would bring £99 billion a year to the EU, giving an average family of four in the UK an extra £454 per year.

But researchers Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge from the University of Manchester and Dr Ferdi De Ville from Ghent University in Belgium say the analysis on which the claims are based is misleading.

10 March 2014

Trade unions and campaign groups have written to Vince Cable calling for a halt to negotiations on the EU-US trade deal, as talks begin in Brussels today.

19 February 2014

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will become the biggest deal of its type in the world if agreed. But campaigners argue that far from boosting jobs in Europe and the US, the agreement will give big business a whole range of new powers with potential to harm people and planet.

23 January 2014

The World Development Movement welcomes the pause on ‘investor courts’, but calls for a wider pause to the whole negotiation process.

22 January 2014

The World Development Movement has criticised the UK’s role in the run up to the EU climate deal struck today as ‘shameful’.

The UK was successful in watering down a proposal to have a legally binding target of 30 per cent of all electricity generation coming from renewables by 2030. The target will now be 27 per cent, and there will be no binding targets for individual countries.

20 January 2014

This week’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, in the luxury resort of Davos, Switzerland, has been slammed by anti-poverty group the World Development Movement today as “a strategy meeting for the 1%, whose decisions fuel inequality and poverty.”

15 January 2014

EU negotiators last night agreed to introduce regulation to prevent speculation by banks and hedge funds driving up food prices and exacerbating the global hunger crisis - but opposition by the UK government resulted in serious loopholes.

16 December 2013

Twenty Santas delivered a tonne of coal on a dumper truck to ‘the world’s naughty bank’ HSBC at Moorgate in the City of London this morning to highlight the bank’s massive financing of fossil fuels and to call on it to pull out of coal, the fuel most damaging to the global climate.