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West Sussex council rejects fracking bid

West Sussex County Council has turned down an application from oil and gas exploration firm Celtique Energie to drill near the Wisborough Green conservation area. After a debate attended by around 100 people, the council’s planning committee rejected the plans on Tuesday afternoon. They cited concerns over noise pollution,...


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Damp and warm weather sees increase in biting insects in UK

Recent warm and rainy weather in the UK will increase the number of biting insects, experts have warned, as certain midges, horseflies and mosquitos thrive in such conditions. June saw record-breaking high global temperatures, with land and sea surface temperatures above the 20th century average, while the Met Office...


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Lego pieces lost 17 years ago keep arriving on British beaches

With Lego still being found on beaches in Cornwall after a container was lost overboard in 1997, environmentalists are concerned about the impact of plastic on marine life. In 1997 a cargo ship, the Tokio Express, was hit by a huge wave causing it to lose 62 containers overboard...


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Royal Mail shares slump after decline in parcel revenues

Recently privatised Royal Mail has seen a serious fall in share prices after renewed fears of declining parcel delivery revenues resurface. Privatised last year in October, Royal Mail now faces a 4% decline in share pricing, at 447p per share, compared to 455p when it began trading as a...


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Islamic world’s first eco-friendly mosque opens in Dubai

Environmentalists and Muslims have welcomed the opening of the Islamic world’s first eco-friendly mosque, a pioneering green building that held its first sermon on Friday. The Dh20 million (£3.2m) Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque in Dubai welcomed a capacity crowd of some 3,500 worshipers when its doors first opened last week,...


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North West could see 300 fracking wells open by 2031

Research has found that the North West’s Ocean Gateway could hold shale gas reserves worth £10 billion, in a discovery that could potentially lead to 300 fracking wells opening between now and 2031. The findings are published after research claimed that the UK does not have adequate levels of...


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China signs oil deal with Venezuela as part of South American trade tour

Chinese president Xi Jinping has signed trade agreements with Venezuela that consist of both oil and mineral exports – as part of a four-country visit to Latin America. After signing deals with both Argentina and Brazil, China has now secured trade agreements with Venezuela, including a $4 billion (£2.3bn)...


California Drought

Californian drought poises state to close 11 fracking sites over polluted water fears

The state of California is poised to shut down 11 oil and gas waste injection sites as fears rise concerning the injection of polluted waste water into clean drinking water, which is becoming scarcer. An investigation, led by the state’s Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR),...


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Aviation expansion doesn’t need to cost the environment, argues CBI

Business lobby group CBI has argued that the UK’s air links must develop in order to support growth and future economic options. However, a new report from the organisation states that such development does not have to come at the expense of environmental commitments. The report – Flying High...


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Offshore wind farms provide feeding opportunities for seals

New research has revealed offshore wind turbines may act as artificial reefs and seals have been deliberately seeking out the structures whilst hunting for prey. Dr Deborah Russell carried out research with her team from the University of St Andrews where they gathered data from GPS devices attached to...


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Pensioners to receive free and impartial guidance, government says

The government has confirmed that independent organisations, rather than pension schemes and providers, will provide the guaranteed guidance for all retirees announced in this year’s budget. The changes are part of plans to give pensioners more flexibility whilst encouraging people to save and think about the long term. In...


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Government commits to fourth carbon budget in boost for renewable energy investors

The UK government has announced today that its fourth carbon budget – which sets emission reduction targets in the mid 2020s – will remain unchanged despite pressure to the weaken the measures. The UK has in place a number of targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building towards the...


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Travel authorities call for responsible tourism in Spain after sex scandal

The Spanish Tourist Office (STO) and travel association Abta are working to promote responsible tourism in the Balearic Islands after a video showing sex acts during an organised pub crawl in Magaluf was released on the internet. The video – now being examined by the police – was shot...


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Replacing oil and coal with shale gas will not cut greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

Replacing oil and coal in the energy mix with shale and natural gas will not help efforts to curb climate change, according to a new study. In the paper, published in the journal Energy Science & Engineering, Dr Robert Howarth, of Cornell University, suggests gasses actually have a larger...


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Study: giving up beef helps the environment more than ditching cars

Producing red meat affects the environment 10 times more compared to other livestock types, as it requires more land and irrigation water, while resulting in more greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research. Shortly after British entrepreneur Richard Branson revealed he stopped eating beef for environmental reasons, a new...


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