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Ireland says yes to same-sex marriage

Citizens in Ireland, where homosexuality was illegal until 1993, approved gay marriage with over 61% of yes votes. The country’s equality minister, Aodhan O’Riordain said he is “proud to be Irish”. The turnout was higher than 60%, with many expats going back home to vote on the issue. It...


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First UK’s fossil free pension scheme to be launched on Monday

London charity Platform is launching the first cooperative and fossil free pension scheme in the UK, focused on sustainable society and renewable energy. The scheme, called OurFuture, challenges traditional pensions, which have millions invested in fossil fuels, large multinationals and unethical banks. The charity says the new scheme will...


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Sustainability jobs are career change of choice and pay well – survey finds

According to a new survey, 90% of those switching to a career in environmental or sustainability sectors is ‘very satisfied’ with the choice , but there is a need for more specialised professional figures as we move towards a more sustainable economy. The analysis by the Institute of Environmental...


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Farming dolphins for entertainment industry ‘unacceptable’ says animal charity

Japanese authorities have proposed dolphin farms instead of the annual slaughter of wild animals taking place every year in Taiji but animal welfare groups said the outcome will be the same and called for tourists to stop financing aquariums and zoos. Dolphins for the entertainment sector in Japan and...


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Tobacco companies prepare legal bid over plain packaging

Plans to introduce standardised cigarette packaging could result in multi-billion pound demands by tobacco companies as they prepare to launch a legal bid in the High Court for trademark losses. Lawyers for tobacco firms are expected to argue in the High Court for multi-million pound pay-outs from the government...


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Nationwide announces 54% profit increases

Nationwide building society has reported pre-tax profit rises of 54% to £1.04bn, up on £677m profits last year, describing the results as the “strongest ever”. The building society, which also regained the position as the UK’s second largest mortgage lender, said that it expected growth to moderate as a...


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Antarctic Peninsula experiences ‘dramatic’ ice melt

An equivalent of the UK’s annual domestic water supply is being lost in ice melting in the Antarctic Peninsula according to new satellite research led by the University of Bristol. The Antarctic Peninsula is experiencing ‘dramatic’ losses in ice mass according to new research published on Friday. Studies of...


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Thomas Cook apologises over children’s deaths

Travel operator Thomas Cook has issued a ‘sincere and heartfelt’ apology over the deaths of two children at the Greek holiday resort of Corfu. The firm’s boss met with the parents of the two children who were killed in 2006 after being overcome with carbon monoxide fumes from a...


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Oxford University pledges to stay away from oil and coal investments

Oxford University has announced it will maintain its position of not having direct investment in high-risk oil sands and coal. It has also committed to investments that are financially prudent and comply with social and environmental criteria. Oxford University announced that it has no direct investment in coal and...


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State of emergency declared over California oil spill

Thousands of gallons of oil have flown into the ocean and on the beach near Santa Barbara on Tuesday, after a pipeline rupture. Environmentalists and citizens fear the impact of the spill on the ecosystem and  tourism. Up to 105,000 gallons of crude were lost during the spill, of...


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Marine habitats in European seas found in bad shape

None of the protected areas in the Atlantic, Baltic and Mediterranean waters have been found in good conditions, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA). The EEA published the State of Nature report, assessing the status of habitats and species in Europe protected under the Natura 2000 network over...


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Over £24m invested on Crowdcube in early 2015

Investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube funded 36 businesses in the first quarter of 2015, helping raise more than £17 million for innovative projects. Crowdcube is the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform, allowing people and experienced investors to fund start-up, early stage and growth businesses through equity, debt and investment fund...


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Petition urges UK government to keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides

Campaign group 38 Degrees has called on Secretary of State for Environment Elizabeth Truss not to lift the ban on toxic neonicotinoids responsible for pollinators’ decline. The petition follows a submission to the government made by farmers asking to lift the ban this auumn to allow the banned chemicals...


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Barclays issued with record £1.5bn fine

Barclays bank is to pay a record £1.5bn fine after admitting members of staff were involved in rigging the foreign exchange rate. Barclays has reached a settlement with US and UK authorities worth over £1.5bn after it failed to ensure proper standards were maintained in its involvement with the...


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Organic farming benefits biodiversity, claims report

The debate over the environmental effects of organic farming is likely to be reignited after a study found claimed that it offsets the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms. A study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B- Biological Sciences claims that organic farming...




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