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Sustainable transport fund receives £2m government grant

The Local Sustainable Transport fund – which supports green infrastructure initiatives – is to receive a £2m boost from the government, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced. The extra funding will allow new local authorities to finance schemes, such as one initiative seeking to encourage parents to ditch...


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Record numbers vote in Indian general elections

The number of people turning out to vote in India – the world’s largest democracy – reached record levels this week, marking the half-way point in the country’s general elections. More than 150 million people are thought to have turned out to vote since the election campaign was launched...


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EU set to fund UK carbon capture and storage project

The European Union has given the go-ahead to a UK-based carbon capture and storage (CCS) project that would help clean up a fossil fuel plant by capturing emissions and burying them deep under the North Sea. The White Rose CCS project will combine the existing coal-fired power station in Selby, North...


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Duchy of Lancaster announces beekeeping grant to combat bee decline

The Duchy of Lancaster has offered financial support for those who wish to begin beekeeping on its land, in an effort to combat the decline of bees in the UK. Nathan Thompson, chief executive of the Duchy of Lancaster, said, “As custodian of the land with significant interest in...


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Philanthropic giving is ‘urgently needed’, say 79% of high net worths

The majority of high net worth individuals describe the worldwide need for philanthropic giving as ‘urgent’, although top concerns vary among regions, according to the Individual Philanthropy Index from BNP Paribas Wealth Management.  The index comes from a survey of 400 high net worth individuals, each with investable assets...


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‘Huge milestone’ for renewables as US navy turns seawater into fuel

The US navy has managed to combine hydrogen and carbon dioxide from seawater to create a renewable fuel that allows ships to stay at sea for longer periods. The US Naval Research Laboratory has already made a model aircraft fly with the new fuel, which it has said can...


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One-fifth of China’s farmland polluted

As much as 16% of China’s soil is contaminated by dangerous pollutants, according to newly released information from the national environment ministry. The report, based on a seven-year survey covering 2.4 million square miles, found that about 16% of the country’s soil and 19% of its arable land was...


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European Parliament backs clamp down on plastic bags

The European Parliament has backed draft rules that would see EU countries forced to reduce the use of the most common and most polluting plastic bags. MEPs argue that plastic carrier bag litter is a major environmental problem that is known to pollute bodies of water and impact on...


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3.4m Britons plan ‘staycations’ over Easter bank holiday weekend

As people across the UK begin their four-day Easter weekends, new figures show that an increasing number of holidaymakers are making the more sustainable choice of staying in the UK. According to a VisitEngland survey, around 3.4 million Britons are planning a “staycation” – a holiday with an overnight...


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Jimmy Carter speaks out against Keystone XL tar sands pipeline

Former US president Jimmy Carter has urged current president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry to reject the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed project would link Canada’s tar sands to refineries in Texas and could transport 800,000 barrels of oil per day. The...


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Ex-BP manager to pay $224,000 over 2010 oil spill insider trading charges

A former BP employee is set to pay a $224,118 (£133,500) settlement for charges relating to the firm’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He is accused of having sold $1m of shares in the company before the information on the gravity of the incident became publicly...


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Easter weekend to bring sunny skies and a boost for bluebells

The Met Office has forecasted a largely dry and warm start to the Easter bank holiday weekend across the UK. Meanwhile, conservationists expect to see bluebells flowering early after this year’s mild winter and spring. Most parts of the country will see sun and enjoy temperatures of 13-15C on...


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BBC’s Alys Fowler urges gardeners to think of bees this Easter

BBC presenter Alys Fowler is urging gardeners to make use of their time off this Easter by making their gardens more bee-friendly, in an effort to help essential species threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and climate change. Fowler, best known for her role on the long-running British TV programme...


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US carbon emissions fall 3.4% in 2012

Total greenhouse gas emissions in the US fell by 3.4% over the course of 2012, taking the country more than halfway towards its reduction target for 2020, according to newly released figures. The 19th edition of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual national emissions inventory reveals that the...


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Locals receive ‘windfall’ payments from Good Energy after wind farm performs well

Residents living near renewable energy supplier Good Energy’s Delabole wind farm have received a £50  ‘windfall’ payment after the turbines at the site performed better than expected. Delabole was the UK’s first commercial wind farm after Good Energy invested £11.8m to redevelop it in 2010. Those living in the...


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