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Boris Johnson announces funding to help improve social housing

London mayor Boris Johnson has announced new funding to help improve the conditions of thousands of council properties across London. The funding, from the Decent Homes programme, will help reduce carbon emissions and save residents money on energy bills, by installing energy saving measures. On Monday, the mayor announced...


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German renewable energy sector sets new world record

Germany’s renewable energy sector now provides 31% of the nation’s electricity, producing 71 terawatts an hour (TWh), according to figures released by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). The Fraunhofer institute, who published an analysis of the BDEW report, have said that German solar production is...


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Environmental impact of Keystone XL could be four times higher than expected – study

A new study published in the journal Nature has found greenhouse gas emissions caused by the controversial Keystone XL pipeline could be much higher than originally estimated by the US State Department. Keystone XL is a 1,177 kilometre (731 mile) pipeline project, which will carry tar sands oil across...


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Thousands plan to protest against Cuadrilla fracking in Lancashire

Environmental campaign group No Dash for Gas is organising a protest against energy firm Cuadrilla’s plans to drill for shale gas in the area, with hundreds expected to attend. The organisation will be holding an action camp near Blackpool from August 14 – 20. The group will run a...


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Conservatives are failing to invest in flood defences, say Labour

Maria Eagle, Labour’s shadow environment secretary, has said that the Tories are failing to invest adequately in flood defences. She says the government is cutting funding while climate change is increasing the urgent need to protect homes across the UK. In a speech at the World Wide Fund for...


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Campaign group calls for Welsh VAT cut to boost tourism sector

Cutting VAT within the tourism industry could create almost 6,000 jobs in Wales, according to the Cut Tourism VAT campaign. The figures follow the group’s publication of a report that looked at the impact a VAT cut in the sector would have on the whole of the UK. According...


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Clare Lissaman to moderate Sustainable September retail debate

Clare Lissaman, ethical and fair trade consultant and co-founder of organic menswear brand Arthur & Henry, will moderate Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September’s retail debate. The event, which will take place at the Royal Geographical Society on September 10, will bring together some of the leading thinkers on international trade and...


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Air traffic growth set to undermine carbon reduction measures – study

As more and more people continue to fly and airlines do all they can to get ticket prices down, this is continuing to have a negative effect on the environment. New research has found even if controversial measures are put in place, carbon reduction efforts will still be outweighed...


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National Lottery praised for green measures

UK National Lottery operator Camelot has shown its environmental credentials and has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard. The Standard recognises achievements in energy efficiency measures and CO2 emission reductions and the lottery is the first in the world to be given the certification. Camelot has shown its green...


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The ethics of elephants in tourism, global guide released

Ethical online travel agent, reponsibletravel.com released a global guide on elephant welfare in the tourism industry on Monday. The guide aims to help travellers make informed decisions when booking trips involving experiences with elephants. In the world’s first online guide, Elephants in tourism – right or wrong? addresses issues...


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Waste cigarette butts could create clean energy storage solution

Waste cigarette butts could be used to create efficient energy storage devices, research from scientists in South Korea has found. The research looked at a one-step process, which could help the environment by reusing the common waste product. In the study published in the journal, Nanotechnology, researchers treated cigarette...


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Campaigners call for tourism conference boycott over captive dolphin experiences

Campaigners are calling on tourists to boycott the travel conference TBEX 2014, because it offers attendees the chance to sign up for controversial captive dolphin tours. TBEX is a conference that brings together travel bloggers, journalists and travel industry professionals from across the world. Said to be the world’s...


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Critics warn pension shake up could lead to £3.86bn tax trap for pensioners

New research has found that forthcoming pension freedoms could come with tax implications that mean savers have to pay a lot more than expected. In what is being called a potential “mis-selling scandal”, experts are worried pensioners could enter the higher tax bracket if they take out their money...


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Co-op Group announce reforms to sustain core values and promote interest of members

The Co-operative Group has drawn up four key proposals with which to reform its governance structure, such as an elected board of directors as well as increased powers for members to hold its board to account. The proposals include greater voting powers for its members, including a ‘one member...


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European Union still failing to control illegal timber trade, says WWF

An investigation conducted by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) has concluded that after a year of a supposed crackdown, the EU is still failing to uphold its own law to stop the trade of illegal timber. According to the report, only 11 member states have passed laws effective enough...


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