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UNEP highlights ‘blue and green’ economic opportunities for small island states

Amid the third conference on small island developing states (SIDS) in Samoa, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released key suggestions for countries to build a resilient blue and green economy and reconnect with their traditions and nature. The report is part of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series...


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Fracking: 38% of shale gas resources at risk from water shortages

Development of the shale gas sector could be compromised by critical water shortages in key areas, according to new a report by the World Resource Institute (WRI) that warns almost 40% of shale gas sites are in arid or water-stressed regions. The Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability &...


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Boris Johnson: Heathrow third runway plans ‘barbaric’ and ‘short-sighted’

London mayor Boris Johnson has blasted plans to build a third runway at Heathrow, labelling the proposals “barbaric” and “short-sighted”. This follows Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye’s request for Johnson to support the expansion. Those supporting the plan claim the UK needs to improve its air capacity in order...


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World must cut meat consumption to prevent climate change and food insecurity

Researchers have estimated greenhouse gas emissions from the food sector could rise by 80% by 2050, as the world increasingly adopts meat-based diets that are putting resources and food security at risk. A new study by the universities of Cambridge and Aberdeen has warned that the global population must...


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Co-operative members agree to radical shakeup in order to rebuild business

Four-fifths of Co-operative Group members have voted in favour of radical changes to the struggling business, including plans to shrink the company board to include three elected members. Chair Ursula Lidbetter hailed the overwhelming show of support for the reforms as a “defining moment” during the special meeting which...


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2.5 million PPI claims reopened following FCA inquiry

High street banks in the UK have been forced to reopen 2.5 million PPI mis-selling complaints after the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) found affected customers had been underpaid or had their cases unfairly rejected. The FCA is looking at cases particularly from 2012 and 2013, after numerous investigations concluded...


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Solar panel makers set for record sales in 2014

A record number of solar panels will be shipped by solar manufacturers this year, with an expected 52% increase in sales from 2013. Quarterly profit reports from major solar distributors like Trina Solar Ltd, First Solar Inc and JinkoSolar Holding CO from across the globe have confirmed the industry’s...


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Green office experiment shows advantages of energy efficient buildings

Multinational IT corporation Infosys has shown how energy efficient buildings do not have to cost the earth, with an experiment in its Indian office that demonstrates the benefits of switching to energy saving systems. Rohan Parikh, head of infrastructure and green initiatives at Infosys, led the way with an...


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RBS SE100 announce two new awards for social enterprise schemes

The RBS SE100, a market intelligence tool for social ventures in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has announced two new awards this year, both intended to reward those who contribute specifically to social development and change. The two awards consist of ‘The Storyteller Award,’ designed to encourage...


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Court rules in favour of Cuadrilla in anti-fracking protest dispute

Manchester High Court Judge, David Hodge QC has imposed an interim injunction against a group of anti-fracking protestors in Lancashire after a court battle with gas firm Cuadrilla. Cuadrilla took up legal proceedings alongside ten local farmers earlier this week, claiming protestors were trespassing and affecting business for landowners....


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Activists to be chosen to speak at UN climate summit

Today more than 500 members of the public will hear whether they have been chosen to attend the UN Climate Summit in September. Environmental activists from 115 countries put forward their names to be considered to address issues of climate change to world leaders at the summit. The competition...


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WWF releases sustainable finance guide for banks in Singapore

A new guide by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been launched to help banks in Singapore implement environmental, social and governance (ESG) practice into their frameworks and develop sustainable solutions to risks of climate change and resource scarcity. The ESG Integration for Banks: A Guide to...


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Samsung faces new child labour scandal at supplier factory

Just three weeks after Samsung Electronics announced it is to reduce trade with a parts supplier after revelations of child labour, the tech giant has come under fire again as another supplier factory has been accused of exploiting children. The US-based watchdog China Labor Watch (CLW) claims to have...


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Nespresso commits £330m to sustainability scheme

Nestlé-owned coffee brand Nespresso has announced it wants to invest CHF500 million (£330m) over the next six years into a programme to create “significant benefits for the business, society and the environment” and become carbon neutral. The programme, named the Positive Cup, would help boost the company’s green credentials...


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Government policy failing to support community energy groups

Community Energy England (CEE) has welcomed a new report by Ofgem describing difficulties community energy groups face in connecting to the grid. However, the new group has urged the energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, to ensure progress is made with tangible results. The report, based on discussions...



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