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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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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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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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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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Global warming: another record-breaking month as June sees high global temperatures

After the warmest May since records began, new figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) have found June 2014 has set a new record for the warmest global land and ocean temperatures since 1998. Data for June has found both global land and sea surface temperatures...


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Park and ride schemes not as eco-friendly as first thought

Park and ride schemes in the UK can actually increase traffic and have a negative impact on the environment, according to new research. In a new series of short films from the University of the West of England, experts talk about transport issues. In one, Professor Graham Parkhurst explains...


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Government intervention hits planning approval rates for UK wind and solar energy

A report, conducted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), has found a 20% drop in planning approval rates for wind and solar, as a result of planning reforms and interventions from government ministers. The investigation found that a heavy reliance on the secretary of state to approve...


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Met Office maps impacts of climate change

The Met Office and the UK government have launched a comprehensive new map to show how the impacts of climate change could change the way we live around the world. The complex ‘Human dynamics of climate change’ infographic was published last week to illustrate how rising temperatures will affect human...


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James Bond’s Skyfall setting being ‘destroyed’ by irresponsible campers and fly-tippers

Irresponsible campers leaving rubbish and fly-tipping are destroying Glen Etive, used as the location for Skyfall in the latest James Bond film, residents have claimed. Locals Mark and Phillip Shone have set up a Facebook page called ‘Glen Etive – The Dirty Truth’ to highlight the damage being done...


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Sainsbury’s store first in the UK to be powered entirely by food waste

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has announced this week that its Cannock store, in the West Midlands, will be solely powered by energy from anaerobic digestion – with no reliance on the National Grid. The ground-breaking project, launched in partnership with waste recycling company Biffa, will ensure the retail store is...


Typhoon Rammasun

Typhoon Rammasun: 118 dead as typhoon hits Vietnam

Typhoon Rammasun has already killed eight people in Vietnam as the storm creates flooding and storm surges, leaving the Philippines devastated in its wake – with over 100 dead across Asia. Some 94 lives were claimed in the Philippines as the storm wreaked havoc across the pacific islands –...


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High levels of pollution in Scotland’s streets show air quality targets will be missed

Air pollution in many busy Scottish streets is on track to break legal air quality limits this year, new figures from Friends of the Earth (FoE) Scotland have revealed. The figures build on recent predictions from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that show Scotland is...


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Former environment secretary Owen Paterson claims he was sacked because of ‘green blob’

Sacked climate-sceptic environment secretary Owen Paterson has claimed that he lost his job because of a conspiracy from self-interested campaigners and pressure groups. In an article written for the Sunday Telegraph, Paterson criticises “the green blob” – which he characterises as a “mutually supportive network of environmental pressure groups,...


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