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National Trust sees hydropower return after more than 130 years to Victorian site

Actor Robson Green launched the return of hydropower at the large country house, Cragside, on Tuesday. The green energy installation moves forward with the National Trust goal of generating half its energy from renewables by 2020. The Victorian house, nestled in the countryside of Northumberland, was the first house...


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Diesel drivers face environmental penalties to cut pollution levels

Owners of diesel cars could face higher road taxes and increased fines when entering Britain’s cities, in a move to lower city pollution levels under fresh calls to adhere to European emission targets. London, which has faced increasing criticism to manage its internationally infamous pollution levels, plans to charge...


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South Portland council blocks export of polluting tar sands oil

Environmentalists from across the US have welcomed the decision made by the council of South Portland in Maine, US, to block exports of controversial Canadian tar sands oil from being shipped through the city. Last week, the city council voted 6-1 in favour of a ban on heavy crude...


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New Zealand’s glaciers show decline due to global warming

The Southern Alps mountain range in New Zealand has seen a loss of ice volume by 34% since 1977. Researchers have blamed the rapid loss on rising global temperatures and say this is a growing trend. Researchers looked at data taken from the annual summer surveys by the National...


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Fracking will reduce Tory chances of winning the election, says Greenpeace

A large proportion of the Tories’ target seats for next year’s general election have become targets for oil and gas exploration, with recent polls suggesting the move will be received badly by voters across the political spectrum. In a recent statement by the environmental campaign group, the latest bidding...


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Call to save tigers from extinction on International Tiger Day

Today’s International Tiger Day marks its fourth year and highlights the drastic action needed to protect tigers in the wild that are increasingly at risk of extinction. The day aims to promote tiger protection and conservation and raise awareness on the depleting numbers of tigers in the wild. It...


Antarctica: South Pole

Australian lead pollution beat human explorers to the South Pole

In 1911, the Briton Robert Falcon Scott and the Norwegian Roald Amundsen raced to the South Pole. Amundsen’s expedition made it in December, Scott’s ill-fated party – who all perished on the return journey – got there 33 days later. But both were beaten by manmade pollutants. That is the...


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Trees in US save 850 lives per year by removing pollution

Trees are saving around 850 human lives per year in the US by removing pollution from the air, according to a new study. The paper, compiled by researchers from the US Forest Service, concludes that trees across the country also prevent around 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms each...


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Pacific island leaders set to discuss climate change and sustainability

More than 300 delegates, including leaders, ministers and senior government officials from Pacific islands, are set to discuss issues around climate change and sustainability at a summit in Koror, Palau. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat summit will kick off on Tuesday and will run until August 1. Many of...


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India confident in renewable energy relationship with UK

In a meeting in New Delhi, UK secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey has met with India’s power minister Piyush Goyal, outlining plans for India’s renewable energy market. According to Tweets made by Goyal, both parties have reached an agreement on how the UK can...


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EU organic farming on the rise despite UK government’s GMOs sympathy

Areas farmed using organic agriculture in the European Union have grown by 13% every year between 2002 and 2011, thanks to rising consumer demand  – despite some British MPs saying buying organic food is a waste of money. Organic agriculture is growing by about 500,000 new hectares every year,...


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£1bn UK low carbon vehicle research centre to be hosted at Warwick University

A new Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) hub will be located at Warwick University, as part of a joint 10-year initiative to develop the UK’s sustainable transport industry. APC was formed in 2013, as part of a government initiative to develop low carbon propulsion systems, headed by the Automotive Council....


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Water scarcity and steep energy costs ‘biggest risk’ to mining industry

Research conducted by consultancy firm EY has deemed the lack of access to water, especially in South America and Africa, as the greatest risk to sustainability in the mining industry. Mining companies increased spending on water infrastructure by 250% last year, totalling at $12 billion (£7bn), compared to $3.4...


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MPs criticise pollinator research funded by pesticide manufacturers

MPs have criticised government plans to use research funded by pesticide manufacturers in its National Pollinator Strategy, which will look at the impact of chemicals on pollinators, such as bees. The report, from the environmental audit committee (EAC), argues that the research needs to be transparent and subject to...


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UK retail sales boosted by hot weather

CBI’s figures show increased retail sales in the month of July, as Britons responded to warmer temperatures by spending on summer clothes and food for the barbecue. Among retailers questioned, 46% reported higher sales compared to July last year, with 51% saying they expect sales volumes to grow further next month, according to...


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