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Iceland raise volcanic eruption alert to orange

Swarms of seismic activity in and around an Icelandic volcano have caused authorities to raise the eruption alert to the second highest, with magma levels remaining stable. The volcano, which last erupted in 2010 causing a giant ash cloud to severely affect European airspace could potentially erupt again, with...


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Mining company escapes Great Barrier Reef compensation payments and strict operating conditions

The Australian government’s environmental protections system has been labelled “broken” after Gina Rinehart’s mining company managed to negotiate down both compensation repayments and operating practices. Information released due to a freedom of information request shows the previous Labour government demanded $800,000 (£446,000) a year in “biodiversity offsets” from mining...


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Green volunteers should receive council tax rebate, says thinktank

Local authorities should consider rewarding volunteers that improve parks and green spaces with a council tax rebate, thinktank Policy Exchange has suggested in a new report. The suggestion follows an earlier report from the thinktank, that said government ministers should consider a levy on living near public spaces in...


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Impacts of climate change and land use on wildlife must be considered, say researchers

Policymakers need to consider the impacts of both climate change and land use when studying ecosystems, researchers have said. A study has found that when the two factors are analysed together, there are variances in the findings depending on the region. Volker Radeloff, one of the researchers from the...


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‘Unethical’ dolphin tours removed from TBEX tourism conference following boycott

The organisers of a tourism bloggers conference have yielded to campaigner pressure to ditch controversial captive dolphin experiences from their programme. Campaigners had urged tourists to boycott the TBEX 2014 conference in Cancun because it offered attendees the tours at the Delphinus Dolphinarium. Critics say such exhibits are immoral...


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Tories ‘out of touch’ with British public on renewable energy

A new poll conducted by ComRes on behalf of REG Windpower has found that almost four out of five Conservative MPs are opposed to onshore wind, while the majority of the public say they would be happy to have offshore wind in their area. Only 12% of Conservatives said...


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Pennsylvania fracking wells to be built within ‘explosion range’ of school buildings

Middlesex council, in Pennsylvania US, have voted in agreement to place six fracking wells within 3,000 feet of Mars School District, a campus of 3,200 children. The wells will be built by Rex Energy, and if their permits are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, residents have...


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Climate change altered Missouri river’s flow, study suggests

The US longest river has had its stream flow change by climatic variations such as precipitation and temperature changes, with regions experiencing water shortages or flooding, a study by the US Geological Survey (USGS) has suggested. The Missouri river is the longest river in the US, flowing east and...


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Alex Salmond announces £20m local energy fund

The first minister for Scotland has this week unveiled a new local energy challenge fund available to community partners, in order to promote low carbon initiatives. Hopeful candidates for the fund will have to outbid other community partnerships in order to gain access to the fund, proving their projects...


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Wind power generates record high 22% of UK’s electricity

RenewableUK has confirmed that on Sunday 17th August, the UK’s wind power generated an average of 5,797 megawatts, 22% of the UK’s total energy output. These latest figures beat the previous record, set earlier this month on August 11, with a 24-hour wind power output of 21%. The record-breaking...


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‘Poaching epidemic’ leads to fear over future of elephants in Africa

New research from Colorado State University has found that the illegal killing of elephants in Africa has seen a huge rise since 2009. The study found more than 100,000 elephants have been killed in Africa for their ivory since 2010, meaning the death toll is exceeding the species’ birth...


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Earth Overshoot Day: planet is now in ‘ecological deficit’

Today is Earth Overshoot Day, the day after which humanity has exhausted its annual budget of ecological resources, according to data from the Global Footprint Network thinktank. The annual landmark means that the Earth is, for the rest of the year, ‘overdrawn’ in a state of ecological deficit, using...


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Ministers consider ‘park tax’ on those living next to green spaces

Government ministers are considering a new levy on living near public spaces in order to help maintain their upkeep. The tax would be aimed at house owners who benefit from the neighbourhood’s public spaces, in the way of higher house prices, as cuts to upkeep budgets from local councils...


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Environmentalist Marina Silva to be presidential candidate of Brazil’s socialist party

Brazil’s Socialist Party (PSB) is expected to name former environment minister Marina Silva to run for the presidency after former candidate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash. Silva, who was set to run as Campos’ vice-president, is a popular figure in Brazil. She gained nearly 20% of the...


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Kellogg’s commits to sustainability targets

Food manufacturing giant Kellogg’s has committed to sourcing all of its major ingredients responsibly by 2020. In new environmental targets published this week, the American firm also says it will increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use and reduce water consumption and waste. It will also demand that its...


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