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Blood defects in Japanese monkey linked to Fukushima nuclear disaster

Abnormally low levels of white and red blood cells and haemoglobin have been found in Japanese macaques in the Fukushima region, with scientists suggesting that the phenomenon might be linked to the 2011 nuclear disaster. A study that compared blood tests from 61 monkeys living 44 miles from the...


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Melting Arctic to pave the way for luxury cruises

The dramatic melting of the Arctic will open possibilities for travel organisations to promote journeys on luxury ships, with some trips already scheduled for 2016 through the Northwest passage. Company Crystal Cruises has set its ship Crystal Serenity to be the first luxury ship to pass through the Northwest...


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European lakes are already being impacted by climate change

The impact of climate change on Europe’s lakes is already evident and could cause far-reaching effects, according to scientists and leading bodies in the area. Writing in the National Geographic, Lisa Boore, a member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network, explains that lake temperatures are on the rise...


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UNEP and Climate Action extend partnership ahead of 2015 climate talks

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate Action have renewed their long-standing partnership for two years, to continue their efforts to encourage investment in solutions to climate change. For the last seven years, the London-based Climate Action has worked with UNEP to build cooperation between the public and...


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Scientists identify evidence of climate change ‘tipping point’

Climate scientists frequently warn of the 2C global warming tipping point, saying that if average temperatures rise beyond that threshold, irreversible damage will be done. Now, scientists suggest a similar tipping point may have brought an end to the last ice age. In a study published in the journal...


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Wildlife crisis fuelling child slavery – study

The rapid decline of wildlife as food source in poor countries means that more children are needed for cheap labour to find food, causing social tensions to rise, according to a new study. New research published in the journal Science has suggested the existence of a link between wildlife...


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Conservationists call for Canary Islands to be protected from oil drilling

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Spain has called for the government to create a sanctuary for whales and dolphins and to stop oil exploration in the Canary Islands. The Spanish oil and gas company Repsol was given approval by the Spanish government in March 2012, meaning...


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Scotland designates 30 new marine protected areas

The Scottish government has given the green light to a proposal of establishing 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in the seas surrounding the country, which will help protect and restore marine wildlife, as well as the economic revenue that derives from it. The new sites will protect a...


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EU-US free trade deal at odds with government guidelines to ‘buy British’, say campaigners

David Cameron has come under fire from campaigners who say new guidelines for UK government and public sector organisations to commit to buying local produce, undermine the EU-US free trade deal. Earlier this week the government announced a new food and drink buying standard which means central government will...


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More support for Germany’s renewable energy sector as new law gets go-ahead

The EU Commission announced their approval of Germany’s new renewable energy law in Brussels on Wednesday. The Commission thinks the new law will help the country move away from fossil fuels and will not stop competition in the single market. The German Renewable Energy Act or EEG 2014 will...


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Success for green deal as vouchers worth £43m are issued in just six weeks

A green deal initiative relaunched by the UK government in June this year has seen an impressive response, with vouchers worth more than £43 million issued in the first six weeks to help people make their homes more energy efficient. The scheme will run for one year and already 7,925...


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EU Commissioners announce 30% energy savings target by 2030

Environmental groups and countries called for ambitious and binding targets to be set when EU Commissioners met in Brussels yesterday in hopes to improve energy security. The EU has now announced member states must increase energy efficiency by 30% by 2030. Friends of the Earth Europe previously said a...


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Negative impacts to Great Barrier Reef hard to find in government reports, says agency

The world heritage site is already threatened by pollution and dredging, with experts now saying the Australian government has downplayed the reef’s decline with bad news hidden in the assessments of the Great Barrier Reef’s condition. The Australian Institute of Marine Science (Aims) has said the government has mainly...


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India announce the planting of 2 billion trees along its highways, creating 300,000 jobs

India’s Rural Development Ministry, in an attempt to both improve air quality and stimulate the job market, will potentially employ up to 300,000 youths to plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s motorways. In a meeting in New Delhi, Nitin Jairam Gadkari, the road transport, highways, shipping and rural...


The Guide to Sustainable Energy 2014

Introducing: The Guide to Sustainable Clean Energy 2014

In 1860, then-US president Abraham Lincoln described the wind as “an untamed and unharnessed force”. He continued, “Quite possibly one of the greatest discoveries hereafter to be made will be the taming, and harnessing of it.” It is anyone’s guess what Lincoln would make of the faults and possibilities...


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