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Competition inquiry into energy companies should also investigate wholesale gas market, warns MP

Tim Yeo, chairman of the House of Commons’ Energy Committee, has written to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) urging it to investigate the wholesale gas market as part of an inquiry into the UK energy sector. In June, energy regulator Ofgem announced an 18-month investigation into competition in...


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July eighth consecutive month of above average temperatures

July was the eighth month in a row where temperatures have been higher than average or the UK Last month was both sunnier and warmer than usual, according to the Met Office. Figures show that temperatures were 1.2C above the 1981-2010 average, making July 2014 among the top ten...


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MIT study links climate change, air pollution and decreasing food supplies

MIT research published in the journal Nature Climate Change warns that rising temperatures and air pollution will combine to have negative effect on crop yield, placing pressure on the food system. Several separate pieces of research of linked falling crop yields with climate change. Research from Stanford University suggests...


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Climate and civil activists criticise proposed World Bank environmental and social framework

The World Bank released its draft social and environmental safeguards on Wednesday, following their leak last week. Environmental groups and activists have said the new framework weakens protections for disadvantaged groups and doesn’t address climate concerns. The proposals aim to improve upon the bank’s old environmental and social framework...


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Low numbers of children in state-funded primary schools offered sustainable fish – study

Research from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has found only 14% of England’s 16,784 state-funded primaries provide a choice of sustainable seafood. The ‘end of year report’ also found the majority of children in the midlands and north of England had a choice, as opposed to the south. Data...


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Toxic pollutants persist in Gulf of Mexico after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Many of the toxic pollutants spread by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill still persist across the Gulf of Mexico, a new study has found. The disaster, at BP’s offshore oil rig, cost the lives of 11 workers and spilled 5 million barrels’ worth of oil into the Gulf...


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Pacific Islands Forum closes with climate change and sustainable tourism commitment

The 45th Pacific Islands Forum has concluded on Friday in Koror, Republic of Palau, gathering the leaders of the Pacific nations to discuss increasing threats posed by rising sea levels and solutions for sustainable development. Political leaders and ministers of Pacific Islands have gathered to discuss issues related to...


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EU threatens Poland with environmental court action over fracking defiance

Poland has recently amended its fracking laws to allow shale gas excavation of up to 5,000 feet, without assessing the environmental implications, thus breaking EU law and triggering legal proceedings. Under the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive, fracking sites in natural preservation areas are limited to 1,000 metres. Poland...


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Renewable energy accounted for 15% of UK electricity in 2013

According to the latest statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, renewable energy contributed 15% towards the national grid last year, a rise of 30% overall. The report shows a steady increase, with a 3.6% rise since 2012 – primarily from onshore and offshore wind farms....


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Geoengineering could make climate change’s impacts worse

A professor from Washington University, Seattle, has warned that climate engineering, or geoengineering, could have unknown consequences in decades to come and has said there needs to be a debate on the ethical issues around the practice. Speaking to the Guardian, Professor Stephen Gardiner said that geoengineering was currently...


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Centrica backs out of giant £40m offshore wind project Celtic Array

British Gas owner Centrica and Danish company Dong Energy have announced that they will withdraw from proposed offshore wind development in the Irish Sea, as assessments of the area found challenging conditions on the seabed that make the project “economically unviable”. Centrica announced the news in their interim results...


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Startup plans to tackle illegal deforestation in the Amazon with old smartphones

Old smartphones turned into solar devices to detect illegal activities in the Amazon are the innovative response proposed by a San Francisco-based start up that has joined conservationists to protect rainforest. San Francisco tech start-up Rainforest Connection has teamed up with conservation charities and indigenous communities to protect the...


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Antarctic Ice Sheet result of global temperature decrease, not continental breakup

A recent study has shown that the Antarctic’s ice sheet and glaciers are a result of decreased carbon dioxide levels 34 million years ago, counteracting studies that suggest immense continental shifts were the primary cause. The study, published in the journal Nature, raises important issues regarding the effects of...


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Indian landslide claims 30 lives with more than 160 still trapped

A devastating landslide in the town of Malin, India, has caused 30 deaths. Rescuers worked through the night after torrential rain bought large pieces of the hillside down on the village early on Wednesday. Reports have been trickling in about a landslide in the village of Malin, in the...


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Ice loss in the Arctic linked to 16-foot waves

For the first time, scientists have observed huge waves in the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic where once there used to be only ice, a phenomenon that is feared could break more ice and worsen global warming. A new study, the first ever assessing waves in the Arctic Ocean,...


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