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In pictures: Formula E electric racing cars speed into London

Eight electric Formula One-style racing cars drove over London Bridge on Monday for an electrifying photoshoot ahead of the inaugural Formula E championship, which starts in September.  At 6am, in front of the Houses of Parliament and a crowd of early risers – including London’s mayor Boris Johnson – the...


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Pacific island Kiribati buys land in Fiji to escape climate change

Kiribati has finalised the purchase of 20 sq km of land on Vanua Levu, a Fijian island, in order to give its people somewhere to grow food or to escape to, should the country continue to be affected by rising sea levels. Kiribati’s president Anote Tong said, “We would...


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‘Missing’ ocean plastic pollutants may be swallowed up by marine species

Plastic pollutants afflict all of the world’s oceans, but a new study has found that the quantity of floating waste around the world is lower than expected. While this sounds like good news, scientists warned that it may mean plastics are being ingested by marine life, with extremely harmful...


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Government urged to uphold ban on bee-killing pesticides

A coalition of campaigners have urged prime minister David Cameron to uphold a ban on bee-killing pesticides, as his cabinet decides whether to grant an emergency exemption for one of the controversial chemicals. On Tuesday, the government is expected to rule on an appeal from the pesticide manufacturer Syngenta...


Sustainable September

Free trade or fair trade? Hear four leading thinkers debate at Sustainable September

Proponents of free trade and fair trade will lock horns in London later in September, in a debate around which is most effective in helping developing economies. Tickets are available here. The event forms part of Sustainable September, Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long celebration of sustainability, and takes place...


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UK’s food security at risk from climate change and unsustainable diets

The UK needs to produce more food with fewer resources and reassure the public on the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods if it wants to become more self-sufficient in the long term, a group of MPs has said. A new report by the environment, food and rural affairs...


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Meat-based diets linked to significant carbon footprints

Meat-eaters’ diets have a much larger carbon footprint than vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian diets, a new study published in the journal Climatic Change has found. The study said that high meat diets have more than double the amount of the greenhouse gas emissions than the average vegan diet. It also...


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Superhomes scoops award for pioneering work on low-carbon living

The Superhomes project, a network of homeowners who are retrofitting their houses to make them more energy efficient, has won an award as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week. Founded and co-ordinated by the charity the Sustainable Energy Academy in 2007, it is supported by the National Energy Foundation...


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UK’s Biological Records Centre celebrates five decades of wildlife research

The Biological Records Centre (BRC), established in 1964 and currently supporting 80 wildlife recording societies, is celebrating its 50th anniversary at Bath University. The data collection centre has been used by authorities to analyse the demise in pollenating insects, such as bees, and the recorded movements of migrating species....


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Emperor penguins at extinction risk because of climate change

Climate change will present a severe threat to the iconic emperor penguin, as temperatures rise and the Antarctic sea-ice that the species depends on disappears, a new study has warned. In a new report, researchers from around the world have urged governments to list emperor penguins – the world’s...


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Deforestation in Indonesia worse than in Brazilian Amazon, says study

Indonesia cleared 840,000 hectares of forest in 2012 compared to 460,000 hectares in Brazil, with new research suggesting that the true size of deforestation and climate change impacts have been significantly under reported. Forests play a crucial role in mitigating carbon emissions and preserving biodiversity, therefore helping tackle the...


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Bloodsucking parasite major threat to UK honeybees

A type of parasite is causing UK bees to contract deformed wing virus (DWV), which leads to developmental deformities and reduces their foraging ability, a new study has found. Scientists from Warwick University have noted how where the varroa destructor parasite sucks honeybees’ blood, DWV is more frequently transmitted and amplified....


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Coal extraction in India threatens livelihoods and forests

UK energy firm Essar and partner Hindalco had plans approved by the previous Indian government to mine Mahan forest of Madhya Pradesh for its coal reserves, despite opposition from environmentalists and thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on the forest. Energy companies have started lobbying the newly-elected government and told the...


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Bill Gates: ‘miracles’ needed in clean energy sector

The world needs breakthroughs in clean energy that are “miraculous”, as current investments aren’t being made quick enough, according to the world’s richest man Bill Gates. In a post on his blog, Gates Notes, the Microsoft founder says, “Clean-energy miracles don’t just happen by chance. We have to make them...


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548-million-year-old Namibian fossil could be first animal with a skeleton

Scientists from Edinburgh University have retrieved a fossil in Namibia believed to be the first known animals with skeletons that lived over 540 million years ago. The fossil is that of a marine creature known as cloudina that became extinct a long time ago, and that scientists think could...


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