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BP ruled ‘grossly negligent’ in Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Oil giant BP was “grossly negligent” in the build up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a US judge has ruled. The disaster, at BP’s offshore oil rig, cost the lives of 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in US history, with 4-5 million barrels’ worth...


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Public backs green groups on the creation of Arctic sanctuary

A poll commissioned by Greenpeace and conducted across 30 countries has found robust public support for the proposal to create a protected area in the Arctic region to preserve wildlife. The survey, of more than 30,000 people, was led by the RIWI Corporation and found three in four (74%)...


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Samoa UN climate conference generates $2bn in island-to-continent environmental partnerships

Nearly 300 partnerships have been forged between governments, businesses and civil society organisations at a UN climate conference, generating $1.9 billion (£1.1bn) supporting small island developing states in achieving sustainable development. At the conclusion of the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States, secretary general of the Conference, Wu...


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Ban Ki-moon: world must act on climate change now

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concern that the world is not acting fast enough to mitigate climate change, ahead of a UN climate summit set to be attended by world leaders this month. The secretary-general said that climate change has been one of his top priorities since...


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Greenpeace warns of ‘long road ahead’ for truly green gadgets

Ahead of Europe’s largest consumer technology show, to be hosted in Berlin this week, Greenpeace has analysed the environmental progress being made by companies attending the IFA 2014. The report, titled ‘Green Gadgets: Designing the future’, evaluates the progress and subsequent future challenges facing 16 leading consumer technology companies....


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China and Indian leaders will not attend UN Climate Summit

Both president Xi Jinping of China and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi have confirmed they will not be attending the UN Climate Summit, greatly undermining the possibility of a global pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. China is currently the world largest greenhouse gas emitter, followed by the United...


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Government launches badger vaccination scheme

The government has launched a scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis, to prevent its spread to cattle. Last year the government faced criticism for allowing culls to go ahead in a bid to control the spread of the disease. Last month a second controversial badger cull was given...


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Tasmanian forests opened for logging despite conservationist efforts

The Tasmanian government has decided to open up 400,000 hectares of previously protected forest to the timber industry, a move that environmentalists say will do serious harm to both the climate and the country’s tourism sector. In 2013, the Australian Labour government added 170,000 hectares of Tasmania’s rainforest to...


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Sir David Attenborough warns of the ‘escalating erosion of wildlife’

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough has warned, ahead of the Conference for Nature in London, that the continued destruction of the environment “threatens us all”. However, he insists we still have a chance to save it. Individual responsibility that promotes conservation and the pursuit of “game-changing” solutions to problems facing...


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Extinction rate increased one thousand times during human era

The extinction rate of species around the world is now 1,000 times higher than it was before humans arrived on the scene, a new study has found. The shocking report, published in the journal Conservation Biology, estimates the pre-human extinction to be 10 times lower than scientists previously thought,...


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Household air pollution puts one-in-three at risk of early death

A report has found that a third of the world’s population use plant-based solid fuels, such as wood and charcoal, for cooking and heating, putting three billion people at risk of ill health due to dirty air in poorly ventilated homes. The report, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine...


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Vivienne Westwood invests £1m into renewable energy start-up Trillion Fund

Fashion mogul and environmental activist Vivienne Westwood has become a major shareholder in Trillion Fund, a renewable crowdfunding platform for wind and solar farms. Westwood will be now act as an ambassador for the project, which allows people to use crowdfunding to engage and invest in renewable energy projects...


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Two funders of Nigel Lawson’s climate sceptic thinktank named

Two funders of the controversial climate-sceptic thinktank the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), which was set up in 2009 by Lord Lawson, have been revealed. Neil Record and Lord Nigel Vinson are the first funders of the secretive organisation to be confirmed. The two names were revealed by the...


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Agricultural PPPs may be keeping African farmers in poverty, Fairtrade warns

By prioritising profits over the needs of smallholder farmers, agricultural public-private partnerships (PPS) across Africa may be worsening poverty, the Fairtrade Foundation has warned. In a new report Fairtrade, the leading global not-for-profit, warns that increasingly popular PPPs may not be the solution to global hunger and poverty that some...


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Boris Johnson: pay motorists to scrap their diesel cars

The mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for a return of scrappage schemes to lower pollution levels in the capital, suggesting owners of diesel cars be paid up to £1,000 to take them off the road. Pollution levels in London are at all time high, and ahead of...



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