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Scottish energy minister opposes fracking legislation to protect householders

Fergus Ewing, energy minister for Scotland, is opposing plans that would remove the right of homeowners to object to fracking companies drilling beneath their homes. The plans, which are still under review by the UK government, would make drilling under residential areas far easier for drilling companies, granting them...


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Fracking taking place in US at shallower depths than first thought – study

Ongoing research suggests fracking is taking place at much shallower depths than first thought. Authors say there is no evidence of water contamination, but more research needs to be done to assess the impact of activity at these levels. In a presentation at the American Chemical Society conference in...


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Chinese government asks citizens to use sustainable transport to battle pollution

The Chinese government has published guidelines explaining how citizens can help curb the nation’s air pollution crisis, urging the public to walk more and drive less. The “behavioural standards”, published earlier this week, also ask citizens to ride bikes, buy goods with less packaging, avoid burning rubbish and use less...


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Giant Amazon fish being fished to extinction

Arapaima, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish, has been fished to extinction in some communities in South America, a new study has found. The arapaima can grow up to 10 foot long (3m) and weigh more than 28 stone (181kg). Its size, and its tendency to swim near...


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Art project launched to plant new woodland in Lincolnshire

A unique project that hopes to use art to engage people in sustainability, while also planting a new 1.5 acre woodland in Lincolnshire, is appealing for crowdfunding. The Woodland Project, launched by artist Christopher Wiles, will recruit 1000 people to plant 1000 trees near the market town of Horncastle,...


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‘Big six’ pushed out of best buy tables by smaller companies

The ‘big six’ energy companies have failed to be in the top five best buy deals for the last six months, figures show. New MoneySuperMarket data shows smaller, alternative companies are offering cheaper deals for customers. The six companies have been under scrutiny in recent months with an investigation...


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New online comparison tool to help renewable energy get best deals

A new, first of its kind online comparison service for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) could help those generating renewable energy earn up to 20% more. London based company Open Utility has launched the tool to make it easier for small and medium sized clean energy generators to choose the...


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Melting Antarctica poses risk to coastal megacities

The Antarctic ice sheets could be melting at a faster pace than previously thought, potentially leading to faster rising sea levels and posing a risk to coastal megacities, such as New York and Shanghai, according to a new study. The study, led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact...


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California drought: policymakers agree to tackle climate change to end extreme drought

On the final day of approval, California governor Jerry Brown gained support on both sides of the house for a $7.6 billion (£4.5bn) water bond that will rescue the drought ridden state from catastrophe. The bond will be used to improve water supplies and will be put in front...


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Australian environment minister admits climate change threat to Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s environment minister has admitted that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger, after a troubling report warned that the unique ecosystem is already being affected by climate change. The Australian government’s own Outlook Report 2014, published earlier this week, found some positive trends improving the reef’s fortunes. Since the...


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UK wind energy sets new record for August

Wind power in the UK continues to see high levels of energy generation, as figures show the sector reached a record hourly output for August on Sunday. RenewableUK found wind averaged over 5 gigawatts (GW) of power, with high winds in the evening meaning the green energy outperformed coal....


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UN Climate Summit: 350.org launch global call to action

Ahead of the United Nations climate talks set to take place in New York on September 23rd, campaign group 350.org have called for a weekend of action, with planned protest marches and demonstrations to press world leaders for bolder action on climate change. The UN climate summit, led by...


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£200m fund to develop brownfield sites will protect countryside, says MP

MP Brandon Lewis announced government funding to incentivise building on derelict, disused sites in the UK on Tuesday. The fund is part of a bid to protect the countryside and encourage councils to build thousands of new homes. Lewis, the new minister of state for housing and planning, visited...


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Government survey finds support for fracking has fallen to 24%

A survey released on Tuesday by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has contradicted findings from a trade body earlier this week. The new poll found less than a quarter of Brits said they support shale gas extraction, a decline since the previous survey in March. The...


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Boris Johnson announces funding to help improve social housing

London mayor Boris Johnson has announced new funding to help improve the conditions of thousands of council properties across London. The funding, from the Decent Homes programme, will help reduce carbon emissions and save residents money on energy bills, by installing energy saving measures. On Monday, the mayor announced...


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