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Government urged to strengthen pollinator strategy to protect bees

The government has opened a consultation over the UK’s national pollinators strategy (NPS), aimed at protecting bees and another insects that are essential to agriculture – though campaigners say more action is needed in certain areas. The government decided to launch a national plan after weeks of campaigning by...


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Q&A with Michael Gove at the Conservative Environment Network launch: full text

“Conservative instinct” is at the heart of environmental stewardship, the education secretary Michael Gove said in a speech at Westminster last week – the full text of which can be found here. Gove also answered some questions from the floor and his answers are below. Planning policy and the...


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Good Energy and Jeremy Leggett among winners at Climate Week Awards

Leading renewable energy supplier Good Energy and solar entrepreneur Jeremy Leggett were among the winners at the annual Climate Week Awards this week, which took place at Ecobuild in London on Wednesday. Good Energy was named best business initiative. Meanwhile, Leggett, the chairman of Solarcentury and SolarAid, won the award for...


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Heritage sites at risk of going under water as sea levels rise

A new study has revealed that 136 out of 720 world heritage sites, including the Tower of London and the Statue of Liberty, could be lost in the long-term with a 3C warming, as climate change accelerates sea level rise and ice melt. Scientists have predicted that if global...


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Cuadrilla: shale gas in north-west more abundant than previously thought

Fracking firm Cuadrilla has said that shale gas reserves in the north-west of England are around 50% larger than previous assessments in licence areas suggested. The company estimates reserves in the Bowland basin to be around 330 trillion cubic feet (tcf), up from the 200 tcf estimated in 2011...


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‘No tourism if you kill the environment’, Philippines ecotourism conference hears

Tourism professionals have highlighted the crucial role of tourism in helping restructure the Philippines’ economy in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Delegates at the rescheduled World Ecotourism Conference, which took place at the end of February on the island of Cebu, discussed the marine and coastal impacts of tourism...


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WWF: Soco’s oil drilling in Congo national park could ‘threaten investor returns’

Campaign group WWF has warned shareholders in oil and gas exploration firm Soco that they could see increased risk because of drilling plans in the Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The plans are coming under “increased scrutiny”, the WWF has said. The organisation claims that...


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Sustainable bank Triodos sees 20% growth in assets in 2013

Triodos, one of Europe’s leading sustainable banks, has revealed its total assets under management increased 20% to €9.6 billion (£7.9 billion) in 2013. Meanwhile, the €25.7m (£21.2m) it made in net profits was a 14% improvement over 2012. It also registered an 18% increase of customers, which now exceed...


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Scrapping HS2 ‘would sacrifice UK investment and jobs’, rail industry claims

Cancelling the controversial HS2 rail project would cost the UK investment and jobs and result in slower rail services and congested roads, according to a group of industry leaders. In a report published on Tuesday, the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group argued that the project, which has faced...


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Jamie Oliver’s former right-hand man plans ‘sustainable restaurant’ in London

Jamie Grainger-Smith, who was Jamie Oliver’s right-hand man at Fifteen, is setting up a London restaurant that has sustainability at its heart. Grainger-Smith’s latest venture is Think.Eat.Drink (TED), a membership scheme for accredited ethical and responsible businesses that he launched in 2012. Speaking to Blue & Green Tomorrow, he...


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Climate change affecting deepest depths of Antarctic ocean, study finds

The impacts of climate change are being felt at even the deepest depths of the Antarctic ocean, a new study has found, in a discovery that may explain a 40 year old mystery. In the mid-1970s, the first satellite images to be studied of Antarctica during the polar winter...


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30,000 year-old giant ‘frozen’ virus found in Siberia as ice melts

Scientists have brought back to life a giant virus, which had been sleeping in the permafrost for thousands of years, until the surface started to thaw. The virus, called Pithovirus sibericum has been said to be not harmful to humans and animals, but scientists said that as more ice...


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Reliance on fewer crops will increase climate change food security threat

As people from all corners of the world are living off an increasingly similar diet, decreasing crop diversity is making the global food system more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, a new study has warned. The study, which is published in the journal Proceedings of the National...


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Green Party tries to win votes ahead of leaders’ debates

The Green Party has pledged to speak out for the “common good”, saying it will address the most urgent political matters after its leader demanded a place in the leaders’ debate in the run up to the general election. The party, which has long campaigned on environmental issues, also...


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BP must pay compensation to oil spill victims, rules US court

Oil giant BP has had a legal bid rejected to block paying claims made to the firm, after it said some claims from companies were fraudulent. The company had previously reached a settlement with claimants who suffered economic losses as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but...


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