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Typhoon Rammasun: 118 dead as typhoon hits Vietnam

Typhoon Rammasun has already killed eight people in Vietnam as the storm creates flooding and storm surges, leaving the Philippines devastated in its wake – with over 100 dead across Asia. Some 94 lives were claimed in the Philippines as the storm wreaked havoc across the pacific islands –...


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High levels of pollution in Scotland’s streets show air quality targets will be missed

Air pollution in many busy Scottish streets is on track to break legal air quality limits this year, new figures from Friends of the Earth (FoE) Scotland have revealed. The figures build on recent predictions from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that show Scotland is...


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Former environment secretary Owen Paterson claims he was sacked because of ‘green blob’

Sacked climate-sceptic environment secretary Owen Paterson has claimed that he lost his job because of a conspiracy from self-interested campaigners and pressure groups. In an article written for the Sunday Telegraph, Paterson criticises “the green blob” – which he characterises as a “mutually supportive network of environmental pressure groups,...


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Costa Concordia luxury ship moved after small oil spill

The luxury ship that sank off the island of Giglio in Italy more than two years ago has been moved away after a small amount of oil leaked during the operations. An emergency team has ensured that the spill has been immediately dealt with and will have no consequences...


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Marshall Islands minister: 2015 climate agreement ‘a matter of life or death’

Small Pacific countries at increasing risk of sea levels rise caused by climate change have their survival depending on rich nations’ commitment to reach a global climate agreement in 2015 in Paris, the Marshall Islands’ minister of foreign affairs Tony de Brum has said. Writing on the Guardian, Brum...


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138,000 species under threat as Obama approves gas and oil exploration

US president Barack Obama has approved a project that will open up an area off the east coast of the US to oil and gas exploration with the use of sonic cannons – which are highly damaging to marine wildlife. The decision to use sonic cannons was approved by...


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Former environment secretary Owen Paterson to give lecture to climate-sceptic campaign group

Sacked environment secretary Owen Paterson is to deliver a lecture to the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), the UK’s leading climate-sceptic campaign group. Paterson was removed from his post as a part of a government reshuffle this week, after a reign plagued by controversies. Critics gathered when Paterson voted against...


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Huge Alaskan mining operation stopped by EPA on environmental grounds

Proposed plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska have been stopped by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as it would contaminate an ancient salmon fishery and threaten an area the size of Manhattan. The Pebble Partnership, a cooperative agreement between two mining contractors and the state...


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Boris Johnson rejects claim that London’s Oxford Street has world’s worst pollution as ‘bollocks’

The mayor of London has taken to Twitter to dispute a study, conducted by Kings College London, that found Oxford Street has the world’s worst pollution levels – at up to four times higher than EU regulations. In the study, researchers found nitrogen oxide levels are the highest in...


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EcoPlanet Bamboo signs three veteran Weyerhaeuser chief executives

EcoPlanet Bamboo Group has announced the hiring of Marvin Ray Risco, Dr Kent Wheiler and James Leitheiser – all from $8.5 billion (£4.9bn) timber giant Weyerhaeuser. In a bid to ensure global development, the acquiring of three forest industry executives will encourage high levels of growth for the company,...


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Warmer seas could see increase in exotic fish along British coasts

Warmer sea temperatures could cause more exotic fish such as sunfish and bluefin tuna to migrate to the south west of England – a scientist has said. In an interview with the BBC, Dr Tim Smyth of Plymouth Marine Laboratory, explained how the Cornish coast could see increases in...


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Big Butterfly Count gets started to monitor British butterflies

People have been invited to count butterflies they see in gardens, parks and countryside over the next three weeks and submit their findings, in order to complete a survey that assesses the state and health of British butterflies. The Big Butterfly Count was launched in 2010, in partnership with...


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Scientists to investigate Arctic sea ice melt with sensors and aquatic robots

An international team of scientists have attached sensors to Arctic sea ice to measure this year’s summer melt in a massive, unprecedented experiment. The study will focus on the so-called ‘marginal ice zone’ north of Alaska and Canada, the region that lies between the solid Arctic ice and the...


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Co-operatives UK announces support for clean energy community groups

National trade body, Co-operatives UK, has announced a boost to community energy groups as their free new initiative aims to provide advice to groups through mentorship. Figures published at the start of this month show the number of community-owned renewable energy projects is rising and independent schemes are generating...


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£10m fund to reduce energy demand announced

The government has announced a fund with a budget of £20 million to help organisations and businesses in the UK reduce their carbon footprint. In a talk at the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) energy conference yesterday, energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey announced details of a £10...


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