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Wildlife crisis fuelling child slavery – study

The rapid decline of wildlife as food source in poor countries means that more children are needed for cheap labour to find food, causing social tensions to rise, according to a new study. New research published in the journal Science has suggested the existence of a link between wildlife...


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Conservationists call for Canary Islands to be protected from oil drilling

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Spain has called for the government to create a sanctuary for whales and dolphins and to stop oil exploration in the Canary Islands. The Spanish oil and gas company Repsol was given approval by the Spanish government in March 2012, meaning...


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Scotland designates 30 new marine protected areas

The Scottish government has given the green light to a proposal of establishing 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in the seas surrounding the country, which will help protect and restore marine wildlife, as well as the economic revenue that derives from it. The new sites will protect a...


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EU-US free trade deal at odds with government guidelines to ‘buy British’, say campaigners

David Cameron has come under fire from campaigners who say new guidelines for UK government and public sector organisations to commit to buying local produce, undermine the EU-US free trade deal. Earlier this week the government announced a new food and drink buying standard which means central government will...


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More support for Germany’s renewable energy sector as new law gets go-ahead

The EU Commission announced their approval of Germany’s new renewable energy law in Brussels on Wednesday. The Commission thinks the new law will help the country move away from fossil fuels and will not stop competition in the single market. The German Renewable Energy Act or EEG 2014 will...


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Success for green deal as vouchers worth £43m are issued in just six weeks

A green deal initiative relaunched by the UK government in June this year has seen an impressive response, with vouchers worth more than £43 million issued in the first six weeks to help people make their homes more energy efficient. The scheme will run for one year and already 7,925...


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EU Commissioners announce 30% energy savings target by 2030

Environmental groups and countries called for ambitious and binding targets to be set when EU Commissioners met in Brussels yesterday in hopes to improve energy security. The EU has now announced member states must increase energy efficiency by 30% by 2030. Friends of the Earth Europe previously said a...


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Negative impacts to Great Barrier Reef hard to find in government reports, says agency

The world heritage site is already threatened by pollution and dredging, with experts now saying the Australian government has downplayed the reef’s decline with bad news hidden in the assessments of the Great Barrier Reef’s condition. The Australian Institute of Marine Science (Aims) has said the government has mainly...


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India announce the planting of 2 billion trees along its highways, creating 300,000 jobs

India’s Rural Development Ministry, in an attempt to both improve air quality and stimulate the job market, will potentially employ up to 300,000 youths to plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s motorways. In a meeting in New Delhi, Nitin Jairam Gadkari, the road transport, highways, shipping and rural...


The Guide to Sustainable Energy 2014

Introducing: The Guide to Sustainable Clean Energy 2014

In 1860, then-US president Abraham Lincoln described the wind as “an untamed and unharnessed force”. He continued, “Quite possibly one of the greatest discoveries hereafter to be made will be the taming, and harnessing of it.” It is anyone’s guess what Lincoln would make of the faults and possibilities...


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London among cities facing pressure on water resources

As more people move to urban areas, cities around the world including London are experiencing increased water stress and additional supply must be added as they continue to grow, according to a new study. A team of researchers from nine institutions, led by Rob McDonald, senior scientist with Nature...


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Melting Arctic ice will establish South Korea as Asia oil hub

Widening sea routes through the Arctic’s ice fields will shorten the time it takes for European oil to reach Asia – placing South Korea in the geographically perfect position for becoming the regional oil storage and trading hub. Being so closely located to China, Japan and Russia – South...


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Environmental groups and countries call for more ambitious energy savings target for EU

EU Commissioners will talk today on energy savings targets for 2030 and agree on an energy efficiency framework. However, there have been calls for the targets to be ambitious and binding in order to ensure energy security. A policy framework for climate and energy for the period up to...


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Former fracking consultant appointed as new Environment Agency chief

Philip Dilley, the former chairman of a engineering firm that wrote environmental reports on fracking, will be the new chairman of the Environment Agency in September, prompting criticism by NGOs and the Green Party. Dilley was appointed by the environment, food and rural affairs committee for the “professional competence...


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60% of Americans would support carbon tax, poll finds

Some 60% of Americans would support a carbon tax if the revenue went towards a worthy cause, such as investment in renewable energy, a new poll has revealed. The survey, undertaken by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College, finds that support for a tax on fossil fuels increases...


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