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Jerry Brown at the Oakland rally

$6 billion water bond promised by governor to rescue California from drought

California governor Jerry Brown has called upon lawmakers to approve a $6 billion (£3.5bn) bond measure to secure the state’s water supply, as the east coast suffers from a record drought. The $6 billion bond is far smaller than the original $11.1 billion (£6.5bn) bond that was approved in...


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Canada faces environmental disaster as 1.3 billion gallons of mining waste flows into rivers

Citizens of British Columbia awoke to the thunderous noise of over a billion gallons of mining waste water cascading through Hazeltine Creek earlier this week, polluting the state’s fresh water supply. According to officials, the open-pit Mount Polley copper and gold mine may have suffered a breach in a...


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Serbia and Bosnia hit by new round of deadly flooding

Severe flooding in Serbia and Bosnia has killed at least one person, just three months after record-breaking floods killed more than 50 people and displaced thousands. Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding as rivers burst their banks across the Balkans, with Croatia also affected.  In the western Serbian town...


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Marine pioneer Lewis Pugh to swim seven seas

Self-confessed ocean advocate and swimmer Lewis Pugh will take on his most ambitious challenge yet this August. The Arctic explorer will swim in seven of the world’s ancient seas to raise awareness of the desperate need for action to protect marine life. Pugh is taking on the challenge to...


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Sustainability director of General Motors on clean energy for the future

Director of sustainability at General Motors (GM), David Tulauskas, has said corporations must do more to support renewable energy, while utilities must help make clean energy more accessible through innovation. In a post in the Guardian’s values-led business hub, Tulauskas argues the current system of sourcing renewable energy is...


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Scientists warn expansion of fracking is outpacing research into environmental impacts

A US-based study has warned that the expansion of shale gas extraction, through methods such as fracking, is outpacing research on the issues around the practice, including spills leading to contamination and the environmental impacts. Fracking has grown rapidly in the US but remains a relatively new source of...


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Call to stop London Zoo evening events amid worries over animal distress

More than 67,000 people have signed a petition to stop controversial ‘Zoo Lates’ events being held at London Zoo. Concerns have been raised over the welfare of animals at the late night parties, after an investigation by the Guardian revealed drunken visitors threw beer over a tiger. Sources at...


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Increase in forest disturbances linked to climate change – study

Forest disturbances, such as wildfires, strong winds and bark beetles, are becoming more damaging because of climate change. Researchers have found these disturbances have increased in Europe’s forests over the last 40 years and that rise is expected to continue. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change,...


Photo: LAGI 2014 submission - Artist Team: Hareth Pochee, Adam Khan, Louis Leger, Patrick Fryer

Green ‘energy duck’ to bring clean, solar energy to Copenhagen

A team of British designers has come up with a bizarre green energy solution, submitted to the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition, in the form of a giant duck. The energy duck is an entry to the Copenhagen competition, which aims to make renewable and zero carbon...


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Ecology Building Society launch Twitter campaign to save neighbouring tree

Employees at the Ecology Building Society in Silsden, West Yorkshire, have launched a last-ditch effort to save a tree outside their offices. The old tree is due to be cut down tomorrow in order to make way for a new Aldi store next door.  Staff at Ecology say the...


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Warming of Atlantic Ocean has dramatically increased Pacific winds – study

The rapid warming of the world’s oceans, caused by climate change, is increasing record-breaking levels of Pacific Equatorial trade winds, new research has found. Scientists from University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the University of Hawaii have shed some light on the forces at work behind Pacific trade...


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Subsidy loophole to be closed for dirty fossil fuels

The UK government has announced it will close a legal loophole that could have given billions of pounds to old coal power plants. However, the news has reopened the debate over why subsidies for fossil fuels are continuing to undermine carbon reduction policies. The loophole was found in the...


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Sustainable September: full-day conference moves to Royal Geographical Society

Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September full-day sustainability conference has changed venues, moving to the Royal Geographical Society. The event, which will run from 8am to 6pm on September 30, was originally due to be held at Central Hall Westminster. The change of venue will instead see the conference take...


Blue and Green Algae on Lake Erie

400,000 in Toledo without drinking water due to pollution and climate change

The US city of Toledo, in Ohio, has been dramatically affected by a widespread contamination of its drinking water, now proven to be the direct result of a man made algae boom – caused by agricultural chemicals and climate change. The aggressive toxin, known as microcystin, is caused by...


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Competition inquiry into energy companies should also investigate wholesale gas market, warns MP

Tim Yeo, chairman of the House of Commons’ Energy Committee, has written to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) urging it to investigate the wholesale gas market as part of an inquiry into the UK energy sector. In June, energy regulator Ofgem announced an 18-month investigation into competition in...


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