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60th Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in eco-friendly Vienna

The famous song contest is being held in Vienna this year, following the success of Austrian Conchita Wurst last year. The city has already excellent green credentials but is keen to push sustainability on the top of the agenda for visitors. Earlier this year, Vienna was ranked the most...


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Shell met by protestors in Seattle waters over Arctic drilling

Hundreds of people took to the water off Seattle near Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig with kayaks and canoes to say no to recently approved plans to resume dangerous search for oil in Arctic waters. The ‘sHell No’ protest saw hundreds on kayaks, canoes and paddleboards on Sunday standing...


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Blue & Green and GreenWise Business create sustainable publishing powerhouse

Sustainability titles Blue & Green Tomorrow and GreenWise Business unite to create independent sustainable publishing powerhouse. GreenWise Business founder Louise Bateman is to become editor of Blue & Green, as title launches £260,000 Crowdcube share offer. Blue & Green Tomorrow, the fastest-growing sustainable lifestyle magazine in the UK, and...


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New polar shipping rules insufficient to protect ecosystems, campaigners say

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has approved a new legislation to prevent pollution and oil spills in polar waters, but environmental groups have argued these do not go far enough and called for a binding Polar Code for the Arctic. The IMO – the UN agency responsible for prevent...


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Charlize Theron: address global warming or expect ‘Mad Max scenario’

South African actress said an uncertain and dangerous future like the one portrayed in the movie Mad Max : Fury Road awaits humanity unless we succeed in solving social and environmental issues. George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road depicts a dystopian future with scarce resources, desert landscapes and collapsed...


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Pope Francis: care for creation, sustainable development and climate change

Pope Francis will write a letter to 1.2bn Catholics all over the world, emphasising the importance on sustainable living, eradicating poverty and calling on world leaders to address climate change. The pope has been critical of high profile issues in the past. He has spoken out against the dangers...


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Antarctica ice shelf at risk of collapse

An ice shelf twice the size of Wales depleted by 4 metres between 1998 and 2012 and is at risk of collapse, according to a study by the British Antarctica Survey. Larsen C, which is a long ice shelf in the northwest part of the Weddell Sea, is thinning...


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Edinburgh University ‘refuses’ to divest from fossil fuels

Student campaigners at Edinburgh University have accused staff of being ‘in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry’ after the University Court refused to divest from fossil fuels, despite recommendations to pull the plug on investments in coal and tar sands. The university court, the highest decision making body...


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Obama administration gives the nod to Arctic oil drilling

The US Interior Department has given its approval to the oil giant Shell to begin drilling in Arctic waters, subject to safety conditions being met. But pressure groups have responded with criticism over Shell’s ability to overcome safety concerns. After a long review into the procedures, American officials referred to...


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Sea level rise accelerates, say scientists

Sea level rises across the planet have been accelerating over the past two decades, not declining as previously thought. A new study has found that sea level rise has accelerated in recent decades, countering claims that total sea level rise is lower than previously estimated. Previous research had predicted...


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Apple to boost forest protection and green energy in China

Tech giant Apple has announced new measures to increase responsible forest management in China and expand clean energy projects across its manufacturing facilities in the country. Apple has partnered with the WWF to protect up to one million acres of responsibly managed working forests to supply fibre for pulp,...


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Elizabeth Truss: Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Elizabeth Truss MP was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 15 July 2014. She was elected as the Conservative MP for south west Norfolk in 2010. She will remain in post. Elizabeth studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford. Elizabeth entered Parliament...


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Amber Rudd: Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Amber Rudd was appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 11 May 2015. She was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change from July 2014 until May 2015. She was elected Conservative MP for Hastings & Rye on 6...


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Report: single smartphone requires 13 tonnes of water to produce

A new report has revealed the amount of resources, including water and land use, that is required to make the everyday products we often take for granted. The report was commissioned by environmental group Friends of the Earth and aims to explore the environmental footprint of everyday products, measured...


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Consultation set to look at air quality impacts of airport expansion

A public consultation is set to assess the impact expansion at Heathrow and Gatwick airports could have on air quality, one of the issues that have been flagged up by environmental groups. Gatwick and Heathrow both put forward plans for expansion to the Airport Commission in order to increase...



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