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Brexit Could Risk Environment Say Friends of the Earth

The EU referendum takes place on Thursday 23 June across Britain. Yesterday the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, pushed the campaign to remain in the UK by discussing the environment at a nature reserve yesterday. Friends of the Earth say leaving the EU could result in an environment risk...


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UNESCO Event Will Highlight Ocean Importance

This year’s World Ocean’s Day takes place on Wednesday 8 June and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission will mark the event with a celebration. At the event, they will also hold a discussion on the importance of the ocean in controlling the planet’s climate. The discussion will be a follow up to...


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EU Parliament Issues Draft Clean-up Report

A new draft report that sets out legal measures to help clean up Europe has been delivered today by the European Parliament. The report details new rules that should help combat waste issues across the EU. The clean-up operation should also create new jobs across the continent. EU rules to...


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Solar Voters Could Change Australia’s Government

Research published by Solar Citizens suggests that in Australia the number of voters with solar panels installed on their houses is higher than the number of voters required to change the current MP in an area. Research shows that 80 per cent of Australia’s federal constituencies contain voters with...


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Orangutan’s Under Threat From Betty Crocker Supplier

Betty Crocker is a well-loved name across baking-mad Britain, but one of its suppliers has been linked to the destruction of the environment. The leading baking brand is sourcing palm oil from IOI, a company responsible for destroying orangutan habitat and rainforest in Indonesia. IOI have been accused of...


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SNP Abstain as Scottish Parliament Ban Fracking

The Scottish Parliament have voted to ban fracking because it is not in line with Scotland’s climate plan. Labour, Green and Lib Dem members voted for, whilst Conservatives voted against. SNP members abstained from voting at all but the final was 32 votes to 29. The announcement, that came...


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Renewables Report Shows Green Energy Boost

A new study has found that emerging countries spent more on renewables than coal and gas last year. The Renewables Global Status Report found that investments in renewables such as solar, wind and hydropower was double the amount spent on new coal and gas-fired power plants. Over 8 million people across...


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Christian Activists Charged with Criminal Damage

Five members of Christian Climate Action have been found guilty of causing criminal damage. In November last year the group whitewashed the walls of the Department for Energy and Climate Change and painted “Department for Extreme Climate Change” in black paint over the top. They say they were exposing...


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OTB Launch Organic Breakfast Campaign

The Organic Trade Board and Soil Association are once again rallying the independent retailers to help them promote an organic way of living. Last year the Wake Up to Organic campaign was a success and this year it’s hoped to be even bigger. The aim of the Wake Up...


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Bill Oddie Joins Opencast Coal Mine Protest

Yesterday Bill Oddie joined activists in Northumberland protesting an opencast coal mine. The naturalist and broadcaster attended a beach party and picnic where protestors rallied against proposals for a huge opencast coal mine near Newcastle. Banks Mining, part of the Banks Group, has put forward the proposal. The event,...


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Letter Calls for Tighter Air Pollution Rules

Environment and health NGOs have urged the UK Environment Secretary to be more ambitious when negotiating air pollution legislation later this month. A letter written to Liz Truss focuses on the Government’s position on the National Emissions Ceilings (NEC) Directive and attempts to weaken air pollution targets. The letter...


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Scientists Could Collaborate to Reduce Mexico Emissions

Scientists in Mexico have teamed up with Scottish scientists to help support the development of carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) in the country. The teams came together to discuss research and the possibility of future collaborations. CCUS could help to reduce carbon emissions in Mexico. Representatives from SENER...


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New IOTC Rules Should Save Tuna

The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) have agreed to tighten the rules around tuna fishing – in particular Skipjack and Yellowfin tuna. Once in place, the new rules will rein in Skipjack tuna harvesting in the Indian Ocean. The IOTC is responsible for managing nearly a quarter of the...


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Campaigners Call for Ban on Seabed Mining

On Tuesday 24 May a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil societies were outside the Annual Deep Sea Mining Summit calling for a ban on seabed mining. The group wants the European Commission to recognise potentially destructive deep sea mining in the Pacific Ocean. The event took place...


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Scottish Renewables Welcome RSPB 2050 Energy Vision

The RSPB have launched a new report called The RSPB’s 2050 Energy Vision. The report shows how the UK could transform its energy system, meet climate targets, and transition into a low carbon economy sustainably. Scottish Renewables have responded to the launch of the report. Lindsay Roberts, Senior Policy...