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Church of England reduces exposure to ‘sin stocks’ after ethical investment review

The Church of England’s exposure to areas like tobacco, gambling and high interest rate lending has been reduced after a review of its ethical investment strategy. The church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) has cut down its revenue threshold from 25% to 10% for a range of sectors that...


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Petition calls for David Cameron to uphold pesticide ban to protect threatened bees

Environmental campaigners have launched a petition urging prime minister David Cameron to uphold a ban on pesticides that pose a serious risk to threatened bee populations. On Tuesday, the government will consider an appeal from the pesticide manufacturer Syngenta regarding three types of neonicotinoids – a class of pesticides...


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Investment needed to save public parks and green spaces at risk of cuts

The UK’s public parks are in decline because of a lack of funding and many local authorities are considering selling them off – despite being one of the most used public services – a new report has found. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has warned that unless new funds...


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Renewable energy co-operative invites investors to help tackle fuel poverty

Calleva Community Energy Co-op in Berkshire is inviting investors to buy shares in the co-operative in order to help local businesses become greener – while also helping to tackle fuel poverty in the region. The co-op has been set up to raise £412,000 to install solar panels on the...


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Good Energy customers to get cheaper energy bills if wind farm goes ahead

Customers living near the Big Field wind farm in North Cornwall will be able to apply for a cheaper tariff from 100% renewable electricity supplier Good Energy, if planning permission is accepted. Residents within 5km of the proposed site will be offered a rate that is 20% cheaper than...


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Investment needed to protect UK infrastructure from climate change risks

The UK’s crucial energy, transport, waste and water infrastructure is at risk from the impacts of climate change because of a lack of investment, a damning new report has warned. Such neglect is also affecting the UK’s competitiveness and the quality of life of its citizens, the report says,...


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UK’s severe shortage of farmland will hit food production – study

A new report by the University of Cambridge has found that Britain could have a shortfall of 2m hectares of land for food by 2030. The best use of UK agricultural land report was co-ordinated by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and found the UK could see...


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Scientists to use ‘harpoon’ to reel in dangerous space debris

Faced with the very 21st century problem of space debris – the bits and pieces from thousands of space missions that litter Earth’s orbit – scientists are turning to stone age technology: the harpoon. When we think about pollution, we usually do not think further than our own planetary...


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Global Ocean Commission launches ‘rescue package’ to save the oceans

An international group of politicians, business leaders and conservationists have outlined a proposal to put an immediate end to unsustainable fishing and marine pollution. The Global Ocean Commission is formed by 17 leaders from around the world and has suggested in a new report a “rescue package” to restore...


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Glastonbury weather: mix of heavy downpours and blazing sunshine for 2014 festival

Glastonbury 2014 has opened its doors to 200,000 festivalgoers, who are descending on Worthy Farm, Somerset, ahead of a mixed few days of weather. Dolly Parton, Metallica and Arcade Fire are among those performing, with rain set to create mud baths that have become synonymous with the 44-year-old festival....


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£6.1m investment for Oxford firm that battles dengue fever with GM mosquitos

A company that breeds genetically modified mosquitos to battle dengue fever has announced the completion of a £6.1m investment round. Oxford-based Oxitec uses pioneering methods to control insect species that spread disease and damage crops, using biotechnology as a more precise and environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional pesticides.  Its recently...


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Make ‘cold and draughty’ UK homes energy efficient, new coalition says

The government should commit to retrofitting 1 million homes a year by 2020, according to a coalition of over 20 major organisations from the construction, housing and environment sectors. The heads of environmental groups, charities, trade associations and membership bodies, including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and WWF-UK, have...


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Badger vaccinations to be rolled out across England

Badger vaccinations could mean an end to culling as the government announces plans to roll out such schemes across England. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a devastating disease for the farming industry, with 314,000 infected cattle slaughtered in the last decade. This year it is expected to cost the taxpayer...


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Syngenta seeks exemption to use banned bee-harmful pesticide

Chemicals giant Syngenta has applied for an “emergency” exemption to use a banned neonicotinoid pesticide on oilseed rape in the UK, a day after a panel of international scientists said that the harm done by the chemicals on wildlife and food was undeniable. Syngenta has claimed that treating 186,000...


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$213bn environmental crime trade ‘funding terrorists and gangs’

A booming business in environmental crime, including illegal logging and the ivory trade, worth up to $213 billion (£125 billion) a year is funding terrorist groups and organised crime around the world, a new report has warned. The report, a joint paper from the United Nations and Interpol, found...


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