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Offsetting dredging in the Great Barrier Reef would cost $1bn

Mitigating the impact of the dredging project in Abbott Point on the Australian Great Barrier Reef could be much more expensive than what the project developer has estimated, according to newly disclosed information. Documents obtained under freedom of information have shown that the cost for maintaining water quality in...


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Response to Co-op Bank’s ethics poll demonstrates importance of values

The response the Co-operative Bank has received to its ethics poll, which asked customers what was important to them, demonstrates the importance and demand for values in the banking sector. The launch of the survey followed the bank raising £1.5 billion capital last year after discovering a black hole...


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Snowden: UK emergency surveillance laws ‘beyond belief’

National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden has criticised the UK government’s plans to implement emergency state surveillance laws that would allocate greater powers to the police and state security services. In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, Snowden has revealed concerns regarding the lack of debate surrounding the...


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Energy complaints reach new record high

Figures from the energy ombudsman have revealed that complaints about energy suppliers in the first six months of 2014 have more than doubled figures recorded during the final half of 2013, surpassing the total complaints for last year, with June seeing a hike. The first half of the year...


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UKSIF backs Sustainable September

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) is backing Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month long celebration of sustainability, Sustainable September, by becoming a partner of the debate. Sustainable September aims to bring together thought leaders from a variety of organisations and industries to discuss sustainability and the challenges...


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Thousands protest against EU-US trade deal across the UK

The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) joined more than 50 groups to protest against the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on Saturday. Protests took place all around the country as part of the no TTIP campaign and the LWA joined coalition groups protesting in London. The European Commission will...


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Heathrow or Gatwick expansion plans will compromise climate change targets

The UK cannot expand its airport capacity with a new runway if the government is to meet its climate change targets, according to two new reports from environmental groups. The government currently holds controversial ambitions to build either a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick or a new airport...


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Zurich backs responsible investment and doubles green bond commitment

Insurance firm Zurich has committed to investing up to $1 billion (£580m) more to green bonds, doubling its previous commitment. The move highlights the growing importance of the green bond market. Green bonds pay investors back over a defined period of time, with regular interest payments, in the same...


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Rupert Murdoch: Australia shouldn’t care for ‘overblown’ climate change impacts

Rupert Murdoch, the owner of News Corporation, in an interview marking the 50th anniversary of his newspaper the Australian, described the effects of climate change as “overblown”, and said that Australia “shouldn’t be building windmills and all that rubbish”. On his Sky news channel, talking to the current editor...


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Study: organic food has more antioxidants, less toxic metals and fewer pesticides

Levels of antioxidants in organic food are between 19% and 69% higher than in conventionally grown food, while being treated with less chemicals, according to the most comprehensive new study ever done on the subject. A team from Newcastle University has gone through 343 peer-reviewed studies on the subject...


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Sustainability in fashion for the future

On Wednesday July 9, the Guardian held a live online chat where a panel of experts discussed, “What do fashion students need to know about sustainability?”  With the growing population increasing the need for resources, and climate change affecting companies all over the world, sustainability in the fashion industry...


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Scientists call for action on plastics being dumped in marine environment

Two leading scientists on the subject of plastic in the marine environment have called for urgent action to “turn off the tap” and divert plastic waste away from our oceans. In an article for journal Science, Professor Kara Lavender Law, of the Sea Education Association, and Professor Richard Thompson,...


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US designates critical habitat to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles

The US has taken steps to protect the endangered loggerhead sea turtle by making almost half of the beaches used by the species a designated critical habitat. The ruling, which comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), creates one...


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Electric vehicles in UK could reach 5 million with right polices, says National Grid

Government policy and the health of the economy will play a huge role in the uptake of electric cars, a report from the National Grid shows. Strong environmental policy could see the number of electric cars soar to over 5 million in the next two decades it predicts. The...


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Richard Branson says goodbye to environmentally-intensive beef

Virgin’s patron Richard Branson has given up eating beef as part of personal commitment to reduce his environmental footprint, as red meat is one of the foods that requires most resources and is speeding up deforestation. Writing on his blog, Branson explains that he decided to stop eating what...


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