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Multi-million pound boost for British food industry as public sector told to buy local

The government has announced a new and improved food and drink buying standard, which means from 2017 central government will commit to buying local produce. Overall, up to £400 million could be spent on food and drink sourced from the UK. Currently, government, hospitals, schools and other public sector...


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Foreign investment in UK renewable energy projects on the rise

The number of UK renewable energy projects supported by foreign investors has increased by 25% in a year, new figures have revealed. A report from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), released on Sunday, showed that from 2013-2014, the nation has attracted the most inward investment projects since records began...


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Park and ride schemes not as eco-friendly as first thought

Park and ride schemes in the UK can actually increase traffic and have a negative impact on the environment, according to new research. In a new series of short films from the University of the West of England, experts talk about transport issues. In one, Professor Graham Parkhurst explains...


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Government intervention hits planning approval rates for UK wind and solar energy

A report, conducted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), has found a 20% drop in planning approval rates for wind and solar, as a result of planning reforms and interventions from government ministers. The investigation found that a heavy reliance on the secretary of state to approve...


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Met Office maps impacts of climate change

The Met Office and the UK government have launched a comprehensive new map to show how the impacts of climate change could change the way we live around the world. The complex ‘Human dynamics of climate change’ infographic was published last week to illustrate how rising temperatures will affect human...


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James Bond’s Skyfall setting being ‘destroyed’ by irresponsible campers and fly-tippers

Irresponsible campers leaving rubbish and fly-tipping are destroying Glen Etive, used as the location for Skyfall in the latest James Bond film, residents have claimed. Locals Mark and Phillip Shone have set up a Facebook page called ‘Glen Etive – The Dirty Truth’ to highlight the damage being done...


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Crowdfunding services Trillion Fund and Buzzbnk announce merger

Two leading crowdfunding platforms Trillion Fund and Buzzbnk have merged with the aim to raise finance for renewable energy and social business projects and create the UK’s largest social crowdfunding service. Trillion Fund is a crowdfunding service focusing on renewable energy, while Buzzbnk offers social entrepreneurs and social ventures...


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UK summer storms to be followed by 30C heat and sunny weather

Thunder storms, heavy rain and lightning are expected to give way to lasting sunshine as the UK recovers from a weekend of flooding and transport disruption. The Environment Agency, over the last 24 hours, had put out a total of 28 emergency flood warnings – which have now been...


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Serious Fraud Office set to investigate forex manipulation

Reports suggest that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is preparing to launch a criminal investigation in the alleged rigging of the foreign exchange (forex) market. The SFO has been gathering intelligence on the supposed manipulation over the last few months. The £3 trillion a day market has come under...


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Sainsbury’s store first in the UK to be powered entirely by food waste

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has announced this week that its Cannock store, in the West Midlands, will be solely powered by energy from anaerobic digestion – with no reliance on the National Grid. The ground-breaking project, launched in partnership with waste recycling company Biffa, will ensure the retail store is...


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Google to award £2m of winnings to UK nonprofits

Four UK charities will receive £500,000 of funding from the Google Impact Challenge, supported by Nesta, with the winners announced at the end of July. The Google Impact Challenge UK launched in 2013 by the philanthropic arm of the tech giant. UK nonprofits were invited to submit their ideas...


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Typhoon Rammasun: 118 dead as typhoon hits Vietnam

Typhoon Rammasun has already killed eight people in Vietnam as the storm creates flooding and storm surges, leaving the Philippines devastated in its wake – with over 100 dead across Asia. Some 94 lives were claimed in the Philippines as the storm wreaked havoc across the pacific islands –...


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Unilever’s Dave Lewis to replace Philip Clarke as Tesco CEO

Unilever’s chief of personal care Dave Lewis will be the new CEO of Tesco starting from October. He will replace Philip Clarke after trading profits of the British retailer were found to be below expectations in the first six months of 2014. Dave Lewis joined Unilever back in 1987...


Coal fired electric plant on the banks of the Chambal River

India to fund renewable projects by doubling tax on coal

India’s new finance minister, Arun Jaitley, has announced plans to increase funding on India’s vast clean energy and environmental projects, by doubling the tax on every metric tonne of coal. The decision will be welcome news to financers struggling to maintain India’s ambitious environmental projects, which now include the...


Outside shot of Malvern Food store, Worcestershire

Co-op Group reforms remove ‘effective member control’, says former chairman

Former chairman of the Co-operative Group Len Wardle has called on members to reject proposed reform plans, stating that they would remove “effective member control”.  He claims there will be a “fundamental flaw” in the way new board members are elected. Wardle resigned from his post at the Co-operative...


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