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‘Big six’ pushed out of best buy tables by smaller companies

The ‘big six’ energy companies have failed to be in the top five best buy deals for the last six months, figures show. New MoneySuperMarket data shows smaller, alternative companies are offering cheaper deals for customers. The six companies have been under scrutiny in recent months with an investigation...


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Genetically altered fruit flies could be answer to global crop problem

A genetically altered self-killing fruit fly could provide the answer to a global pest-control issue, according to new research, potentially saving over 300 crop types. Published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, researchers analysed the effect of injecting male mutant flies with a lethal gene that...


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New online comparison tool to help renewable energy get best deals

A new, first of its kind online comparison service for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) could help those generating renewable energy earn up to 20% more. London based company Open Utility has launched the tool to make it easier for small and medium sized clean energy generators to choose the...


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Melting Antarctica poses risk to coastal megacities

The Antarctic ice sheets could be melting at a faster pace than previously thought, potentially leading to faster rising sea levels and posing a risk to coastal megacities, such as New York and Shanghai, according to a new study. The study, led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact...


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Mexico expected to exceed $2.4 billion renewable energy investment in 2014

Mexico is already showing signs of exceeding its 2010 record of $2.4 billion (£1.4bn) in renewable investment for the first half of 2014 – helped by a significant increase in investment in wind and solar power. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, investment in the first half of the...


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E.ON’s profits fall 20% amid German renewables drive

E.ON, Germany’s biggest utility, has revealed a profit fall of 20% for the first half of 2014, the decline has been linked to the growing renewables market. Germany recently set a new world record for renewable energy generation. The company’s underlying net income, which is used to calculate dividends,...


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California drought: policymakers agree to tackle climate change to end extreme drought

On the final day of approval, California governor Jerry Brown gained support on both sides of the house for a $7.6 billion (£4.5bn) water bond that will rescue the drought ridden state from catastrophe. The bond will be used to improve water supplies and will be put in front...


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Australian environment minister admits climate change threat to Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s environment minister has admitted that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger, after a troubling report warned that the unique ecosystem is already being affected by climate change. The Australian government’s own Outlook Report 2014, published earlier this week, found some positive trends improving the reef’s fortunes. Since the...


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UK wind energy sets new record for August

Wind power in the UK continues to see high levels of energy generation, as figures show the sector reached a record hourly output for August on Sunday. RenewableUK found wind averaged over 5 gigawatts (GW) of power, with high winds in the evening meaning the green energy outperformed coal....


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FTSE 100 double charitable donations since recession

Since the start of the recession the UK’s biggest companies have almost doubled their donations to charities, according to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). However, research also shows that whilst companies are taking philanthropic steps, many are not communicating their work with the public. The report – Corporate Giving...


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UN Climate Summit: 350.org launch global call to action

Ahead of the United Nations climate talks set to take place in New York on September 23rd, campaign group 350.org have called for a weekend of action, with planned protest marches and demonstrations to press world leaders for bolder action on climate change. The UN climate summit, led by...


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Two-thirds of Britons with mental health problems get no treatment

Some two-thirds of Britons with common mental health problems, such as depression, receive no treatment, according to the incoming president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Prof Simon Wessely of King’s College London, in an interview with the Guardian, said that there is an “appalling” treatment gap because of...


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Global sales of electric cars expected to grow rapidly to 1.8 million by 2023

Electric car sales have so far been predominantly focused in Western Europe and North America, but new research suggests that Asia will soon be the leading market for sustainable transportation. Navigant Research, who conducted the study, have concluded that the combined sales of the West and the East will...


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Government food agency admits it was wrong about chicken supplier

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has gone back on previous claims and now says there has been a breach of food hygiene legislation at a poultry plant in Scunthorpe. The food agency said revelations of birds being put back on the production line after falling on the floor constitutes...


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UN: climate change investment could secure Africa’s development

Investment in climate change investment adaptation in Africa is vital to ensure that decades of development progress in the country is not reversed, according to a report by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As the effects of climate change impact Africa, the steps the country has taken to grow...


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