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Four Winds Energy Co-op extends renewable energy share offer

A renewable energy co-operative seeking investors to support two community-owned 500 kilowatt (kW) wind turbines has extended its public share offer. The Four Winds Energy Co-op has now received sufficient funding to develop its first turbine in Duckmanton, near Chesterfield, having raised over £2.6 million. Construction will start imminently and...


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Energy price riggers will face jail under new laws

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has put forward new proposals that would see anyone guilty of manipulating energy prices facing up to two years in prison. The new laws would give more power to energy regulators and would make it a criminal offence to artificially ‘rig’ wholesale...


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£8bn arms sales to Israel under review by UK government

In light of the recent aggressive military campaign by Israel into Palestine, Downing Street is reviewing £8 billion arms contracts to Israel to ensure compliance with international regulations. As announced on Monday, the government will investigate exports by British companies, whose licences were approved by the government, to ensure...


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Scientists warn expansion of fracking is outpacing research into environmental impacts

A US-based study has warned that the expansion of shale gas extraction, through methods such as fracking, is outpacing research on the issues around the practice, including spills leading to contamination and the environmental impacts. Fracking has grown rapidly in the US but remains a relatively new source of...


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Scottish Independence: Darling and Salmond debate energy, business and banking

In the lead up to the Scottish referendum vote on September 18, former chancellor of the exchequer and leader of the ‘No’ campaign, Alistair Darling faced Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and leading advocate for Scottish independence, in a televised showdown on Tuesday. Hosted in...


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Call to stop London Zoo evening events amid worries over animal distress

More than 67,000 people have signed a petition to stop controversial ‘Zoo Lates’ events being held at London Zoo. Concerns have been raised over the welfare of animals at the late night parties, after an investigation by the Guardian revealed drunken visitors threw beer over a tiger. Sources at...


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McDonald’s admits Chinese expired meat scandal is denting sales

Leading fast food chain McDonald’s has admitted that a scandal involving its supply chain in China has had a “significant negative impact” on its sales. In July, McDonald’s was forced to take many products off its shelves across China, after police launched an investigation into allegations that expired meat...


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Top PR firms rule out working with climate deniers

Some of the world’s biggest public relation companies have ruled out working with climate deniers, suggesting that there could be a shift in how the media portrays and frames the climate change debate. Ten of the largest PR firms, including WPP, Text100, Finn Partners, Weber Shandwck, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide,...


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Second annual Global Retail Banking Innovation Awards open for applications

The Global Retail Banking Innovation Awards, established by Efma and Accenture, is looking for cutting-edge marketing and distribution innovations from retail banks for their global award ceremony. Efma, whose membership includes nearly one-third of all global retail banks, in partnership with Accenture, a global distribution and marketing firm, will...


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Portland City Council to create socially responsible investment committee

Portland City Council is expected to create a permanent socially responsible investment committee on Wednesday. The council says it is determined to seek out investments that are in line with its policies and the values of taxpayers. The move would see Portland lead the way in ethical investment for...


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Loan stock offer opportunity in the Cochabamba Project

Loan stock offer in asset backed community-based forestry enterprise, the Cochabamba Project, gives investors an opportunity to do good with their money. The project has a high level of accreditation, including Plan Vivo and Gold Standard. It also received early support from the Flemish government and the Netherlands government...


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GPs giving out more antibiotics despite warnings over dependency

A study has found there has been a rise in the use of antibiotics for common illnesses and viruses in the UK. Researchers from Public Health England (PHE) found that GPs prescribed almost 40% more antibiotics for coughs and colds in 2011 than in 1999, despite continued warnings over...


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Northern alliance announce £15bn transport plan to unite region into economic ‘powerhouse’

Five cities in the north of England will present plans to the chancellor later this year for a major transport upheaval project to improve road and rail connections in the region. Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield have responded to chancellor George Osborne’s statement regarding northern development, suggesting faster...


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HSBC chairman criticises banking reform amid profits fall

The chairman of HSBC has criticised banking reforms, which aim to deter irresponsible behaviour within the sector, stating that there is a “growing danger of disproportionate risk aversion”. His comments come as the bank reports a 12% fall in first-half profits. HSBC’s first-half results report a pre-tax profit of...


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Construction completed at largest anaerobic digestion plant in Wales

Operations have begun at what is now the largest food waste to energy plant in Wales, at a £7.5 million facility in Denbighshire. The Waen plant will take 22,500 tonnes of food waste each year, sourced from local councils, and generate 1 megawatt (MW) of clean, green electricity for...


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