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Greenpeace video criticising Lego and Shell link back on YouTube

Greenpeace’s video that aims to highlight Lego’s relationship with oil giant Shell has now reappeared on YouTube after it was removed following a breach of copyright claim from Warner Brothers. The environmental campaign group is requesting that the Danish toymaker ends its advertising relationship with Shell, which sees some...


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Reader survey 2014: tell us what you think to win an iPad mini, Kindle Fire or a charity donation

We want to keep writing what you want to read – whether that’s investment, energy, tourism, travel, banking, spending or other ethical and environmental issues. Our readership has quadrupled since we last conducted the survey and we’re keen to see what’s changed. We are calling on you, our readers,...


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Drax wins court appeal over coal-to-biomass conversion investment contract

Drax Group has won a High Court battle to overturn the government’s ruling that one of its coal-to-biomass conversion projects was ineligible for a new subsidy scheme. In a surprise decision in April, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that only one of Drax’s two planned...


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NASA images show reductions in greenhouse gas emissions above major US cities

NASA images, showing comparisons between 2005 and 2011, have shown a clear reduction in harmful gas emissions – in particular nitrous oxide (N2O). Images taken by NASA’s Aura Satellite highlighted huge quantities of N2O, via the ozone monitoring instrument (OMI), in 2005 above most major US cities. N20 is...


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Experts from across the globe meet to discuss sustainable tourism

The sixth International Conference on Sustainable Tourism took place from July 8 – 10 in Opatija, Croatia, where 32 scientists and experts presented their research on a multitude of topics around the challenges faced in tourism. The conference has been taking place since 2004 and is run by the...


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Ecology Building Society among those supporting Sustainable September

The Ecology Building Society is one of the organisations supporting Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September, a month long celebration of sustainability that will see visionaries from the tourism, energy, retail and investment sectors gather to share their views. The Ecology Building Society began trading in 1981 after a...


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WTO rules against US tariffs imposed on Chinese solar panels

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has told the US it has improperly placed tariffs on goods from China and India, including renewable energy equipment, on the grounds these were sold at a too low a price and benefitted from unfair state subsidies. The US tariffs were imposed on Indian...


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Payday loans to be capped at 0.8% to cut cost of borrowing

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed plans to cap charges payday loan companies implement on debt – with moves that could cost the industry £420 million. The FCA has proposed a cap of 0.8%, which would mean nobody would have to pay back more than twice what they...


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Russia plans sustainable stadiums for World Cup 2018

Six of the new stadiums required for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be built with the help of a world-leading sustainable buildings assessor, in an effort to boost the international profile of green development.  As fans head home from Brazil and Germany return victorious, Russia must prepare...


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Low carbon and renewables week kicks off at first-of-its-kind international business festival

The International Festival for Business (IFB) seeks to connect businesses around the world and this week hopes to raise awareness on innovation taking place in the low carbon and renewable energy sector. The IFB is a 50-day festival running for seven weeks from the start of June. It is...


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Scottish-only stock market would ‘underperform’, report finds

Leading academics have created a ‘Scottish-only’ stock market index in anticipation of the Scottish independence referendum – with worrying results when it was compared to other UK equivalents. The ‘Scotsie 100’ index is made up of 100 firms that have headquarters in Scotland, but are currently quoted in London...


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Mary Robinson appointed UN special envoy for Climate Change

Former Irish president Mary Robinson has been nominated as special envoy for climate change by the UN secretary general, due to a “degree of urgency” in preparing an international climate summit. Robinson, currently special envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa, has accepted the role offered by UN...


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Carbon budgets can be met but policies must be strengthened, advisers warn

The UK can meet its carbon budgets, at an affordable cost, but only if the government strengthens key policies, according to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). In a report, the committee acknowledges that progress has been made but urges the government to go further. A progress report from...


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Pakistani women paid $100 a month to make ‘Brazuca’ Adidas World Cup footballs

As the World Cup comes to a climactic end, Germany’s victory has been undermined by questions regarding Fifa’s choice to source its products from one of the cheapest labour markets in the world.   Figures have shown that Pakistani workers, primarily women, who were contracted to make the ‘Brazuca’...


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Tropical fish destroying marine habitats due to climate change

The migration of tropical fish, caused by ocean warming attributed to climate change, is having a harmful impact on marine ecosystems, a study has found. Due to ocean warming, tropical fish are moving towards the poles, leading to a decline in kelps and seagrass, as fish overgraze. The study,...


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