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Summer weather extremes on the rise because of climate change

Climate change could be affecting circulation patterns in the atmosphere leading to more extreme weather events during summer, including heatwaves, according to new research from a team of scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact and Research (PIK). “The large number of recent high-impact extreme weather events has...


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Conservatives are failing to invest in flood defences, say Labour

Maria Eagle, Labour’s shadow environment secretary, has said that the Tories are failing to invest adequately in flood defences. She says the government is cutting funding while climate change is increasing the urgent need to protect homes across the UK. In a speech at the World Wide Fund for...


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Oil and gas companies take on more debt to cover shortfall

Oil and gas companies from around the world are taking on more debt and selling assets to close the gap between operational cash flow and their expenditures, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The findings of the EIA suggest that at least some parts of the oil...


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Ofgem blamed for ‘reducing competition’ and raising energy prices

Five former regulators are urging investigators to analyse energy watchdog Ofgem’s role in reducing the energy industry’s competition through badly designed regulations implemented in 2008. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), at the request of Ofgem, recently launched an 18-month investigation into the energy market – as a recent...


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World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 longlist announced

The official longlist for the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 has been released, recognising inspiring organisations that work to ensure tourism preserves and benefits destinations and local people. The longlist names over 200 tourism organisations, initiatives, businesses and projects across 11 categories. These categories include animal welfare, conservation, poverty...


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Scottish government lays out green benefits of independence

The Scottish government has set out how the country would benefit environmentally if it were to become an independent country, ahead of Scots taking to the polls on September 18 to decide if they want to remain part of the UK. The paper – Scotland’s Future and the Environment...


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London Mayor Boris Johnson tips MP Zac Goldsmith to replace him at City Hall

Environmentalist and Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has been urged by the outgoing Mayor of London Boris Johnson to run for the position, as Johnson bids to return to the Houses of Parliament. The MP for Richmond Park, Goldsmith is one of Westminster’s wealthiest members. The outspoken MP has a...


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Campaign group calls for Welsh VAT cut to boost tourism sector

Cutting VAT within the tourism industry could create almost 6,000 jobs in Wales, according to the Cut Tourism VAT campaign. The figures follow the group’s publication of a report that looked at the impact a VAT cut in the sector would have on the whole of the UK. According...


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Massive emission reductions needed by 2050 to limit climate change damage, reports UN

A draft analysis of three UN scientific reports regarding global warming has concluded that by the year 2050, greenhouse gas emissions must be drastically reduced in order to avoid climate catastrophe. The report suggests that reduction targets need to be set at between 40% and 70% lower than 2010...


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Over half of Brits support fracking, claims trade body survey

A survey commissioned by a trade body for the UK oil and gas industry has found that more than half of Britons support shale gas production. However, the findings contradict those of other polls looking at the public’s opinion of fracking. The Populus survey, commissioned by UK Onshore Oil...


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Clare Lissaman to moderate Sustainable September retail debate

Clare Lissaman, ethical and fair trade consultant and co-founder of organic menswear brand Arthur & Henry, will moderate Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September’s retail debate. The event, which will take place at the Royal Geographical Society on September 10, will bring together some of the leading thinkers on international trade and...


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Air traffic growth set to undermine carbon reduction measures – study

As more and more people continue to fly and airlines do all they can to get ticket prices down, this is continuing to have a negative effect on the environment. New research has found even if controversial measures are put in place, carbon reduction efforts will still be outweighed...


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Millions told to evacuate as typhoon Halong hits Japan

Typhoon Halong hit southwest Japan at around 9pm Greenwich Mean Time on Saturday. There are severe weather warnings in place for most of the country and nearly 1.5 million people in western Japan have been issued evacuation notices. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon hit Aki, Kochi prefecture,...


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Ex-hurricane Bertha brings strong winds and floods to the UK

As the remnants of tropical storm Bertha began to hit parts of the UK on Sunday morning, the Met Office is advising people to ‘be aware’. Flood warnings are in place for parts of the UK, with a yellow weather warning for wind and rain over the midlands and...


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National Lottery praised for green measures

UK National Lottery operator Camelot has shown its environmental credentials and has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard. The Standard recognises achievements in energy efficiency measures and CO2 emission reductions and the lottery is the first in the world to be given the certification. Camelot has shown its green...


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