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Four days to go: fifth of ISA investors select stocks ‘blindly’

Ahead of the 2013/14 ISA deadline, research has shown that a fifth of stocks and shares ISA investors are selecting their investments “blindly”. This is despite experts warning that it is vital for investors to research where they are placing their money to ensure sustainability. The deadline for using...


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Spring weather to bring high levels of air pollution to UK

Warm spring weather, combined with dust storms and strong winds, is increasing pollution levels, especially in urban areas, according to the government’s latest forecast. A dust storm from the Sahara has brought red sand to southern parts of England, which has covered cars in London and forced people with...


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IMF: banks ‘too important to fail’ are taking bigger risks

Despite reforms in recent years, banks that are deemed ‘too big to fail’ are still taking bigger risks because of the expectation that governments will support them, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The issue has arguably intensified in the wake of the financial crisis. Analysis from the...


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FCA: changing culture at financial services firms won’t be a quick job

Martin Wheatley, chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), has said it will take years for culture changes to filter through financial services firms. His comments coincide with the publication of the FCA’s 2014/15 business plan. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Tuesday, Wheatley said, “I...


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UK’s largest businesses prepare £200bn investment

Over the next two years, the UK’s biggest businesses are set to invest up to £200 billion, according to research. The Treasury has welcomed the findings and it is hoped it will shift the economic recovery away from consumer-led growth. A survey conducted by Deloitte questioned over 130 senior...


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Eat seven a day, not five: scientists call for increased fruit and veg intake

Research from University College London (UCL) has suggested that eating seven or more portions of fruit and veg a day would reduce health risks by 42%. Scientists have therefore argued that the current five-a-day target encouraged by the government is too low. The study, published in the Journal of...


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Climate scientists in dramatic revelation: manmade climate change is a ‘hoax’

Several of the world’s leading climate scientists have made a sensational turnaround in their thinking, claiming that manmade climate change is in fact “a hoax” and that the deniers were right all along. Academics from the UK, US, Europe and South America admitted that they had for years been...


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Eat less meat and dairy to dodge climate disaster, urges study

Avoiding the most devastating impacts of climate change may be impossible unless global consumption of meat and dairy products is drastically cut, a new study has warned. Its publication coincides with the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) sobering new report – a stark warning that...


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ExxonMobil remains convinced that the world needs fossil fuels – despite climate risks

Oil giant ExxonMobil has argued in a shareholder report that all sources of energy, including fossil fuels, are necessary and that it intends to burn all its hydrocarbon reserves. This comes just a day after a stark warning by a UN report that climate change will have devastating effects...


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Male fish ‘feminised’ by pollution on Basque coast

Manmade pollutants are causing male fish to develop female features in estuaries along the Basque coast in northern Spain, a new study has found. Previous studies have shown that even in small concentrations, pollutants acting as oestrogens can cause male fish around the world to ‘feminise’, with potentially chronic...


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Charity Bank eyes growth after £14.5m social investment from Big Society Capital

Social investment bank Big Society Capital has announced it will invest up to £14.5m of ordinary shares in the social purpose bank Charity Bank, helping the organisation expand its reach and achieve its long-term goals. The announcement represents Big Society Capital’s largest ever single investment. The investment will be...


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Five days left until the deadline for investing in 2013/14 ISAs

Savers have just five days left to use up this year’s ISA allowance and benefit from the tax incentives the product offers. Individuals have until midnight on April 5 to deposit up to £5,760 in a cash ISA – or £11,520 in a stocks and shares ISA. Those who...


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Japan forced to end ‘scientific’ whaling in Antarctica by UN court

The International Court of Justice has ruled that Japan must temporarily halt its whale killing for scientific purposes in Antarctica, following a claim brought forward by Australia in 2010 and years of opposition by environmental campaigners. Japan signed a moratorium on whaling in 1986 but continued to kill large...


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Network Rail faces fine after failing to meet punctuality targets

Network Rail is expecting a £70m fine following delays and failure to meet targets. The organisation, which maintains rail infrastructure, has also announced a £38 billion spending and investment programme. In order to meet the Office of Rail Regulation’s punctuality target, 92.5% of trains must run on time –...


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IPCC findings demand investment in a sustainable future, say investors

Leading sustainable investors have claimed the latest findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are further evidence for investment in sustainable companies and industries. The IPCC’s second report of three in its Climate Change 2014 series warns how warmer temperate can put pressure on food prices, national security, health...


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