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Organic farming benefits biodiversity, claims report

The debate over the environmental effects of organic farming is likely to be reignited after a study found claimed that it offsets the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms. A study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B- Biological Sciences claims that organic farming...


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‘EU is key to national prosperity’, says CBI chief

The president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) will call upon business leaders to speak out on the benefits of Britain’s continued membership of the European Union. Sir Mike Rake, head of the CBI is expected to use a speech on Wednesday evening to the annual dinner of its members...


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Coal company ‘exploited’ Ebola crisis for corporate gains

Public health experts have blasted the world’s largest private coal firm after revelations it exploited the Ebola crisis, which killed 11,000 people in West Africa, for its own commercial gains. Peabody Energy, which has revenues of just below $7bn, is accused of using the crisis to rebrand fossil fuels...


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UBS faces £350m fines over forex rigging

The Swiss bank UBS is facing £350m in fines for rigging the foreign exchange rate in a fresh wave of penalties against multinational banks expected by the US Justice Department. The bank has already had fines imposed for forex rigging by regulators in both the US and the UK,...


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Greek debt deal within a week, says Varoufakis

The Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has said that he expects to come to an agreement with the country’s creditors within a week. Yanis Varoufakis has said that he will reach a deal with Greece’s creditors next week, adding that the prospect of the country leaving the currency union...


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Deutsche Bank prepares for UK exit from EU

The German bank has said that it has set up a working group to consider whether it should move its British division to Germany in the event of the UK’s exit from the EU following a referendum. Reports suggest that the bank has not yet made a decision as...


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Pay bankers the same as civil servants, says former Tory strategist

David Cameron’s former director of strategy has suggested the government overhaul executive pay rules within the banking industry, a move that would see bankers’ pay fall in line with civil servants. Steve Hilton, a former aid to David Cameron made the remarks in an interview with the BBC, suggesting...


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IMF: Fossil fuels receive $10m a minute subsidies

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that in 2015, the fossil fuel industry will receive $5.3trn in subsidies, surpassing annual health spending for all the world’s governments. Fossil fuel companies across the planet are set to receive the huge sum from public funds throughout 2015, equating to $10m...


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E.ON to invest in £1.3bn wind project in Sussex

Energy giant E.ON has partnered with the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) over the construction of the Rampion offshore wind farm – expected to power 300,000 homes. The Green Investment Bank has acquired a £236 million stake in the new project that once completed will help save 4,215 kt...


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60th Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in eco-friendly Vienna

The famous song contest is being held in Vienna this year, following the success of Austrian Conchita Wurst last year. The city has already excellent green credentials but is keen to push sustainability on the top of the agenda for visitors. Earlier this year, Vienna was ranked the most...


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Co-op Group members vote to continue funding political parties

55% of those who voted have backed continuing subscription fees to Labour’s sister party, the Co-operative Party. With a potential electorate of 2.8m, the votes cast was just over 88,000. The future of the Co-operative party was hanging in the balance on Saturday as 2.8m...


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Responsible investment talk to be held in Edinburgh on Monday

Edinburgh City Council is hosting an event tonight focused on socially responsible investment (SRI) named ‘Responsible Investment – Lessons from Denmark’ to support ethical investment among Scottish pension funds. The talk is organised by Councillor Jim Orr in association with Nordic Horizons. Speakers include Zaiga Strautmane, head of ESG...


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Climate Week Paris: no economic growth unless we tackle climate change, says Unilever boss

Business leaders and investors have gathered in Paris this week to discuss and demand climate measures to ensure long-term economic and environmental sustainability. The Climate Week Paris is organised by the Climate Group ahead of crucial UN talks in December 2015, when global leaders will gather in the French...


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Shell met by protestors in Seattle waters over Arctic drilling

Hundreds of people took to the water off Seattle near Shell’s Polar Pioneer drilling rig with kayaks and canoes to say no to recently approved plans to resume dangerous search for oil in Arctic waters. The ‘sHell No’ protest saw hundreds on kayaks, canoes and paddleboards on Sunday standing...


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Blue & Green and GreenWise Business create sustainable publishing powerhouse

Sustainability titles Blue & Green Tomorrow and GreenWise Business unite to create independent sustainable publishing powerhouse. GreenWise Business founder Louise Bateman is to become editor of Blue & Green, as title launches £260,000 Crowdcube share offer. Blue & Green Tomorrow, the fastest-growing sustainable lifestyle magazine in the UK, and...



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