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Majority of Scottish businesses don’t have a ‘yes’ plan

The majority of Scottish businesses do not have a plan in case Scottish voters back an independent Scotland at the referendum in September, says a survey from financial services firm KPMG. Some 84% of survey respondents admitted that they have not made continuity plans ahead of the historic vote...


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Indian landslide claims 30 lives with more than 160 still trapped

A devastating landslide in the town of Malin, India, has caused 30 deaths. Rescuers worked through the night after torrential rain bought large pieces of the hillside down on the village early on Wednesday. Reports have been trickling in about a landslide in the village of Malin, in the...


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Electric vehicle sales doubled across the EU in 2013

The growth of the EU electric vehicle (EV) market continued in 2013 as sales doubled, driven by the introduction of top-selling new models. According to a new report from the campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E), almost 50,000 plug-in vehicles were sold in the EU last year.  The most...


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Policymakers needs to consider children’s rights in climate change fight

Children’s rights should be considered in the fight against climate change, a new report from UNICEF has argued. Despite being the most vulnerable and largest population affected by climate change, children continue to be ignored in high-level climate negotiations, the organisation says. The report – The Challenge of Climate...


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Ice loss in the Arctic linked to 16-foot waves

For the first time, scientists have observed huge waves in the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic where once there used to be only ice, a phenomenon that is feared could break more ice and worsen global warming. A new study, the first ever assessing waves in the Arctic Ocean,...


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Farmers affected by climate change could be helped by new resilient rice

Erratic weather such as droughts and flash floods is affecting agriculture in south Asia, but livelihoods of farmers could be improved with the introduction of new rice seeds that are resilient to changing weather patterns. Climate change is increasingly making farmers think about their future. Changing weather patterns in...


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‘No fracking on my watch unless proven safe’, says Northern Ireland environment minister

Mark Durkan, environmental minister for Northern Ireland, has warned against fracking in Co Fermanagh, or anywhere in the country, unless it is proven to be adequately safe for people and the environment. Ahead of visiting protests at the proposed fracking site in Co Fermanagh, Durken has stated that applications...


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Wading birds decline could be due to climate change, say conservationists

Recent figures from the Wetland Bird Survey have found a worrying trend with populations of some of the most familiar wading birds rapidly declining in Britain over the past 10 years. Eight wintering waders on UK estuaries are declining, including the Ringed Plover, Redshank, Dunlin, Curlew and Oystercatcher. Researchers...


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Lloyds half-year profits slashed by PPI and Libor rate fines

Lloyds Banking Group’s half-year profits have been hit by further fines for its misconduct, including another £600 million provision for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI). The bank’s newly posted results show an underlying profit rise of 32% from the same period last year, up to £3.8 billion....


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Food and drink sector cut water use by 16% in 2013

Food and drink manufacturers that signed the Federation House Commitment to reduce water usage have managed to cut water use by 1.35 million cubic meters (m3) – or 15.6% – last year, according to figures released by resource efficiency organisation Wrap. The initiative, involving 70 signatories across 284 active...


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Report: Environmental groups lack gender and ethnic diversity

A survey of over 300 US green groups shows board members are predominantly white and male, with women and ethnic minorities remaining marginalised. The report, titled The State of Diversity in Environmental Organisation by University of Michigan Professor, Dorceta Taylor, is the most comprehensive report on gender and ethnic...


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Last chance for investors to receive 7.5% return on wind turbine investment

An early bird offer that gives investors the opportunity to see a 7.5% return on an investment in the wind industry is closing today. The crowdfunding campaign, launched via the platform Trillion Fund, is seeking to raise £1.25 million to install five standalone wind turbines at sites across the...


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Argentina defaults on debt for second time in 13 years

Argentina has defaulted on its sovereign debt for the second time in 13 years, after the government’s last-minute deal was rejected by holdout creditors on Wednesday. Economy minister Axel Kicillof blamed “vulture fund” investors, while president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner accused them of trying to make a profit out...


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Matalan agrees to contribute to Rana Plaza compensation fund

British retailer Matalan has responded to criticism on failure to provide compensation for the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh by announcing a donation to the UN-backed fund – but did not reveal the amount. Matalan faced criticism by protest platform 38 Degrees because it was the...


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Children involved in Greenpeace protest against Lego and Shell link

Greenpeace staged a protest outside Shell’s HQ in London on Tuesday to highlight the advertising link between the company and Lego. Around 50 children and their parents or guardians were involved in the protest. Shell currently has an advertising deal with Lego, with its logo appearing on a range...


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