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Scottish referendum: Yes campaign takes the lead

The ‘Yes’ campaign has taken the lead for the first time in the Scottish independence debate, according to a shock poll, with less than two weeks until the vote. The YouGov poll put the campaign for independence in front in a marginal 51-49 point lead, ahead of the referendum...


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California blue whales have recovered from whaling, scientists say

California blue whales have returned in sustainable numbers, becoming the first population of their species to recover from whaling, scientists have reported. According to new research from the University of Washington, there are now around 2,200 California blue whales. This is thought to be around 97% of their historical...


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Conergy to convert disused South Wales coal mine into solar energy farm

Solar energy developer Conergy is to convert a disused coal mine in Wales into a solar farm, having acquired two new sites for renewable energy projects in the UK. The planned 13.5MW project will sit on Hendai Farm in South Wales, on the slopes of the former coal mine at...


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Saltwater-powered sports car approved for EU roads

An environmentally-friendly sports car powered by saltwater has been approved for testing on EU roads. Its developers say the four-seater Quant e-Sportlimousine can reach 0-60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, powered by a system that works in a similar way to hydrogen fuel cells – with the fuel...


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Stop ‘irresponsible’ Zoo Lates events, RSPCA and PETA tell London Zoo

Campaigners have urged London Zoo to stop hosting its ‘Zoo Lates’ events, which are billed as “a wild night out”, over concerns about the animals’ welfare. The late night summer parties, which have come to an end for this year, caused controversy last month after a Guardian investigation revealed...


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Breitling Energy responds to ban on pro-fracking advert

Breitling Energy, the US company behind an advertisement that was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has responded to the decision, claiming their open letter advert aimed only to provide balance to the fracking debate. Earlier this week the company’s advert, which was placed in the Telegraph in...


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Good Money Week goes live with new website

The build up to Good Money Week, a national campaign encouraging everyone to make more responsible and ethical investments and financial decisions, has begun with the launch of its new website. Some tickets are now available for a range of events taking place across the country from October 19...


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Green Party prepares to challenge Labour in battle for the left

As the Green Party conference began on Friday, its members have announced their determination to challenge both the government and the opposition – putting themselves forward as the only left wing alternative working for the common good. The party is holding its annual conference at Conference Aston in Birmingham,...


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European Investment Bank issues €500m climate awareness bond

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has issued a €500 million (£397m) climate awareness bond that will reach maturity in 2026 and carries an annual coupon on 1.25%. Since 2007 EIB climate awareness bonds have raised €6.2 billion (£4.9bn), demonstrating the growing demand for ethical bonds. The 12 year bond...


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Goldman Sachs to issue Islamic bonds

Goldman Sachs is to push forward with plans to launch its first Islamic bonds, as Islamic finance continues its journey into the mainstream. The US bank will meet investors in Qatar and the UAE next week, it has been announced, to discuss the launch of $500 million (£306m) of five-year...


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UK to be global leader of offshore wind energy market by 2020

The UK’s offshore wind sector experienced amazing growth in 2013, and now owns a 52% share of the global market, according to new analysis. Investment in the sector is expected to rise from £2 billion to nearly £5 billion in 2020. New figures by GlobalData have revealed the UK’s...


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Radio Taxis Credit Union votes to merge with London Capital

Two London credit unions are to merge and create one of the largest such organisations in England, joining together some 11,000 members. Earlier this week, members of Radio Taxis Credit Union voted unanimously to merge with London Capital Credit Union, in a move that will create a new organization...


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Ban Ki-Moon encourages people to give on the International Day of Charity

Charities play a crucial role in helping our society wherever public spending is lacking and they need support from the public now more than ever, the UN secretary-general said on International Day of Charity on Friday. The event coincides with the anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace Prize...


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Public opposes fracking in national parks and under private land

A new poll has found the controversial possibility of fracking operations coming to UK national parks and private land is opposed by the majority of the public. In July, the government revealed that British national parks would be open to fracking “under exceptional circumstances”. Energy companies can now apply...


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BP ruled ‘grossly negligent’ in Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Oil giant BP was “grossly negligent” in the build up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a US judge has ruled. The disaster, at BP’s offshore oil rig, cost the lives of 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in US history, with 4-5 million barrels’ worth...



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