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Green Party MP Caroline Lucas appears in court after arrest in fracking protest

Green party MP Caroline Lucas appeared in court on Monday charged with blocking a highway and breaching the public order act, after her arrest at an anti-fracking protest last year. The former party leader and current MP for Brighton Pavilion was arrested in August outside an exploratory drilling site...


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National Express shareholders seek to address employment issues

A group of three pension funds and 100 individual shareholders have co-filed a shareholder resolution in an effort to improve employee rights at National Express. The resolution is part of a growing trend of rising investor inertest in human capital issues. The shareholders are calling for the multinational transport...


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Wetter winters may pollute UK rivers, scientists warn

Intense winter rainfalls might cause more agricultural chemicals to be washed away into waterways, polluting rivers and encouraging the growth of algae, according to UK academics. Researchers from English and Welsh universities have suggested that if British winters continue to be mild and wet, much like the winter that...


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Experts propose $10.5m plan to save Cross River gorilla

Conservationists have laid out a $10.5m (£6.4m) plan to protect the world’s rarest gorilla from poaching and habitat loss. The critically endangered Cross River gorilla is found only along the southern section of the Nigeria-Cameroon border, in an area of around 12,000 sq km. The species was once thought...


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Co-op Bank seeks additional £400m after £1.5bn rescue plan

Just months after completing its £1.5 billion recapitalisation plan, the Co-operative Bank is seeking to raise an additional £400m following the discovery of another hole in its balance sheet. The extra money must be raised in order to ensure the bank meets its minimum capital requirement. The revelation means...


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‘Landfill ban’ would boost jobs and economy, Green Alliance says

Banning food, plastics, electronics and other waste materials from going to landfill could support 47,500 skilled British jobs and save billions of pounds in the economy, according to a new study. The analysis, undertaken by the charity and thinktank the Green Alliance, also says that by reusing, remanufacturing and recycling...


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Islamic investment becoming ‘financial powerhouse’ in the UK

Sharia-compliant investment is rapidly growing in the UK and has become a “financial powerhouse”, according to specialist asset manager London Central Portfolio (LCP). However, the firm added that there are still limited investment options in the sector. Islamic finance shares many similarities with ethical finance, including screening out certain...


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Government’s fracking focus threatens renewables investment, experts say

By promoting shale gas development, the UK could see itself start to lag behind on low-carbon technology, putting investment and innovation at risk, according to analysis from the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM). While CIWEM recognises that fracking can help the UK improve its energy security...


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Labour urged to take ‘equal and sustainable society’ vision to next election

The Labour party has been urged to earn its place in government at the 2015 general election by adopting a bold vision for a “more equal and sustainable society”. An alliance of 19 individuals from thinktanks and other organisations, including the Fabian Society, the London School of Economics and...


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Government to map potential of water-source renewables to reduce reliance on gas

Energy secretary Ed Davey has said his department will explore the potential of water-source heat in providing clean energy to the UK, describing the technology as “game-changing”. He also highlighted how energy security is a critical issue amid tensions in Ukraine. Speaking to the Independent on Sunday, Davey said...


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London and south-east most vulnerable to heatwave-related deaths

Residents in London and the south-east of England will be more likely to suffer the deadly effects of warmer summers caused by climate change than people from the rest of the country, scientists have found. In a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers from Imperial...


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Consumers and businesses call for ‘radical changes’ in the energy market

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and consumer group Which? have called on Ofgem to fix the broken energy market and investigate the monopoly held by the ‘big six’ suppliers. In a letter to the energy regulator, the pair write, “It is clear that the energy market is broken...


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Legal & General backs Social Enterprise Assist scheme in Croydon and Sussex

Social enterprises based in the London borough of Croydon have been invited to apply for a support package, which includes an interest free loan, from a government-backed scheme launched last week.  After a successful pilot in Brighton and Hove in 2013, the Social Enterprise Assist (SE-Assist) scheme is seeking...


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Which? says impartial advice ‘critical’ to protecting pensioners

Changes to the pensions industry, announced by George Osborne in last week’s budget, must be backed up by robust measures, which include independent and impartial support and guidance, according to the consumer group Which? The chancellor announced what is being called the most radical shake-up of the pensions system...


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1m people sign petition to ban SeaWorld’s ‘whale imprisonment’

An online petition set up to force SeaWorld to release orcas from captivity has attracted support from over 1m people. But the Californian marine park chain has hit back after reportedly hiring a former BP lobbyist to help fight its corner. If successful, the Orca Welfare and Safety Act will ban Californian marine parks from...


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