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Scotland could become base for UK spaceport, as today marks anniversary for Apollo 11 mission

Government plans for the UK’s first dedicated base for space planes includes Scotland as its primary location – as today marks the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, where man first touched down on the Moon. According to the plans, the commercial and industrial spaceport  would be completed by...


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Vote for Polices launches crowdfunding campaign to back sustainable democracy

As the general election in May 2015 draws nearer, parties and policies are already hitting the headlines but deciphering the spin from the genuine can be difficult. This is an issue that Vote for Policies aims to tackle and this year the organisation is crowdfunding in order to reach...


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Cabinet reshuffle: new energy ministers oppose green energy and support fracking

The recent reshuffling of David Cameron’s governmental cabinet has led to the empowering of Matthew Hancock and Liz Truss – who have both extensively opposed renewable and clean energy. Hancock, in a signed letter to prime minister David Cameron, presented his opposition to a proposed wind farm in Suffolk,...


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Thousands evacuate as Typhoon Rammasun strikes Philippines, killing 10

Almost 150,000 people have been evacuated from their homes as Typhoon Rammasun, known locally as Glenda, hit Manila, the capital city of the Philippines – closing the entire city down. Financial markets, government buildings and schools have all been shut following the Philippines weather authority (PAGASA) upgrading the storm...


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Germany pledges $1bn to UN Green Climate Fund

The German government has allocated $1 billion (£590m) – the largest donation so far – to the UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF), which aims to help low-income countries face climate challenges and promote a green economy. The fund, officially opened in South Korea in December last year, is hoping...


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£1m fund announced for Oxford sustainable transport

Oxfordshire county council has announced a boost to green transport in the county thanks to a £1 million investment through the local sustainable transport fund. The UK government created the sustainable transport fund after the ‘creating growth, cutting carbon’ white paper in 2011, which aimed to cut carbon emissions...


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Cheetahs traded as luxury pets ‘at risk of extinction’

Up to two thirds of cheetah cubs are being smuggled through Africa to be sold as luxury pets in the Middle East, putting the species at risk of extinction, a new report has found. The report, compiled for the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), said that...


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ShareAction calls for legal changes to create responsible pension investment

Responsible investment charity ShareAction has launched its Manifesto for Responsible Investment, which calls for legal change to ensure that private pension providers are accountable and transparent to savers.  Issues around the responsible investment of pensions are becoming more prominent as auto-enrolment continues to be rolled out across the country,...


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Royals host cricket game to speak out against wildlife trade

Prince William and Prince Harry have taken part in a cricket match with former international players to raise awareness on illegal wildlife trade as part of the #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign launched by the Duke of Cambridge’s United for Wildlife charity. The United for Wildlife team won with one ball to...


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UK losing £1.7 billion from reusable waste going to landfill – report

A new report highlights the lack of organisation within UK waste management, saying a more circular economy could also bring £2 billion in private investment to Britain. The study by the Green Alliance backed Circular Economy Task Force shows recycling rates only rose 0.2% between 2012 and 2013. Although...


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Social enterprise: Politicians launch Social Saturday awareness day

Politicians from each of the major parties will come together to launch the UK’s first Social Saturday in a reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday. Social Saturday, a nationwide event that will take place on September 13, will work to raise awareness of social enterprises and encourage...


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Greenpeace video criticising Lego and Shell link back on YouTube

Greenpeace’s video that aims to highlight Lego’s relationship with oil giant Shell has now reappeared on YouTube after it was removed following a breach of copyright claim from Warner Brothers. The environmental campaign group is requesting that the Danish toymaker ends its advertising relationship with Shell, which sees some...


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Reader survey 2014: tell us what you think to win an iPad mini, Kindle Fire or a charity donation

We want to keep writing what you want to read – whether that’s investment, energy, tourism, travel, banking, spending or other ethical and environmental issues. Our readership has quadrupled since we last conducted the survey and we’re keen to see what’s changed. We are calling on you, our readers,...


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Drax wins court appeal over coal-to-biomass conversion investment contract

Drax Group has won a High Court battle to overturn the government’s ruling that one of its coal-to-biomass conversion projects was ineligible for a new subsidy scheme. In a surprise decision in April, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that only one of Drax’s two planned...


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NASA images show reductions in greenhouse gas emissions above major US cities

NASA images, showing comparisons between 2005 and 2011, have shown a clear reduction in harmful gas emissions – in particular nitrous oxide (N2O). Images taken by NASA’s Aura Satellite highlighted huge quantities of N2O, via the ozone monitoring instrument (OMI), in 2005 above most major US cities. N20 is...


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