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UK Emergency legislation defies EU court on phone and internet snooping

Emergency legislation that will ensure the police and Government security services can continue to maintain surveillance on phone and internet communications is currently being rushed through parliament, ignoring the latest ruling by the European Court of Justice. Both prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg gained...


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Climate change linked to rise in kidney stones

Science has warned of many grim potential impacts of climate change, from the loss of islands to the sea to the spread of disease. Now, scientists have linked rising global temperatures to a less destructive but still unpleasant crisis – an increase in the sufferers of kidney stones. In...


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Samsung accused of using child labour in its supply chain

Samsung is facing allegations that one of its suppliers based in China has been using child labour in order to meet demand. The accusations have led to an online petition calling for the electronics manufacturer to assess its supply chain and ensure it complies with human rights. The accusations...


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New fund sees £300,000 to support clean energy projects in Cornwall communities

Innovative company energyshare announced the launch of energyfund Cornwall on Thursday, a £300,000 fund for Cornish renewable energy projects and ideas. Energyshare is a renewable energy community, with River Cottage as one of its founding partners. The aim is to help community renewable energy projects across the UK through...


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Anti-wind farm policies may lose votes, poll finds

Political parties that oppose onshore wind farms may lose twice as many votes as they gain, according to the findings of a new survey. The ComRes poll, commissioned by the green energy trade body RenewableUK, asked over 2,000 voters if they would be more or less likely to back...


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China to make electric cars tax-free until 2017

In an effort to reduce pollution and encourage sustainable transport, China has exempted owners of new electric and hybrid vehicles from purchase tax until the end of 2017. Those who buy electric cars and other types of alternative fuel vehicles in China from September, will not have to pay...


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Big tobacco giants Reynolds and Lorillard in $56bn merger

American Reynolds and Lorillard are in ongoing talks this week regarding a merger that would redefine big tobacco as a global industry. The move, which would gain the merger a combined market capitalisation of $56 billion (£32b), would bring two of the three largest tobacco operators in the US...


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Climate change targets may not be enough to prevent 2C global warming

Even if governments can agree on a global pact to cut carbon emissions in a crucial UN summit next year, it may already be too late to prevent the most devastating impacts of climate change, a new study has claimed. Analysts suggest the mitigation strategies and targets that negotiators...


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Church of England finally cuts ties with payday lender Wonga

The Church Commissioners for England continue to move towards ethical investment as they officially announce that their indirect investment in controversial payday lender Wonga has been removed. The Church of England (CoE) saw mounting criticism in July last year as it was revealed the church had invested parts of...


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Investment sustainability analysis being used to assess countries

Investment groups are responding to the increasing awareness of sustainability opportunities and risks by not only assessing businesses on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors but also countries. The sustainability of a country can have a huge impact on the businesses operating in the region. For example, water-intensive industries...


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Michael Caine and George Michael join Gary Barlow in Liberty tax avoidance scandal

Sir Michael Caine, George Michael, four members of the Arctic Monkeys and Gary Barlow have all now been accused of avoiding taxes through an investment scheme called Liberty. More than 1,600 people have allegedly tried to shelter a total of £1.2 billion through one of the biggest tax avoidance...


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Divestment: over 300 churches vote to end fossil fuels investment

The World Council of Churches (WCC), representing 590 million people in 150 countries, has agreed on divesting from firms blamed for worsening climate change, triggering hope that major religious institutions from across the world will follow suit. The WCC is fellowship of over 300 churches, which has previously taken...


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The UK’s air will remain polluted until 2030, government reveals

The government has revealed that Britain’s largest cities are unlikely to meet EU air quality standards before 2030, retreating from its previous claim that the UK will have clean air by 2025. Legal limits of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution will not be reached in London, Birmingham and Leeds until...


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Labour promises to invest in carbon capture and storage

The Labour party has pledged to mobilise investment in the development of carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) if it wins the next general election. In a policy position paper published on Wednesday, Labour says that the technology – which has yet to be proven at a commercial scale...


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Ethical consumerism delivering ‘profitable growth’, says market research

Responsible consumption products, such as organic, fairtrade and natural goods, have conquered a substantial share of the market and are no longer niche products, according to experts in the US. A market analysis, led by Boston Consulting Group and Information Resources Inc., has concluded that ethical products now represent...


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