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Government launches badger vaccination scheme

The government has launched a scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis, to prevent its spread to cattle. Last year the government faced criticism for allowing culls to go ahead in a bid to control the spread of the disease. Last month a second controversial badger cull was given...


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Sir David Attenborough warns of the ‘escalating erosion of wildlife’

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough has warned, ahead of the Conference for Nature in London, that the continued destruction of the environment “threatens us all”. However, he insists we still have a chance to save it. Individual responsibility that promotes conservation and the pursuit of “game-changing” solutions to problems facing...


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Tasmanian forests opened for logging despite conservationist efforts

The Tasmanian government has decided to open up 400,000 hectares of previously protected forest to the timber industry, a move that environmentalists say will do serious harm to both the climate and the country’s tourism sector. In 2013, the Australian Labour government added 170,000 hectares of Tasmania’s rainforest to...


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Trillion Fund to host solar powered renewable energy investment party

Vivienne Westwood and Trillion Fund have invited prospective renewable energy investors to a unique solar powered party in London on Thursday, with ticket sales closing at midnight tonight. The unique OFFtheGRID event will offer guests the opportunity to invest in three crowdfunded renewable energy projects, alongside sustainably powered music,...


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Pro-fracking ad claiming UK suffered ‘near-catastrophic’ gas shortage is banned

An advert from US fracking company Breitling Energy, which claimed that the UK suffered from a “near-catastrophic” gas shortage last winter and talked up the benefits of shale gas, has been banned. The Advertising Stands Authority (ASA) received a complaint about the advert, which appeared in the Telegraph earlier...


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Extinction rate increased one thousand times during human era

The extinction rate of species around the world is now 1,000 times higher than it was before humans arrived on the scene, a new study has found. The shocking report, published in the journal Conservation Biology, estimates the pre-human extinction to be 10 times lower than scientists previously thought,...


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Halliburton pays £1.1bn for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Oil field service provider Halliburton has reached a $1.1 billion (£670m) agreement to settle claims made against the company for its part in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil rig was operated by BP when it exploded in 2010, killing eleven people...


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Household air pollution puts one-in-three at risk of early death

A report has found that a third of the world’s population use plant-based solid fuels, such as wood and charcoal, for cooking and heating, putting three billion people at risk of ill health due to dirty air in poorly ventilated homes. The report, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine...


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National Grid warns of possible winter power shortage

National Grid, the UK’s gas and electricity supplier and distributor, has called on energy firms to declare the amount of power reserves they can provide to cover peak winter times, as a precaution to avoid energy shortages during an “uncertain” season. National Grid has launched a tender for its...


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Vivienne Westwood invests £1m into renewable energy start-up Trillion Fund

Fashion mogul and environmental activist Vivienne Westwood has become a major shareholder in Trillion Fund, a renewable crowdfunding platform for wind and solar farms. Westwood will be now act as an ambassador for the project, which allows people to use crowdfunding to engage and invest in renewable energy projects...


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New responsible investment tool launched by Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters has launched a new set of indices that will measure environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices at European companies. They become the latest of several tools launched in recent years to aid responsible investors, as the sector moves into the mainstream. The four indices will be part...


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E.coli bacteria turned into renewable fuel

British and Finnish scientists have created renewable clean propane from the intestine bacterium Escherichia coli, paving the way for future research into alternatives fuels capable of replacing traditional and carbon-intensive sources of power. New research, led by Imperial College London and the University of Turku in Finland, has explored...


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Corruption kills 3.6 million people worldwide and causes extreme poverty

New research has revealed the true cost of global corruption, suggesting $1 trillion (£600bn) is lost by the world’s poorest countries because of money laundering and tax evasion, causing the death of 3.6 million people in extreme poverty. A report by anti-poverty campaign group ONE, titled The Trillion Dollar...


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Charities and businesses asked to submit ideas for Autumn Statement

Charities and businesses have been invited to tell the Treasury what they want from the chancellor’s upcoming Autumn Statement. George Osborne will deliver the economic statement the parliament on December 3, updating MPs on the government’s latest plans for spending and taxation. As one of only two such statements...


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Solar farm plans with eye on wildlife approved in Flintshire

A 180,000 panel solar farm development has gained planning permissions in Wales thanks to a commitment from the manufacturer to create a specialised habitat for birds and invertebrates. The farm will be built on a 270-acre site in Flintshire by Swansea-based firm Compton Group and is expected to produce...



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