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Lego’s first female scientist figurines sell out in days

A new set of all female scientists, launched by Lego after customers complained its toys adhered to derogatory gender stereotypes, has sold out in a matter of days. The toys, which include a female astronomer, chemist and paleontologist, were launched after 7-year-old Charlotte Benjamin sent a letter to the...


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Canada faces environmental disaster as 1.3 billion gallons of mining waste flows into rivers

Citizens of British Columbia awoke to the thunderous noise of over a billion gallons of mining waste water cascading through Hazeltine Creek earlier this week, polluting the state’s fresh water supply. According to officials, the open-pit Mount Polley copper and gold mine may have suffered a breach in a...


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Serbia and Bosnia hit by new round of deadly flooding

Severe flooding in Serbia and Bosnia has killed at least one person, just three months after record-breaking floods killed more than 50 people and displaced thousands. Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding as rivers burst their banks across the Balkans, with Croatia also affected.  In the western Serbian town...


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Chinese government to encourage business solar rooftop installations

China, the world’s largest solar production market, is expected to guarantee further industry growth, with the announcement of legislation that will encourage the installation of rooftop solar panels on business and commercial rooftops. The idea behind the initiative is primarily distribution, as energy produced on rooftops can be supplied...


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Marine pioneer Lewis Pugh to swim seven seas

Self-confessed ocean advocate and swimmer Lewis Pugh will take on his most ambitious challenge yet this August. The Arctic explorer will swim in seven of the world’s ancient seas to raise awareness of the desperate need for action to protect marine life. Pugh is taking on the challenge to...


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New SME lending rules to ‘open the flood gates’ for alternative finance

Banks in the UK may soon be forced to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) find alternative sources of finance if they turn them down for loans, under proposed legislation outlined today. The unveiling of the rules, which are expected to take effect in Autumn, follows a Competitions...


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Samsung to continue using ‘child labour’ supplier

Tech giant Samsung Electronics has said it will reduce dealings with parts supplier Dongguan Shinyang Electronics by 30%, after evidence was discovered that the firm has used child labour. China-based Dongguan Shinyang came under fire in July, when campaign group China Labor Watch (CLW) found at least five child...


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Asia Climate Partners in $400m low carbon investment venture

ORIX, Asian Development Bank and Robeco have committed to a $400 million (£237m) joint venture that promises to mobilise private equity investment in low carbon initiatives across the east. The three groups have united to form the Asia Climate Partners (ACP), which will be founded in Hong Kong, with...


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Australian National University to take sustainable investment advice from CAER

Environmental campaigners have welcomed the Australian National University’s (ANU) decision to hire research firm CAER, to advise the institution on sustainable and ethical investment. ANU’s new agreement with Canberra-based analysts CAER will mean its investments are judged according to social, environmental and ethical risks. “ANU recognises the importance an...


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Sustainability director of General Motors on clean energy for the future

Director of sustainability at General Motors (GM), David Tulauskas, has said corporations must do more to support renewable energy, while utilities must help make clean energy more accessible through innovation. In a post in the Guardian’s values-led business hub, Tulauskas argues the current system of sourcing renewable energy is...


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Savers should be allowed to access pensions and avoid payday loans, say experts

Investment firm Hargreaves Lansdown have suggested that households should be able to access a cash reserve of a few hundred pounds, withdrawn from their savings, in order to avoid relying on payday loans. Accessing pensions before retirement, suggest the firm, would take the immediate pressure off households when struggling...


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Four Winds Energy Co-op extends renewable energy share offer

A renewable energy co-operative seeking investors to support two community-owned 500 kilowatt (kW) wind turbines has extended its public share offer. The Four Winds Energy Co-op has now received sufficient funding to develop its first turbine in Duckmanton, near Chesterfield, having raised over £2.6 million. Construction will start imminently and...


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Energy price riggers will face jail under new laws

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has put forward new proposals that would see anyone guilty of manipulating energy prices facing up to two years in prison. The new laws would give more power to energy regulators and would make it a criminal offence to artificially ‘rig’ wholesale...


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£8bn arms sales to Israel under review by UK government

In light of the recent aggressive military campaign by Israel into Palestine, Downing Street is reviewing £8 billion arms contracts to Israel to ensure compliance with international regulations. As announced on Monday, the government will investigate exports by British companies, whose licences were approved by the government, to ensure...


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Scientists warn expansion of fracking is outpacing research into environmental impacts

A US-based study has warned that the expansion of shale gas extraction, through methods such as fracking, is outpacing research on the issues around the practice, including spills leading to contamination and the environmental impacts. Fracking has grown rapidly in the US but remains a relatively new source of...


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