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Bombay Stock Exchange resumes trading after power glitch disruption

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Asia’s first stock exchange and the largest in India, has resumed normal trading after a power outage disrupted listed shares on Thursday morning. The anticipation ahead of the newly-elected government’s first budget announcement created a record surge in trading on the main stock index,...


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UN Green Climate Fund ready to mobilise finance

The United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) is now ready to collect funds and mobilise finance to tackle issues around climate change adaption and mitigation, it has been announced. The GCF opened its headquarters in Songdo, South Korea, in December last year. The UN-backed fund aims to raise up...


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Cull cattle, not badgers, to fight TB – new study

Current strategies to help stop or reverse the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB) are not effective enough, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. Instead, the study advocates multiple approaches after looking at the predicted spread of the disease. TB in cattle has been spreading over...


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Climate change to ‘substantially’ impact on coffee production this decade

Coffee cultivation could be significantly affected by the effects of climate change as soon as 2020, according to a new report. The warning comes amid estimates that coffee bean production must rise by almost 15% in the next five years to keep up with demand. The Coffee Barometer 2014...


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University of Glasgow advisers suggest total divestment from fossil fuels within 10 years

The University of Glasgow has been advised to get rid of its investments in oil, gas and coal companies within a decade, and move its money towards more sustainable alternatives. The university has an endowment that includes investments in companies such as Shell, BP, Chevron, Billiton and Centrica, worth...


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Leggett, Harder and Powell confirmed for Sustainable September energy debate

Three leading names from the UK energy sector have been confirmed as speakers for the Sustainable September Energy Debate, in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long sustainability event. Tickets are available here. The trio, along with one other soon-to-be-confirmed participant, will debate whether gas and nuclear power are more cost-effective in...


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Caribbean coral reefs in ‘alarming’ decline, but problem can be reversed

Caribbean coral reefs are at risk of disappearing within the next 20 years because of pollution, overfishing and the loss of grazers, unless action is taken to restore them to full health. A new comprehensive study by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, the International Union for Conservation of...


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West Africa in Ebola epidemic – fuelled by fear and mistrust

Sierra Leone is subject to a mass epidemic of ebola, a virus thought to be transferred through the eating of fruit bats – which are a delicacy in the West African nation. In a country still shrouded in superstition, the people of Pujeh, now considered the disease hotspot, sought...


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Online tool highlights importance of non-financial information for investors

A new US tool highlights how many companies are failing to report non-financial information and the huge amount of variation in quality in those that do. As climate change risks begin to have a more material impact on companies, this information is becoming increasingly important to investors. Ceres, a...


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Wind energy share offer raises £1m investment in three weeks

A renewable energy co-operative seeking investors to support two community-owned 500 kilowatt (kW) wind turbines in Derbyshire and Yorkshire has raised £1m in just three weeks. The Four Winds Energy Co-op plans to develop one wind turbine in Duckmanton, near Chesterfield, this year and another between Grimethorpe and Cudworth,...


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Voters ‘duped’ by government on recall bill, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs have come together to formulate an alternative to the government’s long-awaited recall bill, calling for voters to have the final say in the sacking of MPs. All three of the main political parties promised to introduce a recall bill ahead of the last general...


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EU plans to recycle 70% waste by 2030 to promote circular economy

The European commission has put forward a proposal to increase the EU’s recycling targets, tackle food waste and create green jobs in member states, to switch from a linear to a circular economy and promote sustainable growth. The proposal outlines plans for a 70% recycling targets of municipal waste...


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PM: new generation of antibiotics needed to avoid ‘unthinkable scenario’

The prime minister has said time is running out and warned that action needs to be taken on a global scale to help in the battle against antibiotic resistant superbugs. There is a growing resistance to antibiotics, and scientists fear that if new treatments are not found soon huge...


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Green Investment Bank launches clean energy projects for Northern Ireland’s farmers

The UK’s Green Investment Bank has announced a £6.5 million funding for two anaerobic digestion plants in Northern Ireland to help farmers get clean energy from organic waste and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The two facilities will be located in Cookstown, County Tyrone, and Banbridge, County Down, and...


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Car sharing service BlaBlaCar gets $100m investment to expand globally

French car sharing startup BlaBlaCar has secured £100m (£58m) in funding, which is hoped can take the business to the next level, expanding to other European countries and elsewhere. BlaBlaCar was founded in 2006 as a “trusted community marketplace”, which aims to connect drivers with an empty seat and...


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