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Seoul warns of nuclear test preparation in North Korea

The South Korean defence ministry is worried about signals of a possible nuclear test arriving from neighbouring Punggye-ri in North Korea, where three previous tests had been carried out. Kim Min-Seok, a ministry spokesman, said, “Our military is currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri...


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‘Freedom to frack’ on private land sparks outrage

The government is about to include plans in an infrastructure bill to allow energy companies to drill on private land without permission, despite protests of residents and green groups. The bill will be part of the Queen’s speech in June and would see changes in the trespass law, so...


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Britain’s nuclear waste site almost certain to leak

The Environment Agency has admitted that it was a mistake to build the UK’s nuclear waste dump on its current location on the West Cumbrian coast, warning it is almost certain to leak contaminated waste within “a few hundred to a few thousand years”. According to an internal document...


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Britons should ‘embrace’ onshore and offshore wind, says Ed Miliband

Leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband has called for Britain to “embrace” both onshore and offshore wind farms. He added that the party’s manifesto for the next election would include renewable energy commitments. According to the Telegraph, Miliband said, “I understand the reasons why people worry about wind...


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Urbanisation and ‘green cities’ on the agenda for Earth Day 2014

Millions of people from across the world are taking part in Earth Day on Tuesday – a large-scale event that in 2014 is calling for more green spaces in cities, greater environmental protection and concerted action on climate change. Kathleen Rogers, president of the Earth Day Network, said, “Earth Day...


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Energy supplier switching times to be halved

Energy suppliers in the UK have committed to halving the length of time it takes to switch providers from five weeks to around two-and-a-half weeks, it has been revealed. In a statement, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that the proposals have been referred to the...


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Skin cancer rates surge because of sunbeds and package holidays

Campaigners are urging the British public to be aware of the dangers of skin cancer, after new figures revealed that rates of malignant melanoma are several times higher in the UK today than they were in the 1970s. More than 13,000 Britons are now developing the disease – the...


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Food banks donations surge after Mail on Sunday criticism

The number of donations made to the UK’s leading food bank provider has surged after an undercover Mail on Sunday journalist lied to obtain food for an article criticising the charity. Before the article’s publication on Sunday, the Trussell Trust’s JustGiving page had received around 250 donations. At the...


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Debate over study that says corn biofuels worse than gasoline in the short-term

A new study has claimed that ethanol obtained from corn emits more greenhouse gas than gasoline in the short-term – findings that the industry and the US government have contested. The research has been published in Nature Climate Change and suggests that over the first few years, corn-based biofuels...


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FCA handed fines to just 18 City executives in 2013 – down 40% in four years

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) fined just 18 senior managers in 2013, raising concern that the misconduct and bad practice that has led to financial scandals is not being sufficiently tackled. The figure is 40% lower than the 30 fines handed out in 2010, despite the emergence of Libor...


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Archbishop and pope use Easter messages to call for an end to conflict and poverty

Both the archbishop of Canterbury and the pope have spoken out during their respective Easter services against the suffering faced by people in war-torn countries like Syria, Ukraine and Rwanda. They also said they hoped for an end to poverty and hunger. The Most Rev Justin Welby, archbishop since...


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Impax among winners of Queen’s Award for sustainable development

More than 160 British businesses have been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, with leading sustainable investor Impax one of only 13 firms to be recognised in the sustainable development category. Published on Monday to coincide with the Queen’s birthday, the awards honour businesses and individuals leading the...


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SeaWorld attendance figures fall 13% amid orca controversy

Following accusations of drugging orca whales and a petition calling for the animals’ release, SeaWorld saw its visitor count fall to 3.05 million in the first three months of the year, a drop of 13%. The news also follows the release of documentary Blackfish last year, which told the...


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‘Arctic 30’ oil rig in Russia launches first shipment

Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced country’s first shipment of Arctic offshore oil. Gazprom has shipped 70,000 tonnes of oil from the Prirazlomnoye platform, which was the site of a high-profile Greenpeace protest last year. The oil rig hit headlines in September last year after 28 Greenpeace activists and...


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HMRC could share tax data with private firms

Proposals by tax officials to sell off anonymised taxpayer data have angered some politicians, who say that the move is “borderline insane”. Under the plans being considered by HMRC, tax officials would be allowed to release anonymised tax data to third parties, including researchers, private firms and other public...


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