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Animals avoid power cables because of invisible UV light

New research has revealed that animals tend to avoid high voltage power lines because of ultraviolet (UV) flashes that humans cannot see.  Scientists had already noted that animals prefer not to stay close to power cables, but have not been able to explain the reason behind this behaviour until...


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Lord Myners: Co-op Group needs ‘urgent’ action to become sustainable

Lord Myners, financial services secretary in Gordon Brown’s government, has said the Co-operative Group must take “urgent steps” in order to generate “sustainable economic value” in the future. In a progress update of his review of the troubled group, he called for “radical governance reform” or else risk running...


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Bill Gates calls for global co-operation in tackling climate change

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said that he is optimistic about tackling climate change – but only if concrete action is taken to reduce global emissions and governments ensure clean and reliable energy is prioritised. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Gates said that climate change was certainly...


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Renewable energy supplier Ecotricity freezes prices until October

Renewable energy supplier Ecotricity has announced it will extend its current price freeze until October. This commitment follows previous statements from the company saying it would undercut the ‘big six’ providers. Ecotricity has not increased prices since January 2013 and the new extension means the company will have frozen...


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Arctic finance initiative to invest in projects that cut pollution and waste

A new financial initiative that will fund operations working to prevent and mitigate pollution of the Arctic has been launched this week. The Arctic Council Project Support Instrument (PSI), a funding mechanism managed by the Nordic Environmental Finance Corporation (NEFCO), became operational on Wednesday. It will provide loans and...


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Paris residents offered free public transport amid smog crisis

City authorities in Paris have offered free public transport to all residents this weekend after the French capital was shrouded in severe pollution. Parisians are being urged to leave their cars at home, with the city on maximum pollution alert for several days.  Experts say the crisis has been...


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Sustainable banks need ‘courage’ to make inroads into the mainstream

In a meeting in Melbourne, the chair of the Global Alliance for Banking Values (GABV) has called on banks to act with “courage” to drive forward the sustainable banking movement. Peter Blom, who is also CEO of Triodos Bank, said, “What it all comes back to I feel, it’s...


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Investors warn of ‘carbon bubble’ as Shell predicts climate regulation will hit profits

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has warned that its profits are likely to be affected by international efforts to curb climate change, as campaigners say investors should steer clear of fossil fuel stocks. In its annual and strategic report for 2013, Shell says that increasing concern over climate change...


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BP reaches resolution to lift US contracts ban

BP has announced that it has reached a resolution with US authorities to lift a contracts ban imposed on it after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, which the oil giant described as “inappropriate and unjustified”. The firm has welcomed the resolution, saying that it believed the decision to...


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Leading scientists urge UK to expand GM crops

David Cameron’s official scientific advisers have called for genetically modified (GM) crops to be expanded in the UK. The Council for Science and Technology (CST) has also said there should be fewer EU restrictions. A report from the council argues that there is no evidence that GM crops are...


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Study: restrict fast food takeaways in residential areas to combat obesity

Researchers have suggested placing restrictions on the number of takeaways near homes and offices, after a study said that too much exposure to fast food can double a person’s odds of becoming obese. The study, which was carried out among 5,000 adults who were born in Cambridgeshire between 1950...


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Bank of England seeks to recoup bonuses from ‘misbehaving’ bankers

The Bank of England has warned ‘misbehaving’ or irresponsible bankers that they may have to pay back their bonuses. The Bank has announced that it will seek consultation on proposals that would allow authorities to repossess bonuses from individuals up to six years after they were paid out. The...


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Formula One goes ‘green’ as first hybrid engine is tested in Australia

The world’s most popular motorsport competition has made significant changes in order to become more energy efficient, and will test the new measures in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. Formula One cars have switched from 2.4 litre V8 engines to 1.6 litre V6 turbocharged hybrid power plants for...


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Fast-track HS2 through planning to cut costs, chair says in leaked reports

The new chairman of the HS2 rail project has said he can cut its costs by at least £1.5 billion – by pushing it through the planning process as quickly as possible. Sir David Higgins, who took over HS2 in January, was asked by the government to review the...


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Norway’s oil fund ploughs forward in renewable energy investment

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the largest in the world, is set to increase its exposure to renewable energy. According to the WWF, the size of the pension fund means the move has the potential to have a global impact. Erna Solberg, Norway’s prime minister, confirmed measures to increase the...


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