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UK at risk of 7,000 deaths annually from overheating by 2050

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has called for new building standards to avoid the risk of overheating in private homes and hospitals, as increasing temperatures associated with climate change could cause up to 7,000 deaths per year by 2050s. The government advisor on climate change has warned in...


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UK’s flood defence ‘not adequate’ to face climate change, says government advisor

The UK’s flood resilience is being limited by an inadequate budget and lack of regulation, exposing the country to potentially devastating loss caused by flooding as the effects of climate change intensify, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned. The committee found that without adequate investment to increase...


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Philadelphia Quaker group divests $2m from fossil fuels

The Eco-Justice Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has decided to move its money away from companies blamed for worsening climate change and reinvest it through the fossil-free Quaker Green Fund, which promotes clean energy and low-carbon projects. Philadelphia Quakers’ sustainable arm hopes that the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the...


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Suma Wholefoods named co-op of the year

Ethical retailer Suma Wholefoods has been named Co-operative of the Year 2014 because of its strong growth, wage rise for employees and creation of new jobs, demonstrating the “power of true employee ownership”. Suma is the UK’s largest independent wholefood distributor, with a focus on fairtrade, vegetarian and eco-friendly...


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DECC offers £1m grant to promote energy saving

Charities and community organisations across the UK have been offered a share of a £1 million government grant, to fund efforts advising consumers about the benefits of saving energy. The government hopes the money will help vulnerable households, struggling to deal with rising energy bills, cut their spending.  From...


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Conergy Group secures UK solar projects worth £200m

Conergy Group, one of the world’s largest downstream solar power companies, has acquired Lumicity’s UK solar power portfolio, part of its major solar development project. In a deal that will free up UK based Lumicity to invest heavily in the biomass fuel industry, Conergy Group has also secured an...


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Focusing on green homes could save the UK over £12bn, says report

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) released its election manifesto on Monday, claiming that investing in greener homes for the UK could save up to £12.1 billion annually. The manifesto, which uses the government’s own online calculator to make the predictions, says policymakers should focus on insulating buildings and helping...


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Asda becomes first supermarket to publish sustainable fish report

Asda has published a review of its fish stocks, with analysis of how each type of fish was caught and where, in response to concerns from customers. A global first, the supermarket giant’s Wild Fisheries Annual Review, lists all the fisheries it used between the January 1 and December...


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Osborne and Hague to meet new Indian PM in trade mission

The UK chancellor and foreign secretary are meeting the new Indian PM Narendra Modi in an attempt to strengthen relationships between countries and ensure Britain’s participation in the infrastructure boom promised by India’s leader. George Osborne and William Hague are visiting India to meet Modi, who was elected as...


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Talks begin on $1tn green goods trade deal

Diplomats from the EU, US, China and 11 other countries have begun negotiations on a trade deal that would cut tariffs on almost $1 trillion (£580bn) of green goods, such as solar panels, wind turbines and products for air pollution control. The talks, which are taking place in Geneva,...


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Payday loan complaints double in two years

The number of complaints made against payday lenders has more than doubled over the past two years, new figures have revealed, as a watchdog urges customers struggling with debt to seek help. The Financial Ombudsman Service has revealed that complaints it receives about the controversial short-tern, high cost loan...


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Food and Drink Federation announce impressive line-up for Sustainability Convention

With climate change threatening to have a huge impact on the food industry, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced speakers who will talk at its inaugural Sustainability Convention later this year. The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK and FDF is...


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New requirements boost competition in banking sector

Removing barriers that prevented new entrants from entering the banking sector has already boosted competition on the high street, according to a review from the financial regulators. The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) state that in the 12 months since the reforms, the PRA has...


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Antarctic winds could accelerate sea level rise

Expected changes in Antarctic wind patterns may speed up global sea level rise, threatening coastal cities and low-lying countries around the world, a new study has warned. Climate scientists have already resigned to the fact that sea levels, driven by melting ice sheets and glaciers around the world, will...


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UK wave and tidal industry receives major boost as Crown Estate agrees commercial seabed rights

The Crown Estate, authority for the British seabed, has announced five new wave and tidal development zones – which can be sub-let by locally-based commercial organisations. The move will enable greater UK-based technological developments in the tidal and wave industry, with each new site retaining a 10 to 30...


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