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Nespresso commits £330m to sustainability scheme

Nestlé-owned coffee brand Nespresso has announced it wants to invest CHF500 million (£330m) over the next six years into a programme to create “significant benefits for the business, society and the environment” and become carbon neutral. The programme, named the Positive Cup, would help boost the company’s green credentials...


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New lignite coal plants threaten EU climate change targets

The construction of a new wave of coal plants designed to burn Europe’s reserves of lignite could scupper the EU’s efforts to curb climate change, campaigners have warned. In a new analysis, researchers from Greenpeace say the expansion of lignite mining could add 118 million tonnes of carbon dioxide...


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Government policy failing to support community energy groups

Community Energy England (CEE) has welcomed a new report by Ofgem describing difficulties community energy groups face in connecting to the grid. However, the new group has urged the energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, to ensure progress is made with tangible results. The report, based on discussions...


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Urgent action needed on climate change to cut health risks, warns WHO

The world must act to curb and adapt to the impacts of climate change or it will face serious health challenges, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned, as over 300 experts gather at a conference to discuss health and the climate. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said, “The evidence...


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Scottish referendum: business coalition speaks in favour of independence

After 130 business leaders defended the union on Wednesday, another group of 200 figures has responded to back the referendum, arguing that independence would help businesses of all sizes to thrive, while a possible exit of the UK from the EU would instead threaten the country’s prosperity. The letter,...


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Climate change will trigger global food crisis, says World Bank official

The global food system will be severely disrupted by climate change, according to the World Bank’s vice president, who warned countries must focus on ‘smart agriculture’ to keep feeding their people. Speaking at the Crawford Fund 2014 annual conference on food security in Canberra on Wednesday, Rachel Kyte, World...


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Majority of public unaware of scientific climate consensus

A new poll has highlighted the lack of effective communication between the scientific community and the public. Just one in nine people are aware of the strengthening consensus on man-made climate change, it revealed. The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which commissioned the survey, said the findings carry...


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FCA fine RBS £14.5m over mortgage advice failures

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) £14.5 million over a catalogue of failings that saw customers given the wrong information regarding mortgage products. A review of the bank’s sales processes carried out in 2012 by the city financial watchdog has uncovered an...


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Swiss-Singapore partnership to build Singapore’s most energy efficient office

A new partnership hopes to lead the way in energy efficient workspaces with a new building concept in Singapore, which is expected to help offices consume 40% less energy than the national average. The partnership between Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory (SEC FCL) and the United World College South...


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If public vote for policies, not personalities, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage could lose

Both Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage have announced where they intend to stand for MP in next year’s general election, but if locals vote for policies, and not personalities or parties, both could fail. Conservative and current London mayor Johnson has revealed that he is seeking to become MP...


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Cuadrilla taking legal action against anti-fracking protest group

Energy firm Cuadrilla is taking legal action against protestors in Lancashire, with Manchester High Court to hear the case on Thursday August 28. Cuadrilla, along with 10 local landowners, is serving a “claim for possession against trespassers” to those camping on farmland at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton....


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Second controversial badger cull gets the go-ahead

Natural England has given the green light to a much-criticised badger cull for the second time in two pilot areas to fight tuberculosis in cattle, despite experts warning that the measure is both ineffective and inhumane. The organisation has said that criteria have been met to authorise two pilot...


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Sydney University launches review of fossil fuel investments

Campaigners are urging the University of Sydney to commit to fossil fuel divestment after it announced a review of its investment policies. Students and environmentalists recently condemned Sydney University for its $900,000 (£504,000) investment in Whitehaven Coal, the company behind the controversial Maules Creek mine. Subsequently, the university launched an investment review...


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Scottish referendum: Business coalition speaks out against independence

In the wake of the latest televised debate over Scotland’s case for independence, more than 100 business leaders have spoken out against the vote – stating no feasible business case has yet been made for leaving the UK. The intervention, which has come in the form of an open...


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Australian MP says he ‘got it wrong’ on dumping coal waste on Great Barrier Reef

Coalition MP George Christensen has admitted he was wrong to support the dumping of millions of tonnes of dredge spoil from Abbot Point, into the Great Barrier Reef. He says he will now look at other options. In an open letter to Whitsunday Times and Whitsunday Coast Guardian, Christensen...



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