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Tories ‘out of touch’ with British public on renewable energy

A new poll conducted by ComRes on behalf of REG Windpower has found that almost four out of five Conservative MPs are opposed to onshore wind, while the majority of the public say they would be happy to have offshore wind in their area. Only 12% of Conservatives said...


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Complaints about payday loan middlemen more than double in 2014

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has reported that so far in 2014 more than 10,000 people have complained about payday loan middlemen – credit broking websites – more than double the number recorded in the whole of 2013. Credit broking websites are presented as tools to help people find...


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Rail fares increasing at four times the rate of wages

Following the announcement that rail fares will increase by 3.5% from January 2015, the rise of ticket prices is now outpacing increases in wages, the Campaign for Better Transport has said. Rail companies are allowed to increase fares based on the Retail Price Index (RPI), which stood at 2.5%...


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Pennsylvania fracking wells to be built within ‘explosion range’ of school buildings

Middlesex council, in Pennsylvania US, have voted in agreement to place six fracking wells within 3,000 feet of Mars School District, a campus of 3,200 children. The wells will be built by Rex Energy, and if their permits are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, residents have...


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Challenger bank Aldermore prepares for IPO

Competition in the banking sector could receive a boost following reports that challenger bank Aldermore is preparing to launch an initial public offering (IPO). According to the Telegraph, the stock listing is expected to value the bank at between £800 million and £900 million and is expected to raise...


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Climate change altered Missouri river’s flow, study suggests

The US longest river has had its stream flow change by climatic variations such as precipitation and temperature changes, with regions experiencing water shortages or flooding, a study by the US Geological Survey (USGS) has suggested. The Missouri river is the longest river in the US, flowing east and...


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Alex Salmond announces £20m local energy fund

The first minister for Scotland has this week unveiled a new local energy challenge fund available to community partners, in order to promote low carbon initiatives. Hopeful candidates for the fund will have to outbid other community partnerships in order to gain access to the fund, proving their projects...


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Wind power generates record high 22% of UK’s electricity

RenewableUK has confirmed that on Sunday 17th August, the UK’s wind power generated an average of 5,797 megawatts, 22% of the UK’s total energy output. These latest figures beat the previous record, set earlier this month on August 11, with a 24-hour wind power output of 21%. The record-breaking...


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Sydney University urged to divest from Whitehaven Coal

Students and environmentalists have condemned Sydney University for its $900,000 (£504,000) investment in a controversial coal mine. According to Greenpeace, the leading Australian university has confirmed that 0.1% of its investment fund has been channeled into shares in Whitehaven Coal, the company behind the $767 million (£430m) Maules Creek...


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Rosneft and Norway’s Statoil team up for Arctic drilling despite sanctions on Russia

Two Norwegian and Russian state-owned energy companies have entered into a controversial partnership over oil exploration in the Arctic, despite the European sanctions imposed on Russia because of the Ukraine crisis. As part of the partnership, Rosneft and Statoil would explore the Norwegian Arctic and search for oil and gas in...


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More than one in ten businesses believe slavery in their supply chain is ‘likely’

Though more than one in 10 businesses say it is likely that their supply chain features slaves, supply chain risks reached an 18-month low in the second quarter, according to new research. However, concerns have been raised that increasing political and social instability could impact businesses. According to research...


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‘Poaching epidemic’ leads to fear over future of elephants in Africa

New research from Colorado State University has found that the illegal killing of elephants in Africa has seen a huge rise since 2009. The study found more than 100,000 elephants have been killed in Africa for their ivory since 2010, meaning the death toll is exceeding the species’ birth...


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Earth Overshoot Day: planet is now in ‘ecological deficit’

Today is Earth Overshoot Day, the day after which humanity has exhausted its annual budget of ecological resources, according to data from the Global Footprint Network thinktank. The annual landmark means that the Earth is, for the rest of the year, ‘overdrawn’ in a state of ecological deficit, using...


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South Asian GDP will be slashed by climate change – report

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has warned that South Asian economies face a 8.8% loss in their annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, because of the impacts that climate change and extreme weather will have on resources and infrastructure. The analysis, Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and...


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India’s lesser-known species threatened by wildlife poaching

India’s less iconic species, such as pangolins and tortoises, are being hunted or illegally traded, according to campaigners who say that more conservation efforts are needed to preserve less well-known wildlife. Majestic tigers, elephants and rhinos are not the only species being hunted towards extinction, warn the conservationists, who...



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