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EU-US trade deal will ‘force farmers out of business’, say producers

The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) has added its voice to the growing concerns about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), with a protest planned by the group for Saturday. Negotiations on the proposed EU-US trade deal are taking place in Brussels next week and many campaign groups have spoken...


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UK’s modern slavery bill gets its second reading

A piece of legislation aimed at tackling slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude is getting its second reading in Westminster. The bill is one of the first of its kind in trying to address slavery in the 21st century. As the bill makes its way through parliament,...


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Shell ‘underestimating’ climate change risks to investors

Royal Dutch Shell has been accused of misrepresenting the risks of climate change to its shareholders, after a new analysis rejected the oil giant’s assertions that its fuel reserves will not become “stranded assets”. In May, Shell told its investors that it did not believe its proven oil and...


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Prince Charles: sustainability issues have a ‘profound impact on the bottom line’

Prince Charles has spoken out about the impact of environmental risks to businesses, in a speech at the Institute of Internal Auditors’ (IIA) 73rd annual conference. The event, which welcomed more than 2,000 international guests, is taking place at the ExCel Centre in London, where it began on Sunday....


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Brewer SABMiller announces ambitious sustainability targets

In order to effectively operate in a world that is facing a range of sustainability challenges, brewing firm SABMiller has announced a new set of targets for 2020, covering issues from water efficiency to supporting small businesses. The business, which is the second largest brewer in the world, plans...


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British Gas to spearhead community energy push to put solar on 8,000 roofs

A new community solar partnership worth £60m has been announced between British Gas and a range of social enterprises, with the aim to deliver cleaner, cheaper energy to schools, councils and community buildings across the UK. In the first project of its kind, British Gas has teamed up with...


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Engage with China to build global political trust, says top climate diplomat

Projects that help rebuild trust in politics are “not worth embarking on” unless they include China, according to a leading climate change diplomat. John Ashton, who was the UK Foreign Office’s special representative on climate change from 2006-12, said the current economic, social and environmental challenges required strong political...


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Data reveals agribusiness biggest lobbyer on EU-US secret trade deal

The ongoing negotiations surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US have been lobbied primarily by agribusiness, new data has revealed. A report published by the Corporate Europe Observatory has found that food multinationals, seed producers and agri-traders have lobbied the European Commission far...


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Leading economies issued pathways to climate change targets

Climate experts have issued the UN with a masterplan that instructs how the world’s richest economies can prevent the most devastating impacts of climate change. The roadmap, launched at a press conference by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday, explains how countries can meet the internationally agreed target...


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Social enterprises and co-ops urged to unite in crowdfunded lobbying campaign

Social enterprises and co-operatives are being called on to unite and support a crowdfunding campaign that could propel the sector to a position where it’s able to rival the lobbying power of big business. The Social Economy Alliance (SEA), a campaign group made up of 450 organisations operating in...


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University of Oxford college makes U-turn on vegan meals

Wadham College at the University of Oxford has reversed a decision to serve only vegan meals on campus for five nights a week – despite students voting through a motion in June. The aim of the move was to help tackle climate change. The college noted that high meat...


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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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