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Voters ‘duped’ by government on recall bill, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs have come together to formulate an alternative to the government’s long-awaited recall bill, calling for voters to have the final say in the sacking of MPs. All three of the main political parties promised to introduce a recall bill ahead of the last general...


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EU plans to recycle 70% waste by 2030 to promote circular economy

The European commission has put forward a proposal to increase the EU’s recycling targets, tackle food waste and create green jobs in member states, to switch from a linear to a circular economy and promote sustainable growth. The proposal outlines plans for a 70% recycling targets of municipal waste...


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PM: new generation of antibiotics needed to avoid ‘unthinkable scenario’

The prime minister has said time is running out and warned that action needs to be taken on a global scale to help in the battle against antibiotic resistant superbugs. There is a growing resistance to antibiotics, and scientists fear that if new treatments are not found soon huge...


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Green Investment Bank launches clean energy projects for Northern Ireland’s farmers

The UK’s Green Investment Bank has announced a £6.5 million funding for two anaerobic digestion plants in Northern Ireland to help farmers get clean energy from organic waste and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The two facilities will be located in Cookstown, County Tyrone, and Banbridge, County Down, and...


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Car sharing service BlaBlaCar gets $100m investment to expand globally

French car sharing startup BlaBlaCar has secured £100m (£58m) in funding, which is hoped can take the business to the next level, expanding to other European countries and elsewhere. BlaBlaCar was founded in 2006 as a “trusted community marketplace”, which aims to connect drivers with an empty seat and...


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Community shares: Manchester firm seeks investment to use wood waste for clean energy

A Manchester social enterprise has launched a community share offer to fund its efforts to use local timber resources that would otherwise be wasted as low-carbon fuel. TreeStation, a co-operatively run not-for-profit, is hoping to raise £230,000 to buy an on-site biomass boiler, to lower its own carbon footprint...


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Thomson Reuters predicts solar and electric transport to grow rapidly

In 2025, solar will be the largest source of energy on the planet, electric air transport will be a mainstream consideration and food shortages will be a thing of the past, according to predictions by made Thomson Reuters. In a report – The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of...


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Somerset dairy farm opens £1m water recovery plant

Cheese producer Wyke Farms has opened a facility in Somerset to recover up to 95% of its wastewater and reduce its ecological footprint, as part of a £10m sustainability drive. The measure is part of the farm’s 100% Green Initiative, aimed at making the business more sustainable by using...


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Nature showing signs it is racing towards an early autumn

We may not be quite ready yet, but there seems to be signs appearing in nature that point towards an early autumn, with conservationists saying this is due to the early spring. This spring was the third warmest on record and although there were lots of floods and storms,...


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China takes first steps towards ‘cruelty-free’ cosmetics after law changes

Manufacturers of cosmetics in China are no longer be legally bound to test on animals for ordinary products sold in the country, after changes to laws came into place on Monday. The changes are seen as a victory for campaign groups like Be Cruelty-Free, the largest campaign in the...


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Greenpeace targets Lego over advertising relationship with Shell

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace launched a global campaign against Danish toy company Lego over its advertising partnership with Shell on Tuesday. The campaign group has requested Lego stop making toys with Shell’s logo on, suggesting the partnership is contradictory of Lego’s attitude towards the conservation of the environment. In...


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Investment trustees should consider ESG factors, concludes Law Commission

In its final report on fiduciary duty the Law Commission has acknowledged that the current law on the issue is “confusing and inaccessible” and clarified that trustees can take environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into account. The commission closed its consultation on fiduciary duty in January, after receiving...


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Barclays launches Green Bond Index to meet ‘growing demand’

Barclays and investment firm MSCI have announced the creation of a new tool to expand environmental, social and governance (ESG) fixed income benchmark index group, for investors looking for projects with environmental benefits. Institutional clients interested in bonds whose proceeds fund environmentally friendly projects, could now benefit from a...


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In pictures: Formula E electric racing cars speed into London

Eight electric Formula One-style racing cars drove over London Bridge on Monday for an electrifying photoshoot ahead of the inaugural Formula E championship, which starts in September.  At 6am, in front of the Houses of Parliament and a crowd of early risers – including London’s mayor Boris Johnson – the...


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New Isa enters market offering increased flexibility

From Tuesday, all individual savings accounts (Isa) will become new ISAs (Nisa) as government reforms come into force. The changes aim to provide greater flexibility and encourage more people to save. The Nisa was announced in this year’s budget by the chancellor George Osborne. The changes aim to increase...


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