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Australian states unable to protect nature and world heritage sites – report

A coalition of NGOs has argued that every state and territory in Australia fails to implement environmental laws at the Commonwealth standards and address World Heritage Conventions, putting ecosystem and threatened species at risk. The report Assessment of the adequacy of threatened species & planning laws has been released by the Places You...


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Developing economies overtake G7 on tackling climate change

The world’s developing economies, including China and India, have overtaken the world’s richest in cutting carbon emissions, with a 1.7% decrease last year over the G7’s 0.2% decrease, a report by PwC has concluded. The sixth annual Low Carbon Economy Index report from professional services firm PwC has concluded...


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Scottish independence: yes vote ahead as debate heats up

The pro-UK group in the Scottish independence debate has to find new ways to convince undecided voters ahead of the referendum, after the latest poll found backers of Scottish independence to be in the lead, saying the no campaign was ‘panicking’. Scots will be voting on whether they want...


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UK to challenge bankers’ bonus cap in EU court

The UK Treasury’s objection to the proposed EU bankers’ bonus cap will be heard in the European Court of Justice on Monday. If introduced, the new rules will cap all bankers’ bonuses awarded from 2014 at a years basic salary. If shareholders approve, this may be increased to double...


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Clinton: US can become renewable energy ‘superpower’

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has called for increased investment in renewable energy to achieve “a clean energy future” and address the threat of climate change. Speaking at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on Thursday, Clinton – who has been tipped as a likely...


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India’s ozone pollution kills enough crops to feed 94m a year

In just one year, ozone pollution in India caused the loss of enough crops to feed 94 million people that are living below the poverty line, according to a new study. Studying data from 2005, scientists concluded that in that year alone, ozone pollution killed 6 million tonnes of...


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Scottish referendum: Yes campaign takes the lead

The ‘Yes’ campaign has taken the lead for the first time in the Scottish independence debate, according to a shock poll, with less than two weeks until the vote. The YouGov poll put the campaign for independence in front in a marginal 51-49 point lead, ahead of the referendum...


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California blue whales have recovered from whaling, scientists say

California blue whales have returned in sustainable numbers, becoming the first population of their species to recover from whaling, scientists have reported. According to new research from the University of Washington, there are now around 2,200 California blue whales. This is thought to be around 97% of their historical...


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Conergy to convert disused South Wales coal mine into solar energy farm

Solar energy developer Conergy is to convert a disused coal mine in Wales into a solar farm, having acquired two new sites for renewable energy projects in the UK. The planned 13.5MW project will sit on Hendai Farm in South Wales, on the slopes of the former coal mine at...


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Saltwater-powered sports car approved for EU roads

An environmentally-friendly sports car powered by saltwater has been approved for testing on EU roads. Its developers say the four-seater Quant e-Sportlimousine can reach 0-60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.8 seconds, powered by a system that works in a similar way to hydrogen fuel cells – with the fuel...


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Stop ‘irresponsible’ Zoo Lates events, RSPCA and PETA tell London Zoo

Campaigners have urged London Zoo to stop hosting its ‘Zoo Lates’ events, which are billed as “a wild night out”, over concerns about the animals’ welfare. The late night summer parties, which have come to an end for this year, caused controversy last month after a Guardian investigation revealed...


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Breitling Energy responds to ban on pro-fracking advert

Breitling Energy, the US company behind an advertisement that was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has responded to the decision, claiming their open letter advert aimed only to provide balance to the fracking debate. Earlier this week the company’s advert, which was placed in the Telegraph in...


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Good Money Week goes live with new website

The build up to Good Money Week, a national campaign encouraging everyone to make more responsible and ethical investments and financial decisions, has begun with the launch of its new website. Some tickets are now available for a range of events taking place across the country from October 19...


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Green Party prepares to challenge Labour in battle for the left

As the Green Party conference began on Friday, its members have announced their determination to challenge both the government and the opposition – putting themselves forward as the only left wing alternative working for the common good. The party is holding its annual conference at Conference Aston in Birmingham,...


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European Investment Bank issues €500m climate awareness bond

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has issued a €500 million (£397m) climate awareness bond that will reach maturity in 2026 and carries an annual coupon on 1.25%. Since 2007 EIB climate awareness bonds have raised €6.2 billion (£4.9bn), demonstrating the growing demand for ethical bonds. The 12 year bond...



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