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Sustainable September

Free trade or fair trade? Hear four leading thinkers debate at Sustainable September

Proponents of free trade and fair trade will lock horns in London later in September, in a debate around which is most effective in helping developing economies. Tickets are available here. The event forms part of Sustainable September, Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long celebration of sustainability, and takes place...


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Primark investigating ‘SOS’ note from Chinese prison worker found in trousers

A shopper in Belfast has found a note allegedly written by a Chinese prison worker who claims to have forcedly worked 15 hours to make clothes for the high street chain Primark. The incident comes after another customer found a fake label on a dress denouncing exploitative labour. Karen...


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Oxfordshire leading the UK on co-operatives and community shares

Oxfordshire, Manchester and Bristol are among the UK hotspots that are leading the way in community investment and activism, new research has revealed. Figures released on Tuesday by Co-operatives UK name the top 10 areas where communities are most likely to club together in community share schemes. Such initiatives...


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UK’s food security at risk from climate change and unsustainable diets

The UK needs to produce more food with fewer resources and reassure the public on the safety of genetically modified (GM) foods if it wants to become more self-sufficient in the long term, a group of MPs has said. A new report by the environment, food and rural affairs...


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46% rise in cost of living hits low-income families the hardest – report

A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), aimed at finding a “minimum income standard”, has recorded a rise of 46% since 2008 in the amount of money needed to live adequately. The report found that a couple with two children would need to earn £40,600 to maintain an...


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Meat-based diets linked to significant carbon footprints

Meat-eaters’ diets have a much larger carbon footprint than vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian diets, a new study published in the journal Climatic Change has found. The study said that high meat diets have more than double the amount of the greenhouse gas emissions than the average vegan diet. It also...


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‘Land grabbed’ areas could feed up to 550m people

If areas that have been ‘land grabbed’ in developing countries were cultivated for the benefit of the local population, the produce could feed up to 550 million of the world’s poorest people, according to new research. Land grabbing involves businesses purchasing large pieces of unused land, often to grow...


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Sex tape starring former executive worsens GSK China corruption scandal

British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has confirmed one of its former executives does appear in a sex tape – news that places further pressure on a firm already battling allegations of corruption. A video of the former head of the business’s Chinese operations, Mark Reilly, was emailed to senior...


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Superhomes scoops award for pioneering work on low-carbon living

The Superhomes project, a network of homeowners who are retrofitting their houses to make them more energy efficient, has won an award as part of EU Sustainable Energy Week. Founded and co-ordinated by the charity the Sustainable Energy Academy in 2007, it is supported by the National Energy Foundation...


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UK’s Biological Records Centre celebrates five decades of wildlife research

The Biological Records Centre (BRC), established in 1964 and currently supporting 80 wildlife recording societies, is celebrating its 50th anniversary at Bath University. The data collection centre has been used by authorities to analyse the demise in pollenating insects, such as bees, and the recorded movements of migrating species....


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Shale gas reserves in Scotland ‘not worth fracking’

The British Geological Survey (BGS) has estimated 80 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of shale gas is beneath the Midland Valley of Scotland, a much lower amount than what is said to be elsewhere in the UK, with green groups saying Scotland should not risk missing its carbon goals. The...


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BNP Paribas expected to pay record $8.9bn fine

BNP Paribas is set to pay a record-breaking $8.9 billion (£5.2bn) fine to US authorities for allegedly concealing transactions to dodge the government’s economic sanctions. France’s biggest bank is expected to plead guilty to hiding the identities of clients from blacklisted countries – Sudan, Iran and Cuba – while...


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British shoppers want cheaper fair trade products, survey finds

New shop-led research has found that 41% of consumers would buy more fair trade products if there were greater choice, with the majority of respondents unaware of the environmental benefits of the fair trade system. A survey, conducted by British gift shop Paprika among members of the public, asked...


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Legal & General: ‘fundamentally wrong’ that CEOs are rewarded for share buybacks

Institutional investor Legal & General has criticised companies for rewarding chief executives for hitting earnings per share targets when share buybacks are involved. Instead the firm said it wanted companies to invest in the real economy. Using excess capital to purchase the company’s own shares was described as “unfair”...


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Emperor penguins at extinction risk because of climate change

Climate change will present a severe threat to the iconic emperor penguin, as temperatures rise and the Antarctic sea-ice that the species depends on disappears, a new study has warned. In a new report, researchers from around the world have urged governments to list emperor penguins – the world’s...


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