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Asda becomes first supermarket to publish sustainable fish report

Asda has published a review of its fish stocks, with analysis of how each type of fish was caught and where, in response to concerns from customers. A global first, the supermarket giant’s Wild Fisheries Annual Review, lists all the fisheries it used between the January 1 and December...


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Osborne and Hague to meet new Indian PM in trade mission

The UK chancellor and foreign secretary are meeting the new Indian PM Narendra Modi in an attempt to strengthen relationships between countries and ensure Britain’s participation in the infrastructure boom promised by India’s leader. George Osborne and William Hague are visiting India to meet Modi, who was elected as...


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Talks begin on $1tn green goods trade deal

Diplomats from the EU, US, China and 11 other countries have begun negotiations on a trade deal that would cut tariffs on almost $1 trillion (£580bn) of green goods, such as solar panels, wind turbines and products for air pollution control. The talks, which are taking place in Geneva,...


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Payday loan complaints double in two years

The number of complaints made against payday lenders has more than doubled over the past two years, new figures have revealed, as a watchdog urges customers struggling with debt to seek help. The Financial Ombudsman Service has revealed that complaints it receives about the controversial short-tern, high cost loan...


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Food and Drink Federation announce impressive line-up for Sustainability Convention

With climate change threatening to have a huge impact on the food industry, the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced speakers who will talk at its inaugural Sustainability Convention later this year. The food and drink industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK and FDF is...


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New requirements boost competition in banking sector

Removing barriers that prevented new entrants from entering the banking sector has already boosted competition on the high street, according to a review from the financial regulators. The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) state that in the 12 months since the reforms, the PRA has...


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Antarctic winds could accelerate sea level rise

Expected changes in Antarctic wind patterns may speed up global sea level rise, threatening coastal cities and low-lying countries around the world, a new study has warned. Climate scientists have already resigned to the fact that sea levels, driven by melting ice sheets and glaciers around the world, will...


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UK wave and tidal industry receives major boost as Crown Estate agrees commercial seabed rights

The Crown Estate, authority for the British seabed, has announced five new wave and tidal development zones – which can be sub-let by locally-based commercial organisations. The move will enable greater UK-based technological developments in the tidal and wave industry, with each new site retaining a 10 to 30...


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Typhoon Neoguri: Japan braces for largest storm in decades

Japan’s weather agencies have warned of high waves and strong winds, as Typhoon Neoguri skims the outer islands of the Pacific nation. Flights have been grounded, affecting 24,000 passengers, and people have been encouraged to leave their homes in favour of community shelters in anticipation of the storm. Wind...


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Pope Francis: exploiting the Earth is ‘our sin’

Pope Francis has told workers and employers that men should safeguard and look after the Earth, not exploit it, and called for development that respects “God’s creation”. The Pope told an audience in an Italian university on Saturday that agriculture is a fertile dialogue between men and nature and...


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Renewable energy investment at five-quarter high, says new data

The global clean energy sector is thriving, with new investment totalling $66.2 billion (£38.72 billion) in the second quarter of 2014, a significant increase on 2013. The preliminary figure includes venture capital, private equity, project finance, mergers and acquisitions and public markets activity. It represents an 8% increase from...


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End fossil fuel subsidies and increase green investment portfolios, says French minister

Foreign minister of France Laurent Fabius has called on governments to cut subsidies to fossil fuels in order to avoid “climate chaos” and proposed to increase the share of traditional portfolios dedicated to green economy from 1% to 10% by 2020. Speaking at an economic meeting in Aix-en-Provence, Fabius...


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Wales future generations bill ‘falls short’ in enforcing sustainability

A pioneering bill that would require public bodies in Wales to consider sustainability in all decision-making has been criticised for its vagueness and lack of ambition. The wellbeing of future generations bill was formally introduced to ministers at the National Assembly on Monday and will now begin its legislative passage....


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Siemens Crystal to host Sustainable September Energy debate

The Siemens Crystal in London is set to host Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September Energy Debate. The event will see thought-leaders from the industry debate whether gas and nuclear power are more cost effective in the short-term in reducing carbon emissions than renewable energy. The Crystal opened its...


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Coal the ‘fastest growing fossil fuel’ in 2013, says BP

Despite renewable energy experiencing incredible growth last year, many parts of the world are still hooked on cheap and polluting coal, according to oil giant BP’s latest figures on energy consumption. BP’s report says that energy from clean sources – hydro, sun and wind power – provided around 5.3%...


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