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Offshore wind farms provide feeding opportunities for seals

New research has revealed offshore wind turbines may act as artificial reefs and seals have been deliberately seeking out the structures whilst hunting for prey. Dr Deborah Russell carried out research with her team from the University of St Andrews where they gathered data from GPS devices attached to...


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Pensioners to receive free and impartial guidance, government says

The government has confirmed that independent organisations, rather than pension schemes and providers, will provide the guaranteed guidance for all retirees announced in this year’s budget. The changes are part of plans to give pensioners more flexibility whilst encouraging people to save and think about the long term. In...


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Government commits to fourth carbon budget in boost for renewable energy investors

The UK government has announced today that its fourth carbon budget – which sets emission reduction targets in the mid 2020s – will remain unchanged despite pressure to the weaken the measures. The UK has in place a number of targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building towards the...


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Travel authorities call for responsible tourism in Spain after sex scandal

The Spanish Tourist Office (STO) and travel association Abta are working to promote responsible tourism in the Balearic Islands after a video showing sex acts during an organised pub crawl in Magaluf was released on the internet. The video – now being examined by the police – was shot...


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Replacing oil and coal with shale gas will not cut greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

Replacing oil and coal in the energy mix with shale and natural gas will not help efforts to curb climate change, according to a new study. In the paper, published in the journal Energy Science & Engineering, Dr Robert Howarth, of Cornell University, suggests gasses actually have a larger...


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Study: giving up beef helps the environment more than ditching cars

Producing red meat affects the environment 10 times more compared to other livestock types, as it requires more land and irrigation water, while resulting in more greenhouse gas emissions, according to new research. Shortly after British entrepreneur Richard Branson revealed he stopped eating beef for environmental reasons, a new...


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Global warming: another record-breaking month as June sees high global temperatures

After the warmest May since records began, new figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) have found June 2014 has set a new record for the warmest global land and ocean temperatures since 1998. Data for June has found both global land and sea surface temperatures...


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Investment fund launched to support sustainable innovation in farming

A new £8 million venture capital fund has been launched to support sustainable innovation in the UK agri-tech sector. The Agri-Innovation Venture Capital Fund, launched in a joint effort by Norwich-based consultants Adapt Low Carbon Group and Japanese commercial investors Tsukuba Technology Seed Co (TTS), will support small and medium-sized...


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UK and Germany biggest coal polluters in the EU

The UK and Germany top the list of the biggest coal polluters in the EU, with nine of the dirtiest power plants each, according to research. The report argues that unless action is taken, the EU’s target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions could be at risk. The report –...


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E2 Energy wind turbine crowdfund reaches £280,000

A crowdfunding project seeking to raise £1.25 million to install wind turbines across the UK has reached £280,000. The money is being raised through Trillion Fund and the project offers investors an attractive 7.5% return. Investors can put as little as £50 into the E2 Energy project and if...


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Tory MP and scientists speak out against fracking plans in West Sussex

Former Tory minister Nick Herbert has criticised plans to ‘carelessly industrialise’ rural West Sussex through shale gas development, as scientists warn that current regulation in place in the UK is inadequate to protect human health and the environment. Herbert, MP for Arundel and South Downs, said that plans by...


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Multi-million pound boost for British food industry as public sector told to buy local

The government has announced a new and improved food and drink buying standard, which means from 2017 central government will commit to buying local produce. Overall, up to £400 million could be spent on food and drink sourced from the UK. Currently, government, hospitals, schools and other public sector...


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Foreign investment in UK renewable energy projects on the rise

The number of UK renewable energy projects supported by foreign investors has increased by 25% in a year, new figures have revealed. A report from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), released on Sunday, showed that from 2013-2014, the nation has attracted the most inward investment projects since records began...


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Park and ride schemes not as eco-friendly as first thought

Park and ride schemes in the UK can actually increase traffic and have a negative impact on the environment, according to new research. In a new series of short films from the University of the West of England, experts talk about transport issues. In one, Professor Graham Parkhurst explains...


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Government intervention hits planning approval rates for UK wind and solar energy

A report, conducted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), has found a 20% drop in planning approval rates for wind and solar, as a result of planning reforms and interventions from government ministers. The investigation found that a heavy reliance on the secretary of state to approve...


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