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Met Office maps impacts of climate change

The Met Office and the UK government have launched a comprehensive new map to show how the impacts of climate change could change the way we live around the world. The complex ‘Human dynamics of climate change’ infographic was published last week to illustrate how rising temperatures will affect human...


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James Bond’s Skyfall setting being ‘destroyed’ by irresponsible campers and fly-tippers

Irresponsible campers leaving rubbish and fly-tipping are destroying Glen Etive, used as the location for Skyfall in the latest James Bond film, residents have claimed. Locals Mark and Phillip Shone have set up a Facebook page called ‘Glen Etive – The Dirty Truth’ to highlight the damage being done...


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Crowdfunding services Trillion Fund and Buzzbnk announce merger

Two leading crowdfunding platforms Trillion Fund and Buzzbnk have merged with the aim to raise finance for renewable energy and social business projects and create the UK’s largest social crowdfunding service. Trillion Fund is a crowdfunding service focusing on renewable energy, while Buzzbnk offers social entrepreneurs and social ventures...


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UK summer storms to be followed by 30C heat and sunny weather

Thunder storms, heavy rain and lightning are expected to give way to lasting sunshine as the UK recovers from a weekend of flooding and transport disruption. The Environment Agency, over the last 24 hours, had put out a total of 28 emergency flood warnings – which have now been...


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Serious Fraud Office set to investigate forex manipulation

Reports suggest that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is preparing to launch a criminal investigation in the alleged rigging of the foreign exchange (forex) market. The SFO has been gathering intelligence on the supposed manipulation over the last few months. The £3 trillion a day market has come under...


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Sainsbury’s store first in the UK to be powered entirely by food waste

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has announced this week that its Cannock store, in the West Midlands, will be solely powered by energy from anaerobic digestion – with no reliance on the National Grid. The ground-breaking project, launched in partnership with waste recycling company Biffa, will ensure the retail store is...


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Google to award £2m of winnings to UK nonprofits

Four UK charities will receive £500,000 of funding from the Google Impact Challenge, supported by Nesta, with the winners announced at the end of July. The Google Impact Challenge UK launched in 2013 by the philanthropic arm of the tech giant. UK nonprofits were invited to submit their ideas...


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Typhoon Rammasun: 118 dead as typhoon hits Vietnam

Typhoon Rammasun has already killed eight people in Vietnam as the storm creates flooding and storm surges, leaving the Philippines devastated in its wake – with over 100 dead across Asia. Some 94 lives were claimed in the Philippines as the storm wreaked havoc across the pacific islands –...


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Unilever’s Dave Lewis to replace Philip Clarke as Tesco CEO

Unilever’s chief of personal care Dave Lewis will be the new CEO of Tesco starting from October. He will replace Philip Clarke after trading profits of the British retailer were found to be below expectations in the first six months of 2014. Dave Lewis joined Unilever back in 1987...


Coal fired electric plant on the banks of the Chambal River

India to fund renewable projects by doubling tax on coal

India’s new finance minister, Arun Jaitley, has announced plans to increase funding on India’s vast clean energy and environmental projects, by doubling the tax on every metric tonne of coal. The decision will be welcome news to financers struggling to maintain India’s ambitious environmental projects, which now include the...


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Co-op Group reforms remove ‘effective member control’, says former chairman

Former chairman of the Co-operative Group Len Wardle has called on members to reject proposed reform plans, stating that they would remove “effective member control”.  He claims there will be a “fundamental flaw” in the way new board members are elected. Wardle resigned from his post at the Co-operative...


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High levels of pollution in Scotland’s streets show air quality targets will be missed

Air pollution in many busy Scottish streets is on track to break legal air quality limits this year, new figures from Friends of the Earth (FoE) Scotland have revealed. The figures build on recent predictions from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that show Scotland is...


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Former environment secretary Owen Paterson claims he was sacked because of ‘green blob’

Sacked climate-sceptic environment secretary Owen Paterson has claimed that he lost his job because of a conspiracy from self-interested campaigners and pressure groups. In an article written for the Sunday Telegraph, Paterson criticises “the green blob” – which he characterises as a “mutually supportive network of environmental pressure groups,...


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Costa Concordia luxury ship moved after small oil spill

The luxury ship that sank off the island of Giglio in Italy more than two years ago has been moved away after a small amount of oil leaked during the operations. An emergency team has ensured that the spill has been immediately dealt with and will have no consequences...


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BRICS: $100bn sustainable development bank launched by world’s largest developing economies

The BRICS group, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have established their own international bank, to promote sustainable investment and to act as an emergency reserve. The bank will be based in Shanghai and its first president will be from India, the group announced. In...


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