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Children science project found more bumblebees in cities than in the countryside

A nationwide school science experiment has revealed that bumblebees prefer suburban areas to rural places, because of the wider variety of flora. EDF Energy’s Big Bumblebee Discovery was carried out in partnership with the British Science Association (BSA) and the Centre of Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and involved around...


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WMO: greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984

Concentrations of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2013, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has warned in a finding that underlines the need for an international climate change treaty.   Though many...


One of the younger visitors to Westmill Wind Farm and Solar Park during the inaugural Community Energy Fortnight in 2013

Co-operative Energy set to launch world’s largest community energy celebration

A fortnight of community energy celebration spanning the breadth of the UK, complete with public tours and events, will officially begin on Saturday, headed by industry leader Co-operative Energy and in partnership with Forum for the Future. Organised by the Community Energy Coalition (CEC), a conglomeration of 36 civil...


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Renewable industry calls for next government to make series of commitments

Trade bodies from the renewable energy industry have joined together to call for political parties to commit to clean energy ahead of next year’s general election. The group has launched six ‘key tests’ in a renewable manifesto statement and campaign hosted by Action for Renewables. The group of renewable...


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Marks & Spencer turns to biogas to cut carbon emissions

Retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced plans to buy 35,000 mega-2att (MW) hours of biomethane certificates, as part of its efforts to reduce its environmental footprint and promote clean energy. M&S will purchase the gas...


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Urgent shift to renewables needed to avoid ‘catastrophic climate change’, says report

Unless the world urgently shifts to renewable and clean energy the impacts of climate change could be “catastrophic”, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) warns in a new report. The first edition of REthinking Energy, which looks at the progress the world Is making in its transition to a...


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Council’s development opposition ‘automatically’ overturned by planning loophole

A report by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has highlighted that steep targets set for councils over the building of new homes has allowed building developers to bypass resistance from regional councils and build on greenfield sites The paper, titled Targeting the countryside, analysed and compared appeal decisions...


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The Green Party attacks Osborne over bankers’ bonus cap legal challenge

A Green MEP has said chancellor George Osborne’s decision to challenge a cap on all bankers’ bonuses awarded from 2014 at a year’s basic salary is cause for concern and would put financial stability at risk. ...


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NGOs call on the UK to take the lead at UN climate summit

A group of environmental organisations has urged David Cameron to take serious action on climate change in order to successfully reach a global agreement in Paris in 2015 and not being left behind by China and the US in the race to a low-carbon future. [Blue&Green Tomorrow is currently...


Child reading

UK faces ‘literary crisis’ as 1.5 million 11-year-olds unable to read properly by 2025

A campaign launched by a coalition of teachers, charities and publishers has revealed that 40% of poorer children in the UK are not proficient readers, with England now being one of the developed world’s most unequal countries in reading. A report by the campaign Read On. Get On has...


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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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