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Deforestation in Indonesia worse than in Brazilian Amazon, says study

Indonesia cleared 840,000 hectares of forest in 2012 compared to 460,000 hectares in Brazil, with new research suggesting that the true size of deforestation and climate change impacts have been significantly under reported. Forests play a crucial role in mitigating carbon emissions and preserving biodiversity, therefore helping tackle the...


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Regulation and competition concerns among financial services sector

UK financial services firms are optimistic despite profitability falling in the three months to June, a survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and consultancy firm PwC has revealed. However, concerns around the cost of regulation and competition within the market place remain. The survey quizzed 98 firms...


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Bloodsucking parasite major threat to UK honeybees

A type of parasite is causing UK bees to contract deformed wing virus (DWV), which leads to developmental deformities and reduces their foraging ability, a new study has found. Scientists from Warwick University have noted how where the varroa destructor parasite sucks honeybees’ blood, DWV is more frequently transmitted and amplified....


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Coal extraction in India threatens livelihoods and forests

UK energy firm Essar and partner Hindalco had plans approved by the previous Indian government to mine Mahan forest of Madhya Pradesh for its coal reserves, despite opposition from environmentalists and thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on the forest. Energy companies have started lobbying the newly-elected government and told the...


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MSCI seeks to strengthen ESG investment research with acquisition

MSCI, a provider of investment decision support tools, has sought to strengthen its environmental, social and governance (ESG) offering with the acquisition of GMI ratings, which provides ESG ratings and research to institutional investors. GMI ratings has been acquired through the subsidiary MSCI ESG Research and the deal is...


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Bill Gates: ‘miracles’ needed in clean energy sector

The world needs breakthroughs in clean energy that are “miraculous”, as current investments aren’t being made quick enough, according to the world’s richest man Bill Gates. In a post on his blog, Gates Notes, the Microsoft founder says, “Clean-energy miracles don’t just happen by chance. We have to make them...


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548-million-year-old Namibian fossil could be first animal with a skeleton

Scientists from Edinburgh University have retrieved a fossil in Namibia believed to be the first known animals with skeletons that lived over 540 million years ago. The fossil is that of a marine creature known as cloudina that became extinct a long time ago, and that scientists think could...


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Pharrell Williams launches new fashion line made from recycled ocean plastic

The musician Pharrell Williams has created a new environmentally-friendly clothing line, in collaboration with G-Star RAW and the Vortex Project. The ‘RAW for the Oceans’ collection was originally planned for release in August but has now been postponed until September. The line will adopt a revolutionary approach by using...


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‘Fizzy drink tax’ proposed as UK is told to halve daily sugar intake

The government could back proposals to reduce the UK’s recommended daily sugar intake from 10% to 5% – the equivalent of just one 330ml can of fizzy drink. Public Health England (PHE) received a draft report from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) on Thursday, which argued that...


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Glencore becomes last FTSE 100 board to appoint female director

The last all-male board in the FTSE 100 has appointed a female director, after enduring years of pressure to embrace equality and become more representative. Glencore, the Anglo-Swiss mining and commodities giant, has appointed Patrice Merrin, a Canadian former mining executive as an independent non-executive director. The firm persisted...


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‘Long-term’ approach pays off as Crown Estate unveils record profits

The Crown Estate, one of Britain’s biggest landowners, has announced record profits of £267m for 2014/14, which will return to the Treasury for the benefit of taxpayers. The organisation is an independent commercial business created by an act of parliament. It announced this week that its overall performance in...


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Green Globe launches sustainable tourism certification

Certification body Green Globe has unveiled a new standard for sustainable tourism, with new criteria that will emphasise the role of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the sector. The organisation, which provides certification and training to various travel agencies and tourism businesses across the world, has launched the new...


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EU nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as president

Former Luxembourg leader Jean-Claude Juncker has been nominated as the new president of the European commission, despite the concerns of UK prime minister David Cameron. EU leaders confirmed that the man Cameron calls “the wrong person” for the job as their choice after 26 out of 28 nations voted for...


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London’s Gresham College creates historic environment professorship

London’s oldest higher education establishment has created a new professorship for only the second time in its 400-year history – in the field of the environment. Gresham College in Holborn has appointed Carolyn Roberts, a senior scientist at the UK Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and a water resource management...


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Population growth in UK highlights need to manage consumption

With new data showing population rates in Britain are higher than any other EU country, this increases concerns not only on the strain on infrastructure but also a need to protect resources. Figures from Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the population of the UK grew to over 64...


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