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UK chief scientist: climate change will not be beneficial to the UK

The chief scientific adviser to the government, Sir Mark Walport, has told MPs not to expect any benefits from a warmer climate, adding that the effects in the long-term will be harmful. Walport was commenting on science journalist and climate denier Matt Ridley’s book, The Rational Optimist, which argues...


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No Smoking Day: e-cigarette advert banned by watchdog

An advertising campaign by e-cigarette firm Ten Motives has been banned because of unsubstantiated claims that the nicotine product is a “healthier smoking alternative” – coinciding with No Smoking Day. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that the claims in the adverts cannot be fully substantiated, adding that Ten...


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Bulgaria, Estonia and Sweden met their 2020 renewables targets eight years early

Bulgaria, Estonia and Sweden met their 2020 renewable energy targets in 2011/12, according to new analysis from the statistical office of the European Union.  At the other end of the scale, the UK was ranked as one of the lowest renewable energy generators. It achieved just a 4.2% share...


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Natural capital committee calls for economic value on nature

The independent natural capital committee has said that too often the environment is taken for granted, and called for a 25-year-long natural capital plan so that Britain can enjoy the “economic and wellbeing benefits”. Its latest State of Natural Capital report says the environment should be taken into account...


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UK lacks experts to deal with tree and plant diseases, say MPs

The UK does not have enough expertise in the field of tree and plant diseases, according to a report by MPs on the environment, food and rural affairs committee (EFRA). As a result, they say the government is at risk of losing the necessary skills to predict, monitor, control...


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Scientists find Arctic ice melt is gaining speed

The Arctic’s ice-free season is becoming longer by an average of five days every 10 years, scientists have said. According to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters, which analysed satellite imagery gathered over 30 years, the autumn freeze is also now arriving up to 11 days later...


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Woodland Trust to plant millions of trees as part of first world war centenary

The Woodland Trust has launched a project to create new areas of woodland as a reminder of the first world war, which began 100 years ago this year. The charity said the First World War Centenary Woods initiative will span across 1,000 acres of woodland and see 3m free...


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Green Investment Bank could move to private ownership, says chair

The chairman of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has said the government-owned bank should eventually be owned by the private sector. Speaking at the National Association of Pension Funds’ investment conference in Edinburgh last week, Lord Smith of Kelvin said he would like the GIB to ultimately diversify...


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US Democrats do an ‘all-nighter’ in the Senate for climate change

Twenty-eight Democrat politicians in the US have taken to the Senate for an all-night session of climate change discussions, an initiative aimed at raising awareness among members of Congress and calling for action. The marathon – which has the accompanying Twitter hashtag #Up4Climate – runs from Monday evening to...


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British children eating too much salt, says study

A new study has claimed that children’s diets contain too much salt, with the majority of the intake coming from processed or manufactured foods. The research, which was published in the journal Hypertension, suggests that 70% of kids are eating much more than the recommended teaspoon of salt a...


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Co-op Group’s woes continue as chief exec Sutherland offers resignation

Euan Sutherland, the chief executive of the Co-operative Group, has reportedly offered his resignation – a tactic that has been described as a “back-me-or-sack-me” move. According to the BBC’s business editor Robert Peston, Sutherland says in a letter that the organisation is “ungovernable”. This follows a turbulent year that...


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Sir Richard Branson says climate deniers should ‘get out of the way’

Sir Richard Branson has said he was “enormously impressed” by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who told climate sceptic investors last week that their money was not welcome at the firm. Writing on his blog, the founder and chairman of the Virgin Group said responsible businesses should follow the example...


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Financial value of carbon in world’s forests may be underestimated by £481bn

The financial value of carbon stored in the world’s forests may have been seriously underestimated, according to the findings of a new survey. Using a pioneering approach, the survey firm Carbomap has produced a three-dimensional carbon map of a forested region in Costa Rica. “Our technology could be considered...


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Economic growth undermined by bleak youth unemployment figures

Economic growth forecasts are being undermined by a lack of investment in UK businesses and the number of young people claiming jobseeker’s allowance, the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) has warned. The BCC upgraded GDP growth forecasts for the next two years on Monday, from 2.7% to 2.8% in...


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China prepares to strengthen environmental law to control pollution

The Chinese government has begun a “war on pollution” in order to improve the quality of life of its citizens. Under new measures, polluters could be suspended, shutdown and face unlimited fines. Chinese premier Li Keqiang claimed to make environmental protection a priority after a citizen in Shijiazhuang sued...


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