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Somerset dairy farm opens £1m water recovery plant

Cheese producer Wyke Farms has opened a facility in Somerset to recover up to 95% of its wastewater and reduce its ecological footprint, as part of a £10m sustainability drive. The measure is part of the farm’s 100% Green Initiative, aimed at making the business more sustainable by using...


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Nature showing signs it is racing towards an early autumn

We may not be quite ready yet, but there seems to be signs appearing in nature that point towards an early autumn, with conservationists saying this is due to the early spring. This spring was the third warmest on record and although there were lots of floods and storms,...


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China takes first steps towards ‘cruelty-free’ cosmetics after law changes

Manufacturers of cosmetics in China are no longer be legally bound to test on animals for ordinary products sold in the country, after changes to laws came into place on Monday. The changes are seen as a victory for campaign groups like Be Cruelty-Free, the largest campaign in the...


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Greenpeace targets Lego over advertising relationship with Shell

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace launched a global campaign against Danish toy company Lego over its advertising partnership with Shell on Tuesday. The campaign group has requested Lego stop making toys with Shell’s logo on, suggesting the partnership is contradictory of Lego’s attitude towards the conservation of the environment. In...


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Investment trustees should consider ESG factors, concludes Law Commission

In its final report on fiduciary duty the Law Commission has acknowledged that the current law on the issue is “confusing and inaccessible” and clarified that trustees can take environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into account. The commission closed its consultation on fiduciary duty in January, after receiving...


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Barclays launches Green Bond Index to meet ‘growing demand’

Barclays and investment firm MSCI have announced the creation of a new tool to expand environmental, social and governance (ESG) fixed income benchmark index group, for investors looking for projects with environmental benefits. Institutional clients interested in bonds whose proceeds fund environmentally friendly projects, could now benefit from a...


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In pictures: Formula E electric racing cars speed into London

Eight electric Formula One-style racing cars drove over London Bridge on Monday for an electrifying photoshoot ahead of the inaugural Formula E championship, which starts in September.  At 6am, in front of the Houses of Parliament and a crowd of early risers – including London’s mayor Boris Johnson – the...


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New Isa enters market offering increased flexibility

From Tuesday, all individual savings accounts (Isa) will become new ISAs (Nisa) as government reforms come into force. The changes aim to provide greater flexibility and encourage more people to save. The Nisa was announced in this year’s budget by the chancellor George Osborne. The changes aim to increase...


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Pacific island Kiribati buys land in Fiji to escape climate change

Kiribati has finalised the purchase of 20 sq km of land on Vanua Levu, a Fijian island, in order to give its people somewhere to grow food or to escape to, should the country continue to be affected by rising sea levels. Kiribati’s president Anote Tong said, “We would...


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‘Missing’ ocean plastic pollutants may be swallowed up by marine species

Plastic pollutants afflict all of the world’s oceans, but a new study has found that the quantity of floating waste around the world is lower than expected. While this sounds like good news, scientists warned that it may mean plastics are being ingested by marine life, with extremely harmful...


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Government urged to uphold ban on bee-killing pesticides

A coalition of campaigners have urged prime minister David Cameron to uphold a ban on bee-killing pesticides, as his cabinet decides whether to grant an emergency exemption for one of the controversial chemicals. On Tuesday, the government is expected to rule on an appeal from the pesticide manufacturer Syngenta...


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Policy uncertainty risks required £375bn of infrastructure investment

The UK’s ageing infrastructure needs £375 billion of investment to ensure that it is up to the task of meeting the needs of a growing population and achieving climate change targets, such as emission reductions, according to the public accounts committee. However, despite the vast amount of investment needed,...


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Nasa satellite to measure Earth’s carbon ‘like a plane observing smoke from forest fires’

Nasa has launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite to measure where carbon dioxide (CO2) comes from and where it goes. It is hoped the new tool will help scientists collect important data to mitigate the effects of climate change. Launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the...


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Free trade or fair trade? Hear four leading thinkers debate at Sustainable September

Proponents of free trade and fair trade will lock horns in London later in September, in a debate around which is most effective in helping developing economies. Tickets are available here. The event forms part of Sustainable September, Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long celebration of sustainability, and takes place...


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Primark investigating ‘SOS’ note from Chinese prison worker found in trousers

A shopper in Belfast has found a note allegedly written by a Chinese prison worker who claims to have forcedly worked 15 hours to make clothes for the high street chain Primark. The incident comes after another customer found a fake label on a dress denouncing exploitative labour. Karen...


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