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Expand cities into greenbelt to solve housing crisis, says Wolfson Prize winner

The winner of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize has suggested that the UK solve its housing crisis by allowing existing towns and cities to expand into the greenbelt. David Rudlin, an urban planner, was unveiled as the winner at a gala dinner on Wednesday night, picking up a prize...


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Green Port Hull wind turbine manufacturing plans approved by council

Plans to build a new wind turbine production and installation facility in Hull have received approval from Hull City Council’s Planning Committee. In March, Siemens and the Associated British Ports (ABP) announced a joint investment of £310 million in the project. The firms have said that the project will...


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China and Indian leaders will not attend UN Climate Summit

Both president Xi Jinping of China and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi have confirmed they will not be attending the UN Climate Summit, greatly undermining the possibility of a global pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. China is currently the world largest greenhouse gas emitter, followed by the United...


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EDF confirms nuclear reactors may stay offline until end of the year

EDF has confirmed that four of its UK nuclear reactors that were shut off last month for safety reasons will not fully resume operations until the end of the December, sparking fears over electricity shortages during winter. The reactors at Heysham 1 and Hartlepool were shut down in August...


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Carbon credits can boost economic development and conservation

New research has valued the benefits of carbon offsetting at $664 (£403) per tonne, judging the positive impacts on communities where carbon reduction projects take place. As a result, researchers say businesses have an opportunity to use the voluntary carbon market in their sustainability strategies. The research – Unlocking...


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Standard & Poor’s: reinsurers underestimate impact of climate change

Rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has warned that most reinsurance companies do not believe that climate change is having “a material quantifiable impact on their current risk exposure”, despite evidence that extreme weather is likely to cause huge damage over the coming decades. S&P takes a sceptical approach...


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Number of UK workers trapped in low pay jobs on the rise

The workforce of the UK’s cities is becoming increasingly divided between high and low wage jobs, with opportunities in the middle fading and social mobility failing, according to a new report that warns being employed does not mean being out of poverty. The study, Unequal Opportunity, by the thinktank...


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Government launches badger vaccination scheme

The government has launched a scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis, to prevent its spread to cattle. Last year the government faced criticism for allowing culls to go ahead in a bid to control the spread of the disease. Last month a second controversial badger cull was given...


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Sir David Attenborough warns of the ‘escalating erosion of wildlife’

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough has warned, ahead of the Conference for Nature in London, that the continued destruction of the environment “threatens us all”. However, he insists we still have a chance to save it. Individual responsibility that promotes conservation and the pursuit of “game-changing” solutions to problems facing...


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Tasmanian forests opened for logging despite conservationist efforts

The Tasmanian government has decided to open up 400,000 hectares of previously protected forest to the timber industry, a move that environmentalists say will do serious harm to both the climate and the country’s tourism sector. In 2013, the Australian Labour government added 170,000 hectares of Tasmania’s rainforest to...


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Trillion Fund to host solar powered renewable energy investment party

Vivienne Westwood and Trillion Fund have invited prospective renewable energy investors to a unique solar powered party in London on Thursday, with ticket sales closing at midnight tonight. The unique OFFtheGRID event will offer guests the opportunity to invest in three crowdfunded renewable energy projects, alongside sustainably powered music,...


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Pro-fracking ad claiming UK suffered ‘near-catastrophic’ gas shortage is banned

An advert from US fracking company Breitling Energy, which claimed that the UK suffered from a “near-catastrophic” gas shortage last winter and talked up the benefits of shale gas, has been banned. The Advertising Stands Authority (ASA) received a complaint about the advert, which appeared in the Telegraph earlier...


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Extinction rate increased one thousand times during human era

The extinction rate of species around the world is now 1,000 times higher than it was before humans arrived on the scene, a new study has found. The shocking report, published in the journal Conservation Biology, estimates the pre-human extinction to be 10 times lower than scientists previously thought,...


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Halliburton pays £1.1bn for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Oil field service provider Halliburton has reached a $1.1 billion (£670m) agreement to settle claims made against the company for its part in the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil rig was operated by BP when it exploded in 2010, killing eleven people...


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Household air pollution puts one-in-three at risk of early death

A report has found that a third of the world’s population use plant-based solid fuels, such as wood and charcoal, for cooking and heating, putting three billion people at risk of ill health due to dirty air in poorly ventilated homes. The report, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine...



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