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New York theological college first to divest from fossil fuels

Union Theological Seminary in New York has become the first institution of its kind to divest its $108.4m (£64.57m) endowment from fossil fuels, which it says are a “sin” for Christians. Writing in Time magazine, president Serene Jones explained some of the reasons that led to the decision to...


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F&C celebrates 30th birthday with relaunch of responsible investment funds

F&C Investments is celebrating 30 years of responsible investing by announcing the relaunch of its responsible investment capability. The company notes that over the last three decades investors are becoming increasingly interested in active ownership and engagement, rather than simply screening out unethical firms. The firm, which agreed to...


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Wind share offer raises £100,000 investment in less than 24 hours

A renewable energy co-operative that launched a share offer on Monday, inviting investors to pledge towards two community-owned 500 kilowatt (kW) wind turbines in Derbyshire and Yorkshire, has raised nearly £100,000 in less than 24 hours. Four Winds Energy Co-op hopes to raise £3.7m by the end of July...


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One in three UK adults have ‘pre-diabetes’, research reveals

More than one in three adults are “on the cusp” of developing type two diabetes, new research has revealed, emphasising the need to curb the ongoing trend. In a study published in the British Medical Journal, scientists warn of a steep surge in diabetes among adults, as increasing numbers...


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Ed Davey: National Grid network could cope with England World Cup win

Energy secretary Ed Davey has insisted that Britain’s lights will stay on in the unlikely event of a World Cup victory for England, even in the face of what would be the biggest ever surge in domestic electricity demand. TV events such as the World Cup often cause surges...


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Japan receives widespread condemnation for plans to resume whaling

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has informed a parliamentary committee of his renewed efforts to continue whaling for scientific purposes, months after a ban by the international court of justice (ICJ). New Zealand and Australia have raised concerns about the new push by Japan, with New Zealand’s foreign minister...


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Solar farms to welcome visitors for ‘Solar Independence Day’

Solar farms across England and Wales will open for visits from local residents, schools, businesses and community groups on July 4 for an event that will teach the public about the benefits of renewable energy. The Solar Trade Association (STA) say Solar Independence Day will give visitors the opportunity to...


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Tesco boosts competition in current account market

Tesco Bank has launched its first current account, claiming it will offer customers a simple and transparent service. However, responsible banking campaign group Move Your Money have warned that the bank has earned a bad reputation for customer service in other areas. Tesco Bank has around 6 million customers...


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MPs propose ban on keeping primates as pets

MPs are pressing the government to determine the total number of primates being kept as private pets in the UK. In a report by the environment, food and rural affairs (Efra) committee, concern has been expressed regarding the welfare of primates being kept as private pets. A ban on...


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Resource inefficiency impacting prices, economies and environment, says UN

Unsustainable practices around resources risk future economic growth, price volatility and negative environmental impacts, a report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) states. The report builds on an earlier study, which warned that developed nation consumption patterns coupled with population growth puts the world on track to consume...


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Study: selective badger cull risks spreading bovine TB further

Killing only infected badgers to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB) could be as ineffective as culling large numbers, because the remaining animals are likely to move around and keep infecting cattle, new research has suggested. Scientists looking at a pilot test-vaccinate-remove (TVR) project in Northern Ireland, where...


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‘Living roofs’ help build resilience to changing climates

New research has illustrated the benefits of living roofs – roofs covered in living, growing plants – including improved resilience to the impacts of climate change. In a study due to be presented to architects on Thursday at the International Conference on Building Envelope Systems and Technologies (ICBEST) in...


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Tropical fish stocks under increasing pressure, study finds

New research has revealed that global wild marine catch in the Tropics region, especially South East Asia, has risen dramatically over the last three decades, raising issues on the sustainability of the practice. The study, Wild Marine Catch, says that the Tropics accounted for around two million tonnes of...


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New social impact bond gives investors chance to support foster placements

A new social impact bond (SIB) launched in Manchester gives investors an opportunity to support a programme funding foster placements for vulnerable children. The project, which has been commissioned by Manchester City Council and will be run by charity Action for Children, will find specialist foster placements for young...


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BP told to keep paying compensation for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

The US Supreme Court has decided not to allow BP to suspend payments to claimants affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which the oil firm had previously contested as unfair. The company is disappointed with the decision and said it would keep asking for a review of...


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