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High court legal challenge to stop badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset fails

This year’s pilot badger cull in southern England will continue, despite a high court legal challenge by the Badgers Trust to ensure independent oversight of the techniques employed by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The cull will now continue without independent oversight, irrespective of...


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Tourists urged to stop littering on Mount Everest

It may be one of the most remote, inhospitable tourist destinations on Earth, but not even Mount Everest is safe from litter. Earlier this week, Nepalese authorities urged mountaineers to recycling their waste, and stop leaving in on the mountain’s pristine peak. The world’s highest mountain stands at 29,029 feet...


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2.5 million PPI claims reopened following FCA inquiry

High street banks in the UK have been forced to reopen 2.5 million PPI mis-selling complaints after the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) found affected customers had been underpaid or had their cases unfairly rejected. The FCA is looking at cases particularly from 2012 and 2013, after numerous investigations concluded...


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Voting opens for Britain’s national bird

The public has been invited to vote for Britain’s national bird, choosing from a range of iconic species the one they feel best symbolises ‘Britishness’. Although many people consider the red-breasted robin – voted as the public’s favourite bird in a 1961 poll – to be the country’s national...


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Solar panel makers set for record sales in 2014

A record number of solar panels will be shipped by solar manufacturers this year, with an expected 52% increase in sales from 2013. Quarterly profit reports from major solar distributors like Trina Solar Ltd, First Solar Inc and JinkoSolar Holding CO from across the globe have confirmed the industry’s...


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Education needed to cut water use amongst smallholder cotton farmers

Smallholder cotton farmers are facing major challenges as climate change increases water scarcity, a report from Cotton Connect has warned. In order to prepare the industry, the organisation advocates education and the implementation of effective agricultural techniques, ahead of World Water Week. The report – More Crop Per Drop...


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Green office experiment shows advantages of energy efficient buildings

Multinational IT corporation Infosys has shown how energy efficient buildings do not have to cost the earth, with an experiment in its Indian office that demonstrates the benefits of switching to energy saving systems. Rohan Parikh, head of infrastructure and green initiatives at Infosys, led the way with an...


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RBS SE100 announce two new awards for social enterprise schemes

The RBS SE100, a market intelligence tool for social ventures in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has announced two new awards this year, both intended to reward those who contribute specifically to social development and change. The two awards consist of ‘The Storyteller Award,’ designed to encourage...


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Court rules in favour of Cuadrilla in anti-fracking protest dispute

Manchester High Court Judge, David Hodge QC has imposed an interim injunction against a group of anti-fracking protestors in Lancashire after a court battle with gas firm Cuadrilla. Cuadrilla took up legal proceedings alongside ten local farmers earlier this week, claiming protestors were trespassing and affecting business for landowners....


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IEA: policy uncertainty to impact on pace of renewable investment

The amount of money invested in renewables could decrease in the years ahead because of policy uncertainty, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned in a new report. Through to 2020, the IEA estimates that investment in new renewable power capacity will average around $230 billion (£138bn) annually, lower...


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Activists to be chosen to speak at UN climate summit

Today more than 500 members of the public will hear whether they have been chosen to attend the UN Climate Summit in September. Environmental activists from 115 countries put forward their names to be considered to address issues of climate change to world leaders at the summit. The competition...


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Third largest global pension fund ABP has refused calls to divest from Israeli banks

The Dutch public employees’ pension fund ABP has ignored an appeal from activists, including South Africa’s Desmund Tutu as well as 1.8 million petition signatories, to divest from Israeli banks linked the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. The campaign has been led by Avaaz, a community pressure group...


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Small business lending under flagship scheme falls

Figures from the Bank of England have revealed that lending to small and medium sized enterprises (SME) through the government’s flagship Funding for Lending (FLS) scheme fell again in the second quarter of 2014. Lending under the scheme fell by £435 million after banks collectively drew down £3.2 billion...


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IEA: renewable power capacity grew at fastest pace in 2013

Last year global capacity for renewable power grew at its fastest pace to date, with almost 22% of power generation coming from clean sources, data in a report from the International energy Agency (IEA) has revealed. In 2013 global renewable electricity generation rose by an estimated 240 terawatt hours...


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Britain 65th in global representation of women in politics

A new report by Counting in Women has placed the UK 65th in a global leader board that compares the political representation of women, who make up 51% of Britain’s population. The report, titled ‘Sex and Power 2014: Who Runs Britain?’ reveals that in the UK less than a...



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