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Stronger sustainable productivity needed to boost African agriculture, leaders say

Governments, businesses, NGOs and investors have met in Addis Abeba during the African Green Revolution Forum to discuss economic opportunities for the continent’s agricultural sector, as well as poverty and issues related to climate change. The forum hopes to discuss and develop concrete investment plans to achieve a green...


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Abbot Point port developers to shelve Great Barrier Reef dredging plan

Controversial plans to dump millions of cubic metres of dredged waste onto the Great Barrier Reef have been scrapped, according to Australian media reports. The already approved proposals to expand the Abbot Point terminal in Queensland, a hub that exports much of Australia’s coal riches, included plans to spill...


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Boris Johnson: rejecting Thames estuary airport plans ‘myopic’

London mayor Boris Johnson has labelled the Airports Commission as “myopic” and “irrelevant” after the organisation announced its decision not to add the inner Thames estuary airport, nicknamed ‘Boris Island’, to its shortlist options for increasing airport capacity. The Airports Commission said it recognised the need for a hub...


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UNEP highlights ‘blue and green’ economic opportunities for small island states

Amid the third conference on small island developing states (SIDS) in Samoa, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released key suggestions for countries to build a resilient blue and green economy and reconnect with their traditions and nature. The report is part of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series...


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Fracking: 38% of shale gas resources at risk from water shortages

Development of the shale gas sector could be compromised by critical water shortages in key areas, according to new a report by the World Resource Institute (WRI) that warns almost 40% of shale gas sites are in arid or water-stressed regions. The Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability &...


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Liberal democrats set out ‘green laws’

Ahead of next year’s general election, the Liberal Democrats have set out five new ‘green laws’ that focus on making the environment a priority, including creating a sustainable transport and energy system. Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat secretary of state and climate change, said, “The environment has always been a...


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EU carbon price set to average at €23/t between 2021 and 2030

A Thompson Reuters report on EU energy and climate policy has concluded that stricter regulations, based on proposed reforms to the European Emissions Trading System (ETS), will raise the EU carbon price to an average of €23/t between 2021 and 2030. Stricter regulation, argues the report, will force up...


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World water week kicks off in Stockholm

Over 2,500 businesspeople, politicians and scientists have gathered in Sweden for the 24th World Water Week, with a focus on energy and water, and how the two can be used together sustainably to ensure that there are enough resources for everyone on the planet. The event, organised by Stockholm...


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E-cigarette smoke contains higher levels of toxic metals

Second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes contains higher levels of certain toxic metals than regular cigarette smoke, a new study has warned. E-cigarettes – which simulate tobacco smoking by producing a nicotine vapour that resembles smoke – have been hailed by some as a safe and effective way for smokers to...


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Small island conference calls for countries to forge partnerships

As the third international conference on small island developing states opens in Samoa, the talks are calling on countries to pledge their support for small islands at risks from the effects of climate change by forging national partnerships to overcome the environmental and economic challenges. Head of states, policymakers,...


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Survey finds rising energy costs a priority concern across UK manufacturing base

A survey by technology manufacturer Siemens has found spiralling energy costs have become a primary concern for the UK manufacturing industry. According to the research, almost nine in ten businesses now discuss energy matters at executive level. Siemens surveyed 600 manufacturers, with a large proportion of the candidates confirming...


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Sir Richard Branson set for Virgin Banking float worth £2bn

Virgin’s banking arm, estimated to be worth £2 billion by city insiders, is set to be floated on the financial markets later this year, with some hinting that the launch will come as early as October. Richard Branson’s banking firm has been performing strongly this year, with the launch...


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Boris Johnson: Heathrow third runway plans ‘barbaric’ and ‘short-sighted’

London mayor Boris Johnson has blasted plans to build a third runway at Heathrow, labelling the proposals “barbaric” and “short-sighted”. This follows Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye’s request for Johnson to support the expansion. Those supporting the plan claim the UK needs to improve its air capacity in order...


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Australian church to divest from fossil fuels to help sinking Pacific states

The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly has voted to divest from fossil fuels companies, blamed for contributing to dangerous climate change, becoming the latest religious organisation to make such a move. Uniting Church president Rev Prof Andrew Dutney said, “As Christians we are called to respect and care for...


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Antarctic sea levels rising above global average

Sea levels around the coasts of Antarctica are rising faster than the global rate, caused by the accelerating melt of the continent’s ice sheets, a new study has found. Studying satellite data gathered over the last 19 years, researchers from the University of Southampton found that Antarctic sea levels...



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