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Emperor penguins at extinction risk because of climate change

Climate change will present a severe threat to the iconic emperor penguin, as temperatures rise and the Antarctic sea-ice that the species depends on disappears, a new study has warned. In a new report, researchers from around the world have urged governments to list emperor penguins – the world’s...


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Nestlé agrees to pay employees and contractors living wage

Food giant Nestlé has become the first major manufacturer to agree to pay the living wage to all employees. The announcement follows increasing calls from campaign groups for more firms to pay a ‘fair wage’. The living wage is calculated according to the cost of living and employers choose...


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Allow fracking in National Parks, says Environment Agency chief

The outgoing head of the Environment Agency has called for the government to allow fracking firms to operate in national parks, claiming that the impacts of the controversial process are “exaggerated”. In an interview with the Times, Chris Smith, who is set to leave his post next month, claimed...


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Tesco criticised for ‘land banking’ with 310 sites still unused

The supermarket chain Tesco has accumulated private land worth over £20 billion, with large swathes of it left unused, a new investigation has revealed. The Guardian newspaper said that the total unused land hoarded by Tesco equated to 4.6m sq metres, with 310 sites without a store. An estimated...


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Deforestation in Indonesia worse than in Brazilian Amazon, says study

Indonesia cleared 840,000 hectares of forest in 2012 compared to 460,000 hectares in Brazil, with new research suggesting that the true size of deforestation and climate change impacts have been significantly under reported. Forests play a crucial role in mitigating carbon emissions and preserving biodiversity, therefore helping tackle the...


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Regulation and competition concerns among financial services sector

UK financial services firms are optimistic despite profitability falling in the three months to June, a survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and consultancy firm PwC has revealed. However, concerns around the cost of regulation and competition within the market place remain. The survey quizzed 98 firms...


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Bloodsucking parasite major threat to UK honeybees

A type of parasite is causing UK bees to contract deformed wing virus (DWV), which leads to developmental deformities and reduces their foraging ability, a new study has found. Scientists from Warwick University have noted how where the varroa destructor parasite sucks honeybees’ blood, DWV is more frequently transmitted and amplified....


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Coal extraction in India threatens livelihoods and forests

UK energy firm Essar and partner Hindalco had plans approved by the previous Indian government to mine Mahan forest of Madhya Pradesh for its coal reserves, despite opposition from environmentalists and thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on the forest. Energy companies have started lobbying the newly-elected government and told the...


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MSCI seeks to strengthen ESG investment research with acquisition

MSCI, a provider of investment decision support tools, has sought to strengthen its environmental, social and governance (ESG) offering with the acquisition of GMI ratings, which provides ESG ratings and research to institutional investors. GMI ratings has been acquired through the subsidiary MSCI ESG Research and the deal is...


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Bill Gates: ‘miracles’ needed in clean energy sector

The world needs breakthroughs in clean energy that are “miraculous”, as current investments aren’t being made quick enough, according to the world’s richest man Bill Gates. In a post on his blog, Gates Notes, the Microsoft founder says, “Clean-energy miracles don’t just happen by chance. We have to make them...


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548-million-year-old Namibian fossil could be first animal with a skeleton

Scientists from Edinburgh University have retrieved a fossil in Namibia believed to be the first known animals with skeletons that lived over 540 million years ago. The fossil is that of a marine creature known as cloudina that became extinct a long time ago, and that scientists think could...


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Pharrell Williams launches new fashion line made from recycled ocean plastic

The musician Pharrell Williams has created a new environmentally-friendly clothing line, in collaboration with G-Star RAW and the Vortex Project. The ‘RAW for the Oceans’ collection was originally planned for release in August but has now been postponed until September. The line will adopt a revolutionary approach by using...


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‘Fizzy drink tax’ proposed as UK is told to halve daily sugar intake

The government could back proposals to reduce the UK’s recommended daily sugar intake from 10% to 5% – the equivalent of just one 330ml can of fizzy drink. Public Health England (PHE) received a draft report from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) on Thursday, which argued that...


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Glencore becomes last FTSE 100 board to appoint female director

The last all-male board in the FTSE 100 has appointed a female director, after enduring years of pressure to embrace equality and become more representative. Glencore, the Anglo-Swiss mining and commodities giant, has appointed Patrice Merrin, a Canadian former mining executive as an independent non-executive director. The firm persisted...


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‘Long-term’ approach pays off as Crown Estate unveils record profits

The Crown Estate, one of Britain’s biggest landowners, has announced record profits of £267m for 2014/14, which will return to the Treasury for the benefit of taxpayers. The organisation is an independent commercial business created by an act of parliament. It announced this week that its overall performance in...


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