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Sydney University urged to divest from Whitehaven Coal

Students and environmentalists have condemned Sydney University for its $900,000 (£504,000) investment in a controversial coal mine. According to Greenpeace, the leading Australian university has confirmed that 0.1% of its investment fund has been channeled into shares in Whitehaven Coal, the company behind the $767 million (£430m) Maules Creek...


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Rosneft and Norway’s Statoil team up for Arctic drilling despite sanctions on Russia

Two Norwegian and Russian state-owned energy companies have entered into a controversial partnership over oil exploration in the Arctic, despite the European sanctions imposed on Russia because of the Ukraine crisis. As part of the partnership, Rosneft and Statoil would explore the Norwegian Arctic and search for oil and gas in...


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More than one in ten businesses believe slavery in their supply chain is ‘likely’

Though more than one in 10 businesses say it is likely that their supply chain features slaves, supply chain risks reached an 18-month low in the second quarter, according to new research. However, concerns have been raised that increasing political and social instability could impact businesses. According to research...


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‘Poaching epidemic’ leads to fear over future of elephants in Africa

New research from Colorado State University has found that the illegal killing of elephants in Africa has seen a huge rise since 2009. The study found more than 100,000 elephants have been killed in Africa for their ivory since 2010, meaning the death toll is exceeding the species’ birth...


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Earth Overshoot Day: planet is now in ‘ecological deficit’

Today is Earth Overshoot Day, the day after which humanity has exhausted its annual budget of ecological resources, according to data from the Global Footprint Network thinktank. The annual landmark means that the Earth is, for the rest of the year, ‘overdrawn’ in a state of ecological deficit, using...


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South Asian GDP will be slashed by climate change – report

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has warned that South Asian economies face a 8.8% loss in their annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100, because of the impacts that climate change and extreme weather will have on resources and infrastructure. The analysis, Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and...


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India’s lesser-known species threatened by wildlife poaching

India’s less iconic species, such as pangolins and tortoises, are being hunted or illegally traded, according to campaigners who say that more conservation efforts are needed to preserve less well-known wildlife. Majestic tigers, elephants and rhinos are not the only species being hunted towards extinction, warn the conservationists, who...


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Poll: three quarters of MPs don’t understand how money is made

Some 80% of MPs lack basic understanding of where the UK’s money comes from, according to a new poll. The survey, commissioned by the reform campaign group Positive Money, found that 71% of MPs believe that only the government has the power to create money. A further 9% said...


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Russell Brand calls on companies to divest Israeli holdings over military campaign in Gaza

Comedian and actor Russell Brand, in his satire news show The Trews, has called on companies like Barclays bank and security firm G4S to divest their investments in Israeli companies, to increase international pressure for peace in Gaza. Israel, which is still engaged in a controversial military operation in...


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Half of world could face extreme water scarcity by 2095

Without climate change mitigation policies, half of the world could face extreme water scarcity before the end of the century, a study has found. However, researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) also warned that poorly planned policies could exacerbate the crisis. The study, which was carried out...


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Ministers consider ‘park tax’ on those living next to green spaces

Government ministers are considering a new levy on living near public spaces in order to help maintain their upkeep. The tax would be aimed at house owners who benefit from the neighbourhood’s public spaces, in the way of higher house prices, as cuts to upkeep budgets from local councils...


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Activists launch national protests against fracking

Activists have superglued themselves to the doors at the entrance of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) building in London, in a protest against fracking. The action was timed to coincide with a number of protests across the country, including the occupation of fracking firm Cuadrilla’s...


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Environmentalist Marina Silva to be presidential candidate of Brazil’s socialist party

Brazil’s Socialist Party (PSB) is expected to name former environment minister Marina Silva to run for the presidency after former candidate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash. Silva, who was set to run as Campos’ vice-president, is a popular figure in Brazil. She gained nearly 20% of the...


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FTSE 100 CEOs’ pay 143 times higher than employees’ in 2013

The chiefs of Britain’s 100 biggest listed companies were paid around 143 times more than average workers in the same firms last year, the High Pay Centre has disclosed. The widest pay gap is found at mining firm Rangold Resources, where boss Mark Bristow was paid £4.4 million in...


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Gender pay gap has widened since recession

Despite the economic recovery taking hold and unemployment figures dropping, the recession has meant that the gender pay gap has widened in the UK. More women are now in low paid work, self-employed or on zero hours contracts, according to a new report from the Fawcett Society. Since the...



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