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Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bank of Nova Scotia accused of fixing the price of silver

The three banks have been involved in allegations regarding rigging the price of billions of dollars in silver in the US, similarly to what happened in the UK with the gold price fixing scandal. Deutsche Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia and HSBC have been accused in a lawsuit of...


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Climate change may slowdown crop yield, study finds

Climate change makes 20 times more likely for corn and wheat crop production to decrease, significantly affecting food prices and availability in the long-term, according to a new study. Scientist from Stanford University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have said in a new study that although...


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Study: climate change affecting fur seals in Antarctica

Warming climate impacting on krill population – seals’ primary food sources – is leading to animals being born smaller and females breeding later than usual, according to new research. In a study published in the journal Nature, scientists have suggested that changes in the availability of krill – small...


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Invertebrate species have declined by 45% in 40 years, study finds

Populations of invertebrates such as insects, spiders and worms – many of which are essential to the health of ecosystems – have fallen by 45% on average over the past 40 years, according to a new study. The paper, published in the journal Science, reports that invertebrate numbers have...


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Beijing to stop polluting industries from further expanding in the city

The Chinese capital has decided to put an end to further expansion of resource-intensive and polluting industries in the city, in an effort to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. Beijing local government said in a statement that the city has grown too much. “Constantly-developing Beijing is...


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Community-managed forests help tackle climate change

Forests managed and controlled by local and indigenous communities are healthier, with lower deforestation rates, therefore helping reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, a new report has found. The study by the World Resource Institute and the Rights and Resources Initiative looked at forests in...


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Number of endangered bird species on the rise

Of more than 350 newly discovered birds species, 25% have been already found endangered, according to charity BirdLife, which has called for more conservation efforts to protect birds. A comprehensive review of prey, seabirds, water birds and owls has found 361 new species, previously treated as ‘races’ of other...


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Blood defects in Japanese monkey linked to Fukushima nuclear disaster

Abnormally low levels of white and red blood cells and haemoglobin have been found in Japanese macaques in the Fukushima region, with scientists suggesting that the phenomenon might be linked to the 2011 nuclear disaster. A study that compared blood tests from 61 monkeys living 44 miles from the...


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Melting Arctic to pave the way for luxury cruises

The dramatic melting of the Arctic will open possibilities for travel organisations to promote journeys on luxury ships, with some trips already scheduled for 2016 through the Northwest passage. Company Crystal Cruises has set its ship Crystal Serenity to be the first luxury ship to pass through the Northwest...


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UK Green Investment Bank hires two offshore wind directors

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced two new senior appointments, nominating two offshore wind experts to support the bank’s efforts to boost renewable energy investment. Nick Gardiner, who joins from BNP Paribas, will take on the role of managing director for offshore wind, leading GIB’s offshore wind...


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European lakes are already being impacted by climate change

The impact of climate change on Europe’s lakes is already evident and could cause far-reaching effects, according to scientists and leading bodies in the area. Writing in the National Geographic, Lisa Boore, a member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network, explains that lake temperatures are on the rise...


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Lloyds Libor-rigging scandal settlement reaches late stage

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) is about to reach final settlements with UK and US financial regulators over the Libor-rigging scandal, with the bank expected to face fines of up to £300 million. The bank, partly owned by the government, would be the seventh UK bank to be fined by...


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UNEP and Climate Action extend partnership ahead of 2015 climate talks

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate Action have renewed their long-standing partnership for two years, to continue their efforts to encourage investment in solutions to climate change. For the last seven years, the London-based Climate Action has worked with UNEP to build cooperation between the public and...


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Scientists identify evidence of climate change ‘tipping point’

Climate scientists frequently warn of the 2C global warming tipping point, saying that if average temperatures rise beyond that threshold, irreversible damage will be done. Now, scientists suggest a similar tipping point may have brought an end to the last ice age. In a study published in the journal...


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Lady de Rothschild to sue firm behind inclusive capitalism conference

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild is to sue the organiser of a conference on inclusive capitalism, claiming it was her idea. The summit took place in London and attracted high-profile speakers, such as Prince Charles, former US president Bill Clinton, Bank of England governor Mark Carney and Christine Lagarde,...


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