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Soloman Islands town to relocate 1,000 people to escape climate change

A town in the Soloman Islands is preparing to relocate its whole population to escape from rising sea levels caused by climate change. The authorities of Choiseul, home to around 1,000 people on Taro Island in Choiseul Bay, have elected to build a new town on a nearby island...


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First ‘round 3’ wind turbine installed in UK at Westermost Rough

The UK’s first commercial 6 megawatt (MW) wind turbine has been installed at the Westermost Rough wind farm, in a new landmark for renewable energy. The next generation machine, designed by Siemens and erected by DONG Energy, is the first of 35 at the 210MW North Sea project. It...


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Fukushima nuclear disaster inflicted ‘serious biological effects’ on wildlife

An investigation into the impacts of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster has found that radiation may be harming wildlife in the area. In a series of new studies, published this week in the Journal of Heredity, scientists found evidence of population declines and genetic damage in species around...


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More rain expected this weekend as UK recovers from ex-hurricane Bertha

The UK is expected to cool over the next week, with temperatures reaching lows of 4-5C at night in some places this weekend. Cool air from the North Atlantic and an area of low pressure from Iceland will bring these cold temperatures across the UK. Last week saw the...


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SeaWorld announces upgraded orca habitats as shares fall amid backlash

SeaWorld has announced more than $10 billion (£5.9bn) in research and conservation projects, following a backlash over its killer whales exhibits that saw its share prices fall by a third. In April, it was revealed that SeaWorld saw a 13% drop in the number of visitors. This followed the...


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Hundreds begin to arrive at anti-fracking campsite near Blackpool

Protests against energy firm Cuadrilla’s plans to drill for gas in Lancashire have begun, with campaign group No Dash for Gas seeing hundreds arrive to camp at a proposed fracking site. The Reclaim the Power camp is taking place at Preston New Road near Blackpool, holding workshops and training...


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FCA putting renewable energy co-operatives at risk, says Labour

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is blocking co-operative renewable energy projects and putting the sector at risk, Labour has said. Shadow energy minister Tom Greatrex expressed his concern over the relationship of energy co-operatives with the FCA in a letter to the authority’s chief executive, Martin Wheatly, on Wednesday....


east antarctica glacier by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via flickr

Rapid melting of world’s glaciers proven to be man-made

A study has found that more than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the Earth’s glaciers can be attributed to human activity. In a new study, scientists have analysed glaciers’ melting activities since 1851, but did not find any evidence of man-made effects up until the middle of...


fracking protest by Robin Webster

Scottish energy minister opposes fracking legislation to protect householders

Fergus Ewing, energy minister for Scotland, is opposing plans that would remove the right of homeowners to object to fracking companies drilling beneath their homes. The plans, which are still under review by the UK government, would make drilling under residential areas far easier for drilling companies, granting them...


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Top 20 undeveloped oil projects will risk $91bn of investment

As investors begin to ask for more information around the risks of high-cost oil projects, the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) has revealed that some of the most expensive projects currently being considered for development in the industry could place $91 billion (£54bn) of investors’ money at risk. In May,...


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Fracking taking place in US at shallower depths than first thought – study

Ongoing research suggests fracking is taking place at much shallower depths than first thought. Authors say there is no evidence of water contamination, but more research needs to be done to assess the impact of activity at these levels. In a presentation at the American Chemical Society conference in...


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Citigroup: solar industry to outperform fossil fuels in long term

Investment bank Citigroup predicts that the solar industry will continue to grow on a global scale and will become competitive with fossil fuels, because of “pure economics” and the need to diversify energy supply over the long term. A report, which was released to Citigroup’s investors earlier this year,...


Beijing smog by Kentaro IEMOTO via flickr

Chinese government asks citizens to use sustainable transport to battle pollution

The Chinese government has published guidelines explaining how citizens can help curb the nation’s air pollution crisis, urging the public to walk more and drive less. The “behavioural standards”, published earlier this week, also ask citizens to ride bikes, buy goods with less packaging, avoid burning rubbish and use less...


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Giant Amazon fish being fished to extinction

Arapaima, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish, has been fished to extinction in some communities in South America, a new study has found. The arapaima can grow up to 10 foot long (3m) and weigh more than 28 stone (181kg). Its size, and its tendency to swim near...


Woodland Project by Christopher Wiles

Art project launched to plant new woodland in Lincolnshire

A unique project that hopes to use art to engage people in sustainability, while also planting a new 1.5 acre woodland in Lincolnshire, is appealing for crowdfunding. The Woodland Project, launched by artist Christopher Wiles, will recruit 1000 people to plant 1000 trees near the market town of Horncastle,...


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