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Theodore Van Kirk, last surviving Enola Gay crew member, dies aged 93

The last surviving member of the crew of the Enola Gay, the US bomber that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima to effectively end the second world war, has died aged 93. Theodore ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk, the navigator of the Enola Gay, died of natural causes on Monday at...


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Ofgem announces plans to reduce electricity bills through new price controls

Energy regulator Ofgem has announced proposals that could see average savings for household energy bills of £12 per year. The proposed price controls for five electricity network operators in the UK will mean their spending is capped at £17 billion to maintain the electricity network. Maintenance and upgrades of...


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Bankers could face tougher regulation, including bonus clawback

The Bank of England has revealed plans for tougher regulations for bankers, including clawing back bonuses after they have been paid and long jail terms for reckless behaviour. The proposed rules aim to improve individual responsibility and accountability in the sector. The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial...


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Colorado residents go ‘untold’ as oil spills occur twice a day

An analysis conducted by the Denver Post in the US state of Colorado has concluded that oil spills have dramatically increased since last year, often happening twice a day, and without residents being notified, regardless of state law. With 52,000 active oil drills in the US mid-western state, increases...


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Driverless electric cars to be tested on British roads in 2015

The government has launched a bid for a share of a £10 million competition for cities to host a driverless cars trial and a review of the UK’s road regulations to see how Britain can implement the new technology. Driverless cars work through a system of GPS and have...


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Western sanctions on Russia worry BP investors

The US and the EU have announced new economic sanctions against Russia, including measures that may impact on international oil companies. The decision was made as Western governments accuse Russia of supplying arms to separatist rebels in Ukraine and blame the government for complicity in the shooting down of...


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Sustainable ‘hobbit home’ in Wales faces demolition

Pembrokeshire council has said that a hand built eco-home of a couple who did not apply for planning permission has to be demolished, despite the support of 100,000 people asking for the place to be saved. Megan Williams and Charlie Hague built the house with a £12,000 budget and the...


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Wind investment opportunity offers better return than best savings rate

Investors could get a better return on their money through investing in a wind turbine project on crowdfunding platform Trillion Fund than placing their money in a fixed rate savings account. The E2 Energy investment opportunity is currently offering investors a chance to make a fixed 7.5% return a...


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Green Investment Bank to fund biomass project at Scottish whisky distillery

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has announced its third investment into the Scottish distillery industry, unveiling plans for a biomass boiler in the Speysid’s  Balmenach distillery in the Scottish Highlands, as part of a £5 million investment. The project has so far involved other two distilleries, Tomatin near...


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National Trust sees hydropower return after more than 130 years to Victorian site

Actor Robson Green launched the return of hydropower at the large country house, Cragside, on Tuesday. The green energy installation moves forward with the National Trust goal of generating half its energy from renewables by 2020. The Victorian house, nestled in the countryside of Northumberland, was the first house...


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BMW robots now powered by EvoEnergy 3MW solar array

East Midlands-based EvoEnergy has completed works on a 3 megawatt (MW), 11,500 panel rooftop solar array that will power over 1,000 BMW production robots at its MINI factory in Oxford. Covering 20,000 square metres, the unit is one of the largest solar rooftop-farms in the UK, cutting BMW’s carbon...


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Breakdown of business ethics destroying shareholder value, says Ecclesiastical

An insight from Ecclesiastical demonstrates the impact corporate misconduct can have on shareholder value. According to the report, corporate businesses in the US and UK have wasted $150 billion (£88.5bn) over the past five years. The insight suggests that there has been a widespread breakdown in business ethics and...


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Diesel drivers face environmental penalties to cut pollution levels

Owners of diesel cars could face higher road taxes and increased fines when entering Britain’s cities, in a move to lower city pollution levels under fresh calls to adhere to European emission targets. London, which has faced increasing criticism to manage its internationally infamous pollution levels, plans to charge...


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South Portland council blocks export of polluting tar sands oil

Environmentalists from across the US have welcomed the decision made by the council of South Portland in Maine, US, to block exports of controversial Canadian tar sands oil from being shipped through the city. Last week, the city council voted 6-1 in favour of a ban on heavy crude...


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Food company General Mills commits to fight climate change

The food and drink multinational has published a new climate policy promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and suppliers, cut food waste and engage with governments and NGOs to promote climate action. In its new policy on climate, the food giant said, “As a global food...


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