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Study: UK rivers polluted by abandoned landfill

The Natural Environment Research Council has warned that several rivers in the UK could be highly polluted, after researchers discovered that tonnes of ammonium reach the River Thames every year from an Oxford wetland. New research published in the journal Science of the Total Environment has found out that...


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Small island states threatened by rising sea levels call for sustainability

Leaders of small island states are to seek investment in renewable energy projects and sustainable food production facilities to gain an economic overhaul at a UN climate summit next week. The summit will take place on September 1 in Samoa, located in the Pacific. Leaders will hope to gain...


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Antarctic marine life atlas launched to inform conservation debate

A new atlas, providing the most thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean, is to be published to inform future decisions about conservation and marine protected areas in the region. The atlas, published by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, saw leading marine biologists and oceanographers from...


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Vote for Policies reaches crowdfunding target

Vote for Policies, an online service that encourages the electorate to cast their vote according to policies, has reached its £20,000 crowdfunding target and is now seeking to raise an additional £5,000 to add features to its site. The service presents users with a series of policies to choose...


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Norway breaks record in yearly whale catching rates

Norwegian fisherman have captured a record total of 729 whales so far this year, the highest number since 1993, when the country officially resumed the internationally condemned practice. Whaling capture rates have steadily increased in the waters around Norway, with 590 rorqual whales captured last year – far higher...


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Black carbon linked to risk of cardiovascular disease in Chinese homes

Black carbon – a form of pollutant with a particularly potent warming affect on the climate – has been linked to the increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In a new study, researchers have investigated the impacts of the dangerous pollutant on those exposed to it on a daily basis....


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Al Gore’s firm invests £8m in Ovo Energy

UK energy supplier Ovo Energy has received an £8 million investment from former US vice president Al Gore’s firm. The deal comes as the regulator is seeking to make the energy market more competitive and reduce the dominance of the big six suppliers. Generation Investment Management, which was set...


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Scottish Independence: Salmond gains ground over Darling in second TV debate

In the second round of the televised debate between Alistair Darling, leader of the pro-union Better Together campaign, and Alex Salmond, first minister of Scotland and leader of the ‘say no’ campaign, polls suggest Salmond took the initiative in a debate focused on Scotland’s future currency and disputed oil...


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Crown Estate to invest almost £10m in tidal project

The MeyGen tidal power development in Pentland Firth, Scotland, is to receive almost £10 million investment from the Crown Estate. The investment is part of £50 million funding for the first phase of the 398 megawatt (MW) project. The location of the project is described as one of the...


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Homeless International to move from charity to social enterprise to help developing countries

UK’s Homeless International charity has decided to change its model in order to be able to issue loans to NGOs in Africa and Asia to build sustainable homes for communities living in slums. The charity aims to “support slum dwellers to improve their lives and find lasting solutions to...


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Labour plans stricter rules for UK’s fracking industry

The Labour party has announced it will try to strengthen regulation for the British shale gas industry in the infrastructure bill, said to be too bland in relation to environmental assessment and monitoring of toxic fluids and methane levels. On Tuesday, the opposition will lobby to add to the...


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Carbon-cutting policies could save billions in healthcare costs

Efforts launched to curb greenhouse gas emissions could pay for themselves, according to a new study investigating the potential healthcare savings of reductions in pollution. It is already widely accepted by scientists that carbon-cutting policies, introduced primarily to mitigate climate change, can have positive impacts on human health. Experts...


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Unexpected methane leakage discovered on the US Atlantic sea floor

Scientists have found at least 570 vents off the US East Coast that are leaking methane  – one of the most powerful greenhouse gases on Earth – and fear they could eventually contribute to global warming. A study published in Nature Geoscience has found numerous unusual vents between Cape...


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EDF to pay £3m for poor complaints handling

EDF Energy has been ordered to pay £3 million for its failure to handle consumer complaints efficiently between May 2011 and January 2012 by regulator Ofgem. The investigation was launched after the energy firm saw complaints increase by over 30% when EDF introduced a new IT system in 2011....


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Bedford named the UK’s most generous town by JustGiving

Bedford has been named the UK’s most charitable town by fundraising website JustGiving, ahead of Cambridge, Reading and Bristol. The online platform has released data identifying the towns and cities that have contributed the most to its appeals, taking into account the number of donors relative to population size. ...



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