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Liberal democrats set out ‘green laws’

Ahead of next year’s general election, the Liberal Democrats have set out five new ‘green laws’ that focus on making the environment a priority, including creating a sustainable transport and energy system. Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat secretary of state and climate change, said, “The environment has always been a...


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EU carbon price set to average at €23/t between 2021 and 2030

A Thompson Reuters report on EU energy and climate policy has concluded that stricter regulations, based on proposed reforms to the European Emissions Trading System (ETS), will raise the EU carbon price to an average of €23/t between 2021 and 2030. Stricter regulation, argues the report, will force up...


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World water week kicks off in Stockholm

Over 2,500 businesspeople, politicians and scientists have gathered in Sweden for the 24th World Water Week, with a focus on energy and water, and how the two can be used together sustainably to ensure that there are enough resources for everyone on the planet. The event, organised by Stockholm...


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E-cigarette smoke contains higher levels of toxic metals

Second-hand smoke from e-cigarettes contains higher levels of certain toxic metals than regular cigarette smoke, a new study has warned. E-cigarettes – which simulate tobacco smoking by producing a nicotine vapour that resembles smoke – have been hailed by some as a safe and effective way for smokers to...


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Small island conference calls for countries to forge partnerships

As the third international conference on small island developing states opens in Samoa, the talks are calling on countries to pledge their support for small islands at risks from the effects of climate change by forging national partnerships to overcome the environmental and economic challenges. Head of states, policymakers,...


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Survey finds rising energy costs a priority concern across UK manufacturing base

A survey by technology manufacturer Siemens has found spiralling energy costs have become a primary concern for the UK manufacturing industry. According to the research, almost nine in ten businesses now discuss energy matters at executive level. Siemens surveyed 600 manufacturers, with a large proportion of the candidates confirming...


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Sir Richard Branson set for Virgin Banking float worth £2bn

Virgin’s banking arm, estimated to be worth £2 billion by city insiders, is set to be floated on the financial markets later this year, with some hinting that the launch will come as early as October. Richard Branson’s banking firm has been performing strongly this year, with the launch...


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Boris Johnson: Heathrow third runway plans ‘barbaric’ and ‘short-sighted’

London mayor Boris Johnson has blasted plans to build a third runway at Heathrow, labelling the proposals “barbaric” and “short-sighted”. This follows Heathrow’s chief executive John Holland-Kaye’s request for Johnson to support the expansion. Those supporting the plan claim the UK needs to improve its air capacity in order...


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Australian church to divest from fossil fuels to help sinking Pacific states

The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly has voted to divest from fossil fuels companies, blamed for contributing to dangerous climate change, becoming the latest religious organisation to make such a move. Uniting Church president Rev Prof Andrew Dutney said, “As Christians we are called to respect and care for...


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Antarctic sea levels rising above global average

Sea levels around the coasts of Antarctica are rising faster than the global rate, caused by the accelerating melt of the continent’s ice sheets, a new study has found. Studying satellite data gathered over the last 19 years, researchers from the University of Southampton found that Antarctic sea levels...


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Political parties urged to make environment key part of election manifestos

Environmental groups are urging UK political parties to ensure the environment is an important part of their manifestos ahead of next year’s general election. The report – Greener Britain – calls for all parties to commit to making Britain greener by 2020 through a series of seven pledges, which...


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World must cut meat consumption to prevent climate change and food insecurity

Researchers have estimated greenhouse gas emissions from the food sector could rise by 80% by 2050, as the world increasingly adopts meat-based diets that are putting resources and food security at risk. A new study by the universities of Cambridge and Aberdeen has warned that the global population must...


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Pennsylvania drinking wells contaminated by fracking operations hundreds of times

The US state of Pennsylvania has revealed to the public 243 cases where drinking water has been contaminated by fracking operations throughout the region. Statistics published online, by the Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), reveal that 22 counties within the state have had their drinking water affected by...


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Marine protection areas must be expanded for threatened fish species

Conservationists and policymakers have to do more to ensure the survival of important fish species by expanding marine protection areas, according to a new study. The paper, published in the journal Ecology Letters, warns that previous efforts launched to protect fish have irresponsibly prioritised saving the largest numbers of...


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Boris Johnson pledges £11.5m to London energy efficiency projects

London mayor Boris Johnson has pledged a further £11.5 million to develop both housing and public building energy efficiency projects. The added sum brings total investment into such projects to £88 million pledged since 2009, money that has bought insulation, double glazing and energy-efficient lighting in schools, hospitals and...



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