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Coal fired electric plant on the banks of the Chambal River

India to fund renewable projects by doubling tax on coal

India’s new finance minister, Arun Jaitley, has announced plans to increase funding on India’s vast clean energy and environmental projects, by doubling the tax on every metric tonne of coal. The decision will be welcome news to financers struggling to maintain India’s ambitious environmental projects, which now include the...


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Co-op Group reforms remove ‘effective member control’, says former chairman

Former chairman of the Co-operative Group Len Wardle has called on members to reject proposed reform plans, stating that they would remove “effective member control”.  He claims there will be a “fundamental flaw” in the way new board members are elected. Wardle resigned from his post at the Co-operative...


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High levels of pollution in Scotland’s streets show air quality targets will be missed

Air pollution in many busy Scottish streets is on track to break legal air quality limits this year, new figures from Friends of the Earth (FoE) Scotland have revealed. The figures build on recent predictions from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that show Scotland is...


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Former environment secretary Owen Paterson claims he was sacked because of ‘green blob’

Sacked climate-sceptic environment secretary Owen Paterson has claimed that he lost his job because of a conspiracy from self-interested campaigners and pressure groups. In an article written for the Sunday Telegraph, Paterson criticises “the green blob” – which he characterises as a “mutually supportive network of environmental pressure groups,...


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Costa Concordia luxury ship moved after small oil spill

The luxury ship that sank off the island of Giglio in Italy more than two years ago has been moved away after a small amount of oil leaked during the operations. An emergency team has ensured that the spill has been immediately dealt with and will have no consequences...


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BRICS: $100bn sustainable development bank launched by world’s largest developing economies

The BRICS group, made up of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have established their own international bank, to promote sustainable investment and to act as an emergency reserve. The bank will be based in Shanghai and its first president will be from India, the group announced. In...


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£13.4bn lawsuit awarded to widow of chain smoker against tobacco giant

Cynthia Robinson, who lost her husband in 1998 to lung cancer, has been awarded $23.6 billion (£13.4bn) in punitive damages after launching a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company – whom she blames for her husband’s death. On the grounds of wrongful-death, Robinson believes the tobacco giant was negligent...


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Sainsbury’s declare £200m ‘green’ loan to fund sustainability programmes

Leading supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has taken out a loan to promote low-carbon investments that will help finance its numerous low-carbon programmes, in what is being regarded as a pioneering break-through in corporate sustainability. The commercial loan, arranged via Lloyds and Rabobank, is the first loan to be officially classified...


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Labour place railway renationalisation at heart of election manifesto

Labour party leader Ed Miliband has announced plans to reverse the Conservative’s privatisation of Britain’s railways, by diminishing the Railways Act and rejuvenating failed railway lines. The announcement has been met with praise in the Labour party after negotiations in Milton Keynes earlier this week. The policy, which will...


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Marshall Islands minister: 2015 climate agreement ‘a matter of life or death’

Small Pacific countries at increasing risk of sea levels rise caused by climate change have their survival depending on rich nations’ commitment to reach a global climate agreement in 2015 in Paris, the Marshall Islands’ minister of foreign affairs Tony de Brum has said. Writing on the Guardian, Brum...


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138,000 species under threat as Obama approves gas and oil exploration

US president Barack Obama has approved a project that will open up an area off the east coast of the US to oil and gas exploration with the use of sonic cannons – which are highly damaging to marine wildlife. The decision to use sonic cannons was approved by...


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Former environment secretary Owen Paterson to give lecture to climate-sceptic campaign group

Sacked environment secretary Owen Paterson is to deliver a lecture to the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), the UK’s leading climate-sceptic campaign group. Paterson was removed from his post as a part of a government reshuffle this week, after a reign plagued by controversies. Critics gathered when Paterson voted against...


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Huge Alaskan mining operation stopped by EPA on environmental grounds

Proposed plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska have been stopped by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as it would contaminate an ancient salmon fishery and threaten an area the size of Manhattan. The Pebble Partnership, a cooperative agreement between two mining contractors and the state...


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Boris Johnson rejects claim that London’s Oxford Street has world’s worst pollution as ‘bollocks’

The mayor of London has taken to Twitter to dispute a study, conducted by Kings College London, that found Oxford Street has the world’s worst pollution levels – at up to four times higher than EU regulations. In the study, researchers found nitrogen oxide levels are the highest in...


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EcoPlanet Bamboo signs three veteran Weyerhaeuser chief executives

EcoPlanet Bamboo Group has announced the hiring of Marvin Ray Risco, Dr Kent Wheiler and James Leitheiser – all from $8.5 billion (£4.9bn) timber giant Weyerhaeuser. In a bid to ensure global development, the acquiring of three forest industry executives will encourage high levels of growth for the company,...


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