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Solar farm plans with eye on wildlife approved in Flintshire

A 180,000 panel solar farm development has gained planning permissions in Wales thanks to a commitment from the manufacturer to create a specialised habitat for birds and invertebrates. The farm will be built on a 270-acre site in Flintshire by Swansea-based firm Compton Group and is expected to produce...


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Two funders of Nigel Lawson’s climate sceptic thinktank named

Two funders of the controversial climate-sceptic thinktank the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), which was set up in 2009 by Lord Lawson, have been revealed. Neil Record and Lord Nigel Vinson are the first funders of the secretive organisation to be confirmed. The two names were revealed by the...


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Agricultural PPPs may be keeping African farmers in poverty, Fairtrade warns

By prioritising profits over the needs of smallholder farmers, agricultural public-private partnerships (PPS) across Africa may be worsening poverty, the Fairtrade Foundation has warned. In a new report Fairtrade, the leading global not-for-profit, warns that increasingly popular PPPs may not be the solution to global hunger and poverty that some...


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Boris Johnson: pay motorists to scrap their diesel cars

The mayor of London Boris Johnson has called for a return of scrappage schemes to lower pollution levels in the capital, suggesting owners of diesel cars be paid up to £1,000 to take them off the road. Pollution levels in London are at all time high, and ahead of...


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Joseph Stiglitz: capitalism needs reformed political system to thrive again

Nobel winner and leading economist Joseph E. Stiglitz has argued that modern democracies have failed to ensure markets’ competitiveness, thereby causing inequality and wealth gaps, and called for simple measures that could boost new growth and stability. In a column on Project Syndicate Stiglitz commented on the recent book...


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HSBC could be exposed to ‘fine inflation’, warns Neil Woodford

Renowned fund manager Neil Woodford, who left Invesco Perpetual to start Woodford Investment Management earlier this year, has revealed he has sold all of his stock in HSBC due to the bank’s exposure to increasing fines for past wrongdoings. In recent years, banks have faced increasing fines from regulators...


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Electricity Demand Reduction pilot launched in the UK to help save energy

The government has launched a £20 million Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) pilot, offering financial incentives to encourage businesses to install measures to reduce energy consumption. The EDR pilot will back companies and organisations willing to install more efficient electrical equipment that reduces their peak electricity demand, such as LEDs...


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Japanese annual Taiji cove dolphin slaughter begins

Japan’s highly controversial annual dolphin slaughter, held in the waters by the town of Taiji, has officially begun. It is expected to last six months and will result in hundreds of dolphins being herded into a cove and butchered. A local official of the Taiji fisheries association, talking to...


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UN warns frequency of extreme weather will grow with climate change

The UN is set to release a series of imagined, but probable weather forecasts to highlight how extreme weather events will increase in frequency and intensity over the next three decades. The videos, to be released ahead of a crucial UN climate summit on September 23 in New York,...


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China to pursue national carbon market to cut record emissions

China, the world’s largest polluter, has confirmed plans to set regional caps and launch pilot programs that will establish trading rights linked to carbon emissions, to balance pollution with economic growth. Authorities have chosen seven cities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, to act as pilots for the...


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Stronger sustainable productivity needed to boost African agriculture, leaders say

Governments, businesses, NGOs and investors have met in Addis Abeba during the African Green Revolution Forum to discuss economic opportunities for the continent’s agricultural sector, as well as poverty and issues related to climate change. The forum hopes to discuss and develop concrete investment plans to achieve a green...


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Abbot Point port developers to shelve Great Barrier Reef dredging plan

Controversial plans to dump millions of cubic metres of dredged waste onto the Great Barrier Reef have been scrapped, according to Australian media reports. The already approved proposals to expand the Abbot Point terminal in Queensland, a hub that exports much of Australia’s coal riches, included plans to spill...


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Boris Johnson: rejecting Thames estuary airport plans ‘myopic’

London mayor Boris Johnson has labelled the Airports Commission as “myopic” and “irrelevant” after the organisation announced its decision not to add the inner Thames estuary airport, nicknamed ‘Boris Island’, to its shortlist options for increasing airport capacity. The Airports Commission said it recognised the need for a hub...


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UNEP highlights ‘blue and green’ economic opportunities for small island states

Amid the third conference on small island developing states (SIDS) in Samoa, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released key suggestions for countries to build a resilient blue and green economy and reconnect with their traditions and nature. The report is part of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series...


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Fracking: 38% of shale gas resources at risk from water shortages

Development of the shale gas sector could be compromised by critical water shortages in key areas, according to new a report by the World Resource Institute (WRI) that warns almost 40% of shale gas sites are in arid or water-stressed regions. The Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability &...



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