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Campaign group calls for Welsh VAT cut to boost tourism sector

Cutting VAT within the tourism industry could create almost 6,000 jobs in Wales, according to the Cut Tourism VAT campaign. The figures follow the group’s publication of a report that looked at the impact a VAT cut in the sector would have on the whole of the UK. According...


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Massive emission reductions needed by 2050 to limit climate change damage, reports UN

A draft analysis of three UN scientific reports regarding global warming has concluded that by the year 2050, greenhouse gas emissions must be drastically reduced in order to avoid climate catastrophe. The report suggests that reduction targets need to be set at between 40% and 70% lower than 2010...


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Over half of Brits support fracking, claims trade body survey

A survey commissioned by a trade body for the UK oil and gas industry has found that more than half of Britons support shale gas production. However, the findings contradict those of other polls looking at the public’s opinion of fracking. The Populus survey, commissioned by UK Onshore Oil...


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Clare Lissaman to moderate Sustainable September retail debate

Clare Lissaman, ethical and fair trade consultant and co-founder of organic menswear brand Arthur & Henry, will moderate Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September’s retail debate. The event, which will take place at the Royal Geographical Society on September 10, will bring together some of the leading thinkers on international trade and...


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Air traffic growth set to undermine carbon reduction measures – study

As more and more people continue to fly and airlines do all they can to get ticket prices down, this is continuing to have a negative effect on the environment. New research has found even if controversial measures are put in place, carbon reduction efforts will still be outweighed...


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Millions told to evacuate as typhoon Halong hits Japan

Typhoon Halong hit southwest Japan at around 9pm Greenwich Mean Time on Saturday. There are severe weather warnings in place for most of the country and nearly 1.5 million people in western Japan have been issued evacuation notices. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon hit Aki, Kochi prefecture,...


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Ex-hurricane Bertha brings strong winds and floods to the UK

As the remnants of tropical storm Bertha began to hit parts of the UK on Sunday morning, the Met Office is advising people to ‘be aware’. Flood warnings are in place for parts of the UK, with a yellow weather warning for wind and rain over the midlands and...


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National Lottery praised for green measures

UK National Lottery operator Camelot has shown its environmental credentials and has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard. The Standard recognises achievements in energy efficiency measures and CO2 emission reductions and the lottery is the first in the world to be given the certification. Camelot has shown its green...


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The ethics of elephants in tourism, global guide released

Ethical online travel agent, reponsibletravel.com released a global guide on elephant welfare in the tourism industry on Monday. The guide aims to help travellers make informed decisions when booking trips involving experiences with elephants. In the world’s first online guide, Elephants in tourism – right or wrong? addresses issues...


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Mercury pollution in upper ocean has tripled since Industrial revolution

The amount of mercury in the upper ocean has tripled since the industrial revolution, according to a new study that leaves little doubt that humans are to blame. Mercury, which is made as a byproduct in human activities such as fossil fuel burning and the mining, is toxic not...


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Waste cigarette butts could create clean energy storage solution

Waste cigarette butts could be used to create efficient energy storage devices, research from scientists in South Korea has found. The research looked at a one-step process, which could help the environment by reusing the common waste product. In the study published in the journal, Nanotechnology, researchers treated cigarette...


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Tornado strength and frequency could be linked to climate change – study

More severe, multiple tornadoes are ravaging the US than in previous years, a study has found. New research by lead author Professor James Elsner, from Florida State University, has found these destructive vortexes could be linked to global warming. Published this week in the journal Climate Dynamics, Elsner explains...


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Wales’ first full-scale tidal energy device unveiled

Ahead of its installation in Welsh waters, a tidal energy device developed in Cardiff was unveiled on Thursday. The device will help Wales produce clean and predictable energy in order to meet its low-carbon energy generation goals. Tidal Energy Ltd’s DeltaStream device is the first private marine project to...


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Global warming could to be to blame for mysterious Siberian crater

After a 30 metre mystery crater was discovered in July by a helicopter pilot, many in the scientific community have been confused by its appearance. There have been suggestions of a missile explosion, meteorite and of course alien claims. However, Russian scientists have now said the most likely cause...


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Giant penguins roamed Antarctica 37m years ago, fossils reveal

Newly uncovered fossil evidence suggests that giant penguins once roamed Antarctica, around 37 million years ago. Standing at around 2m, alaeeudyptes klekowskii would have been taller than most humans. Experts estimate the flightless bird would have weighed in at around 115kg. For comparison, emperor penguins, the largest penguins still...



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