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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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Warmer seas could see increase in exotic fish along British coasts

Warmer sea temperatures could cause more exotic fish such as sunfish and bluefin tuna to migrate to the south west of England – a scientist has said. In an interview with the BBC, Dr Tim Smyth of Plymouth Marine Laboratory, explained how the Cornish coast could see increases in...


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Big Butterfly Count gets started to monitor British butterflies

People have been invited to count butterflies they see in gardens, parks and countryside over the next three weeks and submit their findings, in order to complete a survey that assesses the state and health of British butterflies. The Big Butterfly Count was launched in 2010, in partnership with...


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Scientists to investigate Arctic sea ice melt with sensors and aquatic robots

An international team of scientists have attached sensors to Arctic sea ice to measure this year’s summer melt in a massive, unprecedented experiment. The study will focus on the so-called ‘marginal ice zone’ north of Alaska and Canada, the region that lies between the solid Arctic ice and the...


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UK’s first Social Saturday launched to boost social enterprises

The UK’s first Social Saturday – a national awareness day to build the profile of social enterprises – was launched on Wednesday by an event at the House of Commons. On September 13, Social Saturday will encourage British consumers to use their spending power to support businesses whose only...


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