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Climate change will trigger global food crisis, says World Bank official

The global food system will be severely disrupted by climate change, according to the World Bank’s vice president, who warned countries must focus on ‘smart agriculture’ to keep feeding their people. Speaking at the Crawford Fund 2014 annual conference on food security in Canberra on Wednesday, Rachel Kyte, World...


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Majority of public unaware of scientific climate consensus

A new poll has highlighted the lack of effective communication between the scientific community and the public. Just one in nine people are aware of the strengthening consensus on man-made climate change, it revealed. The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which commissioned the survey, said the findings carry...


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FCA fine RBS £14.5m over mortgage advice failures

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) £14.5 million over a catalogue of failings that saw customers given the wrong information regarding mortgage products. A review of the bank’s sales processes carried out in 2012 by the city financial watchdog has uncovered an...


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Swiss-Singapore partnership to build Singapore’s most energy efficient office

A new partnership hopes to lead the way in energy efficient workspaces with a new building concept in Singapore, which is expected to help offices consume 40% less energy than the national average. The partnership between Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory (SEC FCL) and the United World College South...


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If public vote for policies, not personalities, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage could lose

Both Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage have announced where they intend to stand for MP in next year’s general election, but if locals vote for policies, and not personalities or parties, both could fail. Conservative and current London mayor Johnson has revealed that he is seeking to become MP...


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Cuadrilla taking legal action against anti-fracking protest group

Energy firm Cuadrilla is taking legal action against protestors in Lancashire, with Manchester High Court to hear the case on Thursday August 28. Cuadrilla, along with 10 local landowners, is serving a “claim for possession against trespassers” to those camping on farmland at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton....


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Second controversial badger cull gets the go-ahead

Natural England has given the green light to a much-criticised badger cull for the second time in two pilot areas to fight tuberculosis in cattle, despite experts warning that the measure is both ineffective and inhumane. The organisation has said that criteria have been met to authorise two pilot...


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Sydney University launches review of fossil fuel investments

Campaigners are urging the University of Sydney to commit to fossil fuel divestment after it announced a review of its investment policies. Students and environmentalists recently condemned Sydney University for its $900,000 (£504,000) investment in Whitehaven Coal, the company behind the controversial Maules Creek mine. Subsequently, the university launched an investment review...


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Scottish referendum: Business coalition speaks out against independence

In the wake of the latest televised debate over Scotland’s case for independence, more than 100 business leaders have spoken out against the vote – stating no feasible business case has yet been made for leaving the UK. The intervention, which has come in the form of an open...


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Australian MP says he ‘got it wrong’ on dumping coal waste on Great Barrier Reef

Coalition MP George Christensen has admitted he was wrong to support the dumping of millions of tonnes of dredge spoil from Abbot Point, into the Great Barrier Reef. He says he will now look at other options. In an open letter to Whitsunday Times and Whitsunday Coast Guardian, Christensen...


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IPCC: climate change is man-made and potentially irreversible

A leaked draft report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that the impacts of climate change may soon be irreversible. The draft, which has been seen by The Associated Press (AP), paints a bleak picture of climate change, stating that it is probably already causing...


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Wildlife needs half of the planet to avoid ‘biological holocaust’

A Pulitzer Prize winner and Harvard scientist has said that half of the Earth should be human-free and dedicated solely to the world’s wildlife in order to avoid mass extinction of species. Prominent biologist and two times Pulitzer winner E.O. Wilson has suggested that half of our planet should...


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All coal licenses declared illegal by Indian Supreme Court

In a landmark ruling, the Indian Supreme Court has declared that all coal licences issued by successive governments between 1993 and 2010 were “not fair and transparent,” and are now void. The court has also decreed that the licenses were approved without any form of competitive bidding and in...


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Investors committing to fossil fuel divestment face challenge in finding alternatives, says study

As more institutional investors realise the potential risks around investing in fossil fuels, while the world moves towards a low carbon economy, research argues they face a challenge when it comes to finding alternative destinations for their money. Over the last few years the fossil fuel divestment campaign has...


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Pope Francis urged to divest Vatican from fossil fuels

Campaigners have called on the Vatican Bank to ditch all its investments in the fossil fuel industry, and throw its considerable weight behind the growing divestment movement. In a petition addressed directly to Pope Francis, who has commented often on the “sin” of environmental destruction, the global climate campaign...



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