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Renewable energy accounted for 15% of UK electricity in 2013

According to the latest statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, renewable energy contributed 15% towards the national grid last year, a rise of 30% overall. The report shows a steady increase, with a 3.6% rise since 2012 – primarily from onshore and offshore wind farms....


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Geoengineering could make climate change’s impacts worse

A professor from Washington University, Seattle, has warned that climate engineering, or geoengineering, could have unknown consequences in decades to come and has said there needs to be a debate on the ethical issues around the practice. Speaking to the Guardian, Professor Stephen Gardiner said that geoengineering was currently...


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Centrica taking advice from UK government over Russian sanctions

British utility Centrica is in talks with the UK government regarding its concerns over EU-wide sanctions on Russia, with the company fearing that worsening relations could compromise a major gas deal. The firm, which owns British Gas and other energy suppliers around the world, is concerned that a contract...


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Startup loans scheme reaches £100 million

Government-funded programme to help British entrepreneurs and startups has supported 20,000 loans so far, moving beyond £100 million and significantly helping previously unemployed people. Founded in 2012 by Lord Young and chaired by entrepreneur James Caan, the Start-Up Loans scheme aims to help those with creative and innovative ideas...


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Centrica backs out of giant £40m offshore wind project Celtic Array

British Gas owner Centrica and Danish company Dong Energy have announced that they will withdraw from proposed offshore wind development in the Irish Sea, as assessments of the area found challenging conditions on the seabed that make the project “economically unviable”. Centrica announced the news in their interim results...


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Startup plans to tackle illegal deforestation in the Amazon with old smartphones

Old smartphones turned into solar devices to detect illegal activities in the Amazon are the innovative response proposed by a San Francisco-based start up that has joined conservationists to protect rainforest. San Francisco tech start-up Rainforest Connection has teamed up with conservation charities and indigenous communities to protect the...


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Antarctic Ice Sheet result of global temperature decrease, not continental breakup

A recent study has shown that the Antarctic’s ice sheet and glaciers are a result of decreased carbon dioxide levels 34 million years ago, counteracting studies that suggest immense continental shifts were the primary cause. The study, published in the journal Nature, raises important issues regarding the effects of...


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Key scientists call for ‘radical action’ on drug resistant malaria

A new strain of malaria, resistant to drug treatments, has already spread through south-east Asia and has now reached the Cambodia-Thailand border, causing panic at the potential of an international epidemic. In a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists have called for “radical action” in...


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Centrica questions Ofgem’s profits claim as British Gas half-year takings fall

The big six energy firms that dominate the UK market will double their profit margins over the next year, Ofgem has said. However, after announcing a slump in half-year profits, British Gas owner Centrica has dismissed this claim. On Wednesday, the energy market regulator said it expects the leading...


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Majority of Scottish businesses don’t have a ‘yes’ plan

The majority of Scottish businesses do not have a plan in case Scottish voters back an independent Scotland at the referendum in September, says a survey from financial services firm KPMG. Some 84% of survey respondents admitted that they have not made continuity plans ahead of the historic vote...


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Indian landslide claims 30 lives with more than 160 still trapped

A devastating landslide in the town of Malin, India, has caused 30 deaths. Rescuers worked through the night after torrential rain bought large pieces of the hillside down on the village early on Wednesday. Reports have been trickling in about a landslide in the village of Malin, in the...


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Electric vehicle sales doubled across the EU in 2013

The growth of the EU electric vehicle (EV) market continued in 2013 as sales doubled, driven by the introduction of top-selling new models. According to a new report from the campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E), almost 50,000 plug-in vehicles were sold in the EU last year.  The most...


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Policymakers needs to consider children’s rights in climate change fight

Children’s rights should be considered in the fight against climate change, a new report from UNICEF has argued. Despite being the most vulnerable and largest population affected by climate change, children continue to be ignored in high-level climate negotiations, the organisation says. The report – The Challenge of Climate...


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Ice loss in the Arctic linked to 16-foot waves

For the first time, scientists have observed huge waves in the Beaufort Sea in the Arctic where once there used to be only ice, a phenomenon that is feared could break more ice and worsen global warming. A new study, the first ever assessing waves in the Arctic Ocean,...


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Farmers affected by climate change could be helped by new resilient rice

Erratic weather such as droughts and flash floods is affecting agriculture in south Asia, but livelihoods of farmers could be improved with the introduction of new rice seeds that are resilient to changing weather patterns. Climate change is increasingly making farmers think about their future. Changing weather patterns in...


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