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Al Gore’s firm invests £8m in Ovo Energy

UK energy supplier Ovo Energy has received an £8 million investment from former US vice president Al Gore’s firm. The deal comes as the regulator is seeking to make the energy market more competitive and reduce the dominance of the big six suppliers. Generation Investment Management, which was set...


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Scottish Independence: Salmond gains ground over Darling in second TV debate

In the second round of the televised debate between Alistair Darling, leader of the pro-union Better Together campaign, and Alex Salmond, first minister of Scotland and leader of the ‘say no’ campaign, polls suggest Salmond took the initiative in a debate focused on Scotland’s future currency and disputed oil...


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Crown Estate to invest almost £10m in tidal project

The MeyGen tidal power development in Pentland Firth, Scotland, is to receive almost £10 million investment from the Crown Estate. The investment is part of £50 million funding for the first phase of the 398 megawatt (MW) project. The location of the project is described as one of the...


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Homeless International to move from charity to social enterprise to help developing countries

UK’s Homeless International charity has decided to change its model in order to be able to issue loans to NGOs in Africa and Asia to build sustainable homes for communities living in slums. The charity aims to “support slum dwellers to improve their lives and find lasting solutions to...


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Labour plans stricter rules for UK’s fracking industry

The Labour party has announced it will try to strengthen regulation for the British shale gas industry in the infrastructure bill, said to be too bland in relation to environmental assessment and monitoring of toxic fluids and methane levels. On Tuesday, the opposition will lobby to add to the...


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Carbon-cutting policies could save billions in healthcare costs

Efforts launched to curb greenhouse gas emissions could pay for themselves, according to a new study investigating the potential healthcare savings of reductions in pollution. It is already widely accepted by scientists that carbon-cutting policies, introduced primarily to mitigate climate change, can have positive impacts on human health. Experts...


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Unexpected methane leakage discovered on the US Atlantic sea floor

Scientists have found at least 570 vents off the US East Coast that are leaking methane  – one of the most powerful greenhouse gases on Earth – and fear they could eventually contribute to global warming. A study published in Nature Geoscience has found numerous unusual vents between Cape...


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EDF to pay £3m for poor complaints handling

EDF Energy has been ordered to pay £3 million for its failure to handle consumer complaints efficiently between May 2011 and January 2012 by regulator Ofgem. The investigation was launched after the energy firm saw complaints increase by over 30% when EDF introduced a new IT system in 2011....


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Bedford named the UK’s most generous town by JustGiving

Bedford has been named the UK’s most charitable town by fundraising website JustGiving, ahead of Cambridge, Reading and Bristol. The online platform has released data identifying the towns and cities that have contributed the most to its appeals, taking into account the number of donors relative to population size. ...


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Bank holiday: one in five British families can’t afford a day out to the beach

Research by charity Barnardo’s has warned that thousands of British families are simply too poor to afford paying for train fares and eating out on today’s bank holiday, as the wealth gap widens in the UK. August bank holiday has prohibitive cost for one in five British families struggling...


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Tackling climate change could address economic and social challenges, says report

Addressing climate change could deliver better living standards and shared prosperity, according to a report from thinktank IPPR. Whilst tackling climate change is an important goal in its own right, the report argues it could solve some of the economic and social challenges the UK faces. The report notes...


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Plastic pollution at ‘alarming levels’ in Sydney harbour

Microplastic pollution has contaminated the bottom of the Sydney harbour with pieces as small as sand grains, according to a new study that warns the phenomenon can intoxicate marine life and even affect the food chain. A team from Sydney Institute of Marine Science has found tiny plastic particles...


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Iceland issues red alert over volcano eruption beneath glacier

The Bardarbunga volcano recent seismic activity has caused a small eruption under the Dyngjujökull glacier, leading to Icelandic meteorological office issuing a red alert for aviation. On Wednesday, an orange alert was issued following signs of “ongoing magma movement”, with authorities fearing an eruption similar to that of 2010, when...


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Study: wild bees can thrive in urban environments

New research has found almost a third of France’s 900 species of wild bees live in towns and cities, suggesting that urban settings can play a crucial role in helping pollinators thrive. Researchers analysed the effects that urbanisation has on wild bees in 24 sites around Lyon in France,...


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Wildlife trade: new report reveals the extent of bear trafficking in Asia

New analysis by wildlife charity TRAFFIC has revealed at least 2,801 bears have been traded dead or alive for their parts and derivatives between 2000 and 2011 in Asia, especially in Cambodia and China. The report’s findings are based on 700 seizures occurred in various Asian states and Russia....



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