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Tesco faces calls from investor charity to pay the living wage

Responsible investment charity ShareAction is calling on Tesco, the UK’s biggest private sector employer, to pay the living wage. The issue has been moving up the agenda for investors who argue a living wage helps achieve “longevity and productivity” in business operations. The living wage, currently set at £8.80...


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Obama plans vast expansion of Pacific marine protected area

US president Barack Obama has promised to increase efforts to tackle illegal fishing and extend the existing marine protected area between Hawaii and American Samoa. The Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, as the protected zone is known, already spans nearly 200,000 sq km (77,020 square miles). But under...


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Giant 240-turbine UK wind farm could become world’s largest

The UK government has approved plans for what may become the largest offshore wind farm in the world, a 240-turbine project off the coast of Suffolk. The project, a joint venture from ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, would generate enough electricity to power around 820,000 homes. It is also anticipated...


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Tobacco industry maintaining ‘predatory practices’ in move towards e-cigarettes

More than 100 leading public health specialists from around the world have signed a letter to the director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), urging for stricter controls on e-cigarettes. Medical professionals have requested WHO brings e-cigarettes under the same increasingly tight controls as tobacco products – with a...


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38 Degrees launches public ad campaign against EU-US trade deal

Campaign group 38 Degrees has this week called for a new campaign to raise public awareness regarding the trade deal currently being discussed between the US and EU – known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). In an email sent to its members, the group outlined a...


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15,000 students sign petition to get universities to divest from fossil fuels

A student pressure group has delivered 15,000 signatures to Universities UK, an advocacy organisation, in an effort to persuade British higher education institutions to cut their ties with the fossil fuels industry, which is blamed for worsening climate change. People & Planet accuses UK universities of ignoring the risks...


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Concern over new EU rules on meat inspection

Abattoir inspectors have warned that diseased meat could end up in sausages and pies, as new regulation favours visual checks over more accurate inspections of carcasses. The new rules have been controversial, especially in relation to pig meat, because hygiene inspectors would not be able to open up the...


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UK and Chinese governments issue ‘ground-breaking’ climate change pledge

The UK and Chinese governments have agreed to co-operate to tackle the issues around climate change and energy security, further signalling that UN climate talks next year will be more successful than previous opportunities. The UK government described the statement as “ground-breaking”. The governments have signed a civil nuclear...


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One arrested as 200 protest against BP’s sponsorship of British Museum

Hundreds of people gathered to protest against the BP-sponsored Viking exhibition at the British Museum on Sunday. The Reclaim Shakespeare Company hosted a ‘flash-horde’ protest where a makeshift 15-metre long ship was bought into the museum. The group has been advertising the protest since May and invited the public...


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Climate change devastates Antarctic seabed ecosystems

Climate change is decimating populations of tiny species that live on the seabed of the Antarctic shore, threatening ecosystem stability and life higher up the food chain, scientists have warned.  In a paper published on Monday in the journal Current Biology, scientists describe how the warming of Antarctic waters over...


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Sustainability features in Scotland’s draft constitution proposals

The first draft constitution of an independent Scotland has been published, ahead of September’s referendum, with sustainability and the environment featuring in the bill.  The bill sets out that the people are sovereign – rather than parliament – as is the case in the UK. The Scottish National party...


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BP and Shell to announce multi-billion pound deals with China

British oil companies BP and Shell are expected to propose multi-billion pound trade deals to visiting Chinese premier Li Keqiang, as a way to establish a privileged relationship between the UK and the Asian superpower. BP is said to offer a £5 billion long-term deal to supply liquefied natural...


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£1 investment in cancer research generates 40p return

Investment in cancer research can deliver economic returns as well as crucial health benefits, a new study has revealed. In a paper published in the journal BMC Medicine, researchers calculated that every pound invested in cancer research in the UK from 1970 to 2009 generated benefits equivalent to a return...


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Yorkshire Building Society and Credit Suisse fined over bonds

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has fined Yorkshire Building Society and Credit Sussie for £1.4m and £2.3m respectively, for failing to ensure financial promotions were clear, fair and not misleading on a market-related bond. The fine relates to the Cliquet product, which was designed by Credit Suisse to provide...


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Britons becoming ‘ever more materialistic’ – as Giving Tuesday comes to the UK

Britons are becoming more materialistic and giving less to charities and good causes as the economy recovers, according to a poll conducted as part of the Giving Tuesday campaign which has launched in the UK to encourage people to be more generous. According to the survey, 59% of people...


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