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Rupert Murdoch: Australia shouldn’t care for ‘overblown’ climate change impacts

Rupert Murdoch, the owner of News Corporation, in an interview marking the 50th anniversary of his newspaper the Australian, described the effects of climate change as “overblown”, and said that Australia “shouldn’t be building windmills and all that rubbish”. On his Sky news channel, talking to the current editor...


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Study: organic food has more antioxidants, less toxic metals and fewer pesticides

Levels of antioxidants in organic food are between 19% and 69% higher than in conventionally grown food, while being treated with less chemicals, according to the most comprehensive new study ever done on the subject. A team from Newcastle University has gone through 343 peer-reviewed studies on the subject...


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Sustainability in fashion for the future

On Wednesday July 9, the Guardian held a live online chat where a panel of experts discussed, “What do fashion students need to know about sustainability?”  With the growing population increasing the need for resources, and climate change affecting companies all over the world, sustainability in the fashion industry...


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Scientists call for action on plastics being dumped in marine environment

Two leading scientists on the subject of plastic in the marine environment have called for urgent action to “turn off the tap” and divert plastic waste away from our oceans. In an article for journal Science, Professor Kara Lavender Law, of the Sea Education Association, and Professor Richard Thompson,...


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US designates critical habitat to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles

The US has taken steps to protect the endangered loggerhead sea turtle by making almost half of the beaches used by the species a designated critical habitat. The ruling, which comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), creates one...


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Electric vehicles in UK could reach 5 million with right polices, says National Grid

Government policy and the health of the economy will play a huge role in the uptake of electric cars, a report from the National Grid shows. Strong environmental policy could see the number of electric cars soar to over 5 million in the next two decades it predicts. The...


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Richard Branson says goodbye to environmentally-intensive beef

Virgin’s patron Richard Branson has given up eating beef as part of personal commitment to reduce his environmental footprint, as red meat is one of the foods that requires most resources and is speeding up deforestation. Writing on his blog, Branson explains that he decided to stop eating what...


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YouTube blocks Greenpeace’s video targeting Lego over link with Shell

Greenpeace’s video ‘LEGO: everything is NOT awesome’, which criticises Lego over its relationship with oil firm Shell, has been suspended by YouTube, following a copyright claim by Warner Brothers. The environmental group transferred the video to Vimeo, although it has now also been deleted on this platform, and has...


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Sustainable tourism industry needs third party certification

As tourists are becoming increasingly conscious of their carbon footprint and the impact they have on the destinations they visit, the industry has been placing more emphasis on sustainability. However, knowing which claims are authentic and which are ‘green wash’ can be difficult. Dr David Randle, director of sustainable...


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National Grid ‘underestimates threat of coal’, says WWF

Environmental group WWF has criticised the National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios report because it “underestimates threat of coal”. The organisation states that the report assumes that most of the UK’s old and inefficient coal power stations will close down by 2023, instead of choosing to extend their lives by...


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Animal experiments in the UK rise, despite promises of reduction

The number of animals used in medical procedures or drug testing increased by 0.3% in 2013, with 4.12 million animals employed, despite promises by the government to cut their number. Home Office statistics revealed that the practice of breeding genetically modified animals has risen by 6%, while other procedures...


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UKSIF praises Church of England for move away from Wonga

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has said they are pleased with the news that the Church of England has finally severed ties with payday lender Wonga. UKSIF is a membership association for sustainable financial services and co-ordinates Good Money Week (formerly National Ethical Investment Week). Good...


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Warmer Arctic anticipating bird breeding

Arctic birds are nesting up to seven days earlier than usual as a result of snow melting earlier because of an increasing warmer Arctic, a new study has found. The research, published in the journal Polar Biology, suggested that clutch initiation dates for migrating Arctic birds are advancing because...


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Discovery helps biologists understand how plants respond to rising levels of carbon dioxide

Biologists from San Diego could help scientists understand how the burning of fossil fuels affects plants and help engineer ways to improve crops. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have published a paper in the journal Nature regarding the discovery of a new genetic pathway in plants....


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UK Emergency legislation defies EU court on phone and internet snooping

Emergency legislation that will ensure the police and Government security services can continue to maintain surveillance on phone and internet communications is currently being rushed through parliament, ignoring the latest ruling by the European Court of Justice. Both prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg gained...


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