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Wading birds decline could be due to climate change, say conservationists

Recent figures from the Wetland Bird Survey have found a worrying trend with populations of some of the most familiar wading birds rapidly declining in Britain over the past 10 years. Eight wintering waders on UK estuaries are declining, including the Ringed Plover, Redshank, Dunlin, Curlew and Oystercatcher. Researchers...


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Lloyds half-year profits slashed by PPI and Libor rate fines

Lloyds Banking Group’s half-year profits have been hit by further fines for its misconduct, including another £600 million provision for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI). The bank’s newly posted results show an underlying profit rise of 32% from the same period last year, up to £3.8 billion....


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Food and drink sector cut water use by 16% in 2013

Food and drink manufacturers that signed the Federation House Commitment to reduce water usage have managed to cut water use by 1.35 million cubic meters (m3) – or 15.6% – last year, according to figures released by resource efficiency organisation Wrap. The initiative, involving 70 signatories across 284 active...


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Report: Environmental groups lack gender and ethnic diversity

A survey of over 300 US green groups shows board members are predominantly white and male, with women and ethnic minorities remaining marginalised. The report, titled The State of Diversity in Environmental Organisation by University of Michigan Professor, Dorceta Taylor, is the most comprehensive report on gender and ethnic...


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Last chance for investors to receive 7.5% return on wind turbine investment

An early bird offer that gives investors the opportunity to see a 7.5% return on an investment in the wind industry is closing today. The crowdfunding campaign, launched via the platform Trillion Fund, is seeking to raise £1.25 million to install five standalone wind turbines at sites across the...


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Argentina defaults on debt for second time in 13 years

Argentina has defaulted on its sovereign debt for the second time in 13 years, after the government’s last-minute deal was rejected by holdout creditors on Wednesday. Economy minister Axel Kicillof blamed “vulture fund” investors, while president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner accused them of trying to make a profit out...


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Matalan agrees to contribute to Rana Plaza compensation fund

British retailer Matalan has responded to criticism on failure to provide compensation for the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh by announcing a donation to the UN-backed fund – but did not reveal the amount. Matalan faced criticism by protest platform 38 Degrees because it was the...


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Children involved in Greenpeace protest against Lego and Shell link

Greenpeace staged a protest outside Shell’s HQ in London on Tuesday to highlight the advertising link between the company and Lego. Around 50 children and their parents or guardians were involved in the protest. Shell currently has an advertising deal with Lego, with its logo appearing on a range...


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GE to invest in India’s wind industry as part of a $1bn renewable energy plan

General Electric (GE) is set to invest in three Atria Power wind projects that are currently under construction, as part of its $1bn (£591m) commitment to expanding its renewable energy portfolio. The three projects are set to produce a combined annual capacity of 126 megawatt (MW), and are spread...


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Investors urged to divest from firms involved in Israeli occupation, as Gaza violence escalates

As the conflict in Gaza intensifies with no end in sight, campaigners are urging investors of all types to ditch their holdings in companies profiting from the Israeli occupation. The violence caused further international outrage on Wednesday, after artillery fire hit a UN-run school housing refugees, killing 16. The Palestinian...


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Japan pledges $15m to help Caribbean states adapt to climate change

Japan has pledged to give $15m (£8.9m) in aid to the Caribbean, to help threatened countries build resilience to climate change. The deal was signed on Monday during the first ever conference between Japan and the Caribbean Community (Caricom).  Under the agreement, Japan will also help develop the renewable...


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Furniture diverted from landfill as B&M announce partnership with Shelter

Waste management specialist Bagnall & Morris (B&M) will now supply homelessness charity, Shelter with unwanted furniture to support people in need and protect the environment. B&M Waste Services will donate furniture that is collected when they offer their clearance service to clients. The furniture will then be restored by...


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Up to £3.7m in pay and share incentives for Centrica new boss

Utility company owner of British Gas, Centrica, has announced its new chief executive will receive a basic salary of £925,000 and a range of incentives – still less than the amount earned by previous boss Sam Laidlaw. Iain Conn, who will join from January 2015 and previously worked for...


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Threatened pangolins being illegally eaten to extinction

Much has been made of the plight of iconic species such as elephants and rhinos, but the pangolin – nicknamed the scaly anteater – is now the most illegally traded mammal in the world, conservationists have revealed. Eight different species of pangolin live across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, but...


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7% decline in Barclays annual profits due to failing investment arm

Barclays Bank has taken a slight hit in annual six-month pre-tax profits by 7%, as declines in the investment arm affect overall revenue. However, the bank has still announced pre-tax profits of £3.35 billion, but has been hit by an 18% decrease in income due to its investment side...


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