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Labour party would allow energy regulator to revoke utilities’ licenses

The shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint has announced this week that increased powers would be given to a new energy regulator, including the power to revoke the licenses of utility companies who are not operating in the best interests of consumers, if Labour are elected. Suppliers would also be...


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Overall GCSE grades rise but English pass rate falls

As pupils receive their GCSE grades today, official figures show that 68.8% of entries scored an A* – C grades, a 0.7% increase on last year’s results despite warnings that results could fall following an overhaul of the exam system. There was a slight decrease in the number of...


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Global solar panel shortage caused by boom in industry

The solar industry is now facing a global shortage in photovoltaic panels, the shortage is expected to slow growth in the smaller domestic market, raising fears over its survival. The industry was previously experiencing a slump in sales, but the oversupply of solar panels since 2010 has managed to...


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Rockefeller Foundation calls for applicants for resilient cities challenge

The 2014 application process for the 100 Resilient Cities challenge, which is pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, has officially opened and is looking for cities that are ready to address the challenges they face. Cities worldwide face two clear challenges, according to the organisation. The first is increasing urbanisation,...


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More businesses going green to save money – survey

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices are becoming increasingly popular among companies as these realise the economic advantages of green measures to save money, new analysis suggests. A survey by consultancy firm Grant Thornton, composed of more than 2,500 firms, has found that sustainable practices in businesses are being driven...


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Study links increased flooding to population growth

New research has linked higher numbers of reported flooding cases in the UK to urban expansion and population growth rather than climate change. A study from the University of Southampton looked at the rising number of reported floods in the UK over the past 129 years. Researchers found that...


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Study: Greenland and Antarctica are losing 500 km³ of ice per year

New data mapping Greenland and Antarctica’s ice sheets has revealed a record amount of ice loss occurring in the regions, which have doubled their contribution to sea level rise since 2009. The findings by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) published in the...


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Scottish independence: Sir Ian Wood warns on overestimated North Sea oil reserves

Scottish oil tycoon Ian Wood has challenged prosperity claims over the Scottish oil industry that ‘yes voters’ bring as an argument in favour of the country’s independence. Wood has said that Alex Salmond has pumped North Sea oil reserves by up to 60%, when in fact these will decline...


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Study: butterflies changed diet to adapt to climate change

Researchers from the University of Bristol have found that a UK butterfly species has changed its dietary preferences in order to move further north in response to changing climate – the first case of this kind. The paper published in Ecology Letters looked at the brown argus butterfly, which...


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Iceland raise volcanic eruption alert to orange

Swarms of seismic activity in and around an Icelandic volcano have caused authorities to raise the eruption alert to the second highest, with magma levels remaining stable. The volcano presents signs of “ongoing magma movement,” stated authorities, which fear an eruption similar to that of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010...


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Mining company escapes Great Barrier Reef compensation payments and strict operating conditions

The Australian government’s environmental protections system has been labelled “broken” after Gina Rinehart’s mining company managed to negotiate down both compensation repayments and operating practices. Information released due to a freedom of information request shows the previous Labour government demanded $800,000 (£446,000) a year in “biodiversity offsets” from mining...


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Green volunteers should receive council tax rebate, says thinktank

Local authorities should consider rewarding volunteers that improve parks and green spaces with a council tax rebate, thinktank Policy Exchange has suggested in a new report. The suggestion follows an earlier report from the thinktank, that said government ministers should consider a levy on living near public spaces in...


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$100 million climate resilience fund launched to help poor countries

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Rockefeller Foundation have launched a $100 million (£60 million) fund to help the most critical regions of Africa and Asia facing the effects of climate change. The fund is an initiative of the Global Resilience Partnership, established by the foundation...


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Standard Chartered set to pay $300 million settlement over illegal money laundering practices

A settlement deal between the UK bank Standard Chartered and Benjamin Lawsky, head of New York’s Department of Financial Services has been outlined due to the banks failure to prevent continued money laundering activities. After previous allegations, Lawsky took $340 million (£240m) from the London based bank to set...



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