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National Lottery praised for green measures

UK National Lottery operator Camelot has shown its environmental credentials and has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard. The Standard recognises achievements in energy efficiency measures and CO2 emission reductions and the lottery is the first in the world to be given the certification. Camelot has shown its green...


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The ethics of elephants in tourism, global guide released

Ethical online travel agent, reponsibletravel.com released a global guide on elephant welfare in the tourism industry on Monday. The guide aims to help travellers make informed decisions when booking trips involving experiences with elephants. In the world’s first online guide, Elephants in tourism – right or wrong? addresses issues...


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Mercury pollution in upper ocean has tripled since Industrial revolution

The amount of mercury in the upper ocean has tripled since the industrial revolution, according to a new study that leaves little doubt that humans are to blame. Mercury, which is made as a byproduct in human activities such as fossil fuel burning and the mining, is toxic not...


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Waste cigarette butts could create clean energy storage solution

Waste cigarette butts could be used to create efficient energy storage devices, research from scientists in South Korea has found. The research looked at a one-step process, which could help the environment by reusing the common waste product. In the study published in the journal, Nanotechnology, researchers treated cigarette...


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Tornado strength and frequency could be linked to climate change – study

More severe, multiple tornadoes are ravaging the US than in previous years, a study has found. New research by lead author Professor James Elsner, from Florida State University, has found these destructive vortexes could be linked to global warming. Published this week in the journal Climate Dynamics, Elsner explains...


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Wales’ first full-scale tidal energy device unveiled

Ahead of its installation in Welsh waters, a tidal energy device developed in Cardiff was unveiled on Thursday. The device will help Wales produce clean and predictable energy in order to meet its low-carbon energy generation goals. Tidal Energy Ltd’s DeltaStream device is the first private marine project to...


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Global warming could to be to blame for mysterious Siberian crater

After a 30 metre mystery crater was discovered in July by a helicopter pilot, many in the scientific community have been confused by its appearance. There have been suggestions of a missile explosion, meteorite and of course alien claims. However, Russian scientists have now said the most likely cause...


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Giant penguins roamed Antarctica 37m years ago, fossils reveal

Newly uncovered fossil evidence suggests that giant penguins once roamed Antarctica, around 37 million years ago. Standing at around 2m, alaeeudyptes klekowskii would have been taller than most humans. Experts estimate the flightless bird would have weighed in at around 115kg. For comparison, emperor penguins, the largest penguins still...


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Animal testing on dogs, cats and primates on the rise in Scotland

Campaigners have expressed their dismay as new data has revealed a dramatic increase in experiments involving certain animals in Scotland in 2013. Figures show an increase of testing on animals including dogs, cats, horses and primates since 2012. The figures show, compared to 2012, a 61.7% increase in dogs...


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Emma Thompson visits Arctic to deliver Australian PM a message about climate change

Actor Emma Thompson, while traveling with Greenpeace to the Arctic, has targeted Australian prime minister Tony Abbot for his stance on climate change and its effects on the continent. In her personal protest, Thompson was photographed holding a message, which read, “Tony Abbott, climate change is real, I’m standing...


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Sustainable September to ask ‘is the future growth of tourism ‘desirable’?’

Four leading industry figures will come together to debate the future of tourism for the Sustainable September Tourism Debate, in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long celebration of sustainability. Tickets are available here. Martin Brackenbury, director of luxury holiday company Classic Collection, and VisitBritain’s Patricia Yates will both argue against the motion that...


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After effects of hurricane Bertha could see severe weather in the UK

An ex-hurricane from the US could bring tropical storms to the UK on Sunday and Monday, meteorologists have warned. Southern parts of the UK are expected to see flooding and stormy conditions. The public has been encouraged to check forecasts regularly over the next 24 hours, as some Met...


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Ebola: from ‘West African outbreak’ to ‘international epidemic’ – what the papers are saying

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been occupying headlines across the media spectrum, with some pandering to fears of a global epidemic and others concentrating on the victims, which has now claimed the lives of over 900 people. Here’s how the papers have been reporting on the subject....


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Norway’s sovereign wealth fund to reveal voting intentions to improve shareholder transparency

The sovereign wealth fund of Norway will begin to reveal how it intends to vote ahead of companies’ annual general meetings (AGM) from next year, in a move to improve transparency. The $860 billion (£515bn) pension fund is one of the world’s largest investors and its decision could represent...


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Campaigners call for tourism conference boycott over captive dolphin experiences

Campaigners are calling on tourists to boycott the travel conference TBEX 2014, because it offers attendees the chance to sign up for controversial captive dolphin tours. TBEX is a conference that brings together travel bloggers, journalists and travel industry professionals from across the world. Said to be the world’s...



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