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Climate and civil activists criticise proposed World Bank environmental and social framework

The World Bank released its draft social and environmental safeguards on Wednesday, following their leak last week. Environmental groups and activists have said the new framework weakens protections for disadvantaged groups and doesn’t address climate concerns. The proposals aim to improve upon the bank’s old environmental and social framework...


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Minister Norman Baker: Animal testing to be stopped in UK

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, who is in charge of regulating animal experiments in the UK, has announced the practice will be finally phased out, but warned that it would not happen quickly. A longstanding anti-vivisection campaigner, Baker has announced the government is moving in the right direction in...


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Opportunity to invest in Bolivian sustainable forestry project announced

The Cochabama Project, a Bolivian sustainable forestry initiative, has opened up a loan stock offer on Friday, giving investors an opportunity to support a sustainable forestry project.  The Cochabamba Project works in equal partnership with poor smallholders on the fringes of the Bolivian Amazon. It works to establish and...


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Low numbers of children in state-funded primary schools offered sustainable fish – study

Research from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has found only 14% of England’s 16,784 state-funded primaries provide a choice of sustainable seafood. The ‘end of year report’ also found the majority of children in the midlands and north of England had a choice, as opposed to the south. Data...


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Panasonic to help build Tesla’s battery ‘gigafactory’

Leading electric car manufacturer Tesla has announced it will team up with electronics giant Panasonic to create a massive new battery manufacturing plant in the US. The so-called ‘gigafactory’ will primarily produce essential components for Tesla’s all-electric range but will also work on energy storage technology. Tesla say the...


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Facebook to bring internet to Zambia using solar powered drones

Facebook has announced the launch of a new app that will give users in Zambia access to health, job and weather information, as well as Google – in partnership with mobile provider Airtel. The US social networking company will use solar powered drones, as part of its Connectivity Lab...


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Toxic pollutants persist in Gulf of Mexico after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Many of the toxic pollutants spread by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill still persist across the Gulf of Mexico, a new study has found. The disaster, at BP’s offshore oil rig, cost the lives of 11 workers and spilled 5 million barrels’ worth of oil into the Gulf...


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Campaign group calls for end of imported horsemeat from non-EU countries

A campaign group has raised concerns over the safety of horsemeat imported to Europe from non-EU countries. The Humane Society International (HSI) renewed the call after concerns horsemeat with drugs banned in the EU for human consumption could be entering the food chain. Thursday marked the four-year anniversary of...


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Pacific Islands Forum closes with climate change and sustainable tourism commitment

The 45th Pacific Islands Forum has concluded on Friday in Koror, Republic of Palau, gathering the leaders of the Pacific nations to discuss increasing threats posed by rising sea levels and solutions for sustainable development. Political leaders and ministers of Pacific Islands have gathered to discuss issues related to...


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IMF calls for ‘smarter’ taxes for polluting fossil fuel industry

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for policymakers to implement a “smarter” energy tax system that takes into account the damage fossil fuels do to the environment. In a new book, the organisation sets out to address what policymakers can do to strike the right balance between the...


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Community Energy Fortnight gears up for second series of events

After the success of the first ever Community Energy Forthright last year, a second series of events is scheduled to take place from the 13th to 28th September. The events take place across the UK and aim to engage and inspire people about the wide-ranging benefits of community energy. The fortnight...


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EU threatens Poland with environmental court action over fracking defiance

Poland has recently amended its fracking laws to allow shale gas excavation of up to 5,000 feet, without assessing the environmental implications, thus breaking EU law and triggering legal proceedings. Under the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive, fracking sites in natural preservation areas are limited to 1,000 metres. Poland...


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Renewable energy accounted for 15% of UK electricity in 2013

According to the latest statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, renewable energy contributed 15% towards the national grid last year, a rise of 30% overall. The report shows a steady increase, with a 3.6% rise since 2012 – primarily from onshore and offshore wind farms....


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Geoengineering could make climate change’s impacts worse

A professor from Washington University, Seattle, has warned that climate engineering, or geoengineering, could have unknown consequences in decades to come and has said there needs to be a debate on the ethical issues around the practice. Speaking to the Guardian, Professor Stephen Gardiner said that geoengineering was currently...


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Centrica taking advice from UK government over Russian sanctions

British utility Centrica is in talks with the UK government regarding its concerns over EU-wide sanctions on Russia, with the company fearing that worsening relations could compromise a major gas deal. The firm, which owns British Gas and other energy suppliers around the world, is concerned that a contract...



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