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UK weather: changing jet stream linked to flooding crisis

The system of winds that is responsible for bringing weather to Northern Europe and North America may be changing, new research has found. A study suggests that the jet stream, a high-speed air current that carries weather around the globe, is taking a longer, more meandering route than usual....


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Co-operative Group turns to customers to help shape its future

The Co-operative Group has launched a new major research drive, in which it is calling on its customers and the general public to help shape the future of its business. The 150-year-old organisation will be asking people how they think it can be better run, including how it distributes...


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MPs call for HS2 money to repair railways in flood-battered south-west

MPs have suggested that some of the money set aside for HS2 should be used to improve infrastructure in the south-west, where railways have been badly affected by the recent floods. A section of the south-west line, which connects Cornwall and Devon to the rest of the UK, was...


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John Kerry: ‘we have to invest in new technology’ to fight climate change

John Kerry has said that the world needs to address climate challenges by reducing emissions and investing in clean technologies, in order to prevent spending billions to clean up after extreme weather events. The US secretary of state told an audience in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday that the science...


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Greater Anglian and Southeastern worst for rail satisfaction – with fares and delays to blame

There is widespread dissatisfaction among rail users in the UK, with 11 of 19 rail operators scoring less than 50% for satisfaction in a survey by consumer group Which? Delayed services, a lack of seats and poor toilet conditions are said to be some of the main concerns of...


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Tea industry collaborates to improve sustainability

Some of the key players in the tea industry have joined forces to improve sustainability and combat challenges that businesses are facing such as climate change. A report, The Future of Tea: A Hero Crop for 2030, co-ordinated by Forum of the Future, is the result of businesses collaborating...


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Savers warned about inflation ahead of ISA deadline

Crowdfunding site Abundance Generation has warned that low interest rates means savings invested in cash ISAs could lose value because of inflation. Even with the tax break, savings will lose out to inflation at an average rate of 0.5% a year, the organisation adds. More than £200 billion is...


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Arctic nations unprepared for major shipwreck, study claims

Arctic nations are not sufficiently prepared for a major shipwreck in the region, a new study has warned. Marc Jacobsen, a Danish member of the Arctic Institute NGO, modelled a scenario in which the 92,700 tonne cruise liner Costa Deliziosa struck an iceberg off the coast of western Greenland. His findings,...


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Award-winning fashion designer condemns industry as ‘a stinking business’

Fashion garments have the “blood” of workers on them, award-winning designer Katharine Hamnett has said in a scathing attack over the working conditions in the industry. Her claims came ahead of London Fashion Week, which started on Friday and runs until Tuesday, where some of the world’s leading names...


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Sustainable transport: Tesla investment stock surges to record value

The investment value of electric car manufacturers Tesla Motors has hit record highs this week, with sustainability investors predicting a bright future for low-carbon transport. Tesla’s shares topped $200 (£120.11) for most of Thursday, posting an intraday record of $202.72 (£121.74) before closing at $199.63 (£119.88). It was the...


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Fashion retailer in televised pitch to crowdfunding investors

Crowdfunding, a democratic form of financing that allows people to direct their money towards projects they consider important, is coming to British TV this weekend. On Sunday on Sky channel 192 at 5pm, CrowdBoxTV will feature the first live crowdfunding pitch to appear on UK television, giving a business a platform...


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Fracking proposal at South Downs national park put on hold

Plans for exploratory drilling in Fernhurst’s South Downs national park in West Sussex have been suspended, amid requests for more detailed information on the environmental impact of the activity. The National Park Authority’s chief executive Trevor Beattie said on Thursday that he had asked energy firm Celtique Energie for...


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David Cameron halts Environment Agency job cuts amid floods clean-up

The prime minister has said the Environment Agency will not lose 500 members of staff amid its efforts to deal with Britain’s flooding. However, he has not said whether the job cuts will go ahead once the situation has been dealt with. David Cameron told BBC Breakfast, “Those have...


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Thames water flow at highest since 1883, as floods continue

Water flowing through the Thames in January exceeded 275 cubic metres per second – the highest figure since 1883. Scientists have said that parts of southern Britain are likely to experience their wettest winter since 1910. Data from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) show that the water...


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Ovo Energy breaks the mould with fourth price cut since September

Independent energy supplier Ovo Energy, which recently spoke out against the big six’s monopoly, has announced its fourth price decrease since September. The energy firm said on Friday that it would be cutting its customers’ prices by 2.5%, which will mean a saving of £180 for those who switch...


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