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Unexpected methane leakage discovered on the US Atlantic sea floor

Scientists have found at least 570 vents off the US East Coast that are leaking methane  – one of the most powerful greenhouse gases on Earth – and fear they could eventually contribute to global warming. A study published in Nature Geoscience has found numerous unusual vents between Cape...


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EDF to pay £3m for poor complaints handling

EDF Energy has been ordered to pay £3 million for its failure to handle consumer complaints efficiently between May 2011 and January 2012 by regulator Ofgem. The investigation was launched after the energy firm saw complaints increase by over 30% when EDF introduced a new IT system in 2011....


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Bedford named the UK’s most generous town by JustGiving

Bedford has been named the UK’s most charitable town by fundraising website JustGiving, ahead of Cambridge, Reading and Bristol. The online platform has released data identifying the towns and cities that have contributed the most to its appeals, taking into account the number of donors relative to population size. ...


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Bank holiday: one in five British families can’t afford a day out to the beach

Research by charity Barnardo’s has warned that thousands of British families are simply too poor to afford paying for train fares and eating out on today’s bank holiday, as the wealth gap widens in the UK. August bank holiday has prohibitive cost for one in five British families struggling...


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Tackling climate change could address economic and social challenges, says report

Addressing climate change could deliver better living standards and shared prosperity, according to a report from thinktank IPPR. Whilst tackling climate change is an important goal in its own right, the report argues it could solve some of the economic and social challenges the UK faces. The report notes...


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Plastic pollution at ‘alarming levels’ in Sydney harbour

Microplastic pollution has contaminated the bottom of the Sydney harbour with pieces as small as sand grains, according to a new study that warns the phenomenon can intoxicate marine life and even affect the food chain. A team from Sydney Institute of Marine Science has found tiny plastic particles...


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Iceland issues red alert over volcano eruption beneath glacier

The Bardarbunga volcano recent seismic activity has caused a small eruption under the Dyngjujökull glacier, leading to Icelandic meteorological office issuing a red alert for aviation. On Wednesday, an orange alert was issued following signs of “ongoing magma movement”, with authorities fearing an eruption similar to that of 2010, when...


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Study: wild bees can thrive in urban environments

New research has found almost a third of France’s 900 species of wild bees live in towns and cities, suggesting that urban settings can play a crucial role in helping pollinators thrive. Researchers analysed the effects that urbanisation has on wild bees in 24 sites around Lyon in France,...


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Wildlife trade: new report reveals the extent of bear trafficking in Asia

New analysis by wildlife charity TRAFFIC has revealed at least 2,801 bears have been traded dead or alive for their parts and derivatives between 2000 and 2011 in Asia, especially in Cambodia and China. The report’s findings are based on 700 seizures occurred in various Asian states and Russia....


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French supermarket to sell ‘ugly’ fruit and veg to tackle food waste

Supermarket chain Intermarché has launched a new initiative to sell aesthetically-imperfect fruit and vegetables at a 30% discount, as a way to reduce food waste. The programme was launched by Intermarché in the city of Provins and was named ‘Les fruits et légumes moches’ (Ugly fruit and vegetables’). The...


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HSBC chief: Scotland risks financial instability with ‘yes’ vote

Chairman of HSBC Douglas Flint has warned that if Scotland votes to become independent from the UK and leave the currency union would cause great economic uncertainty and “prompt capital flight from the country”. Writing in a column on the Daily Telegraph, Flint said that being part of the sterling currency...


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Co-op Bank loses 38,000 customers but slashes first-half losses

The Co-operative Bank has announced a loss of 38,000 current account customers amidst a “hurricane of negative publicity” following its near collapse, but has, however, recorded a financial strengthening in its first half. The 5% drop in its customer base was announced this week, including a net outflow of...


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The Great British Bee Count: 800,000 bees spotted so far

The Great British Bee Count has found yellow and black bumblebees to be the most common species volunteers have seen across the UK, all of which has reported through a smartphone app developed by Friends of the Earth, Buglife and B&Q. The count will end on August 31 and...


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Simpsons’ Sam Simon rescues 400 chinchillas from fur farm

Co-founder of TV show The Simpsons has teamed up with animal rights group PETA to buy a chinchilla farm in Southern California that was about to close down – saving more than 400 animals that would have otherwise be killed. Simon, who was diagnosed with metastasised colorectal cancer in...


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Bank of America settles US ‘toxic mortgage’ claims in record $17bn payment

In the largest single payment by a US company to settle a civil dispute, the Bank of America (BoA) is set to pay $16.7 billion (£10bn) to settle allegations that it misled investors into buying toxic mortgage deals. The second largest bank in the US, BoA has faced allegations...



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