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GlaxoSmithKline face fresh bribery claims over Syrian distributors

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), as part of an ongoing investigation into the business’ illegal bribery practices, now faces claims that it bribed Syrian distributors to increase sales in the country. The accusations follow similar claims in China, where the business is currently under investigation for corruption and bribing state...


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Boris Johnson announces funding to help improve social housing

London mayor Boris Johnson has announced new funding to help improve the conditions of thousands of council properties across London. The funding, from the Decent Homes programme, will help reduce carbon emissions and save residents money on energy bills, by installing energy saving measures. On Monday, the mayor announced...


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Tesco asks customers to choose which charity receives its carrier bag levy proceeds

Supermarket giant Tesco has invited its customers to decide which charity should get the proceeds of its new plastic carrier bag charge. From October 20, Scotland will follow the lead of Wales in introducing a 5p charge for carrier bags, in a bid to cut waste and boost recycling....


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German renewable energy sector sets new world record

Germany’s renewable energy sector now provides 31% of the nation’s electricity, producing 71 terawatts an hour (TWh), according to figures released by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW). The Fraunhofer institute, who published an analysis of the BDEW report, have said that German solar production is...


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Environmental impact of Keystone XL could be four times higher than expected – study

A new study published in the journal Nature has found greenhouse gas emissions caused by the controversial Keystone XL pipeline could be much higher than originally estimated by the US State Department. Keystone XL is a 1,177 kilometre (731 mile) pipeline project, which will carry tar sands oil across...


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EDF close two UK nuclear power stations as ‘unexpected fault’ is found

Electricity company Energy de France (EDF) has announced the closure of two of its UK nuclear power plants, located at the Hartlepool and Heysham 1 sites. The defect was originally found in one of the Heysham 1 boiler rooms, in June, during a routine inspection. The finding led to...


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Green Investment Bank refinances UK offshore wind project

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), along with Japan’s Marubeni Corporation, has announced the “landmark refinancing” of a UK offshore wind project. The 210 megawatt (MW) Westermost Rough project is being developed by DONG Energy. The company holds a 50% stake in the project whilst the GIB and Marubeni...


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Climate change is the biggest threat to Great Barrier Reef

Climate change remains the most serious threat to the Great Barrier Reef and is already having an impact on the unique ecosystem, according to the Australian Government’s Outlook Report 2014. The outlook is published every five years. It is designed to show what progress has been made and which...


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Thousands plan to protest against Cuadrilla fracking in Lancashire

Environmental campaign group No Dash for Gas is organising a protest against energy firm Cuadrilla’s plans to drill for shale gas in the area, with hundreds expected to attend. The organisation will be holding an action camp near Blackpool from August 14 – 20. The group will run a...


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Summer weather extremes on the rise because of climate change

Climate change could be affecting circulation patterns in the atmosphere leading to more extreme weather events during summer, including heatwaves, according to new research from a team of scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact and Research (PIK). “The large number of recent high-impact extreme weather events has...


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Conservatives are failing to invest in flood defences, say Labour

Maria Eagle, Labour’s shadow environment secretary, has said that the Tories are failing to invest adequately in flood defences. She says the government is cutting funding while climate change is increasing the urgent need to protect homes across the UK. In a speech at the World Wide Fund for...


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Oil and gas companies take on more debt to cover shortfall

Oil and gas companies from around the world are taking on more debt and selling assets to close the gap between operational cash flow and their expenditures, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The findings of the EIA suggest that at least some parts of the oil...


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Ofgem blamed for ‘reducing competition’ and raising energy prices

Five former regulators are urging investigators to analyse energy watchdog Ofgem’s role in reducing the energy industry’s competition through badly designed regulations implemented in 2008. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), at the request of Ofgem, recently launched an 18-month investigation into the energy market – as a recent...


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World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 longlist announced

The official longlist for the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014 has been released, recognising inspiring organisations that work to ensure tourism preserves and benefits destinations and local people. The longlist names over 200 tourism organisations, initiatives, businesses and projects across 11 categories. These categories include animal welfare, conservation, poverty...


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Scottish government lays out green benefits of independence

The Scottish government has set out how the country would benefit environmentally if it were to become an independent country, ahead of Scots taking to the polls on September 18 to decide if they want to remain part of the UK. The paper – Scotland’s Future and the Environment...



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