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California drought: policymakers agree to tackle climate change to end extreme drought

On the final day of approval, California governor Jerry Brown gained support on both sides of the house for a $7.6 billion (£4.5bn) water bond that will rescue the drought ridden state from catastrophe. The bond will be used to improve water supplies and will be put in front...


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Australian environment minister admits climate change threat to Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s environment minister has admitted that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger, after a troubling report warned that the unique ecosystem is already being affected by climate change. The Australian government’s own Outlook Report 2014, published earlier this week, found some positive trends improving the reef’s fortunes. Since the...


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UK wind energy sets new record for August

Wind power in the UK continues to see high levels of energy generation, as figures show the sector reached a record hourly output for August on Sunday. RenewableUK found wind averaged over 5 gigawatts (GW) of power, with high winds in the evening meaning the green energy outperformed coal....


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FTSE 100 double charitable donations since recession

Since the start of the recession the UK’s biggest companies have almost doubled their donations to charities, according to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). However, research also shows that whilst companies are taking philanthropic steps, many are not communicating their work with the public. The report – Corporate Giving...


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UN Climate Summit: 350.org launch global call to action

Ahead of the United Nations climate talks set to take place in New York on September 23rd, campaign group 350.org have called for a weekend of action, with planned protest marches and demonstrations to press world leaders for bolder action on climate change. The UN climate summit, led by...


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Two-thirds of Britons with mental health problems get no treatment

Some two-thirds of Britons with common mental health problems, such as depression, receive no treatment, according to the incoming president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Prof Simon Wessely of King’s College London, in an interview with the Guardian, said that there is an “appalling” treatment gap because of...


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Global sales of electric cars expected to grow rapidly to 1.8 million by 2023

Electric car sales have so far been predominantly focused in Western Europe and North America, but new research suggests that Asia will soon be the leading market for sustainable transportation. Navigant Research, who conducted the study, have concluded that the combined sales of the West and the East will...


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Government food agency admits it was wrong about chicken supplier

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has gone back on previous claims and now says there has been a breach of food hygiene legislation at a poultry plant in Scunthorpe. The food agency said revelations of birds being put back on the production line after falling on the floor constitutes...


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UN: climate change investment could secure Africa’s development

Investment in climate change investment adaptation in Africa is vital to ensure that decades of development progress in the country is not reversed, according to a report by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As the effects of climate change impact Africa, the steps the country has taken to grow...


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Campaigners warn UK government over trade deal that could see more Philip Morris style cases

As the UK government faces a possible legal suit by Philip Morris over the implementation of plain packaging on cigarettes, the World Development Movement has warned that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would ‘open the floodgates’ to similar cases. The TTIP, which is currently supported by the...


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RBS to give £3.5m in shares to top executives

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has revealed plans to give 10 top executives £3.5 million worth of shares, in a move to avoid strict EU rules on bonuses within the banking industry. RBS, which remains 81% owned by the taxpayer after being bailed out during the financial crisis,...


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Vikram Solar to build world’s largest floating solar plant in India

Indian solar panel producer Vikram Solar has won the contract to build India’s first floating solar power plant on a lake in east India, which will be the largest in the world, dwarfing a similar development in Japan. The company intend to complete construction by December this year, and...


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£200m fund to develop brownfield sites will protect countryside, says MP

MP Brandon Lewis announced government funding to incentivise building on derelict, disused sites in the UK on Tuesday. The fund is part of a bid to protect the countryside and encourage councils to build thousands of new homes. Lewis, the new minister of state for housing and planning, visited...


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Socially responsible fund to be listed by platforms and product providers

A Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) fund from fund manager The Premier Group is set to be listed on leading platforms and product providers after distribution agreements were reached. The news signals that the sustainable investment sector is continuing to grow and move into the mainstream. The Socially Responsible Investment...


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Government survey finds support for fracking has fallen to 24%

A survey released on Tuesday by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has contradicted findings from a trade body earlier this week. The new poll found less than a quarter of Brits said they support shale gas extraction, a decline since the previous survey in March. The...


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