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Co-operative confirms £620m sale of pharmacy business to Bestway

The Co-operative Group has confirmed it will sell its pharmacy business for £620 million to the Bestway Group. The transaction is due to be completed in October. It was first reported that the Co-op was considering selling its pharmacy business, along with some of its farms, in February, amid...


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UK banks face full industry inquiry over the lack of high street competition

The UK’s banking sector faces a full inquiry by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) due to a lack of competition between its main players. The inquiry is a result of growing mistrust and frustration from MPs, customers and small businesses at the lack of options that define any...


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UK falls to 6th place in energy efficiency rankings

The UK has lost the top spot it earned in the energy efficiency rankings in 2012 and fallen to 6th place, with Germany now ranking number one. Environmental groups and campaigners have recently criticised the UK government for its lack of focus on energy efficiency measures. The International Energy...


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World marks first Mandela Day since former president’s death with massive litter clean-up

On July 18, people across the world are celebrating the first Mandela Day after the prominent anti-apartheid president passed away in December, with South Africans invited to pay tribute by cleaning up litter from streets. Nelson Mandela – or Madiba as he was often called – was South Africa’s...


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Climate’s ‘annual physical’ reveals record-breaking global warming

In 2013 almost all climate indicators – high temperatures, rising sea levels, Arctic sea ice coverage – were consistent with a globally warming planet, according to a comprehensive new report. The State of the Climate 2013 report, published on Thursday by the American Meteorological Society, was compiled by 425...


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TTIP negotiations falter as Europe-wide opposition gains momentum

Opposition to the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US has significantly increased, while nationwide protests are organised against the dealings in Brussels. The trade partnership has already come under heavy criticism from campaigners, who believe the move will undermine democratic procedures, consumer rights...


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Sustainable and ecological agriculture could feed 3bn more people

Key measures in the agriculture sector could significantly increase the amount of food produced in the world, ensuring nutriment to the growing global population and reducing the environmental footprint of farming, a new report has suggested. The study, published in the journal Science, focused on 17 key crops that...


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Public urged to check forecasts as weekend could bring flash floods

The Environment Agency is warning of thunderstorms bringing an increased risk of flooding across England over the weekend. Thunderstorms are expected to bring torrential rain across England on Saturday and storms may continue on Sunday morning. The government is urging the public to check local forecasts as localised flooding...


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Government calls for the public to help protect British bees

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has called for Britons to take five simple actions to help bees thrive, creating a favourable environment for pollinators threatened by pesticides and extreme weather. People are being encouraged to grow pollen-rich flowers, cut the grass less often, leave patches of...


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Lord Lawson’s climate sceptic thinktank forced to restructure after lobbying controversy

The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a controversial climate-sceptic thinktank, will be forced to restructure after the Charity Commission ruled its purpose is political, not charitable. The registered charity will now launch a new political arm, funded separately from its education arm and not covered by the same regulations....


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Rhinos threatened by coal mine plans in South Africa

A coal mine project in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi reserve in South Africa has raised concern that illegal killing of endangered rhinos could increase, while also affecting other species and the environment. Conservationists fear that the mine, managed by Ibutho Coal Ltd, could disturb wildlife, cause habitat loss and eventually favour...


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Extreme weather prompting Google searches on climate change

A study analysing search patterns on Google has found people look up more information on climate change after periods of unusual or severe weather. It is suggested this can be further linked to political views and education. In a study due to be published in the journal Climatic Change...


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Lloyds Bank has admitted to sending misleading debt-collection letters under third party name

Lloyds Banking Group has admitted to sending misleading letters to its customers regarding debt collection, using an independent law firm’s name even though the letters were from in-house lawyers. António Horta-Osório, Lloyds’ chief executive, has admitted to the practice, which has been going on since the 1980’s. The executive...


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Women in leadership: companies with gender balanced teams ‘more profitable’

The business case for having a gender balanced workforce is “compelling”, according to Liz Bingham, managing partner for talent at consultants EY. Speaking at St Paul’s Cathedral three days after a vote to allow women bishops in the Church of England, Bingham said the challenge was about “getting business...


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