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Trees in US save 850 lives per year by removing pollution

Trees are saving around 850 human lives per year in the US by removing pollution from the air, according to a new study. The paper, compiled by researchers from the US Forest Service, concludes that trees across the country also prevent around 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms each...


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Commonwealth Games used as a platform to showcase renewables

Trade body Scottish Renewables is using the Commonwealth Games, currently taking place in Glasgow, to showcase the country’s renewable energy projects and developments. In order to highlight the benefits of renewable energy, the trade body has released a video filled with facts that aims to give the public more...


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Pacific island leaders set to discuss climate change and sustainability

More than 300 delegates, including leaders, ministers and senior government officials from Pacific islands, are set to discuss issues around climate change and sustainability at a summit in Koror, Palau. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat summit will kick off on Tuesday and will run until August 1. Many of...


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Lloyds Bank fined £218m over Libor scandal

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) has been fined £218 million by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and US regulators for serious misconduct of four employees related to the Libor rigging scandal, the Special Liquidity Scheme (SLS) and the Repo Rate benchmark. The bank, along with others punished for manipulating London...


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India confident in renewable energy relationship with UK

In a meeting in New Delhi, UK secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey has met with India’s power minister Piyush Goyal, outlining plans for India’s renewable energy market. According to Tweets made by Goyal, both parties have reached an agreement on how the UK can...


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EU organic farming on the rise despite UK government’s GMOs sympathy

Areas farmed using organic agriculture in the European Union have grown by 13% every year between 2002 and 2011, thanks to rising consumer demand  – despite some British MPs saying buying organic food is a waste of money. Organic agriculture is growing by about 500,000 new hectares every year,...


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£1bn UK low carbon vehicle research centre to be hosted at Warwick University

A new Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) hub will be located at Warwick University, as part of a joint 10-year initiative to develop the UK’s sustainable transport industry. APC was formed in 2013, as part of a government initiative to develop low carbon propulsion systems, headed by the Automotive Council....


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Australia approves $16m Carmichael coal mine despite environmental concerns

The Australian government has paved the way for the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef by approving the construction of what will be the nation’s biggest coal mine, environmentalists have claimed. On Monday, environment minister Greg Hunt gave the proposed Carmichael coal mine, put forward by the Indian mining...


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Water scarcity and steep energy costs ‘biggest risk’ to mining industry

Research conducted by consultancy firm EY has deemed the lack of access to water, especially in South America and Africa, as the greatest risk to sustainability in the mining industry. Mining companies increased spending on water infrastructure by 250% last year, totalling at $12 billion (£7bn), compared to $3.4...


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Thinktank calls for creation of ethical community bank network

The thinktank Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is calling for regulation to be relaxed in order to allow for the creation of a network of ethical community banks. The organisation argues this could prevent millions turning to high cost credit. The comments come after the government proposed plans to...


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Google launches $1m renewable energy converter challenge

Tech giant Google has launched a $1 million (£590,000) contest, inviting engineers to design a compact device that can convert renewable energy into electricity. In cooperation with IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for technology, Google’s Little Box Challenge is looking for a design for a portable kilowatt-scale power inverter....


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TUI launches new sustainability-focused travel options

TUI UK is promoting a new range of excursions in seven different countries that have to meet minimum sustainability criteria, in order to offer an ethical holiday. The new set of excursions – named The Collection – will be exclusive to TUI and will also have to meet certain...


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MPs criticise pollinator research funded by pesticide manufacturers

MPs have criticised government plans to use research funded by pesticide manufacturers in its National Pollinator Strategy, which will look at the impact of chemicals on pollinators, such as bees. The report, from the environmental audit committee (EAC), argues that the research needs to be transparent and subject to...


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Rathbones named manager for £10m Charity Bond Support Fund

The charity bond market is set to receive a boost following a commitment from Big Society Capital to help the market raise capital by encouraging both issuers and investors. A new £10 million fund, set to be managed by Rathbone Investment Management, will support this. The Charity Bond Support...


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British national parks open to fracking ‘under exceptional circumstances’, government says

The government has opened the bidding process that will allow companies to apply for shale gas exploration. World Heritage sites and national parks are also open to drilling, but ministers have assured they will be protected and licenses for these areas will be granted in exceptional circumstances only. Energy...


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