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Renewable energy makes good pension investment return, according to new poll

Britons think pension funds that invest in clean energy deliver as good a return as investments in conventional sources of energy, such as fossil fuels, according to a new ComRes poll. The survey, commissioned by Low Carbon and the Whitehouse Consultancy, found that a third of respondents believed that...


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Protect more bee species to prevent future shocks, says scientists

Bee conservation efforts should focus on more bee species, not just those currently providing value by pollinating crops, in order to prevent future changes affecting the security of food supplies, scientists have said. Researchers from the University of Reading argue that while most crops are pollinated by only a...


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Study: major aquifers past sustainability tipping points

Human activities are “rapidly draining” some of the world’s largest groundwater aquifers, which millions of people rely on, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and NASA. The study, which has been published in Water Resources Research, warns that 21 of the world’s 37...


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Austrian chancellor offers solidarity to Athens

The Austrian Chancellor has said he stands with the Greek people in the face of the rising prospect of Greece defaulting on its debt, saying that proposals by creditors are ‘detrimental to society’. The Austrian Chancellor spoke ahead of his meeting in Athens with Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras...


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Co-op invests £125m in fruit and veg price war

The Co-operative has pledged £125m to slashing the price of fruit and vegetables in its supermarkets across the UK in an attempt to increase its share of the retail sector. The supermarket announced that it was ramping up efforts in the war to become Britain’s number one convenience store,...


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Airbus will not leave UK in event of Brexit

Aircraft manufacturing company Airbus has ruled out leaving the UK should voters choose to leave the European Union at the referendum. Chief executive of Airbus Fabrice Bregier said that the company has “no intention” of leaving if Brits decide at the polls in 2017 that the UK should terminate...


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Trickle-down economics dismissed by IMF economists

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a new report that suggests the stagnation of wages for poor and middle class families could have been a factor in the financial crisis. Economists at the lender-of-last-resort produced a report that suggests the widening gap between the highest and lowest earners...


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Study: green spaces near schools boost mental development

Researchers have found a link between mental development in primary school aged children and exposure to green spaces at schools. The study suggests that children in urban areas could benefit from expanding park and school fields. The study, from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, notes that contact...


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Tsipras pushes for debt relief in defiant speech to MPs

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has refused to cave in to pressures from the country’s creditors, saying that his government has done all it can to solve Greece’s debt crisis. Speaking to Greek MPs in parliament, Tsipras said that it was the intention of lenders to was to humiliate...


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Consumers willing to pay more for sustainable palm oil, study finds

Supermarkets could help save endangered species by increasing prices for products that use eco-friendly palm oil, a new study has found. The research also found that consumers would be willing to pay more for palm oil that is sustainably grown. Palm oil is often used in the food industry,...


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Report highlights vulnerability of global food systems

Global food systems are increasingly susceptible to acute disruption and systemic shocks could lead to food price rises, food riots and changes in stock market values. The global food system is increasingly vulnerable to acute disruptions that have the potential to cause widespread economic, social and political implications, according...


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Italy warns tough response on Med migrant crisis

EU ministers are to discuss plans to tackle the growing crisis of Mediterranean migrants risking their lives to come to Europe, but Italy is warning of a strong response if no solution is found. European leaders widely acknowledge that solutions must be found to tackle the growing problem of...


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Pope Francis warns of ‘unprecedented destruction’ if climate change is not addressed

The Pope has warned that there will be “serious consequences” for all unless the world does more to tackle climate change, in a leaked copy of an eagerly anticipated encyclical. The draft, which has been published by L’Espresso magazine, states, “If the current trend continues, this century could witness...


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Greece remains in deadlock with creditors as exit fears grow

Greece and its creditors remain in deadlock talks, with each side remaining insistent that the other must compromise before progress can be made on solving the debt crisis. Financial markets continue to be overshadowed by the prospect of a Greece defaulting on its debt, with fears of a Grexit...


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Greenpeace launches new action against Shell drilling in the Arctic

Thirteen activists on kayaks have blocked Shell’s drilling rig Polar Pioneer in Seattle as it prepared to leave for the Chukchi Sea in the Alaskan Arctic, where the company intends to drill for oil. The action follows a similar demonstration held in May, when hundreds of people sat on...



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