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Three-quarters of Non-Productive Investments in Farming “Too Costly”, Say EU Auditors

Three-quarters of the audited projects funded under an EU scheme to pay farmers for improving the environment were not cost-effective, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. The majority of the so-called “non-productive investments” did contribute to landscape and biodiversity protection. But the auditors found...


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Yorkshire Water fined £600,000 after sewage pollution hits Wakefield fishery

Yorkshire Water Services Ltd has been fined £600,000 after an ageing sewage pipe burst and killed hundreds of fish in a Wakefield lake. The company was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday 19 January after pleading guilty to one charge of causing a water discharge that was not...


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Nature Improvement Areas: Thousands more hectares for our wildlife

Nearly 20,000 hectares of natural habitat – the equivalent of almost 23,000 football pitches – has been created, restored or preserved across England over the past three years thanks to an innovative £7.5 million government project. Published today, the ‘Monitoring and Evaluation of Nature Improvement Areas: Final Report’ showcases...


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New Research to Aid Sustainable Fisheries Management in Marine Protected Areas

Scientists now have a better understanding of the level of fishing activity that can be carried out within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and still remain compatible with conservation objectives, thanks to new research. The research, carried out in three MPAs, looked at the effects of fishing activity and natural...


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2015 Warmest Year on Record – Friends of The Earth Reaction

Commenting on provisional figures released today showing that 2015 was the warmest year on record, Friends of the Earth senior climate campaigner Simon Bullock said “Extreme weather such as floods, droughts and storms are already battering the planet – and climate change is making them more frequent and severe. “The...


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The First of Two OpenHydro Tidal Turbines on EDF’s Paimpol-Bréhat Site Successfully Deployed

James Ives, OpenHydro chief executive, said: “The first of two OpenHydro tidal turbines on EDF’s Paimpol-Bréhat site has been successfully deployed. After a series of successful tests evaluating mechanical and electrical performance, the 16-metre-diameter turbine was towed out to sea today (Wednesday 20th January) and deployed by the OpenHydro...


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2015: A Milestone For Sustainability, An Opportunity For Sustainable Investment

Oekom research (www.oekom-research.com), a globally leading rating agency for sustainable investments, looks back on a successful business year, and notes that markers were set for key future trends during that year. Hardly another year has shown such ambivalent faces as 2015: on the one hand, it was a political...


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Trade Union Bill: 77% of Public Think That Big Donors Have Too Much Influence on Parties

Ahead of a major Parliamentary showdown on the Trade Union Bill, the Electoral Reform Society has released new polling showing that 77% of the public believe big donors have too much influence on political parties. The findings come ahead of a motion in the House of Lords on Wednesday to make...


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Scotland Lagging on Species Protection As New Protected Areas For Harbour Porpoise Proposed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Scotland lagging on species protection as new protected areas for harbour porpoise proposed in England, Wales and Northern Ireland The UK government has today announced a public consultation on the creation of five new marine protected areas for the harbour porpoise in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, the Scottish government...


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Revolve Quality Mark Puts SHAX On The Map

Local social enterprise charity SHAX is one of Dumfries & Galloway’s best-kept secrets – a veritable ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of great value second-hand furniture, vintage and retro items, hidden away inside a 4,000ft Dumfries warehouse. Now, however, the secret is out – thanks to the charity’s new ‘Revolve-accredited’ status, awarded by Zero Waste...


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Poll Reveals Sharp Drop in Spanish Support for Bullfighting Down to 19%

A new opinion poll on bullfighting in Spain, carried out on the eve of national elections in the country has shown a steep fall in support for the activity, along with strong opposition to other festivals and traditions. The online poll by Ipsos MORI for World Animal Protection, found that...


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ScotRail Staff Are All Aboard Becoming Green Champions

Staff at ScotRail were given a ticket to become green champions during a Resource Efficient Scotland training event. Around 20 members of staff from the train operating company attended a Green Champions training day at Hampden delivered by the Resource Efficient Scotland Advice and Support Service, a programme of Zero...


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Charity Bank Backs South West London’s Largest Housing Provider For The Homeless

As our housing crisis continues unabated, YMCAs play a crucial role in making homes available to young people who find themselves homeless. But working to help people avoid ever finding themselves homeless again, throws up a huge challenge: how do you ensure residents can live independently without YMCA services?...


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Decentralised Energy Report Offers New Hope for Renewables in UK

New hope for government battered renewables industry as REA/KPMG report shows battery storage already attractive for households and businesses. Report shows that storage could soon be economic for homeowners with existing feed-in tariff for solar panels and cost reductions could cut payback time for grid-scale battery storage to 6 years. Large...


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Muriel Caton joins Vigeo Eiris

Vigeo Eiris announces the appointment of Muriel Caton as the new Vigeo Eiris enterprise Director and her integration to the Steering committee. She will also be advising Nicole Notat, President of the group. Muriel Caton will bring her experience and expertise to the function with a commitment to meet the growing expectations...