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Magna Carta: 800 years on

Today marks the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary.  The historic document established the foundations of our democracy and human rights. It also recognises that the monarch is not above the law. To mark the anniversary the Queen today returned to Runnymede, where King John sealed the important document in 1215....


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OECD plans to phases out coal subsidy ends in ‘stalemate’

Plans to phase out a form of coal subsidy among OECD nations has reportedly ended in ‘stalemate’, according to sources. According to the Reuters, a source close to the talks said that discussions on phasing out a form of coal subsidies have ended in stalemate because Japan called for...


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Countries can reduce GHG emissions by 2020 at no economic cost, says IEA

Greenhouse gas emissions could hit an early peak and then be reduced with five viable key measures to promote clean energy and cut fossil fuels subsidies by 2020, without impacting on the economy, according to the latest analysis of the International Energy Agency (IEA). A new report by IEA...


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Scottish National Party warns over new independence referendum

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has threatened to call for a new referendum if the UK government fails to give more power and autonomy to the country, as promised after the majority of Scots voted to stay in the UK. Stewart Hosie, the SNP’s Treasury spokesman in Westminster, said...


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Government ‘fast-track’ fracking plans ‘reckless’, says Green Party

The Green Party has labelled government plans to ‘fast-track’ fracking in the UK as “reckless”. The proposed plans would see test drilling go ahead without the need to consult with local residents. Fracking remains a controversial subject, with the practice being linked to water contamination, methane leaks, environmental degradation...


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Scottish renewables threatened by government cuts, industry body warns

With the government expected to halt subsidies and incentives for the clean energy sector, the ambitious Scottish renewable energy industry fears a stop in future development and investment in hydro and wind energy. Scottish Renewables – which held a conference on hydro energy in June to discuss progress of...


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California to cut water for farmers amid major drought

The US state is restricting water use for agriculture because of a devastating four-year drought, despite fears that the move could threaten the country’s food production. The State Water Resources Control Board has announced that senior water right holders in California’s Sacramento, San Joaquin and delta watersheds won’t be...


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Artists occupy Tate Modern in anti-BP demonstration

Over 70 artists have planned an unauthorised performance in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall on Saturday to protest against the gallery’s sponsorship agreement with oil giant BP. Members of art collective Liberate Tate – which fights against sponsorship relationship between BP and the museum – have set up a...


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Polar bears are changing diet because of global warming – study

Researchers in Norway have spotted a polar bear eating a dolphin for the first time and have suggested that climate change is pushing the species further north in the Arctic region. Effects of warmer climate is making polar bears adapting to other preys that are not usually hunted, according...


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Pope Francis’ climate encyclical could have ‘mayor impact’, says UN

The UN thinks that Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, set to be released next week, could have a “major impact” on climate change talks and negotiations ahead of a climate summit in December. The much anticipated encyclical, a letter set to bishops, is expected to argue that there...


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Max Fordham scoops Ashden Gold Award

On Thursday 11 June organisations leading the way in sustainable energy gathered for the 2015 Ashden Awards, with building firm Max Fordham scooping the prestigious Ashden Gold Award. The Ashden Awards aim to champion and support leaders in sustainable energy in order accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world....


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IMF walks away from Greece talks

The influential International Monetary Fund (IMF) has left talks with Greece officials over the fate of the country’s economic future, citing a lack of progress in reconciling their differences. The IMF pulled out of the talks on Thursday with the debt-stricken country, saying that Greece had failed to compromise...


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Great Barrier Reef ‘in danger’, claims legal report

An expert legal report prepared by US-based Earthjustice and Environmental Justice Australia has claimed that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger, countering a draft decision by UNESCO. The report comes just weeks after UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee said that the reef – one of Australia’s biggest tourist attractions...


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Two-thirds of UK workers care about commercial energy saving

Research has found that 68 per cent of UK workers take extra care to help make their work place more energy efficient – with 22 per cent saying they care a great deal. Hospitality and Leisure workers are the most conscientious to save energy when at work, with Financial...


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‘MPs should get free vote on extending EU referendum to 16 year-olds’

Campaigners have called on the Westminster political parties to allow MPs a free vote on allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in the forthcoming EU referendum. The government has announced that MPs will be able to vote on whether 16 and 17 year-olds should be given the vote...



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