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Study links increased flooding to population growth

New research has linked higher numbers of reported flooding cases in the UK to urban expansion and population growth rather than climate change. A study from the University of Southampton looked at the rising number of reported floods in the UK over the past 129 years. Researchers found that...


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Study: Greenland and Antarctica are losing 500 km³ of ice per year

New data mapping Greenland and Antarctica’s ice sheets has revealed a record amount of ice loss occurring in the regions, which have doubled their contribution to sea level rise since 2009. The findings by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) published in the...


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Scottish independence: Sir Ian Wood warns on overestimated North Sea oil reserves

Scottish oil tycoon Ian Wood has challenged prosperity claims over the Scottish oil industry that ‘yes voters’ bring as an argument in favour of the country’s independence. Wood has said that Alex Salmond has pumped North Sea oil reserves by up to 60%, when in fact these will decline...


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Study: butterflies changed diet to adapt to climate change

Researchers from the University of Bristol have found that a UK butterfly species has changed its dietary preferences in order to move further north in response to changing climate – the first case of this kind. The paper published in Ecology Letters looked at the brown argus butterfly, which...


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Iceland raise volcanic eruption alert to orange

Swarms of seismic activity in and around an Icelandic volcano have caused authorities to raise the eruption alert to the second highest, with magma levels remaining stable. The volcano presents signs of “ongoing magma movement,” stated authorities, which fear an eruption similar to that of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010...


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Mining company escapes Great Barrier Reef compensation payments and strict operating conditions

The Australian government’s environmental protections system has been labelled “broken” after Gina Rinehart’s mining company managed to negotiate down both compensation repayments and operating practices. Information released due to a freedom of information request shows the previous Labour government demanded $800,000 (£446,000) a year in “biodiversity offsets” from mining...


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Green volunteers should receive council tax rebate, says thinktank

Local authorities should consider rewarding volunteers that improve parks and green spaces with a council tax rebate, thinktank Policy Exchange has suggested in a new report. The suggestion follows an earlier report from the thinktank, that said government ministers should consider a levy on living near public spaces in...


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$100 million climate resilience fund launched to help poor countries

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Rockefeller Foundation have launched a $100 million (£60 million) fund to help the most critical regions of Africa and Asia facing the effects of climate change. The fund is an initiative of the Global Resilience Partnership, established by the foundation...


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Standard Chartered set to pay $300 million settlement over illegal money laundering practices

A settlement deal between the UK bank Standard Chartered and Benjamin Lawsky, head of New York’s Department of Financial Services has been outlined due to the banks failure to prevent continued money laundering activities. After previous allegations, Lawsky took $340 million (£240m) from the London based bank to set...


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Google celebrates ten years as public company

August 19 marked ten years since Google became a public company and in the years since, its share price has increase by over 1,200%, compared to its initial public offering (IPO), but how have its sustainability credentials fared and developed? Earlier this year Greenpeace praised Google for being one...


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UK ‘sharing economy’ could be worth £9bn by 2025

The UK’s fast-growing “sharing economy” could be worth £9 billion by 2025, according to a new report from PwC. The analysis considered many different sectors of the sharing economy, such as peer-to-peer finance – where users can take out loans from fellow users – and car sharing services –...


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Impacts of climate change and land use on wildlife must be considered, say researchers

Policymakers need to consider the impacts of both climate change and land use when studying ecosystems, researchers have said. A study has found that when the two factors are analysed together, there are variances in the findings depending on the region. Volker Radeloff, one of the researchers from the...


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Ebola outbreak affects tourism in Africa

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, which has already resulted in the deaths of more than 1,200 people, is threatening the tourism sector even in areas not affected by the virus, such as Kenya and South Africa. The Ebola outbreak started to hit the headlines earlier...


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‘Unethical’ dolphin tours removed from TBEX tourism conference following boycott

The organisers of a tourism bloggers conference have yielded to campaigner pressure to ditch controversial captive dolphin experiences from their programme. Campaigners had urged tourists to boycott the TBEX 2014 conference in Cancun because it offered attendees the tours at the Delphinus Dolphinarium. Critics say such exhibits are immoral...


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Sustainable democracy crowdfunding campaign reaches half way point

A crowdfunding campaign that aims to support and encourage a more sustainable democracy has reached the halfway point. Vote for Polices is seeking to raise £20,000 and must now raise just over £9,000 over the next week to be successful. Vote for Policies is an online service that allows...


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