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After effects of hurricane Bertha could see severe weather in the UK

An ex-hurricane from the US could bring tropical storms to the UK on Sunday and Monday, meteorologists have warned. Southern parts of the UK are expected to see flooding and stormy conditions. The public has been encouraged to check forecasts regularly over the next 24 hours, as some Met...


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Ebola: from ‘West African outbreak’ to ‘international epidemic’ – what the papers are saying

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been occupying headlines across the media spectrum, with some pandering to fears of a global epidemic and others concentrating on the victims, which has now claimed the lives of over 900 people. Here’s how the papers have been reporting on the subject....


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Norway’s sovereign wealth fund to reveal voting intentions to improve shareholder transparency

The sovereign wealth fund of Norway will begin to reveal how it intends to vote ahead of companies’ annual general meetings (AGM) from next year, in a move to improve transparency. The $860 billion (£515bn) pension fund is one of the world’s largest investors and its decision could represent...


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Campaigners call for tourism conference boycott over captive dolphin experiences

Campaigners are calling on tourists to boycott the travel conference TBEX 2014, because it offers attendees the chance to sign up for controversial captive dolphin tours. TBEX is a conference that brings together travel bloggers, journalists and travel industry professionals from across the world. Said to be the world’s...


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Middle East in crisis: Obama sanctions Iraq airstrikes as Gaza violence resumes

The Middle East is again engulfed in conflict as US president Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes against Iraqi militants and the ceasefire in Gaza has ended.  Obama has authorised targeted strikes on Islamic State (IS) fighters to protect threatened religious minorities and US interests. The announcement comes as thousands...


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Crowdfunding bid launched to collectively acquire Rupert Murdoch’s press empire

A major crowdfunding bid has been launched by campaign group ‘Let’s Own the News’, who wish to re-establish public control over the British media by buying out Rupert Murdoch from both the Times and Sunday Times. The target aim is £100 million, with £50 million being used to buy...


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Shares in Drax fall 8% following subsidy appeal

Drax group has lost its legal battle with the government over one of its projects’ eligibility for subsidy scheme Contract for Difference (CfD), resulting in the firms shares falling by more than 8%. The Court of Appeal ruled the government could exclude one of Drax’s coal-to-biomass conversions from the...


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Critics warn pension shake up could lead to £3.86bn tax trap for pensioners

New research has found that forthcoming pension freedoms could come with tax implications that mean savers have to pay a lot more than expected. In what is being called a potential “mis-selling scandal”, experts are worried pensioners could enter the higher tax bracket if they take out their money...


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Co-op Group announce reforms to sustain core values and promote interest of members

The Co-operative Group has drawn up four key proposals with which to reform its governance structure, such as an elected board of directors as well as increased powers for members to hold its board to account. The proposals include greater voting powers for its members, including a ‘one member...


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Infinis suspends Scotland wind farm plans till after independence referendum

Leading renewable energy generator Infinis will keep its plans for two Scottish wind farms on hold until after the independence referendum, it has announced. The firm, the third largest renewable energy generator in the UK, has had permission to build the two onshore wind farms – the 55 megawatt...


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Solar energy investment ‘coming of age’ and attracting institutional investors

As awareness of solar investments and the risk profile they offer increase, finance in the sector is gradually “coming of age” and attracting institutional investors, according to Solar Media’s Solar PV Finance: 2014 Update.    Jamie Richards, a partner at investment manager Foresight, which launched the Foresight Solar Fund...


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Chinese illegal coal mines may threaten Yellow River water supply

An investigation by Greenpeace has found two Chinese coal mines are breaching environmental protection laws and nature reserve regulations. The organisation says the mining operations are destroying alpine meadows on the foothills of China’s Qinghai mountains and are a potential threat to the country’s second longest waterway. In a...


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Poll: UK homeowners want sustainable energy upgrades for ‘mouldy, cold and damp’ homes

A survey conducted by the Energy Savings Trust has found that a majority of UK homeowners believe they live in homes with insulation and energy problems – with over half wanting sustainable energy upgrades. The poll, carried out by Ipsos MORI, found that 44% of homeowners believe they live...


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All penguin species at risk because of human activity

Penguin species are increasingly threatened by of a combination of manmade factors, including climate change and overfishing, a new study has found. The comprehensive review, which investigated the prospects of all penguin species, calls for action to mitigate a range of effects that are pushing some species nearer to...


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European Union still failing to control illegal timber trade, says WWF

An investigation conducted by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) has concluded that after a year of a supposed crackdown, the EU is still failing to uphold its own law to stop the trade of illegal timber. According to the report, only 11 member states have passed laws effective enough...


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