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E-Cigarette ban in public places pushed in Wales

Ministers in Wales are debating the use of e-cigarettes in public places, which they believe act as a ‘gateway’ for the normalisation of smoking. Many supermarkets, public houses and other public places in the UK have banned as part of their own policies the use of e-cigarettes on their...


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Zac Goldsmith announces intention to run for London mayor

Conservative MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith has revealed he plans to enter the race to become the next Mayor of London. However, in a unique move he will give his constituents the final say on whether or not he will bid to become Boris Johnson’s successor. Speaking to...


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G7 pledge to cut out fossil fuels by 2100

Leaders of the G7 group have pledged to fully decarbonise their economies by the end of the century in a bid to tackle climate change. They also agreed to provide climate finance for the people that will be the most affected by the changing climate. The leaders of the...


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MPs to debate EU referendum for first time

Legislation paving the way for an EU referendum will be debated in Parliament on Tuesday for the first time by MPs. MPs will debate the issue amid increasing pressures from all sides of the house for the bill to include clauses that will enable an entitlement for 16 year-olds...


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Tsipras warns of Eurozone chaos amid fears of Grexit

The Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has warned of the chaos that would ensue in the Eurozone should he and his ministers fail to reach an agreement with their EU creditors. Tsipras warned that “it would be the beginning of the end” for the European project if Eurozone leaders...


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HSBC to cut 8,000 UK jobs

Britain’s fourth largest bank HSBC has announced it will cut 25,000 jobs globally as it shifts its focus to emerging economies in Asia. HSBC made the announcement in the face of financial penalties and bank levies imposed in Western and European economies. It said that 25,000 jobs will be...


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UK among G7 countries that have increased coal use

Despite pledging to take climate action five G7 countries have increased their coal use in the last five years, according to a report. It is estimated that coal plants in the G7 will cost the world $450 billion (£294bn) a year by the end of the century and reduce...


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Poll: over a quarter of Brits don’t believe climate change is a serious problem

A new survey has revealed that China’s population is most likely to support strong action on climate change, while the US and Britain are at the bottom of the list. The findings suggest that over a quarter of Brits think climate change is not a serious problem. The poll...


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Celebrations for 2015 World Oceans Day kick off

People from across the world are celebrating the oceans on June 8, World Oceans Day, with various initiatives to raise awareness on the crucial role healthy oceans play for the planet and human survival. Celebrations include workshops on sustainable fisheries in Europe, beach cleaning up in Dubai and restoration...


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G7 leaders to discuss climate change goals

Leaders of G7 countries have gathered in the Bavarian Alps to discuss a series of issues – including an agreement on rising global temperatures ahead of UN meeting in Paris later this year. Leaders of the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada started the meeting on Sunday...


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Norway’s pension fund to divest from coal

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the largest in the world, has confirmed it will divest from coal. The move comes after the fund faced increasing pressure from the fossil fuel divestment movement. The $900 billion (£590bn) government fund will sell off stocks in companies that generate more than 30% of...


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China’s greenhouse gas emissions likely to peak by 2025, says new study

After years of reckless development that has affected people and the environment, China is now set to go through a phase of ‘normal growth’ and could see greenhouse gas emissions decline within 10 years, according to a new report by the London School of Economics (LSE). In the paper,...


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IKEA pledges €1 billion to tackle climate change

The world’s biggest furniture retailer has announced plans to invest €600 million (£438m) in renewable energy and €400 million (£292m) in programmes to alleviate poverty and diseases linked to climate change in poor countries. As global leaders meet in Bonn to discuss a climate agreement to be presented in...


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Deadly Brazilian spider found in Aldi’s bananas

A family in Warwickshire has been forced to flee home after finding a cocoon of Brazilian wandering spider in a bunch of bananas. Keith Hobbs and wife Laura with their kids had to leave their home in Nuneaton, Warwickshire after finding what appeared to be the nest of the...


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BP criticised over ties with oppressive Azerbaijan government

Campaign group Platform London has attacked the oil firm in a new book, criticising the sponsorship of the 2015 European Games in Baku and the relationship the company has with the Azeri regime, responsible for jailing various journalists and activists. In the book named All that Glitters – Sport,...



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