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Russell Brand calls on companies to divest Israeli holdings over military campaign in Gaza

Comedian and actor Russell Brand, in his satire news show The Trews, has called on companies like Barclays bank and security firm G4S to divest their investments in Israeli companies, to increase international pressure for peace in Gaza. Israel, which is still engaged in a controversial military operation in...


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Half of world could face extreme water scarcity by 2095

Without climate change mitigation policies, half of the world could face extreme water scarcity before the end of the century, a study has found. However, researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) also warned that poorly planned policies could exacerbate the crisis. The study, which was carried out...


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Ministers consider ‘park tax’ on those living next to green spaces

Government ministers are considering a new levy on living near public spaces in order to help maintain their upkeep. The tax would be aimed at house owners who benefit from the neighbourhood’s public spaces, in the way of higher house prices, as cuts to upkeep budgets from local councils...


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Activists launch national protests against fracking

Activists have superglued themselves to the doors at the entrance of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) building in London, in a protest against fracking. The action was timed to coincide with a number of protests across the country, including the occupation of fracking firm Cuadrilla’s...


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Environmentalist Marina Silva to be presidential candidate of Brazil’s socialist party

Brazil’s Socialist Party (PSB) is expected to name former environment minister Marina Silva to run for the presidency after former candidate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash. Silva, who was set to run as Campos’ vice-president, is a popular figure in Brazil. She gained nearly 20% of the...


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FTSE 100 CEOs’ pay 143 times higher than employees’ in 2013

The chiefs of Britain’s 100 biggest listed companies were paid around 143 times more than average workers in the same firms last year, the High Pay Centre has disclosed. The widest pay gap is found at mining firm Rangold Resources, where boss Mark Bristow was paid £4.4 million in...


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Gender pay gap has widened since recession

Despite the economic recovery taking hold and unemployment figures dropping, the recession has meant that the gender pay gap has widened in the UK. More women are now in low paid work, self-employed or on zero hours contracts, according to a new report from the Fawcett Society. Since the...


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UK energy bills rising faster than most of the developed world

Household energy bills are rising faster in the UK than in most other countries in the developed world, according to new research. Between 2010 and 2013, electricity prices rose by 23.5% while gas prices soared by 33.8%, according to new analysis by the House of Commons Library.  Though electricity...


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Scottish North Sea’s oil reserves six times higher than estimated, business group says

A new report from business organisation N-56 has said that revenue from oil in the Scottish North Sea could be as high as £365 billion over the next few decades, rather than the £57 billion previously estimated. The study argues that the figures put forward by the Office for...


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Kellogg’s commits to sustainability targets

Food manufacturing giant Kellogg’s has committed to sourcing all of its major ingredients responsibly by 2020. In new environmental targets published this week, the American firm also says it will increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use and reduce water consumption and waste. It will also demand that its...


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Apple bans hazardous chemicals from supply chain after investor pressure

Tech giant Apple has banned the use of two hazardous chemicals in its production line, after investors urged the firm to better protect the workers in its supply chain. The firm announced in a statement this week that benzene and n-hexane would no longer be used in its production...


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Hundreds of anti-fracking protestors to march on Blackpool Pier

On Sunday afternoon, hundreds of protestors will march along the Blackpool seaside in a demonstration against fracking. They will be showing their opposition to the plans of fracking firm Cuadrilla, who hope to drill for shale gas at two sites just outside of the coastal town. At 2pm the...


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Researchers unveil tattoo biobatteries that generate energy from sweat

In the future biobatteries could be used to generate energy from sweat. Researchers have reported that they have designed a sensor in the form of a temporary tattoo that can produce power from perspiration. Scientists presented the approach at the National Meeting & Exposition of the America Chemical Society....


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Oil exploration threatens critically endangered dolphins

One of the world’s rarest species of dolphin is under threat from oil exploration and fishing, environmentalists have claimed. It is believed that only around 55 Maui’s dolphins survive today, all living off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island. A sanctuary has been designated for the critically endangered...


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Soloman Islands town to relocate 1,000 people to escape climate change

A town in the Soloman Islands is preparing to relocate its whole population to escape from rising sea levels caused by climate change. The authorities of Choiseul, home to around 1,000 people on Taro Island in Choiseul Bay, have elected to build a new town on a nearby island...


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