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Pakistani women paid $100 a month to make ‘Brazuca’ Adidas World Cup footballs

As the World Cup comes to a climactic end, Germany’s victory has been undermined by questions regarding Fifa’s choice to source its products from one of the cheapest labour markets in the world.   Figures have shown that Pakistani workers, primarily women, who were contracted to make the ‘Brazuca’...


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Tropical fish destroying marine habitats due to climate change

The migration of tropical fish, caused by ocean warming attributed to climate change, is having a harmful impact on marine ecosystems, a study has found. Due to ocean warming, tropical fish are moving towards the poles, leading to a decline in kelps and seagrass, as fish overgraze. The study,...


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Sustainable transport: growth of UK car industry driven by climate change policies

Policies focused on cutting carbon emissions have played a crucial role in getting the UK’s stalling automotive sector back on the road, according to a new report. Published on Tuesday, the study shows how consistent government policies and stakeholder involvement could result in both green achievements and sustained growth....


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Liz Truss to replace Owen Paterson as environment secretary

Owen Paterson has been sacked as environment secretary as a part of a government reshuffle, with his critics welcoming the move. Paterson has previously been the subject of strong criticism for failing to take climate change seriously, supporting the badger cull and GM crops. Paterson, who became the environment...


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Executive pay 180 times average – as wealth gap increase

A new report warns that the wealth gap between top bosses and everyone else has rapidly widened in the last three decades, with executives now earning nearly 180 times the average UK worker, and calls on the government to take action. The report – Reform Agenda: How to make...


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Sean Connery joins battle against billionaire’s Bahamas mansion plans

James Bond has taken on a new mission – to protect the beaches of the Bahamas from a fashion mogul’s development plans. The veteran Scottish actor Sean Connery, best known for his role as Ian Fleming’s superspy, has added his name to the campaign against billionaire Peter Nygard’s proposal...


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Renewable energy companies in Thailand team up to develop wind power

Renewable energy developer The Blue Circle and leading clean energy group Annex Power have announced a partnership to develop wind power plants in Thailand. In a statement, the companies said the partnership was expected to lead to renewable energy investments of an estimated 248 million Singapore dollars (£116m) in...


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Warm spring and summer boost honeybees productivity in Somerset

Beekeepers in Southern England are benefitting from a warm spring and early summer, which has allowed bees to produce more honey than usual. Honey is not normally available yet at this time of the year, as the small amount present is left in the beehive for the bees, making...


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Climate change creating ‘water crisis’ in Australia

Compared to data collected in the 20th century, rainfall levels in Southern Australia are expected to drop by 40% – creating an Australian forever-drought. The report, conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has highlighted manmade climate change as the direct cause, with Perth identified as the city...


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Indian government’s first budget to boost solar energy and confront climate change

The first budget of India’s newly elected government has put aside considerable sums of money to promote renewable energy and tackle climate change. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s government, which came to power in May, unveiled a reformist budget last week. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata party have promised to revive stalling...


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Boost for offshore wind as Scottish government announces £2.2m fund

The Scottish government has announced they will be awarding the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme £2.2 million, to help make clean energy developments cheaper. The OWA programme is run by the Carbon Trust and brings together nine offshore wind developers. The programme is a joint industry and government scheme,...


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Study: UK must adopt sustainable approach to food, health and farming

The UK must rethink its approach to food and farming to tackle the related challenges of food poverty, obesity and environmental sustainability, according to a new report. Published by the Food Research Collaboration and a coalition of campaign groups, including the National Trust and RSPB, the report calls for...


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Climate change damages in the EU could amount to €190bn – study

A new study by the EU’s Joint Research Centre has found that if global temperatures increase by 3.5C climate change damages by 2080 could be in their billions. The European Commission’s in-house science service analysed the impacts of climate change across nine different sectors, including tourism, agriculture, human health...


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Doubts surround effectiveness of Fukushima Ice Wall

Starting construction last week and with a total cost of £185 million, doubts have now emerged regarding the effectiveness of a frozen barrier in containing thousands of tonnes of irradiated water at Fukushima’s nuclear reactors. Made-up of 1,550 coolant-circulating pipes inserted 33 metres into the ground, the 1.5km (0.9...


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Offsetting dredging in the Great Barrier Reef would cost $1bn

Mitigating the impact of the dredging project in Abbott Point on the Australian Great Barrier Reef could be much more expensive than what the project developer has estimated, according to newly disclosed information. Documents obtained under freedom of information have shown that the cost for maintaining water quality in...


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