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Ofgem to investigate prepayment meters

Prepayment meters are to be investigated by the energy watchdog Ofgem after a freedom of information request found half a million were ‘forcibly’ installed in homes across the UK in the last six years. Prepayment meters help some people to manage a budget, according to the industry body Energy...


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Oxford graduates ‘give back’ degree to protest over fossil fuels investment

Almost 70 Oxford alumni have symbolically handed back their degrees to criticise the university’s weak policy on fossil fuels investment – which excludes only direct investment in oil sands and coal but fails to address other money invested in unsustainable sources of energy. Oxford University announced last week it...


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Deadly heatwave in India kills more than 500 people

Some parts of the country are hitting 45C, leaving many people in the most isolated areas dead by heatstroke and extreme dehydration. Authorities say the heatwave might last for another 48 hours. Areas hit by the high temperatures include Delhi, Palam, Uttar Pradesh and southern states of Andhra Pradesh...


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17 more women needed as FTSE 100 directors to hit the 25% target

With head of retail banking at Lloyds Alison Brittain becoming chief executive of Costa Coffee and Whitbread, the UK is on track to meet the 25% target of female board directors set by the government by the end of the year. Alison Brittain – who has had a long...


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Last day to vote for the Observer Ethical Awards

Today is the last chance to have your say on Britain’s most ethical companies and individuals for 2015 and win prizes. The Observer Ethical Awards wants to celebrate those fighting for environmental and social justice in the UK and elsewhere. Categories include campaigner of the year – with Naomi...


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Ireland says yes to same-sex marriage

Citizens in Ireland, where homosexuality was illegal until 1993, approved gay marriage with over 61% of yes votes. The country’s equality minister, Aodhan O’Riordain said he is “proud to be Irish”. The turnout was higher than 60%, with many expats going back home to vote on the issue. It...


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First UK’s fossil free pension scheme to be launched on Monday

London charity Platform is launching the first cooperative and fossil free pension scheme in the UK, focused on sustainable society and renewable energy. The scheme, called OurFuture, challenges traditional pensions, which have millions invested in fossil fuels, large multinationals and unethical banks. The charity says the new scheme will...


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Sustainability jobs are career change of choice and pay well – survey finds

According to a new survey, 90% of those switching to a career in environmental or sustainability sectors is ‘very satisfied’ with the choice , but there is a need for more specialised professional figures as we move towards a more sustainable economy. The analysis by the Institute of Environmental...


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Farming dolphins for entertainment industry ‘unacceptable’ says animal charity

Japanese authorities have proposed dolphin farms instead of the annual slaughter of wild animals taking place every year in Taiji but animal welfare groups said the outcome will be the same and called for tourists to stop financing aquariums and zoos. Dolphins for the entertainment sector in Japan and...


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Tobacco companies prepare legal bid over plain packaging

Plans to introduce standardised cigarette packaging could result in multi-billion pound demands by tobacco companies as they prepare to launch a legal bid in the High Court for trademark losses. Lawyers for tobacco firms are expected to argue in the High Court for multi-million pound pay-outs from the government...


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Nationwide announces 54% profit increases

Nationwide building society has reported pre-tax profit rises of 54% to £1.04bn, up on £677m profits last year, describing the results as the “strongest ever”. The building society, which also regained the position as the UK’s second largest mortgage lender, said that it expected growth to moderate as a...


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Antarctic Peninsula experiences ‘dramatic’ ice melt

An equivalent of the UK’s annual domestic water supply is being lost in ice melting in the Antarctic Peninsula according to new satellite research led by the University of Bristol. The Antarctic Peninsula is experiencing ‘dramatic’ losses in ice mass according to new research published on Friday. Studies of...


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Thomas Cook apologises over children’s deaths

Travel operator Thomas Cook has issued a ‘sincere and heartfelt’ apology over the deaths of two children at the Greek holiday resort of Corfu. The firm’s boss met with the parents of the two children who were killed in 2006 after being overcome with carbon monoxide fumes from a...


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Oxford University pledges to stay away from oil and coal investments

Oxford University has announced it will maintain its position of not having direct investment in high-risk oil sands and coal. It has also committed to investments that are financially prudent and comply with social and environmental criteria. Oxford University announced that it has no direct investment in coal and...


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State of emergency declared over California oil spill

Thousands of gallons of oil have flown into the ocean and on the beach near Santa Barbara on Tuesday, after a pipeline rupture. Environmentalists and citizens fear the impact of the spill on the ecosystem and  tourism. Up to 105,000 gallons of crude were lost during the spill, of...



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