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Co-op invests £125m in fruit and veg price war

The Co-operative has pledged £125m to slashing the price of fruit and vegetables in its supermarkets across the UK in an attempt to increase its share of the retail sector. The supermarket announced that it was ramping up efforts in the war to become Britain’s number one convenience store,...


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Airbus will not leave UK in event of Brexit

Aircraft manufacturing company Airbus has ruled out leaving the UK should voters choose to leave the European Union at the referendum. Chief executive of Airbus Fabrice Bregier said that the company has “no intention” of leaving if Brits decide at the polls in 2017 that the UK should terminate...


city skyscrapers by Rob Schofield via flickr

Trickle-down economics dismissed by IMF economists

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has released a new report that suggests the stagnation of wages for poor and middle class families could have been a factor in the financial crisis. Economists at the lender-of-last-resort produced a report that suggests the widening gap between the highest and lowest earners...


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Study: green spaces near schools boost mental development

Researchers have found a link between mental development in primary school aged children and exposure to green spaces at schools. The study suggests that children in urban areas could benefit from expanding park and school fields. The study, from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, notes that contact...


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Tsipras pushes for debt relief in defiant speech to MPs

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has refused to cave in to pressures from the country’s creditors, saying that his government has done all it can to solve Greece’s debt crisis. Speaking to Greek MPs in parliament, Tsipras said that it was the intention of lenders to was to humiliate...


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Consumers willing to pay more for sustainable palm oil, study finds

Supermarkets could help save endangered species by increasing prices for products that use eco-friendly palm oil, a new study has found. The research also found that consumers would be willing to pay more for palm oil that is sustainably grown. Palm oil is often used in the food industry,...


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Report highlights vulnerability of global food systems

Global food systems are increasingly susceptible to acute disruption and systemic shocks could lead to food price rises, food riots and changes in stock market values. The global food system is increasingly vulnerable to acute disruptions that have the potential to cause widespread economic, social and political implications, according...


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Italy warns tough response on Med migrant crisis

EU ministers are to discuss plans to tackle the growing crisis of Mediterranean migrants risking their lives to come to Europe, but Italy is warning of a strong response if no solution is found. European leaders widely acknowledge that solutions must be found to tackle the growing problem of...


pope by Semilla Luz via Flickr

Pope Francis warns of ‘unprecedented destruction’ if climate change is not addressed

The Pope has warned that there will be “serious consequences” for all unless the world does more to tackle climate change, in a leaked copy of an eagerly anticipated encyclical. The draft, which has been published by L’Espresso magazine, states, “If the current trend continues, this century could witness...


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Greece remains in deadlock with creditors as exit fears grow

Greece and its creditors remain in deadlock talks, with each side remaining insistent that the other must compromise before progress can be made on solving the debt crisis. Financial markets continue to be overshadowed by the prospect of a Greece defaulting on its debt, with fears of a Grexit...


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Greenpeace launches new action against Shell drilling in the Arctic

Thirteen activists on kayaks have blocked Shell’s drilling rig Polar Pioneer in Seattle as it prepared to leave for the Chukchi Sea in the Alaskan Arctic, where the company intends to drill for oil. The action follows a similar demonstration held in May, when hundreds of people sat on...


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Magna Carta: 800 years on

Today marks the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary.  The historic document established the foundations of our democracy and human rights. It also recognises that the monarch is not above the law. To mark the anniversary the Queen today returned to Runnymede, where King John sealed the important document in 1215....


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OECD plans to phases out coal subsidy ends in ‘stalemate’

Plans to phase out a form of coal subsidy among OECD nations has reportedly ended in ‘stalemate’, according to sources. According to the Reuters, a source close to the talks said that discussions on phasing out a form of coal subsidies have ended in stalemate because Japan called for...


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Countries can reduce GHG emissions by 2020 at no economic cost, says IEA

Greenhouse gas emissions could hit an early peak and then be reduced with five viable key measures to promote clean energy and cut fossil fuels subsidies by 2020, without impacting on the economy, according to the latest analysis of the International Energy Agency (IEA). A new report by IEA...


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Scottish National Party warns over new independence referendum

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has threatened to call for a new referendum if the UK government fails to give more power and autonomy to the country, as promised after the majority of Scots voted to stay in the UK. Stewart Hosie, the SNP’s Treasury spokesman in Westminster, said...



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