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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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First ‘round 3’ wind turbine installed in UK at Westermost Rough

The UK’s first commercial 6 megawatt (MW) wind turbine has been installed at the Westermost Rough wind farm, in a new landmark for renewable energy. The next generation machine, designed by Siemens and erected by DONG Energy, is the first of 35 at the 210MW North Sea project. It...


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Fukushima nuclear disaster inflicted ‘serious biological effects’ on wildlife

An investigation into the impacts of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster has found that radiation may be harming wildlife in the area. In a series of new studies, published this week in the Journal of Heredity, scientists found evidence of population declines and genetic damage in species around...


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More rain expected this weekend as UK recovers from ex-hurricane Bertha

The UK is expected to cool over the next week, with temperatures reaching lows of 4-5C at night in some places this weekend. Cool air from the North Atlantic and an area of low pressure from Iceland will bring these cold temperatures across the UK. Last week saw the...


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SeaWorld announces upgraded orca habitats as shares fall amid backlash

SeaWorld has announced more than $10 billion (£5.9bn) in research and conservation projects, following a backlash over its killer whales exhibits that saw its share prices fall by a third. In April, it was revealed that SeaWorld saw a 13% drop in the number of visitors. This followed the...


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Hundreds begin to arrive at anti-fracking campsite near Blackpool

Protests against energy firm Cuadrilla’s plans to drill for gas in Lancashire have begun, with campaign group No Dash for Gas seeing hundreds arrive to camp at a proposed fracking site. The Reclaim the Power camp is taking place at Preston New Road near Blackpool, holding workshops and training...


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FCA putting renewable energy co-operatives at risk, says Labour

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is blocking co-operative renewable energy projects and putting the sector at risk, Labour has said. Shadow energy minister Tom Greatrex expressed his concern over the relationship of energy co-operatives with the FCA in a letter to the authority’s chief executive, Martin Wheatly, on Wednesday....


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Rapid melting of world’s glaciers proven to be man-made

A study has found that more than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the Earth’s glaciers can be attributed to human activity. In a new study, scientists have analysed glaciers’ melting activities since 1851, but did not find any evidence of man-made effects up until the middle of...


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