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Ex-BP manager to pay $224,000 over 2010 oil spill insider trading charges

A former BP employee is set to pay a $224,118 (£133,500) settlement for charges relating to the firm’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He is accused of having sold $1m of shares in the company before the information on the gravity of the incident became publicly...


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Easter weekend to bring sunny skies and a boost for bluebells

The Met Office has forecasted a largely dry and warm start to the Easter bank holiday weekend across the UK. Meanwhile, conservationists expect to see bluebells flowering early after this year’s mild winter and spring. Most parts of the country will see sun and enjoy temperatures of 13-15C on...


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BBC’s Alys Fowler urges gardeners to think of bees this Easter

BBC presenter Alys Fowler is urging gardeners to make use of their time off this Easter by making their gardens more bee-friendly, in an effort to help essential species threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and climate change. Fowler, best known for her role on the long-running British TV programme...


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US carbon emissions fall 3.4% in 2012

Total greenhouse gas emissions in the US fell by 3.4% over the course of 2012, taking the country more than halfway towards its reduction target for 2020, according to newly released figures. The 19th edition of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual national emissions inventory reveals that the...


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Locals receive ‘windfall’ payments from Good Energy after wind farm performs well

Residents living near renewable energy supplier Good Energy’s Delabole wind farm have received a £50  ‘windfall’ payment after the turbines at the site performed better than expected. Delabole was the UK’s first commercial wind farm after Good Energy invested £11.8m to redevelop it in 2010. Those living in the...


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Green MP Caroline Lucas cleared of anti-fracking protest charges

MP and former Green party leader Caroline Lucas has been found not guilty, along with four co-defendants, of obstructing a public highway during an anti-fracking protest in Balcombe, West Sussex, last year. The Brighton Pavilion MP was arrested in August 2013 along with other fracking protesters, with the Crown...


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Peak District’s 63rd birthday celebrated with a Google Doodle

Thursday’s Google Doodle marks the 63rd anniversary of the Peak District being awarded national park status. The drawing depicts the park’s iconic views and famous gritstone tors. The Peak Distinct became the first national park in the UK in 1951 and is the second most visited worldwide, with 22...


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Pope Francis urged to support fossil fuel divestment campaign

Religious groups have called on Pope Francis to give his support to the fossil fuel divestment campaign, which calls on investors to ditch their holdings in oil and gas companies because of the impact of their emissions on the climate. In a letter to the leader of the Catholic...


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Clean energy tech receives €2bn boost from European Investment Bank

Renewable energy and carbon capture projects across Europe are set to benefit from more than €2 billion (£1.64 billion) that the European Investment Bank has made available in funding. The bank states that the money has been raised by the sale of 300m emission allowances under the NER 300...


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Triodos teams up with natural insect repellent firm for EIS investment offer

The sustainable bank Triodos has partnered with natural insect repellent manufacturer Incognito for an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offer that could deliver healthy returns, offer tax breaks and do social good. UK-based Incognito develops plant-based repellents that researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine say are...


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Consumers face hunt for Easter eggs after discounts leave some shelves empty

Consumers could face a hunt for Easter eggs this year, with heavy discounting leading to some brands being in short supply. The news follows falls in market shares at all of the big four supermarkets. Speaking to the Telegraph, Bryan Roberts, analyst at Kantar Retail, said, “This is now...


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UKSIF rebrands National Ethical Investment Week as Good Money Week

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has revealed that National Ethical Investment Week, the industry’s flagship event for the past seven years, is to be rebranded as Good Money Week for 2014. UKSIF explained that the change was a reflection of how sustainable investment and finance had...


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Co-op Group reveals ‘disastrous’ £2.5bn loss for 2013

The Co-operative Group has announced losses of £2.5 billion for 2013, marking its worst performing year in its 150-year history. The group said the “heavy losses” reflected the impact of recapitalising the Co-op Bank and noted that it continues to face serious challenges. The results for the group are...


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Fashion Revolution Day to promote supply chain issues on Rana Plaza anniversary

Leading fashion designers, celebrities and entrepreneurs will join together for Fashion Revolution Day on April 24, in order to highlight serious issues in fashion brands’ supply chains and commemorate last year’s deadly factory collapse in Bangladesh. Supporters of the initiative include fashion designer Katherine Hamnett, journalist Lucy Siegle, ethical fashion...


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Limiting global warming to 2C not enough to avoid dramatic changes in Europe

Limiting global warming to 2C from pre-industrial times – the threshold widely agreed by scientists as the target for climate change mitigation efforts – will not be enough to prevent widespread and substantial changes across Europe, according to a new study. Scientists consider the 2C limit as an appropriate...


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