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World marks first Mandela Day since former president’s death with massive litter clean-up

On July 18, people across the world are celebrating the first Mandela Day after the prominent anti-apartheid president passed away in December, with South Africans invited to pay tribute by cleaning up litter from streets. Nelson Mandela – or Madiba as he was often called – was South Africa’s...


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Climate’s ‘annual physical’ reveals record-breaking global warming

In 2013 almost all climate indicators – high temperatures, rising sea levels, Arctic sea ice coverage – were consistent with a globally warming planet, according to a comprehensive new report. The State of the Climate 2013 report, published on Thursday by the American Meteorological Society, was compiled by 425...


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TTIP negotiations falter as Europe-wide opposition gains momentum

Opposition to the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US has significantly increased, while nationwide protests are organised against the dealings in Brussels. The trade partnership has already come under heavy criticism from campaigners, who believe the move will undermine democratic procedures, consumer rights...


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Sustainable and ecological agriculture could feed 3bn more people

Key measures in the agriculture sector could significantly increase the amount of food produced in the world, ensuring nutriment to the growing global population and reducing the environmental footprint of farming, a new report has suggested. The study, published in the journal Science, focused on 17 key crops that...


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Public urged to check forecasts as weekend could bring flash floods

The Environment Agency is warning of thunderstorms bringing an increased risk of flooding across England over the weekend. Thunderstorms are expected to bring torrential rain across England on Saturday and storms may continue on Sunday morning. The government is urging the public to check local forecasts as localised flooding...


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Government calls for the public to help protect British bees

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has called for Britons to take five simple actions to help bees thrive, creating a favourable environment for pollinators threatened by pesticides and extreme weather. People are being encouraged to grow pollen-rich flowers, cut the grass less often, leave patches of...


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Lord Lawson’s climate sceptic thinktank forced to restructure after lobbying controversy

The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a controversial climate-sceptic thinktank, will be forced to restructure after the Charity Commission ruled its purpose is political, not charitable. The registered charity will now launch a new political arm, funded separately from its education arm and not covered by the same regulations....


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Rhinos threatened by coal mine plans in South Africa

A coal mine project in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi reserve in South Africa has raised concern that illegal killing of endangered rhinos could increase, while also affecting other species and the environment. Conservationists fear that the mine, managed by Ibutho Coal Ltd, could disturb wildlife, cause habitat loss and eventually favour...


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Extreme weather prompting Google searches on climate change

A study analysing search patterns on Google has found people look up more information on climate change after periods of unusual or severe weather. It is suggested this can be further linked to political views and education. In a study due to be published in the journal Climatic Change...


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Lloyds Bank has admitted to sending misleading debt-collection letters under third party name

Lloyds Banking Group has admitted to sending misleading letters to its customers regarding debt collection, using an independent law firm’s name even though the letters were from in-house lawyers. António Horta-Osório, Lloyds’ chief executive, has admitted to the practice, which has been going on since the 1980’s. The executive...


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Women in leadership: companies with gender balanced teams ‘more profitable’

The business case for having a gender balanced workforce is “compelling”, according to Liz Bingham, managing partner for talent at consultants EY. Speaking at St Paul’s Cathedral three days after a vote to allow women bishops in the Church of England, Bingham said the challenge was about “getting business...


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Boost for clean energy as Sussex offshore wind farm gets go-ahead

The UK government has announced consent for a 175 turbine offshore wind farm about 13km off the coast of Sussex. The Rampion wind farm is expected to create over 750 jobs and marks a significant contribution to the renewable energy market, with the site having the potential to generate...


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Ants play significant role in reducing global carbon emissions, suggests report

A 25-year study conducted by the Geological Society of America has concluded that ants are one of the most powerful biological agents of mineral decay, offering an insight into accelerated methods of carbon dioxide (CO2) storing, or ‘sequestration’. The investigation has specifically centred on how the insects interact with...


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Report: climate bonds enter mainstream, reaching $502bn

The sums invested in bonds related to climate change have rapidly grown in the last year, a new report shows. The investment vehicle is entering the mainstream and becoming an increasingly popular choice for investors with the market now standing at an estimated $502.6 billion (£293.6bn). The report –...


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