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Public urged to photograph derelict spaces to help solve housing crisis

A campaign group has started an initiative that aims to map the extent of unused sites and buildings around the UK. Members of the public are encouraged to help create an interactive map to show the government the extent of available space that could be used to build new...


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RBS executives admit profiting from the forced closure of businesses

MPs have accused Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) executives of being “wilfully obtuse,” as they now make a U-turn on their defence – admitting to the deliberate sabotage of viable businesses in order to profit the bank. In a revival of past allegations, the bailed out RBS was accused...


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Environmental regulation to slow demand for coal, says report

A new report warns investors that the coal industry could suffer a slump in demand in the medium term as governments seek to cut carbon emissions and focus on cleaner sources of energy. The report – Carbon Constraints Cast A Shadow Over The Future Of The Coal Industry –...


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Melting Arctic ice will establish South Korea as Asia oil hub

Widening sea routes through the Arctic’s ice fields will shorten the time it takes for European oil to reach Asia – placing South Korea in the geographically perfect position for becoming the regional oil storage and trading hub. Being so closely located to China, Japan and Russia – South...


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Environmental groups and countries call for more ambitious energy savings target for EU

EU Commissioners will talk today on energy savings targets for 2030 and agree on an energy efficiency framework. However, there have been calls for the targets to be ambitious and binding in order to ensure energy security. A policy framework for climate and energy for the period up to...


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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: MPs slam UK government over increased Russian arms sales

MPs have accused the UK government over double standards as figures reveal UK arms sales have skyrocketed to Russia, while Britain criticises French military exports to Moscow. Political rhetoric between EU nations has increased recently, as common ground is yet to be found over whether Russia should be held...


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Former fracking consultant appointed as new Environment Agency chief

Philip Dilley, the former chairman of a engineering firm that wrote environmental reports on fracking, will be the new chairman of the Environment Agency in September, prompting criticism by NGOs and the Green Party. Dilley was appointed by the environment, food and rural affairs committee for the “professional competence...


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Food waste used to boost Commonwealth Games sustainability credentials

Food and garden waste has been used in the construction of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games venues, boosting the sporting event’s sustainability credentials. The organisers have made commitments to make the games sustainable by recycling and cutting emissions. Almost 50,000 tonnes of food and garden waste have been collected from households...


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60% of Americans would support carbon tax, poll finds

Some 60% of Americans would support a carbon tax if the revenue went towards a worthy cause, such as investment in renewable energy, a new poll has revealed. The survey, undertaken by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College, finds that support for a tax on fossil fuels increases...


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‘Water cops’ to monitor water crisis and drought in California

Bay Area water agencies are considering hiring new temporary employees to keep water usage in the area under control, after residents were advised to conserve water to mitigate the effect of the worst drought on record that has been hitting the region since February. Santa Clara Valley Water District...


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UK government launches plan to tackle fuel poverty

In an attempt to tackle the wide bearing issue of fuel poverty, the government has announced legislature to upgrade coldest homes to lower energy bills for the UK’s poorest. Low income households will now receive support to improve heat insulation. Within practicality, the government will improve as many houses...


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Alliance Trust launches two new sustainable investment funds

Alliance Trust Investments has announced the creation of two new risk profiled funds within its Sustainable Future ethical fund range, in response to investors’ growing demand for socially responsible investment (SRI) funds. The new funds – Alliance Trust Sustainable Future Defensive Managed Fund and Alliance Trust Sustainable Future Cautious...


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West Sussex council rejects fracking bid

West Sussex County Council has turned down an application from oil and gas exploration firm Celtique Energie to drill near the Wisborough Green conservation area. After a debate attended by around 100 people, the council’s planning committee rejected the plans on Tuesday afternoon. They cited concerns over noise pollution,...


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Damp and warm weather sees increase in biting insects in UK

Recent warm and rainy weather in the UK will increase the number of biting insects, experts have warned, as certain midges, horseflies and mosquitos thrive in such conditions. June saw record-breaking high global temperatures, with land and sea surface temperatures above the 20th century average, while the Met Office...


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Lego pieces lost 17 years ago keep arriving on British beaches

With Lego still being found on beaches in Cornwall after a container was lost overboard in 1997, environmentalists are concerned about the impact of plastic on marine life. In 1997 a cargo ship, the Tokio Express, was hit by a huge wave causing it to lose 62 containers overboard...


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