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French supermarket to sell ‘ugly’ fruit and veg to tackle food waste

Supermarket chain Intermarché has launched a new initiative to sell aesthetically-imperfect fruit and vegetables at a 30% discount, as a way to reduce food waste. The programme was launched by Intermarché in the city of Provins and was named ‘Les fruits et légumes moches’ (Ugly fruit and vegetables’). The...


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HSBC chief: Scotland risks financial instability with ‘yes’ vote

Chairman of HSBC Douglas Flint has warned that if Scotland votes to become independent from the UK and leave the currency union would cause great economic uncertainty and “prompt capital flight from the country”. Writing in a column on the Daily Telegraph, Flint said that being part of the sterling currency...


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Co-op Bank loses 38,000 customers but slashes first-half losses

The Co-operative Bank has announced a loss of 38,000 current account customers amidst a “hurricane of negative publicity” following its near collapse, but has, however, recorded a financial strengthening in its first half. The 5% drop in its customer base was announced this week, including a net outflow of...


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The Great British Bee Count: 800,000 bees spotted so far

The Great British Bee Count has found yellow and black bumblebees to be the most common species volunteers have seen across the UK, all of which has reported through a smartphone app developed by Friends of the Earth, Buglife and B&Q. The count will end on August 31 and...


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Simpsons’ Sam Simon rescues 400 chinchillas from fur farm

Co-founder of TV show The Simpsons has teamed up with animal rights group PETA to buy a chinchilla farm in Southern California that was about to close down – saving more than 400 animals that would have otherwise be killed. Simon, who was diagnosed with metastasised colorectal cancer in...


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Bank of America settles US ‘toxic mortgage’ claims in record $17bn payment

In the largest single payment by a US company to settle a civil dispute, the Bank of America (BoA) is set to pay $16.7 billion (£10bn) to settle allegations that it misled investors into buying toxic mortgage deals. The second largest bank in the US, BoA has faced allegations...


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Just five days left to support sustainable democracy campaign

There are just five days to support Vote for Policies crowdfunding campaign to raise money and develop a service that aims to make democracy more sustainable and inclusive. So far the campaign has raised £14,542 of the £20,000 target. Vote for Policies argues that people are left confused and...


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Report: generation Y have ‘very little interest’ in challenging unsustainable investment

Generation Y has “very little interest” in long term saving or challenging unsustainable investment practices, according to a new report published by Green Alliance and sponsored by Hermes. Generation Y, or millennials, defined as individuals being born in the early 1980s through to the early 2000s, are often characterised...


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Key to global warming slowdown held deep in Atlantic sea, says report

The Atlantic and Southern oceans have been found to be storing excess heat in their depths, lowering global temperatures and confusing researchers who believed the Pacific Ocean was responsible for lowering temperatures. The findings, published earlier this week in the journal Science, have also discovered a varying planetary ‘heat...


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Food poverty is causing malnutrition in the UK

Public health experts have warned that the number of people hospitalised for malnutrition in the UK has risen by 19% because people cannot afford good quality and nutritious food. Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has revealed that the number of people admitted to hospitals for...


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Network seeking to educate businesses on ethics launches crowdfund

A crowdfunding campaign seeking to raise £15,000 to create a network that aims to educate and support businesses when it comes to ethics and corporate responsibly has been launched. The campaign comes from Ethical Value’s, which wants businesses to change their cultures and place people above profits. Taking this...


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UK Green Investment Bank investing £64m into green energy power plant

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) will be investing £64 million into an energy from waste power plant based in Derby, in partnership with Derbyshire County Council. The project is the first of its kind, with long term financial backing coming from GIB, as well as Germany’s Bayerische Landesbank...


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Forum for the Future’s Board of Trustees welcomes new bright individuals

Former RWE Npower CEO Volker Beckers and ethical living journalist Lucy Siegle are among the new members of sustainability not-for-profit organisation Forum for the Future’s Board of Trustees. Forum for the Future works with businesses and governments to promote sustainability at all levels and it also manages a higher...


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Row between students and board at University of Mary Washington over fossil fuel divestment

Campaigners from DivestUMW have loudly asked the University of Mary Washington’s (UNW) governing body to drop investment in dirty fossil fuels but the university has so far said the divestment option is not viable. The UMW based in Fredericksburg, Virginia US, has so far rejected calls for divestment from...


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Leonardo DiCaprio to lend his voice to climate change film

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has taken another step in campaigning for environmental causes by deciding to voice Green World Rising, a series of short films on climate change. DiCaprio, who has also produced the movies through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, will narrate the four episodes named ‘Carbon’, Green World...


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