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Polar bears are changing diet because of global warming – study

Researchers in Norway have spotted a polar bear eating a dolphin for the first time and have suggested that climate change is pushing the species further north in the Arctic region. Effects of warmer climate is making polar bears adapting to other preys that are not usually hunted, according...


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Pope Francis’ climate encyclical could have ‘mayor impact’, says UN

The UN thinks that Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, set to be released next week, could have a “major impact” on climate change talks and negotiations ahead of a climate summit in December. The much anticipated encyclical, a letter set to bishops, is expected to argue that there...


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Max Fordham scoops Ashden Gold Award

On Thursday 11 June organisations leading the way in sustainable energy gathered for the 2015 Ashden Awards, with building firm Max Fordham scooping the prestigious Ashden Gold Award. The Ashden Awards aim to champion and support leaders in sustainable energy in order accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world....


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IMF walks away from Greece talks

The influential International Monetary Fund (IMF) has left talks with Greece officials over the fate of the country’s economic future, citing a lack of progress in reconciling their differences. The IMF pulled out of the talks on Thursday with the debt-stricken country, saying that Greece had failed to compromise...


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Great Barrier Reef ‘in danger’, claims legal report

An expert legal report prepared by US-based Earthjustice and Environmental Justice Australia has claimed that the Great Barrier Reef is in danger, countering a draft decision by UNESCO. The report comes just weeks after UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee said that the reef – one of Australia’s biggest tourist attractions...


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Two-thirds of UK workers care about commercial energy saving

Research has found that 68 per cent of UK workers take extra care to help make their work place more energy efficient – with 22 per cent saying they care a great deal. Hospitality and Leisure workers are the most conscientious to save energy when at work, with Financial...


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‘MPs should get free vote on extending EU referendum to 16 year-olds’

Campaigners have called on the Westminster political parties to allow MPs a free vote on allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in the forthcoming EU referendum. The government has announced that MPs will be able to vote on whether 16 and 17 year-olds should be given the vote...


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UN: businesses ‘increasingly significant’ in fight against climate change

Initiatives and actions taken by ‘non-state actors’, such as businesses and cities, are becoming “increasingly important” in fighting climate change and could result in 1.8 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent being saved by 2020, according to a UN study. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published the report –...


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Journalists and activists banned from BP-sponsored ‘oil games’ in Azerbaijan

Media outlets – including the Guardian – and human rights organisations have been prevented from entering Azerbaijan to cover the European Games in Baku. The sporting event has already faced criticism over the country’s repressive policies on freedom of speech. Several European media outlets and human rights activists were...


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Robin wins the title of Britain’s national bird

The campaign to decide on the UK’s national bird saw more than 200,000 Britons voting for the robin, which beat the rivals barn owl and blackbird. The robin won by 34%, with the barn owl and blackbird following at 12% and 11% respectively. The wren, red kite, kingfisher, mute...


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EY: EU referendum and energy policy puts UK in 8th place for renewable investment

Contradictory energy objectives and the EU referendum concerning investors means the UK has remained in 8th place in EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI), its lowest level in 12 years. EY has urged the government to take heed of market signals to achieve its climate change goals and...


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Pope Francis creates tribunal to judge sexual abuse cover-ups

The Pope announced on Wednesday the creation of a new church tribunal to judge bishops who don’t expose priests guilty of sexual abuse on children, a move considered revolutionary in the Vatican history. The measure has been long urged by the victims of sexual abuse and their families, given...


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John Lewis, SSE and M&S among British firms calling for climate action

Eighty UK businesses have signed an open letter calling on the government to take ambitious climate action and support the building of a low-carbon economy. The letter addressed to Prime Minister David Cameron was published in the Financial Times. The signatories represent many different sectors, from retail and construction...


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Canadian and US scientists call for oil sands moratorium

More than 100 Canadian and American scientists and researchers have urged the government to stop tar sand expansion, saying the fossil fuel is incompatible with fighting climate change and is slowing the transition to a cleaner economy. The climate scientists, economists, geophysicists, and biologists wrote a joint letter with...


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Deutsche Bank HQ searched by police

Deutsche Bank has confirmed that its headquarters in Frankfurt have been searched by police as part of a probe into tax evasion. Law enforcement agencies raided the Frankfurt based bank headquarters early on Tuesday as part of a probe into tax evasion relating to customer security transactions. German prosecutors...



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