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FBI arrests Fifa officials over “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted corruption”

US prosecutors have accused nine senior Fifa officials of running a $150 million fraud through a “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted” corruption network to “acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks”. US attorney general Loretta Lynch explained that those arrested, who include former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner and five...


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Energy industry calls for new climate targets

Leaders within the energy industry have said that uncertainty in energy policy has hampered low-carbon growth, calling for clear long-term targets to avoid dangerous climate change. Energy leaders have said that climate change must be a long-term factor in energy policy ahead of a conference of world leaders in...


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Queen’s Speech: ‘worrying omission’ of climate change action

The Queen will formally open the next Parliamentary year at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, setting out the Conservative government’s agenda for the next 12 months. But there are concerns that the speech will do little to mitigate the effects of climate change or invest for the future....


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Ofgem to investigate prepayment meters

Prepayment meters are to be investigated by the energy watchdog Ofgem after a freedom of information request found half a million were ‘forcibly’ installed in homes across the UK in the last six years. Prepayment meters help some people to manage a budget, according to the industry body Energy...


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Deadly heatwave in India kills more than 500 people

Some parts of the country are hitting 45C, leaving many people in the most isolated areas dead by heatstroke and extreme dehydration. Authorities say the heatwave might last for another 48 hours. Areas hit by the high temperatures include Delhi, Palam, Uttar Pradesh and southern states of Andhra Pradesh...


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17 more women needed as FTSE 100 directors to hit the 25% target

With head of retail banking at Lloyds Alison Brittain becoming chief executive of Costa Coffee and Whitbread, the UK is on track to meet the 25% target of female board directors set by the government by the end of the year. Alison Brittain – who has had a long...


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Last day to vote for the Observer Ethical Awards

Today is the last chance to have your say on Britain’s most ethical companies and individuals for 2015 and win prizes. The Observer Ethical Awards wants to celebrate those fighting for environmental and social justice in the UK and elsewhere. Categories include campaigner of the year – with Naomi...


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Ireland says yes to same-sex marriage

Citizens in Ireland, where homosexuality was illegal until 1993, approved gay marriage with over 61% of yes votes. The country’s equality minister, Aodhan O’Riordain said he is “proud to be Irish”. The turnout was higher than 60%, with many expats going back home to vote on the issue. It...


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Sustainability jobs are career change of choice and pay well – survey finds

According to a new survey, 90% of those switching to a career in environmental or sustainability sectors is ‘very satisfied’ with the choice , but there is a need for more specialised professional figures as we move towards a more sustainable economy. The analysis by the Institute of Environmental...


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Coal company ‘exploited’ Ebola crisis for corporate gains

Public health experts have blasted the world’s largest private coal firm after revelations it exploited the Ebola crisis, which killed 11,000 people in West Africa, for its own commercial gains. Peabody Energy, which has revenues of just below $7bn, is accused of using the crisis to rebrand fossil fuels...


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Pay bankers the same as civil servants, says former Tory strategist

David Cameron’s former director of strategy has suggested the government overhaul executive pay rules within the banking industry, a move that would see bankers’ pay fall in line with civil servants. Steve Hilton, a former aid to David Cameron made the remarks in an interview with the BBC, suggesting...


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60th Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in eco-friendly Vienna

The famous song contest is being held in Vienna this year, following the success of Austrian Conchita Wurst last year. The city has already excellent green credentials but is keen to push sustainability on the top of the agenda for visitors. Earlier this year, Vienna was ranked the most...


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Co-op Group members vote to continue funding political parties

55% of those who voted have backed continuing subscription fees to Labour’s sister party, the Co-operative Party. With a potential electorate of 2.8m, the votes cast was just over 88,000. The future of the Co-operative party was hanging in the balance on Saturday as 2.8m...


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Blue & Green and GreenWise Business create sustainable publishing powerhouse

Sustainability titles Blue & Green Tomorrow and GreenWise Business unite to create independent sustainable publishing powerhouse. GreenWise Business founder Louise Bateman is to become editor of Blue & Green, as title launches £260,000 Crowdcube share offer. Blue & Green Tomorrow, the fastest-growing sustainable lifestyle magazine in the UK, and...


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Pope Francis: care for creation, sustainable development and climate change

Pope Francis will write a letter to 1.2bn Catholics all over the world, emphasising the importance on sustainable living, eradicating poverty and calling on world leaders to address climate change. The pope has been critical of high profile issues in the past. He has spoken out against the dangers...




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