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Confidence in charity sector on the up as value of Charity Bank loans increase

Charity Bank has announced they approved loans worth £11 million in the first half of 2014, almost double that of the same time last year. This shows confidence is growing in the economy as those in the social sector feel ready to borrow. The alternative bank has seen an...


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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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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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Islamic world’s first eco-friendly mosque opens in Dubai

Environmentalists and Muslims have welcomed the opening of the Islamic world’s first eco-friendly mosque, a pioneering green building that held its first sermon on Friday. The Dh20 million (£3.2m) Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque in Dubai welcomed a capacity crowd of some 3,500 worshipers when its doors first opened last week,...


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Global warming: another record-breaking month as June sees high global temperatures

After the warmest May since records began, new figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) have found June 2014 has set a new record for the warmest global land and ocean temperatures since 1998. Data for June has found both global land and sea surface temperatures...


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Multi-million pound boost for British food industry as public sector told to buy local

The government has announced a new and improved food and drink buying standard, which means from 2017 central government will commit to buying local produce. Overall, up to £400 million could be spent on food and drink sourced from the UK. Currently, government, hospitals, schools and other public sector...


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Park and ride schemes not as eco-friendly as first thought

Park and ride schemes in the UK can actually increase traffic and have a negative impact on the environment, according to new research. In a new series of short films from the University of the West of England, experts talk about transport issues. In one, Professor Graham Parkhurst explains...


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UK summer storms to be followed by 30C heat and sunny weather

Thunder storms, heavy rain and lightning are expected to give way to lasting sunshine as the UK recovers from a weekend of flooding and transport disruption. The Environment Agency, over the last 24 hours, had put out a total of 28 emergency flood warnings – which have now been...


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Google to award £2m of winnings to UK nonprofits

Four UK charities will receive £500,000 of funding from the Google Impact Challenge, supported by Nesta, with the winners announced at the end of July. The Google Impact Challenge UK launched in 2013 by the philanthropic arm of the tech giant. UK nonprofits were invited to submit their ideas...


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High levels of pollution in Scotland’s streets show air quality targets will be missed

Air pollution in many busy Scottish streets is on track to break legal air quality limits this year, new figures from Friends of the Earth (FoE) Scotland have revealed. The figures build on recent predictions from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that show Scotland is...


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£13.4bn lawsuit awarded to widow of chain smoker against tobacco giant

Cynthia Robinson, who lost her husband in 1998 to lung cancer, has been awarded $23.6 billion (£13.4bn) in punitive damages after launching a lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company – whom she blames for her husband’s death. On the grounds of wrongful-death, Robinson believes the tobacco giant was negligent...


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Labour place railway renationalisation at heart of election manifesto

Labour party leader Ed Miliband has announced plans to reverse the Conservative’s privatisation of Britain’s railways, by diminishing the Railways Act and rejuvenating failed railway lines. The announcement has been met with praise in the Labour party after negotiations in Milton Keynes earlier this week. The policy, which will...


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Marshall Islands minister: 2015 climate agreement ‘a matter of life or death’

Small Pacific countries at increasing risk of sea levels rise caused by climate change have their survival depending on rich nations’ commitment to reach a global climate agreement in 2015 in Paris, the Marshall Islands’ minister of foreign affairs Tony de Brum has said. Writing on the Guardian, Brum...


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UK’s first Social Saturday launched to boost social enterprises

The UK’s first Social Saturday – a national awareness day to build the profile of social enterprises – was launched on Wednesday by an event at the House of Commons. On September 13, Social Saturday will encourage British consumers to use their spending power to support businesses whose only...


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