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Up to £3.7m in pay and share incentives for Centrica new boss

Utility company owner of British Gas, Centrica, has announced its new chief executive will receive a basic salary of £925,000 and a range of incentives – still less than the amount earned by previous boss Sam Laidlaw. Iain Conn, who will join from January 2015 and previously worked for...


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Divestment: University of London’s school freezes fossil fuels investment

London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has temporarily frozen its investment in fossil fuel companies and said it would explore the possibility of full divestment, following a campaign from more than 600 students calling for cutting ties with firms blamed for climate change. SOAS has become...


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Foreign secretary warns of Ebola Virus risk to UK

UK foreign secretary Phillip Hammond has this week confirmed the UK government is taking measures ahead of the possibility of the Ebola Virus hitting UK shores, which has already killed 670 people in West Africa. Talking to the BBC, Hammond confirmed that so far no Britons had been infected...


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Philips and Unite Students in a £21m LED partnership to reduce carbon footprint of student housing

Leading developer of student accommodation, Unite Students has announced a £21 million energy efficiency partnership with technology company Philips. The deal will help reduce the carbon footprint of Unite Students and reduce energy consumption in student properties. Philips and Unite Students will together install energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED)...


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Theodore Van Kirk, last surviving Enola Gay crew member, dies aged 93

The last surviving member of the crew of the Enola Gay, the US bomber that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima to effectively end the second world war, has died aged 93. Theodore ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk, the navigator of the Enola Gay, died of natural causes on Monday at...


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Ofgem announces plans to reduce electricity bills through new price controls

Energy regulator Ofgem has announced proposals that could see average savings for household energy bills of £12 per year. The proposed price controls for five electricity network operators in the UK will mean their spending is capped at £17 billion to maintain the electricity network. Maintenance and upgrades of...


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Sustainable ‘hobbit home’ in Wales faces demolition

Pembrokeshire council has said that a hand built eco-home of a couple who did not apply for planning permission has to be demolished, despite the support of 100,000 people asking for the place to be saved. Megan Williams and Charlie Hague built the house with a £12,000 budget and the...


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National Trust sees hydropower return after more than 130 years to Victorian site

Actor Robson Green launched the return of hydropower at the large country house, Cragside, on Tuesday. The green energy installation moves forward with the National Trust goal of generating half its energy from renewables by 2020. The Victorian house, nestled in the countryside of Northumberland, was the first house...


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New Zealand’s glaciers show decline due to global warming

The Southern Alps mountain range in New Zealand has seen a loss of ice volume by 34% since 1977. Researchers have blamed the rapid loss on rising global temperatures and say this is a growing trend. Researchers looked at data taken from the annual summer surveys by the National...


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Bankers should take ‘moral oath’ in order to regain public trust

In a report listing details on how the financial industry can reform effectively, a ‘banker oath’, similar to the Hippocratic Oath for doctors, has been recommended in order to uphold levels of financial behaviour. The report, entitled Virtuous Banking: Placing ethos and purpose at the heart of finance, by...


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Call to save tigers from extinction on International Tiger Day

Today’s International Tiger Day marks its fourth year and highlights the drastic action needed to protect tigers in the wild that are increasingly at risk of extinction. The day aims to promote tiger protection and conservation and raise awareness on the depleting numbers of tigers in the wild. It...


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Matalan criticised for refusing to donate to Rana Plaza compensation fund

Clothing retailer Matalan has been targeted by campaigners for failing to donate money to a compensation fund for victims of the Rana Plaza factory disaster. On April 24 2013, the factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed 1,129 garment workers and injured more than 2,500. The factory supplied many goods to...


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Thinktank calls for creation of ethical community bank network

The thinktank Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is calling for regulation to be relaxed in order to allow for the creation of a network of ethical community banks. The organisation argues this could prevent millions turning to high cost credit. The comments come after the government proposed plans to...


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Wildlife crisis fuelling child slavery – study

The rapid decline of wildlife as food source in poor countries means that more children are needed for cheap labour to find food, causing social tensions to rise, according to a new study. New research published in the journal Science has suggested the existence of a link between wildlife...


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EU-US free trade deal at odds with government guidelines to ‘buy British’, say campaigners

David Cameron has come under fire from campaigners who say new guidelines for UK government and public sector organisations to commit to buying local produce, undermine the EU-US free trade deal. Earlier this week the government announced a new food and drink buying standard which means central government will...


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