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Frequency of heatwaves in urban areas on the rise

A new study has found that the world’s urban areas are increasingly experiencing heatwaves, potentially leading to huge issues for public health and infrastructure. The research, which has been published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that prolonged periods of extreme hot days have significantly increased in over...


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General election: Green Party turns to the crowd to raise funds

As the general election draws nearer and the campaigning starts, the Green Party have turned to crowdfunding as an innovative way to raise funds and their political profile, whilst offering voters more choice. In the last three months 64 Green Party parliamentary candidates have used Crowdfunder to gather support,...


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World can meet climate targets and live well, finds government initiative

The world can cut carbon emissions and limit global temperature increase to 2C whilst still prospering and maintaining lifestyles, according to new online tool the Global Calculator, a project led by the UK government. The initiative uses data reviewed by over 150 international experts and concludes that the world...


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Climate change pushes doomsday clock closer to midnight

Climate change and nuclear proliferation have led to scientist deciding to move the symbolic doomsday clock closer to midnight signalling growing threats to humanity and the earth. The clock now reads three minutes to midnight. The doomsday clock was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists...


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Supermarkets and government called on to encourage sustainable food

Both food retailers and the government must work to encourage sustainable food consumption and cut down on waste if the UK is to have a sustainable food supply in the face of environmental and health challenges, according to MPs. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, argues that government,...


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Food diversity vital for adapting to climate change

Maintaining genetic diversity within the world’s food supply is vital to ensuring that humankind can preserve crop yields and adapt to climate change, however, a warming world places diversity at risk, a paper from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned. The paper notes that agriculture, fisheries,...


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Richest 1% on track to own more than all the rest by 2016

Global inequality has been labelled as “simply staggering” after it was revealed that the wealthiest 1% is set to own more than the rest of the population combined by 2016. A report published by charity Oxfam, entitled Wealth: Having it all and wanting more, found that the wealth gap...


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Human activity risking life on Earth, warn scientists

A group of scientists have warned that human activity is destabilising the Earth system that we depend on, with four of the nine planetary boundaries now being crossed, potentially leading to serious risks and dangers. The researchers explain that the planetary boundaries concept, first published in 2009, identifies nine...


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General election: Greens call on party leaders to support TV debate bid

The Green Party has called on other political parties to support their bid to be involved in TV debates in the run up to the general election in May following a decision by Ofcom that would see them excluded. In a letter to Labour leader Ed Miliband, Liberal Democrat...


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Allow building on green belt land to ease housing crisis, says report

A new report from think thank The Adam Smith Institute argues that the housing crisis in metropolitan areas, and particularly London, should be solved by reforming England’s planning system to allow new homes to be built on green belt land. The report – The Green Noose: An analysis of...


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General election: Cameron to refuse TV debates if Greens are excluded

Prime minister David Cameron has said that he will refuse to take part in TV debates in the run up to the general election in May if the Green Party is excluded. The comment comes after media regulator Ofcom published its consultation on the political parties it lists as...


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Shell agrees £55m payout over Niger Delta oil spill

Oil giant Shell has agreed to a £55 million settlement with residents of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta over two oil spills that occurred in 2008 and 2009. The spills caused environmental devastation and particularly affected fisherman in the area, with 15,600 being impacted. Each individual affected...


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UN’s Ban Ki-moon: we must act on climate change now

The whole world must be engaged and take action to curb climate change now if we are to avoid crossing the agreed 2C warming limit, the secretary-general of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, has said during a speech in Lima, Peru. The remarks have been made at the 20th Conference...


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Report calls on researchers to step-change to address world challenges

If the world is to address the serious environmental, social and economic challenges it currently faces than a step-change in research is needed, according to a new report. The report – Strategic Research Agenda 2014 – has been published by Future Earth, a global research platform that brings together...


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Helen Mirren and Michael Palin amongst celebrities backing #GivingTuesday

Celebrities, businesses and charities have signed up as partners to the UK’s first #GivingTuesday, part of a global campaign designed to promote giving in the run up to the festive period. #GivingTuesday falls directly after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, days that are associated with pre-Christmas consumerism. The global...



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