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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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Graça Machel, Bono and Tutu sign letter warning Cameron of global inequality risks

In a letter sent to prime minister David Cameron, the former wife of Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, archbishop Desmond Tutu and U2 frontman Bono, said 2015 should be a year of international development, as rising inequality will lead to future conflicts. The letter comes as a warning, as it...


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Co-operatives UK announces support for clean energy community groups

National trade body, Co-operatives UK, has announced a boost to community energy groups as their free new initiative aims to provide advice to groups through mentorship. Figures published at the start of this month show the number of community-owned renewable energy projects is rising and independent schemes are generating...


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£10m fund to reduce energy demand announced

The government has announced a fund with a budget of £20 million to help organisations and businesses in the UK reduce their carbon footprint. In a talk at the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) energy conference yesterday, energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey announced details of a £10...


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World marks first Mandela Day since former president’s death with massive litter clean-up

On July 18, people across the world are celebrating the first Mandela Day after the prominent anti-apartheid president passed away in December, with South Africans invited to pay tribute by cleaning up litter from streets. Nelson Mandela – or Madiba as he was often called – was South Africa’s...


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TTIP negotiations falter as Europe-wide opposition gains momentum

Opposition to the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and US has significantly increased, while nationwide protests are organised against the dealings in Brussels. The trade partnership has already come under heavy criticism from campaigners, who believe the move will undermine democratic procedures, consumer rights...


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Public urged to check forecasts as weekend could bring flash floods

The Environment Agency is warning of thunderstorms bringing an increased risk of flooding across England over the weekend. Thunderstorms are expected to bring torrential rain across England on Saturday and storms may continue on Sunday morning. The government is urging the public to check local forecasts as localised flooding...


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Lord Lawson’s climate sceptic thinktank forced to restructure after lobbying controversy

The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), a controversial climate-sceptic thinktank, will be forced to restructure after the Charity Commission ruled its purpose is political, not charitable. The registered charity will now launch a new political arm, funded separately from its education arm and not covered by the same regulations....


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Extreme weather prompting Google searches on climate change

A study analysing search patterns on Google has found people look up more information on climate change after periods of unusual or severe weather. It is suggested this can be further linked to political views and education. In a study due to be published in the journal Climatic Change...


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Women in leadership: companies with gender balanced teams ‘more profitable’

The business case for having a gender balanced workforce is “compelling”, according to Liz Bingham, managing partner for talent at consultants EY. Speaking at St Paul’s Cathedral three days after a vote to allow women bishops in the Church of England, Bingham said the challenge was about “getting business...


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Australia smoking rates drop as plain package cigarette laws take effect

The Australian government has recently announced a 15% reduction in the amount of people smoking, as recent policy measures enforce plain cigarette packaging laws. Figures show that in 2010, smoking was as high as 15.8%. This has dropped by 15%, to 12.8%, in 2013 among people 14 and older...


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Met Office issue heatwave warnings for the UK

Public Health England (PHE) has issued health advice as the Met Office put out heatwave alerts for many parts of England for the next few days. Temperatures are expected to rise from tonight and continue into Saturday daytime, with these reaching 32C in some places, triggering a level two...


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