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Government survey finds support for fracking has fallen to 24%

A survey released on Tuesday by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has contradicted findings from a trade body earlier this week. The new poll found less than a quarter of Brits said they support shale gas extraction, a decline since the previous survey in March. The...


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Thousands plan to protest against Cuadrilla fracking in Lancashire

Environmental campaign group No Dash for Gas is organising a protest against energy firm Cuadrilla’s plans to drill for shale gas in the area, with hundreds expected to attend. The organisation will be holding an action camp near Blackpool from August 14 – 20. The group will run a...


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London Mayor Boris Johnson tips MP Zac Goldsmith to replace him at City Hall

Environmentalist and Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has been urged by the outgoing Mayor of London Boris Johnson to run for the position, as Johnson bids to return to the Houses of Parliament. The MP for Richmond Park, Goldsmith is one of Westminster’s wealthiest members. The outspoken MP has a...


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Clare Lissaman to moderate Sustainable September retail debate

Clare Lissaman, ethical and fair trade consultant and co-founder of organic menswear brand Arthur & Henry, will moderate Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September’s retail debate. The event, which will take place at the Royal Geographical Society on September 10, will bring together some of the leading thinkers on international trade and...


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Air traffic growth set to undermine carbon reduction measures – study

As more and more people continue to fly and airlines do all they can to get ticket prices down, this is continuing to have a negative effect on the environment. New research has found even if controversial measures are put in place, carbon reduction efforts will still be outweighed...


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Millions told to evacuate as typhoon Halong hits Japan

Typhoon Halong hit southwest Japan at around 9pm Greenwich Mean Time on Saturday. There are severe weather warnings in place for most of the country and nearly 1.5 million people in western Japan have been issued evacuation notices. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon hit Aki, Kochi prefecture,...


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Ex-hurricane Bertha brings strong winds and floods to the UK

As the remnants of tropical storm Bertha began to hit parts of the UK on Sunday morning, the Met Office is advising people to ‘be aware’. Flood warnings are in place for parts of the UK, with a yellow weather warning for wind and rain over the midlands and...


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The ethics of elephants in tourism, global guide released

Ethical online travel agent, reponsibletravel.com released a global guide on elephant welfare in the tourism industry on Monday. The guide aims to help travellers make informed decisions when booking trips involving experiences with elephants. In the world’s first online guide, Elephants in tourism – right or wrong? addresses issues...


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Tornado strength and frequency could be linked to climate change – study

More severe, multiple tornadoes are ravaging the US than in previous years, a study has found. New research by lead author Professor James Elsner, from Florida State University, has found these destructive vortexes could be linked to global warming. Published this week in the journal Climate Dynamics, Elsner explains...


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Global warming could to be to blame for mysterious Siberian crater

After a 30 metre mystery crater was discovered in July by a helicopter pilot, many in the scientific community have been confused by its appearance. There have been suggestions of a missile explosion, meteorite and of course alien claims. However, Russian scientists have now said the most likely cause...


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Animal testing on dogs, cats and primates on the rise in Scotland

Campaigners have expressed their dismay as new data has revealed a dramatic increase in experiments involving certain animals in Scotland in 2013. Figures show an increase of testing on animals including dogs, cats, horses and primates since 2012. The figures show, compared to 2012, a 61.7% increase in dogs...


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After effects of hurricane Bertha could see severe weather in the UK

An ex-hurricane from the US could bring tropical storms to the UK on Sunday and Monday, meteorologists have warned. Southern parts of the UK are expected to see flooding and stormy conditions. The public has been encouraged to check forecasts regularly over the next 24 hours, as some Met...


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Ebola: from ‘West African outbreak’ to ‘international epidemic’ – what the papers are saying

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been occupying headlines across the media spectrum, with some pandering to fears of a global epidemic and others concentrating on the victims, which has now claimed the lives of over 900 people. Here’s how the papers have been reporting on the subject....


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Campaigners call for tourism conference boycott over captive dolphin experiences

Campaigners are calling on tourists to boycott the travel conference TBEX 2014, because it offers attendees the chance to sign up for controversial captive dolphin tours. TBEX is a conference that brings together travel bloggers, journalists and travel industry professionals from across the world. Said to be the world’s...


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Middle East in crisis: Obama sanctions Iraq airstrikes as Gaza violence resumes

The Middle East is again engulfed in conflict as US president Barack Obama has ordered airstrikes against Iraqi militants and the ceasefire in Gaza has ended.  Obama has authorised targeted strikes on Islamic State (IS) fighters to protect threatened religious minorities and US interests. The announcement comes as thousands...


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