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Rwandan “Maraba” Coffee Co-Operative Celebrates 15 year Partnership

A coffee co-operative in the formerly war-torn country of Rwanda is celebrating a fruitful 15 year partnership with Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, based in East London. Since the Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa Co-operative started working with Union in 2002, it has enjoyed an almost five-fold increase in green (exportable) coffee. As...


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Activists Occupy British Museum as Celebs Urge New Director to Drop BP

Today, theatrical campaign group BP or not BP? have taken over the Great Court of the British Museum with a ‘disobedient exhibition’ about the Museum’s controversial sponsor, BP. The 20-strong group arrived at 11am and set up the exhibition – called ‘A History of BP in 10 Objects’ –...


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Ecolab Headlines Inner Circle 2016

More than 75% of tourism operators in Asia Pacific have high business risks related to water scarcity, according to data to be discussed at Inner Circle 2016, a global sustainability and responsible tourism forum to be hosted by EarthCheck on 21-22 April 2016 at Alila Seminyak, Bali. The data...


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Unilever Drops IOI: Greenpeace Indonesia Comment

Unilever has announced that it has begun cancelling its contracts with Malaysian palm oil producer and trader IOI. The IOI Group, including its trading division IOI Loders Croklaan, was last week suspended by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil following a year-long investigation into deforestation and community conflicts at...


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Winter Flooding: Nearly 250 Million of Damage Caused to Roads and Bridges

Nearly £250 million in damage was caused to key infrastructure like roads, bridges, public rights of way, and drainage systems by this winter’s flooding, new research reveals. A snapshot analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA), published three months on from the flooding, estimates local authorities have so far...


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Apple Steps Up on Conflict Minerals

This week, Apple released a new report that revealed the company had taken several groundbreaking steps to combat the deadly in trade in conflict minerals. Four minerals used in electronics, jewelry, and other products – gold, tin, tantalum, and tungsten – have helped fund armed conflict in the Democratic...


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£2 million Milestone for Bristol Energy Co-op’s Solar Crowdfunding Campaign

Bristol Energy Cooperative (BEC) is celebrating reaching an impressive £2 million to bring the renewables revolution to Bristol and the South West. Thanks to huge support both locally and nationally, BEC’s solar projects are even closer to reality with investors raising record sums in this exciting crowdfunding campaign. This...


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UK Government’s Healthy Eating Guidelines Recommend Sustainable Fish

Following a recent update, the UK government’s official healthy eating guidelines now recommend that consumers choose fish from sustainable sources, including Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified seafood. The EatWell Guide, produced by Public Health England, gives official recommendations on which foods should be eaten for a healthy, balanced diet....


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Scottish Renewables Well Ahead of Target

Reacting to the release of official figures which show that renewable energy met 57.7% of Scotland’s electricity demand in 2015, Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “This is great news and an important step in creating a fossil-free Scotland.  Despite the UK Government’s ideological...


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Monte Plata: The Caribbean’s Largest Solar Array Goes Live

Monte Plata, a 33.4 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar array located on the Dominic Republic was officially inaugurated today in the presence of the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina. The project is the largest in the Caribbean and was designed and deployed by Phanes Group, the international solar...


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UK-GBC Response to Closure of the Zero Carbon Hub

Commenting on today’s announcement of the closure of the Zero Carbon Hub, Richard Twinn, Policy Advisor with the UK Green Building Council, said: “It’s incredibly disappointing to see the closure of the Zero Carbon Hub, although sadly not a shock given the direction of travel in terms of policy. The...


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Government Figures Show Renewables Breaking New Records and Electricity Bills Coming Down

New official figures released today highlight the record performance of renewable energy over the past year. Renewables are playing a central role in powering Britain’s homes, business and factories – and fuel bills are falling. The data, from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, show that in 2015...


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Brits Want More Action to Tackle Climate Change

A large proportion of UK adults (75%) think more needs to be done to tackle climate change, and have had their opinion changed by the events of last year, according to a new study from Triodos Bank. Three months on from some of the worst UK floods in a...


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BSCI and ICS: Merger of Social Compliance Initiatives Successfully Enters Final Phase

The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) – supporting 1,700 retail, brand and importing companies to improve working conditions in factories and farms worldwide- and Initiative Clause Sociale (ICS) -representing 20 major French and Belgian retailers working to improve sustainability in global supply chains- are pleased to announce that following...


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Statement: Zac Goldsmith’s Transport Manifesto Launch

 In response to Zac Goldsmith’s transport manifesto commitments on clean air, ClientEarth lawyer, Alan Andrews said: “It’s great that Zac Goldsmith wants a clean air revolution to tackle the public health crisis of air pollution in London. We welcome his commitment to making London’s air an absolute priority. He...