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Millions Raised For Charities Through Plastic Bag Levy

A new analysis conducted by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) shows a “huge positive impact” on a diverse range of national and local charities as a result of the plastic bag levy. Nearly £10 million has been distributed via CAF to charities by retailers including Aldi, Marks & Spencer...


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Reaction To Controversial Proposal For New Road In Blackdown Hills

Warning issued against the potential harm that will be caused to Blackdown Hills in Devon. Campaign for Better Transport has warned against damaging the Blackdown Hills as Devon County Council opens a public consultation on building a new road. Devon County Council is proposing to replace the existing single...


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A More Competitive And Fairer Energy Market Promised By Ofgem

Ofgem has outlined its approach today to the recommendations by the Competition and Market Authority (CMA). Ofgem will implement these remedies to deliver a more competitive and fairer energy market for all consumers. The CMA’s two year investigation, which concluded last month, confirmed that two thirds of households are disengaged and...


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Study Finds Scottish Wind Farms Have ‘No Impact’ On Tourism Jobs

Wind farm developments have had no effect on the number of people employed in the tourism industry where they are located, the first independent study of its kind has found. The research, published by BiGGAR Economics, studied 18 wind farm sites across Scotland, and looked at the number of...


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Letter Signed By 200 Demanding New BP Arts Sponsorship To Be “Dropped”

214 have signed a damning letter in today’s Times calling for BP’s new 5-year sponsorship deals with the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company to be cancelled. The signatories argue, “These institutions’ decisions are badly out of step with the mood of their...


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Hinkley Point C Review Gives Somerset Opportunity To Be Sustainable Energy Hub For England

A few days have passed since the Government shocked the energy industry by revealing another review of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, a few hours after EDF had approved the project. Although we may never know exactly what has gone on behind the scenes it is clear that...


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Local Authorities Learn From Bristol’s Community Energy Showcase

Bristol City Council’s showcase event shared tools, techniques and tips from Bristol’s and the country’s top community energy experts.   Local authorities face a future of austerity and budget cuts but still have ambitious carbon targets to meet. Community energy can help address both of these challenges, whilst supporting our communities...


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Campaigners Criticise Decision To Renew BP Sponsorship Of Iconic Cultural Institutions

Campaigners vow to challenge and overturn decision by British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company to sign new £7.5 million 5-year BP sponsorship deal     Dr Chris Garrard, speaking on behalf of BP or not BP? said: ‘This will be a hugely unpopular move and wildly...


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New Code Of Practice To Implement Huge Boost For Responsible Investment

The Pensions Regulator has introduced a new code of practice and ‘how to’ guides for trustees of defined-contribution schemes. Significant progress has been made in boosting responsible investment in the UK with the publication of a new code of practice for trust-based defined-contribution (DC) pension schemes and six ‘how...


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ShareAction Calls On Pension Trustees To Step Up ESG Risk Management

ShareAction welcomes The Pensions Regulator’s new code of practice for defined contribution (DC) pension schemes, which has come into force today. The code applies to occupational trust-based schemes. Following ShareAction’s extensive engagement with the regulator over the past year, we are delighted that the code and supporting guides strengthen...


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Youth Groups Call On Catholic Institutions To Divest From Fossil Fuels During World Youth Day

An open letter signed by over 120 youth groups and urging Pope Francis to call on Catholic organisations to divest from fossil fuels and to continue his efforts to divest the Vatican, will be publicly shared by young Fossil Free organisers.   WHAT: Multi-faith vigil WHEN: Friday, July 29, 2016,...


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Food Lobby Rigs EU Sugar Laws While Obesity And Diabetes Spiral Out Of Control

As Corporate Europe Observatory’s new report ‘A spoonful of sugar’ illustrates, existing laws are being undermined and much-needed measures fought off that are vital for tackling Europe’s emerging health crisis. An increasing number of people in Europe are struggling with obesity, heart disease and diabetes linked to excessive sugar consumption....


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New film shows fishermen searching for ghost gear solutions

International charity, World Animal Protection, have launched a new film showing how fishermen are helping each other to protect their businesses from the blight of ghost gear Watch the film here Fishing litter or ‘ghost gear’ is used to describe nets, pots, lines and ropes that have been lost...


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Ban on US imported beef in Britain is lifted, but protection is still needed

As it is announced that the US ban on importing British red meat is to be lifted after nearly 20 years, Friends of the Earth argues that protection from US hormone treated beef must still remain in place. Responding to today’s announcement that the US import ban on British red...


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Londoners’ health threatened by City Airport expansion

City Airport expansion “terrible” news for Londoners’ health – say Friends of the Earth Commenting on today’s news that the Government has approved plans for City Airport expansion, Sophie Neuburg, Friends of the Earth London campaigner, said: “This is terrible news for communities in East London which are already badly-hit...