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BBC Series Encourages Impressive Progress on Food Redistribution

A report shows that in between shooting episodes for BBC1 series Hugh’s War on Waste, the volume of food that FareShare food redistribution charity received from retailers and food manufacturers increased by an incredible 60%. Last year, for the second episode of the BBC series, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall visited the FareShare...


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Solar Survey Respondents Reveal Third of UK Solar Jobs Lost

A third of solar jobs have been lost in the past year and a further 30% of solar businesses are expected to cut staff in the next 12 months. The 238 solar industry firms surveyed said they collectively employed 3,665 people now compared to 5,362 a year ago, a fall...


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Report Shows Underground Coal Gasification a Hazardous Experiment

Friends of the Earth Scotland have today published a report setting out the serious dangers that Underground Coal Gasification poses in terms of climate change, local environmental impacts, and public health. The report comes in the weeks before Professor Campbell Gemmell is due to submit his review of UCG...


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Government Misses Air Pollution Report Deadline

The government has failed to report to Parliament on its planned action to address air pollution, ignoring the deadline set by a committee of MPs. In April this year, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Efra), a cross-party parliamentary group which acts as a policy watchdog for Defra,...


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Businesses Call on New BEIS Ministers to Take Responsibility

Dozens of leaders from a wide range of social enterprises and investors have written to Ministers to ask that the new team of forward thinking take on some liability for social enterprise, social investment and mutuals.   The call comes on the back of the news that the Office for Civil Society is...


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Fukushima River Radiation 200 Times Higher Than Pacific Ocean

According to Greenpeace Japan’s survey released today, radioactive contamination residing in the seabed off the Fukushima coast is hundreds of times above the levels of pre-2011, whereas contamination in local rivers is up to 200 times higher than ocean sediment. “The extremely high levels of radioactivity we found along the river systems...


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NHS Could Save £26.4 Million A Year With CHP

A report called Securing Healthy Returns, which analyses the financial value of key sustainability measures in the NHS, has declared that combined heat and power (CHP) provides the biggest energy saving opportunity. This can amount to £26.4 million per year which is enough to fund the salaries of more than...


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Rising Business Uncertainty Post-Referendum

Resolution Foundation responds to the latest labour market statistic showing business uncertainty post-vote to be a major challenge. The UK employment rate reached a new record high of 74.4 per cent in the three months to May, largely off the back of rising self-employment. With employee numbers also showing a...


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Need For More Women Working In Energy Industry

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy claims more women working in energy are needed to help meet global climate and energy challenges. On Wednesday 20 July, the Energy Institute (EI) and POWERful Women (PfW) hosted a round-table discussion on ‘the importance of women in energy’ to address the barriers facing...


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Risk Of Animal Experiments To Rise In UK After Brexit

Following Brexit, the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is concerned that hard-fought EU regulations on animal experiments could be rolled back in the UK. Decades of progress have seen the replacement of outdated animal tests with advanced non-animal techniques. Government figures released today show a rise in the number of...


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EU Emission Targets Don’t Meet Paris Agreement Goals

EU countries’ climate targets are too weak to prevent devastating climate change. According to Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, the Commission missed an important opportunity to scale up EU climate action in today’s proposal by failing to introduce a ratchet-up mechanism to increase targets over time and by refusing...


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Agriculture To Possibly Play Part In Emissions Reduction

Organic farming claims agriculture should contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions Brussels, 20 July 2016 – The organic food and farming movement welcomes the Commission’s proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in key economic sectors such as agriculture by 30% by 2030, but warns that allowing forest carbon credits...


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New Government Praised For A Solid Start On Climate Change

Christian Aid today notes the work done by the new Government as the Fifth Carbon Budget passed both Houses or Parliament just less than a week after the new Prime Minister was appointed. Responding to the successful passage of the budget through Parliament, Christian Aid’s Principal Climate Change Adviser Dr...


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1 Million UK Jobs Threatened After Complete Leadership Vacuum Post-Brexit

The UK financial services sector is yet to see a strong and able leader post-Brexit, causing UK sector competitiveness and threatened jobs, says Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). In The Review, the CISI’s quarterly member magazine, the CISI notes that for three weeks since the EU referendum on...


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Funding Announcement For Climate Change Flooding Protection

The Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, Dr Richard Dixon, has reacted to the Scottish Government funding announcement of flood protection for 10,000 homes. Dixon commented, “Today’s announcement will be welcome relief to thousands of people across Scotland who are witnessing first-hand the local weather changes brought about by...