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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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‘Financial innovation’ critical to renewable energy’s success – ex-minister Greg Barker

The government’s former energy and climate change minister has called for a “relentless and remorseless” push to drive down the costs of renewable energy technologies – in what proved to be one of his final public engagements in office. Speaking in London last Thursday at a breakfast meeting organised...


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Plastic bag use in England rises for fourth year running

Campaigners say the government should have acted sooner to stop the increase on plastic bag use with figures showing UK supermarkets gave out 8.3 billion bags in 2013. Wrap is a not for profit company set up to encourage resource efficiency in the UK. They published data on Tuesday,...


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Scotland could become base for UK spaceport, as today marks anniversary for Apollo 11 mission

Government plans for the UK’s first dedicated base for space planes includes Scotland as its primary location – as today marks the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, where man first touched down on the Moon. According to the plans, the commercial and industrial spaceport  would be completed by...


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£1m fund announced for Oxford sustainable transport

Oxfordshire county council has announced a boost to green transport in the county thanks to a £1 million investment through the local sustainable transport fund. The UK government created the sustainable transport fund after the ‘creating growth, cutting carbon’ white paper in 2011, which aimed to cut carbon emissions...


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UK losing £1.7 billion from reusable waste going to landfill – report

A new report highlights the lack of organisation within UK waste management, saying a more circular economy could also bring £2 billion in private investment to Britain. The study by the Green Alliance backed Circular Economy Task Force shows recycling rates only rose 0.2% between 2012 and 2013. Although...


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Social enterprise: Politicians launch Social Saturday awareness day

Politicians from each of the major parties will come together to launch the UK’s first Social Saturday in a reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday. Social Saturday, a nationwide event that will take place on September 13, will work to raise awareness of social enterprises and encourage...


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Reader survey 2014: tell us what you think to win an iPad mini, Kindle Fire or a charity donation

We want to keep writing what you want to read – whether that’s investment, energy, tourism, travel, banking, spending or other ethical and environmental issues. Our readership has quadrupled since we last conducted the survey and we’re keen to see what’s changed. We are calling on you, our readers,...


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Experts from across the globe meet to discuss sustainable tourism

The sixth International Conference on Sustainable Tourism took place from July 8 – 10 in Opatija, Croatia, where 32 scientists and experts presented their research on a multitude of topics around the challenges faced in tourism. The conference has been taking place since 2004 and is run by the...


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Ecology Building Society among those supporting Sustainable September

The Ecology Building Society is one of the organisations supporting Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September, a month long celebration of sustainability that will see visionaries from the tourism, energy, retail and investment sectors gather to share their views. The Ecology Building Society began trading in 1981 after a...


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Payday loans to be capped at 0.8% to cut cost of borrowing

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed plans to cap charges payday loan companies implement on debt – with moves that could cost the industry £420 million. The FCA has proposed a cap of 0.8%, which would mean nobody would have to pay back more than twice what they...


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Scottish-only stock market would ‘underperform’, report finds

Leading academics have created a ‘Scottish-only’ stock market index in anticipation of the Scottish independence referendum – with worrying results when it was compared to other UK equivalents. The ‘Scotsie 100’ index is made up of 100 firms that have headquarters in Scotland, but are currently quoted in London...


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Pakistani women paid $100 a month to make ‘Brazuca’ Adidas World Cup footballs

As the World Cup comes to a climactic end, Germany’s victory has been undermined by questions regarding Fifa’s choice to source its products from one of the cheapest labour markets in the world.   Figures have shown that Pakistani workers, primarily women, who were contracted to make the ‘Brazuca’...


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Tropical fish destroying marine habitats due to climate change

The migration of tropical fish, caused by ocean warming attributed to climate change, is having a harmful impact on marine ecosystems, a study has found. Due to ocean warming, tropical fish are moving towards the poles, leading to a decline in kelps and seagrass, as fish overgraze. The study,...


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