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Dawns by Hernán Piñera via FLickr

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...


Beef! by Michael Cannon via Flickr

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...


IMG_8110 by Dave Johnston via Flickr

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...


Seafood City West Covina Front by John Bravo via Flickr

UK seafood shoppers choose Sustainability over Price and Brand

According to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), UK shoppers are more concerned with preserving the oceans than price and brand when buying seafood   In fact, over half (52%) of British seafood consumers are willing to pay more for certified sustainable seafood – specifically, up to 11% more on MSC-labelled...


Climate Change Follow up Conversation by Maryland via Flickr

World’s largest carbon producers face allegations of Human Rights

Companies responsible for the majority of fossil fuel products that have been manufactured, marketed, and sold since the industrial revolution have been ordered to respond to a legal petition that triggered the first-ever national human rights investigation concerning climate change. The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR)...


Bristol City V Gloucester City by Libby via Flickr

Ashton Gate stadium joins Bristol’s solar revolution

Solar PV panels designed to reduce the stadium’s carbon emissions by 20% have been installed to Ashton Gate Stadium, The stadium is home to Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby Club, and has made a promise to deliver a modern, multi-use stadium to make Bristol proud. The solar PV partnership with the...


letters by liz west via Flickr

‘Stop Hinkley’ Campaign writes to new Secretary of State

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has written to the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ask him to stamp his own mark on energy policy by ditching proposals for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.   Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffery said: “Now even the financial...


Cambridge University by foshie via Flickr

University of Cambridge to lead Protocol Application Program

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), a part of the University of Cambridge dedicated to building strategic leadership capacity to tackle critical global challenges, will lead the Protocol Application Program on behalf of the Natural Capital Coalition.   With increasing pressure on natural resources and the accompanying impact...


rflag1 by CJF20 via Flickr

Safe Houses and Jobs provided for LGBTI Refugees

Micro Rainbow International CIC selected as semi-finalist in European Social Innovation Competition supporting integration of LGBTI refugees and migrants in the UK   Micro Rainbow International CIC (MRI) has been selected from over 1,000 applicants from 36 countries as a semi-finalist in the 2016 edition of the European Social...


BBC Logo at Broadcasting House by m0gky via Flickr

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...


Solar Panels by Kevin Dooley via Flickr

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...


Museum of Silesia by Kris Dud via Flickr

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...


Parliament by Mark Kent via Flickr

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,...


2492-Cuatro Torres en La Castellana (Madrid) by Jose Luis via Flckr

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...


Fukushima river by bluXgraphics via Flikr

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...