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Agricultural PPPs may be keeping African farmers in poverty, Fairtrade warns

By prioritising profits over the needs of smallholder farmers, agricultural public-private partnerships (PPS) across Africa may be worsening poverty, the Fairtrade Foundation has warned. In a new report Fairtrade, the leading global not-for-profit, warns that increasingly popular PPPs may not be the solution to global hunger and poverty that some...


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Japanese annual Taiji cove dolphin slaughter begins

Japan’s highly controversial annual dolphin slaughter, held in the waters by the town of Taiji, has officially begun. It is expected to last six months and will result in hundreds of dolphins being herded into a cove and butchered. A local official of the Taiji fisheries association, talking to...


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Sir Richard Branson set for Virgin Banking float worth £2bn

Virgin’s banking arm, estimated to be worth £2 billion by city insiders, is set to be floated on the financial markets later this year, with some hinting that the launch will come as early as October. Richard Branson’s banking firm has been performing strongly this year, with the launch...


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High court legal challenge to stop badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset fails

This year’s pilot badger cull in southern England will continue, despite a high court legal challenge by the Badgers Trust to ensure independent oversight of the techniques employed by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The cull will now continue without independent oversight, irrespective of...


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RBS SE100 announce two new awards for social enterprise schemes

The RBS SE100, a market intelligence tool for social ventures in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has announced two new awards this year, both intended to reward those who contribute specifically to social development and change. The two awards consist of ‘The Storyteller Award,’ designed to encourage...


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Court rules in favour of Cuadrilla in anti-fracking protest dispute

Manchester High Court Judge, David Hodge QC has imposed an interim injunction against a group of anti-fracking protestors in Lancashire after a court battle with gas firm Cuadrilla. Cuadrilla took up legal proceedings alongside ten local farmers earlier this week, claiming protestors were trespassing and affecting business for landowners....


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Activists to be chosen to speak at UN climate summit

Today more than 500 members of the public will hear whether they have been chosen to attend the UN Climate Summit in September. Environmental activists from 115 countries put forward their names to be considered to address issues of climate change to world leaders at the summit. The competition...


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Third largest global pension fund ABP has refused calls to divest from Israeli banks

The Dutch public employees’ pension fund ABP has ignored an appeal from activists, including South Africa’s Desmund Tutu as well as 1.8 million petition signatories, to divest from Israeli banks linked the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. The campaign has been led by Avaaz, a community pressure group...


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Britain 65th in global representation of women in politics

A new report by Counting in Women has placed the UK 65th in a global leader board that compares the political representation of women, who make up 51% of Britain’s population. The report, titled ‘Sex and Power 2014: Who Runs Britain?’ reveals that in the UK less than a...


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Samsung faces new child labour scandal at supplier factory

Just three weeks after Samsung Electronics announced it is to reduce trade with a parts supplier after revelations of child labour, the tech giant has come under fire again as another supplier factory has been accused of exploiting children. The US-based watchdog China Labor Watch (CLW) claims to have...


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Government policy failing to support community energy groups

Community Energy England (CEE) has welcomed a new report by Ofgem describing difficulties community energy groups face in connecting to the grid. However, the new group has urged the energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, to ensure progress is made with tangible results. The report, based on discussions...


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Majority of public unaware of scientific climate consensus

A new poll has highlighted the lack of effective communication between the scientific community and the public. Just one in nine people are aware of the strengthening consensus on man-made climate change, it revealed. The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which commissioned the survey, said the findings carry...


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If public vote for policies, not personalities, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage could lose

Both Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage have announced where they intend to stand for MP in next year’s general election, but if locals vote for policies, and not personalities or parties, both could fail. Conservative and current London mayor Johnson has revealed that he is seeking to become MP...


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Cuadrilla taking legal action against anti-fracking protest group

Energy firm Cuadrilla is taking legal action against protestors in Lancashire, with Manchester High Court to hear the case on Thursday August 28. Cuadrilla, along with 10 local landowners, is serving a “claim for possession against trespassers” to those camping on farmland at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton....


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Vote for Policies reaches crowdfunding target

Vote for Policies, an online service that encourages the electorate to cast their vote according to policies, has reached its £20,000 crowdfunding target and is now seeking to raise an additional £5,000 to add features to its site. The service presents users with a series of policies to choose...


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