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Parliament backs plain packaging. Big tobacco fights back.

Despite securing the overwhelming support of the British people and Members of Parliament in a vote yesterday, big tobacco is looking to fight the introduction of plain or standardised packaging. Yesterday in Parliament 367 MPS voted for plain or standardised packaging with 113 against. This follows a similar vote...


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Researchers link climate change to Syrian conflict

A new study has suggested that climate change was amongst the reasons for the Syrian uprising in 2011, as the worst drought ever recorded in the region destroyed agriculture in the northern part of the country. The research, which has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National...


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Vote for Policies launches ahead of General Election

Vote for Policies, an online service that allows people to see which party their views most align with, has launched its 2015 edition ahead of the General Election in May. The site aims to engage with five million voters before polls are cast. Vote for Policies presents users with...


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Ed Davey: political consensus on climate change can deliver ‘real progress’

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has said that “real progress” on climate change can only be achieved if there is political consensus, leadership and trust between parties. The comments follow a new joint climate agreement between the three main parties. On Saturday it was announced that David...


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Scientist raises concerns over hostile geoengineering

Senior US climate scientist Professor Alan Robock, from Rutgers University in New Jersey, has expressed concern the geoengineering, manipulating the climate, could be used as a weapon in the future. Geoengineering involves manipulating the climate in order to reduce the negative effect of climate change. Scientists believe there are...


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London named second most sustainable city in world

London has been named the second most sustainable city in the world, beaten only by Germany’s Frankfurt, in an index that explores social, environmental and economic sustainability challenges and solutions. The Sustainable Cities Index, from Arcadis, examined 50 cities from 31 countries and ranked each one across three pillars...


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OECD: social impact investing ‘increasingly relevant’

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has described the growing social impact investment market as “increasingly relevant”. However, in a report the organisation adds that evidence of the sector achieving its aims is needed if it is to reach its potential. Social impact investing involves investors looking...


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Frequency of heatwaves in urban areas on the rise

A new study has found that the world’s urban areas are increasingly experiencing heatwaves, potentially leading to huge issues for public health and infrastructure. The research, which has been published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that prolonged periods of extreme hot days have significantly increased in over...


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General election: Green Party turns to the crowd to raise funds

As the general election draws nearer and the campaigning starts, the Green Party have turned to crowdfunding as an innovative way to raise funds and their political profile, whilst offering voters more choice. In the last three months 64 Green Party parliamentary candidates have used Crowdfunder to gather support,...


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World can meet climate targets and live well, finds government initiative

The world can cut carbon emissions and limit global temperature increase to 2C whilst still prospering and maintaining lifestyles, according to new online tool the Global Calculator, a project led by the UK government. The initiative uses data reviewed by over 150 international experts and concludes that the world...


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Climate change pushes doomsday clock closer to midnight

Climate change and nuclear proliferation have led to scientist deciding to move the symbolic doomsday clock closer to midnight signalling growing threats to humanity and the earth. The clock now reads three minutes to midnight. The doomsday clock was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists...


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Supermarkets and government called on to encourage sustainable food

Both food retailers and the government must work to encourage sustainable food consumption and cut down on waste if the UK is to have a sustainable food supply in the face of environmental and health challenges, according to MPs. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, argues that government,...


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Food diversity vital for adapting to climate change

Maintaining genetic diversity within the world’s food supply is vital to ensuring that humankind can preserve crop yields and adapt to climate change, however, a warming world places diversity at risk, a paper from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned. The paper notes that agriculture, fisheries,...


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Richest 1% on track to own more than all the rest by 2016

Global inequality has been labelled as “simply staggering” after it was revealed that the wealthiest 1% is set to own more than the rest of the population combined by 2016. A report published by charity Oxfam, entitled Wealth: Having it all and wanting more, found that the wealth gap...


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Human activity risking life on Earth, warn scientists

A group of scientists have warned that human activity is destabilising the Earth system that we depend on, with four of the nine planetary boundaries now being crossed, potentially leading to serious risks and dangers. The researchers explain that the planetary boundaries concept, first published in 2009, identifies nine...




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