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Climate change art project in Bristol shows extent of rising sea levels

Artists, helped by community members and experts, have drown a blue chalk line across Bristol to show which parts of the city  would be underwater because of extreme weather and rising sea levels if action is not taken to mitigate the effects of climate change. A US-born artistic piece...


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Oxfordshire named ‘Social Enterprise Place’ ahead of Social Saturday

Oxfordshire has become the first county in Britain to be officially named a ‘Social Enterprise Place’ by Social Enterprise UK, in recognition of the area’s growing social economy. Social enterprises are businesses that trade with a...


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Personal happiness and healthy environment deeply interconnected, new book says

Our appetite for material things that we cannot have is seriously harming the planet’s resources according to the new book by a researcher from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The book Happier People Healthier Planet:...


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Conflict zones could place crucial crops at risk, study finds

Wild species related to our crops and are crucial as a potential future food resource have been identified in a study. However, researchers from the University of Birmingham said conflict zones could places these species at risk. Crop wild relatives (CWR) are species closely related to our crops, which researchers say...


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Scottish independence: sterling falls as investor confidence struck by Yes gains

The findings of a recent YouGov poll that confirmed the Yes campaign for an independent Scotland has edged ahead of its rival has spurred panic among businesses and consumers over financial uncertainty. The sterling has subsequently fallen to a 10-month low, down 1.1% at $1.6147 against the dollar and down...


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Council’s development opposition ‘automatically’ overturned by planning loophole

A report by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has highlighted that steep targets set for councils over the building of new homes has allowed building developers to bypass resistance from regional councils and build on greenfield sites The paper, titled Targeting the countryside, analysed and compared appeal decisions...


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UK faces ‘literary crisis’ as 1.5 million 11-year-olds unable to read properly by 2025

A campaign launched by a coalition of teachers, charities and publishers has revealed that 40% of poorer children in the UK are not proficient readers, with England now being one of the developed world’s most unequal countries in reading. A report by the campaign Read On. Get On has...


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UK to challenge bankers’ bonus cap in EU court

The UK Treasury’s objection to the proposed EU bankers’ bonus cap will be heard in the European Court of Justice on Monday. If introduced, the new rules will cap all bankers’ bonuses awarded from 2014 at a years basic salary. If shareholders approve, this may be increased to double...


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Scottish referendum: Yes campaign takes the lead

The ‘Yes’ campaign has taken the lead for the first time in the Scottish independence debate, according to a shock poll, with less than two weeks until the vote. The YouGov poll put the campaign for independence in front in a marginal 51-49 point lead, ahead of the referendum...


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Good Money Week goes live with new website

The build up to Good Money Week, a national campaign encouraging everyone to make more responsible and ethical investments and financial decisions, has begun with the launch of its new website. Some tickets are now available for a range of events taking place across the country from October 19...


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Green Party prepares to challenge Labour in battle for the left

As the Green Party conference began on Friday, its members have announced their determination to challenge both the government and the opposition – putting themselves forward as the only left wing alternative working for the common good. The party is holding its annual conference at Conference Aston in Birmingham,...


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Radio Taxis Credit Union votes to merge with London Capital

Two London credit unions are to merge and create one of the largest such organisations in England, joining together some 11,000 members. Earlier this week, members of Radio Taxis Credit Union voted unanimously to merge with London Capital Credit Union, in a move that will create a new organization...


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Ban Ki-Moon encourages people to give on the International Day of Charity

Charities play a crucial role in helping our society wherever public spending is lacking and they need support from the public now more than ever, the UN secretary-general said on International Day of Charity on Friday. The event coincides with the anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace Prize...


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Expand cities into greenbelt to solve housing crisis, says Wolfson Prize winner

The winner of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize has suggested that the UK solve its housing crisis by allowing existing towns and cities to expand into the greenbelt. David Rudlin, an urban planner, was unveiled as the winner at a gala dinner on Wednesday night, picking up a prize...


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Sir David Attenborough warns of the ‘escalating erosion of wildlife’

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough has warned, ahead of the Conference for Nature in London, that the continued destruction of the environment “threatens us all”. However, he insists we still have a chance to save it. Individual responsibility that promotes conservation and the pursuit of “game-changing” solutions to problems facing...



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