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Coal company ‘exploited’ Ebola crisis for corporate gains

Public health experts have blasted the world’s largest private coal firm after revelations it exploited the Ebola crisis, which killed 11,000 people in West Africa, for its own commercial gains. Peabody Energy, which has revenues of just below $7bn, is accused of using the crisis to rebrand fossil fuels...


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Pay bankers the same as civil servants, says former Tory strategist

David Cameron’s former director of strategy has suggested the government overhaul executive pay rules within the banking industry, a move that would see bankers’ pay fall in line with civil servants. Steve Hilton, a former aid to David Cameron made the remarks in an interview with the BBC, suggesting...


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60th Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in eco-friendly Vienna

The famous song contest is being held in Vienna this year, following the success of Austrian Conchita Wurst last year. The city has already excellent green credentials but is keen to push sustainability on the top of the agenda for visitors. Earlier this year, Vienna was ranked the most...


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Co-op Group members vote to continue funding political parties

55% of those who voted have backed continuing subscription fees to Labour’s sister party, the Co-operative Party. With a potential electorate of 2.8m, the votes cast was just over 88,000. The future of the Co-operative party was hanging in the balance on Saturday as 2.8m...


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Blue & Green and GreenWise Business create sustainable publishing powerhouse

Sustainability titles Blue & Green Tomorrow and GreenWise Business unite to create independent sustainable publishing powerhouse. GreenWise Business founder Louise Bateman is to become editor of Blue & Green, as title launches £260,000 Crowdcube share offer. Blue & Green Tomorrow, the fastest-growing sustainable lifestyle magazine in the UK, and...


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Pope Francis: care for creation, sustainable development and climate change

Pope Francis will write a letter to 1.2bn Catholics all over the world, emphasising the importance on sustainable living, eradicating poverty and calling on world leaders to address climate change. The pope has been critical of high profile issues in the past. He has spoken out against the dangers...


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Former Tory minister Gregory Barker joins the Climate Group’s board of trustees

Ex- minister for energy and climate change Greg Barker has become a trustee of the Climate Group – an international organisation focused on making businesses aware of low-carbon opportunity to fight climate change. Barker served under the last conservative government but stepped down in 2014 following cabinet reshuffle and...


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May takes tough stance on Med migrants

Theresa May is on a collision course with EU leaders over a quota scheme for EU countries to take an equal share of migrants coming to Europe through the Mediterranean region. The Home Secretary said she “disagree with the suggestion by the EU’s high representative” Federica Mogherini that migrants...


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Amber Rudd: Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Amber Rudd was appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 11 May 2015. She was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change from July 2014 until May 2015. She was elected Conservative MP for Hastings & Rye on 6...


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EU to propose quota scheme for member countries to take in refugees

The European Commission is set to discuss a new proposal that would require EU member states to equally share immigrants who come to Europe through the Mediterranean. The scheme is a direct consequence of the indignation and political controversy that arose after more than 900 people who were crossing...


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#GE2015: Greens retain seat but criticise voting system

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has retained the party’s only seat in Brighton Pavilion and the party has recorded a record number of votes. However, the party has criticised the current voting system, labelling it “unfair and outdated”. Lucas has grown her majority in Brighton Pavilion by 11% and...


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General election: attention given to sustainability in campaigns criticised

Sustainability and environment professionals have criticised political parties for the lack of attention they are giving sustainability issues despite their impact on a range of areas, from health to the economy. In a poll conducted by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), 89% of respondents said they...


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Charity Bank supports organisation aiding deaf community

The East Lancashire Deaf Society (ELDS) will be able to boost its work in helping young deaf people improve their employment prospects after Charity Bank has provided a £150,000 loan. Charity Bank lends exclusively to charities and social organisations and its latest loan to ELDS will be used to...


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General Election: sustainability professionals call for Nature and Wellbeing Act

The next UK government must implement a Nature and Wellbeing Act to rebuild natural capital, according to sustainability professionals. The survey comes ahead of the general election next month. The survey, conducted by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), asked almost 650 environment and sustainability professionals on...


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Climate will irrevocably change unless bold action is taken, scientists warn

Unless world leaders take bold climate action this year a number of tipping points could be crossed, resulting in a “vastly different climate” and far-reaching, devastating consequences, scientists have warned. In a written statement 17 scientists have set out their argument for climate action as well as eight key...