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Badger vaccinations to be rolled out across England

Badger vaccinations could mean an end to culling as the government announces plans to roll out such schemes across England. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a devastating disease for the farming industry, with 314,000 infected cattle slaughtered in the last decade. This year it is expected to cost the taxpayer...


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M&S chief: some investors ‘highly engaged’ on sustainability but most are not

The mainstream investment community does not see sustainability as a “priority”, according to the chief executive of leading sustainability-focused retailer Marks & Spencer. Marc Bolland, who was appointed in 2010, said the majority of investors have historically “not been very interested in the agenda”. This is despite the firm’s...


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University of Oxford college praised for move towards vegan diet

Animal charities have praised a University of Oxford college on its decision to serve only vegan food for five nights a week, in order to help reduce its carbon footprint. Wadham College passed the motion at a recent students’ union meeting.  It said its aim was to help tackle...


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Rupert Murdoch invited by Scotland Yard to be quizzed on phone hacking

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who owns News International, is to be interviewed “under caution” as part of an inquiry into crimes committed by his British-based newspapers. Originally requested by detectives last year, Murdoch avoided questioning by Scotland Yard until the phone hacking scandal surrounding his former paper News of...


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Human trafficking at sporting events highlighted as World Cup continues

As the group stages of the World Cup draw to a close, a report from the US has highlighted the impact major sporting events can have on human trafficking, in terms of both forced labour and sex trafficking. The report – Trafficking in Persons – aims to be the...


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Charity Bank offers Yorkshire social enterprises ‘financial resilience’ support

Social businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber will be given financial support through a new programme established by the Key Fund the social bank Charity Bank. Recognising the need to provide help for socially-orientated start-ups, the Early Days and Changing Ways initiative aims to provide assistance through “valuable information...


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New York City’s Bill de Blasio leads drive by US mayors to stamp out inequality

The mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio is leading a coalition of US mayors advocating for greater social and economic equality in cities across the country. In an emailed statement, De Blasio argued for greater social change, saying, “We are living in a time of rising inequality...


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Calls for a ‘sugar tax’ to help cut childhood obesity

A campaign group is calling on the government to take immediate action on sugar and junk food, producing a document covering seven areas of policy that would help stop the childhood obesity epidemic in the UK. Obesity is a significant issue, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) describing childhood...


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Tickets on sale for Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September events

Tickets for five events taking place during Sustainable September, Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long celebration of sustainability, have been released to the general public. Click here to buy yours now. Events are taking place across London in each week of September – comprising of four evening debates on tourism,...


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Ambridge goes solar: Radio 4’s The Archers considers renewable energy

The writers of long-running BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers are considering incorporating a solar farm into the storyline and are being urged by the solar industry’s trade body to demonstrate best practice. The Solar Trade Association (STA) says solar’s inclusion in the show could highlight the benefits and challenges...


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Living wage project for tea farmers in Malawi launched

Measures to increase wages for those dependent on the tea industry for their livelihood  have been put forward in Malawi, after it was revealed that tea farmers sometimes get paid as little as $2 (£1.18) a day. According to the UN Environment Programme (Unep), tea production in the East...


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UK ‘sharing economy’ gaining widespread momentum – report

A new study by Crowd Companies and Vision Critical has found that the collaborative economy is becoming an increasingly important sector for consumers and is set to grow, with 23 million sharers already estimated in the UK. In the first large-scale study, more than 90,000 people were asked about their...


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Summer solstice: solar energy to thrive on longest day of the year

Saturday’s summer solstice, the longest day of the year, “is a reminder of how Britain has been celebrating the sun for over 4,000 years”, according to the solar power industry’s trade body. The sun rose at around 5am on Saturday morning and will set at 9.30pm, meaning that parts of...


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HiddenCash: US philanthropists hide money in mystery London location

A wealthy group of Californian businessmen placed money in envelopes and hid them at a mystery location in London on Saturday morning, with the public invited to take part in a hunt to find the cash. HiddenCash, as they are known on Twitter, said around £1,500 would be divided between...


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John Lewis faces calls to pay living wage to contracted cleaners

A petition calling on John Lewis to pay cleaners working at its stores the living wage – currently set at £8.80 in London and £7.65 elsewhere – has reached over 36,000 signatures. However, the retail giant has pointed out that the majority of its cleaners are contractors. John Lewis...


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