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Campaign group calls for end of imported horsemeat from non-EU countries

A campaign group has raised concerns over the safety of horsemeat imported to Europe from non-EU countries. The Humane Society International (HSI) renewed the call after concerns horsemeat with drugs banned in the EU for human consumption could be entering the food chain. Thursday marked the four-year anniversary of...


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Key scientists call for ‘radical action’ on drug resistant malaria

A new strain of malaria, resistant to drug treatments, has already spread through south-east Asia and has now reached the Cambodia-Thailand border, causing panic at the potential of an international epidemic. In a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists have called for “radical action” in...


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Indian landslide claims 30 lives with more than 160 still trapped

A devastating landslide in the town of Malin, India, has caused 30 deaths. Rescuers worked through the night after torrential rain bought large pieces of the hillside down on the village early on Wednesday. Reports have been trickling in about a landslide in the village of Malin, in the...


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Farmers affected by climate change could be helped by new resilient rice

Erratic weather such as droughts and flash floods is affecting agriculture in south Asia, but livelihoods of farmers could be improved with the introduction of new rice seeds that are resilient to changing weather patterns. Climate change is increasingly making farmers think about their future. Changing weather patterns in...


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Investors urged to divest from firms involved in Israeli occupation, as Gaza violence escalates

As the conflict in Gaza intensifies with no end in sight, campaigners are urging investors of all types to ditch their holdings in companies profiting from the Israeli occupation. The violence caused further international outrage on Wednesday, after artillery fire hit a UN-run school housing refugees, killing 16. The Palestinian...


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Furniture diverted from landfill as B&M announce partnership with Shelter

Waste management specialist Bagnall & Morris (B&M) will now supply homelessness charity, Shelter with unwanted furniture to support people in need and protect the environment. B&M Waste Services will donate furniture that is collected when they offer their clearance service to clients. The furniture will then be restored by...


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Up to £3.7m in pay and share incentives for Centrica new boss

Utility company owner of British Gas, Centrica, has announced its new chief executive will receive a basic salary of £925,000 and a range of incentives – still less than the amount earned by previous boss Sam Laidlaw. Iain Conn, who will join from January 2015 and previously worked for...


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Divestment: University of London’s school freezes fossil fuels investment

London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has temporarily frozen its investment in fossil fuel companies and said it would explore the possibility of full divestment, following a campaign from more than 600 students calling for cutting ties with firms blamed for climate change. SOAS has become...


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Foreign secretary warns of Ebola Virus risk to UK

UK foreign secretary Phillip Hammond has this week confirmed the UK government is taking measures ahead of the possibility of the Ebola Virus hitting UK shores, which has already killed 670 people in West Africa. Talking to the BBC, Hammond confirmed that so far no Britons had been infected...


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Philips and Unite Students in a £21m LED partnership to reduce carbon footprint of student housing

Leading developer of student accommodation, Unite Students has announced a £21 million energy efficiency partnership with technology company Philips. The deal will help reduce the carbon footprint of Unite Students and reduce energy consumption in student properties. Philips and Unite Students will together install energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED)...


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Theodore Van Kirk, last surviving Enola Gay crew member, dies aged 93

The last surviving member of the crew of the Enola Gay, the US bomber that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima to effectively end the second world war, has died aged 93. Theodore ‘Dutch’ Van Kirk, the navigator of the Enola Gay, died of natural causes on Monday at...


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Ofgem announces plans to reduce electricity bills through new price controls

Energy regulator Ofgem has announced proposals that could see average savings for household energy bills of £12 per year. The proposed price controls for five electricity network operators in the UK will mean their spending is capped at £17 billion to maintain the electricity network. Maintenance and upgrades of...


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Sustainable ‘hobbit home’ in Wales faces demolition

Pembrokeshire council has said that a hand built eco-home of a couple who did not apply for planning permission has to be demolished, despite the support of 100,000 people asking for the place to be saved. Megan Williams and Charlie Hague built the house with a £12,000 budget and the...


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National Trust sees hydropower return after more than 130 years to Victorian site

Actor Robson Green launched the return of hydropower at the large country house, Cragside, on Tuesday. The green energy installation moves forward with the National Trust goal of generating half its energy from renewables by 2020. The Victorian house, nestled in the countryside of Northumberland, was the first house...


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New Zealand’s glaciers show decline due to global warming

The Southern Alps mountain range in New Zealand has seen a loss of ice volume by 34% since 1977. Researchers have blamed the rapid loss on rising global temperatures and say this is a growing trend. Researchers looked at data taken from the annual summer surveys by the National...


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