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Majority of public unaware of scientific climate consensus

A new poll has highlighted the lack of effective communication between the scientific community and the public. Just one in nine people are aware of the strengthening consensus on man-made climate change, it revealed. The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which commissioned the survey, said the findings carry...


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If public vote for policies, not personalities, Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage could lose

Both Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage have announced where they intend to stand for MP in next year’s general election, but if locals vote for policies, and not personalities or parties, both could fail. Conservative and current London mayor Johnson has revealed that he is seeking to become MP...


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Cuadrilla taking legal action against anti-fracking protest group

Energy firm Cuadrilla is taking legal action against protestors in Lancashire, with Manchester High Court to hear the case on Thursday August 28. Cuadrilla, along with 10 local landowners, is serving a “claim for possession against trespassers” to those camping on farmland at Preston New Road near Little Plumpton....


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Vote for Policies reaches crowdfunding target

Vote for Policies, an online service that encourages the electorate to cast their vote according to policies, has reached its £20,000 crowdfunding target and is now seeking to raise an additional £5,000 to add features to its site. The service presents users with a series of policies to choose...


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Homeless International to move from charity to social enterprise to help developing countries

UK’s Homeless International charity has decided to change its model in order to be able to issue loans to NGOs in Africa and Asia to build sustainable homes for communities living in slums. The charity aims to “support slum dwellers to improve their lives and find lasting solutions to...


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Bedford named the UK’s most generous town by JustGiving

Bedford has been named the UK’s most charitable town by fundraising website JustGiving, ahead of Cambridge, Reading and Bristol. The online platform has released data identifying the towns and cities that have contributed the most to its appeals, taking into account the number of donors relative to population size. ...


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Bank holiday: one in five British families can’t afford a day out to the beach

Research by charity Barnardo’s has warned that thousands of British families are simply too poor to afford paying for train fares and eating out on today’s bank holiday, as the wealth gap widens in the UK. August bank holiday has prohibitive cost for one in five British families struggling...


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French supermarket to sell ‘ugly’ fruit and veg to tackle food waste

Supermarket chain Intermarché has launched a new initiative to sell aesthetically-imperfect fruit and vegetables at a 30% discount, as a way to reduce food waste. The programme was launched by Intermarché in the city of Provins and was named ‘Les fruits et légumes moches’ (Ugly fruit and vegetables’). The...


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Simpsons’ Sam Simon rescues 400 chinchillas from fur farm

Co-founder of TV show The Simpsons has teamed up with animal rights group PETA to buy a chinchilla farm in Southern California that was about to close down – saving more than 400 animals that would have otherwise be killed. Simon, who was diagnosed with metastasised colorectal cancer in...


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Just five days left to support sustainable democracy campaign

There are just five days to support Vote for Policies crowdfunding campaign to raise money and develop a service that aims to make democracy more sustainable and inclusive. So far the campaign has raised £14,542 of the £20,000 target. Vote for Policies argues that people are left confused and...


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Food poverty is causing malnutrition in the UK

Public health experts have warned that the number of people hospitalised for malnutrition in the UK has risen by 19% because people cannot afford good quality and nutritious food. Data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has revealed that the number of people admitted to hospitals for...


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Forum for the Future’s Board of Trustees welcomes new bright individuals

Former RWE Npower CEO Volker Beckers and ethical living journalist Lucy Siegle are among the new members of sustainability not-for-profit organisation Forum for the Future’s Board of Trustees. Forum for the Future works with businesses and governments to promote sustainability at all levels and it also manages a higher...


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Green volunteers should receive council tax rebate, says thinktank

Local authorities should consider rewarding volunteers that improve parks and green spaces with a council tax rebate, thinktank Policy Exchange has suggested in a new report. The suggestion follows an earlier report from the thinktank, that said government ministers should consider a levy on living near public spaces in...


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Sustainable democracy crowdfunding campaign reaches half way point

A crowdfunding campaign that aims to support and encourage a more sustainable democracy has reached the halfway point. Vote for Polices is seeking to raise £20,000 and must now raise just over £9,000 over the next week to be successful. Vote for Policies is an online service that allows...


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Tories ‘out of touch’ with British public on renewable energy

A new poll conducted by ComRes on behalf of REG Windpower has found that almost four out of five Conservative MPs are opposed to onshore wind, while the majority of the public say they would be happy to have offshore wind in their area. Only 12% of Conservatives said...



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