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GMG becomes largest fund yet known to pull out of coal, oil and gas companies in a move chair Neil Berkett calls a ‘hard-nosed business decision’ justified on ethical and financial grounds.

The Guardian Media Group (GMG) is to sell all the fossil fuel assets in its investment fund of over £800m, making it the largest yet known to pull out of coal, oil and gas companies.

The decision was justified on both financial and ethical grounds, said Neil Berkett, GMG chair: “It is a hard-nosed business decision, but it is influenced by the values of our organisation. It is a holistic decision taking into account all of those things.”
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Europe’s largest local food network is to receive almost half a million pounds of funding from the Scottish government to encourage more people to choose local and sustainably sourced food.

he Fife Diet, which has 3,000 active members, will use the £448,000 grant from the Climate Challenge Fund to measure their reduction in carbon emissions and launch an urban agriculture and forest gardening project in the region’s largest town of Kirkcaldy.

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Vienna is employing some old-fashioned technology to run shiny new electric buses wending their way through the narrow inner-city streets.

The Austrian capital is switching from buses powered by liquefied petroleum gas to a novel, first-of-its-kind fleet of electric buses that run unplugged, go anywhere, and recharge their batteries using the overhead power lines of older trams. Twelve of the buses, each of which can carry 40 passengers, are in service.

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The World Wide Fund for Nature  is on the search for a champion community to lead the UK switch off for Earth Hour.

WWF’s Earth Hour is a simple idea that’s quickly turned into a global phenomenon – hundreds of millions of people turning off their lights for one hour, on the same night, all across the planet.

But it’s not to save an hour’s electricity. It’s something much bigger. WWF’s Earth Hour – on March 31st – is about people coming together to put the focus on the world they all share and how they need to protect it. Not just for an hour a year, but every day.

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Over the next three to four decades, temperatures in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa are expected to rise about two degrees Celsius. Scientists say without immediate innovations in farming, crops will be devastated and the region will be thrown into chaos. So Rwanda is experimenting with what is already widely practiced in some neighboring countries. They are growing banana and coffee plants on the same soil to prepare for the new climate in the long term, and to grow the economy in the short term.

Frederick Musangwa has a farm in Rwanda. He grows bananas to eat, and coffee to sell. He cooks over a wood fire, and has no electricity or running water. In the past, he grew food crops to feed his family and sell in the market, and earned about $115 a year from coffee plants.  More recently, he said, he has almost tripled his income from coffee.

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For the first time, officials from Japan’s fisheries agency have publicly floated the prospect of ending that country’s whaling program in the Antarctic.

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, the Fisheries Agency of Japan (FAJ) established a review panel in April to consider whether or not Japan’s Antarctic whaling should continue, following a season in which, citing harassment by Sea Shepherd, the fleet returned home having caught just 170 of its intended 945 whales. The panel’s report was published this week; predictably, a majority of its members stated that the “whaling is justified on the basis of an international treaty. It should be continued without yielding to heinous interference.”

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Fears about food quality and desire to be close to nature fuel a growing backyard industry in Britain

They are the planet’s closest living evolutionary link to Tyrannosaurus rex and contribute hugely to our national diet, but now the humble chicken is coming into its own in Britain as the productive pet of choice.

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It’s a cold winter day and Ruth Kassinger is eating fresh kumquats that she’s just picked from a tree inside her suburban Washington home. The kumquat is among a variety of tropical plants in the sunroom Kassinger calls her conservatory.

A chance visit to the National Botanic Garden in Washington gave her the idea to build her more modest version. “I walked in and the glass doors opened and I stepped into a beautiful green lush, warm and humid jungle, and I walked around for a while, and was just stunned by how beautiful and full of life this place was.”

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Plans for eco-flats in Oxford led by TV presenter Kevin McCloud have now been recommended for approval.

Councillors at Oxford City Council voted to grant the plans at a meeting on Wednesday. They were previously turned down over parking concerns.

The proposed 40 flats at Barns Road, Cowley will include a workshop for the homelessness charity Emmaus.

A council planning meeting on 5 June approved two developments in Northway and Westlands Drive.
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New research shows that wind turbines may help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and dryer, help them fend off fungal infestations and improve their ability to extract growth-enhancing carbon dioxide from the air and soil

AMES, Iowa—Wind turbines in Midwestern farm fields may be doing more than churning out electricity. The giant turbine blades that generate renewable energy might also help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and dryer, help them fend off fungal infestations and improve their ability to extract growth-enhancing carbon dioxide [CO2] from the air and soil.

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Authorities plan to drive air pollution down to ‘near background levels’ by 2035 under radical new air quality plans

The city unveiled plans for the 2020 introduction of what it claims will be the world’s first Zero Emission Zone.

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The installation will generate decades of clean electricity for thousands of residents of the Tibetan Plateau.

Chek Kang village in the Sangri County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, will soon be home to one of the highest solar panel installations on the planet at around 4,000 meters above sea level.

The facility will generate around 20,000MWh of renewable electricity per year to help facilitate sustainable economic development in Tibet.

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