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Coral reefs ‘will be overwhelmed by rising oceans’ 23 Jun 5:21pm Coral reefs ‘will be overwhelmed by rising oceans’
Study finds fragile marine ecosystems cannot grow fast enough to keep pace with sea levelsScientists have uncovered a new threat to the world’s endangered coral reefs. They have found that most are incapable of growing quickly enough to compensate for rising sea levels triggered by global warming. The study suggests that reefs – which are
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Green energy feels the heat as subsidies go to fossil fuels 23 Jun 7:34am Green energy feels the heat as subsidies go to fossil fuels
Community projects can slash household bills but the sector has ground to a halt in Britain – in contrast with schemes in EuropeThe number of people generating their own power has almost flatlined, with only one new group formed in the UK last year, according to the body representing grassroots energy organisations. Cuts to subsidies for homeowners to install solar panels and a “hostile planning approach” that has in effect banned new wind turbines are behind the “wholesale decline”,
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Living next door to 17 million chickens: 23 Jun 3:00am Living next door to 17 million chickens: "We want a normal life"
Ukrainian villagers living in the shadow of Europe’s biggest chicken farm are fighting back – not just against the company but the development banks funding it The locals call this area the Ryaba-land. That’s the name of the chicken brand Nasha Ryaba under which MHP – the largest poultry company in Ukraine and the owners of Vinnytsia farm - sells poultry meat in supermarkets. There are more chicken sheds than houses here. Even the village signs bear the MHP brand. There are, as is so often the case, tensions between the industrial farms and the villagers. But in this case, anger is focussed not just on the company, but on their funders – the big international development banks that hand out public money.
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Are some landlords bending energy efficiency rules? 23 Jun 2:00am Are some landlords bending energy efficiency rules?
Renting out properties with bad insulation and heating has been prohibited since April Are some landlords and agents fiddling new rules that ban them from letting out properties that are poorly insulated and inefficiently heated? Since the start of April, landlords have been prohibited from renting out “sub-standard” houses and flats, which, in this context, means those that don’t meet
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