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COP21, CADBURY'S pays no corp tax, low carbon farming, Britons eat record treats, Dad’s diet effects unborn kids and call for “responsible use of antibiotics” labelling   COP21 close to agreement   After long negotiations and late nights, there is hope that ministers will reach agreement on how to limit climate change to 1.5-2ºC at…
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Temperatures to rise one degree

CLIMATE CHANGE triggered by temperatures warming by four degrees will put 5.9 million UK residents at risk from rising sea levels. A two-degree rise will threaten 3.9 million people. The findings, published by Climate Central, come as the UK’s Met Office also released new figures showing that global temperatures will likely rise more than one…
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Big firms obstructing climate policy

FORTY-FIVE of the 100 largest global industrial companies have recently been involved in directly advocating against climate policy, whilst simultaneously pushing their own sustainability credentials.                     The figures have been published by newly-formed NGO InfluenceMap, which assessed the firms on everything from climate science transparency to…
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The clock is ticking

IT'S JUST over 12 months until an international climate agreement will be thrashed out in Paris. The preambles in New York last month offered nothing new other than hope.                           Much like the other 100 or so heads of state gathered in New…
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EU is running an ecological deficit, says new Living Planet Report

A CONTINUOUSLY rising demand for natural resources and increasing levels of CO₂ in the atmosphere by a growing population are putting tremendous pressures on our planet’s biodiversity, and are threatening our future security, health and well-being, reveals the 2014 edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report – the leading biennial survey of the Earth’s health.    …
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Oceans crucial for our climate, food and nutrition

BETTER MANAGEMENT of the world's ocean resources is crucial to ensuring food global security, the FAO said during a roundtable discussion with United States Secretary of State John Kerry.               The event, "Our Ocean: Next Steps on Sustainable Fishing and Marine Protected Areas", was organized as a follow-up to this week's…
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Climate Change to affect food security

THE UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published its latest study reporting that the impact of climate change will be felt most keenly in Africa, South America and Asia predicting droughts, food shortages and a rise in diseases such as malaria.                        …
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Let’s take the lead on climate change

EXTREME WEATHER is an increasing threat to global food production but strong leadership was lacking from politicians at the UN climate conference. Foodservice now has a chance to set the agenda, says David Read.                           Few people get to experience what a farmer goes…
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Half of all food produced is wasted

UP TO A “staggering” two billion tonnes of all food produced ends up as waste.   A new report, entitled “Global Food; waste not, want not”, published by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found that as much as 50% of all food produced around the world never reaches a human stomach.   The study…
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Doha: Progress or Failure?

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS have reacted angrily to the “failure” that was the Doha climate talks, while the UK Government has called the agreement “a step forward”. Most agree, however, that the progress was modest, with a mismatch between the scale and the urgency of action required and the political will and ambition.   “This year we…
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