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  • Fracking could hurt house prices, health and environment, official report says

    Defra report, published in full after freedom of information battle, admits impact on water quality and wildlife is ‘uncertain’, though possible benefits also listed

    Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time.

    Entitled Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) document was released on Wednesday after a freedom of information battle.

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  • Unesco spares Great Barrier Reef 'in-danger' listing but issues warning

    Unesco world heritage committee passes draft ruling that reef’s status remain unchanged, but says Australia must do more to prevent further damage

    The UN has ruled against listing the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”, congratulating Australia on its conservation plan but giving it five years to halt deterioration of the natural icon.

    Unesco’s world heritage committee in Germany on Wednesday unanimously passed an earlier draft ruling that the reef’s status remain unchanged but that Australia must show significant progress in pushing its plan by the end of 2016.

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  • Vatican 'may' consider divestment from fossil fuels, despite pope's call to arms

    Activist Naomi Klein, who is in an ‘unlikely alliance’ with Vatican on climate change, says she believes a possible divestment policy is under discussion

    The Vatican may consider, but is not committed to, divesting its holdings in fossil fuels, a Catholic church official has said, despite Pope Francis’s call for bold action to fight climate change and global warming.

    The statement – made at a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the pope’s recently released encyclical on the environment – is likely to disappoint climate activists, who have praised Pope Francis’s essay stressing that climate change is mostly a man-made problem.

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  • Cameron warned of Commons defeat if he fails to back Heathrow expansion

    Sir Howard Davies’s independent airports commission report makes strong recommendation for third runway at Heathrow

    Tory grandees are warning David Cameron that he will face a heavy parliamentary defeat if he fails to back a third runway at Heathrow airport, in line with the morning’s recommendation by Sir Howard Davies’s independent airports commission.

    The prime minister and the Tory chief whip, Mark Harper, have been told that the pro-Heathrow contingent in parliament – comprising a sizeable number of Tories, the Labour party, the SNP and the DUP – has a clear Commons majority.

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