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'Black diamonds' film sparks campaign
As the highly publicised film Black Diamonds makes its premiere in London (following its launch in the United States) human rights organisations are urging consumers to use their spending power to help stop the deadly trade in blood diamonds which fuel civil unrest and damage the environment. ... more

BP joins NGOs to help drivers neutralise carbon emissions
UK drivers can now neutralise the CO2 emissions caused by their driving through targetneutral, a non-profit making partnership initiative from the oil company BP. ... more

Ethical spending up again in UK
The Ethical Consumerism Report, which acts as a barometer of ethical spending in the UK, shows that in 2004 UK consumers spent a total of £25.8 billion in line with their ethical and environmental values, an increase of 15 per cent on the previous year. Over the same period, UK household expenditure increased by only 3.7 per cent. ... more

Honda to mass produce thin film solar cells
The Honda Honda Motor Company has announced plans to begin mass production in 2007, of an independently developed thin film solar cell composed of non-silicon compound materials, which requires 50 per cent less energy, and thus generate 50 per cent less CO2, during production compared to a conventional solar cell. ... more

Oil giants promise green investment
BP has announced that it will spend $8 billion on 'alternative energy' over the next 10 years, while Shell said it will spend $1 billion on renewablel energy over the next 5 years. But says Friends of the Earth that is still only a fraction of what these oil giants plan to spend in the continuing search for oil and gas. But these comparisons could be misleading FOE says. ... more

Honda develops plant-based fabric
Honda Motor Co. has succeeded in developing bio-fabric, a plant-based fabric with excellent durability and resistance to sunlight, for use as a surface material in automobile interiors. ... more

Supermarket wins farm-friendly award
Waitrose has been named as Britain's most farm animal friendly supermarket for the second time in succession in Compassion in World Farming's 'Compassionate Supermarket of the Year' Awards. ... more

Top companies shine in climate stakes
The Fortune 500 company, Dupont, has come top of awards made this week for companies who have done most to reduce their carbon emissions.. ... more

UK companies must come clean on carbon
Companies in the UK FTSE 100 list are saying they are committed to fighting climate change but are failing to take real action, according to a new report released today by the Carbon Trust. ... more

Malaysia promotes solar townships
by Tan Cheng Li

Solar cells are notoriously costly. But this will soon change with the launch of a project aimed at making them affordable for Malaysians. Solar energy advocate Ahmad Hadri Haris is hopeful that Malaysian property developers will warm up to the idea of developing solar townships, much like Solarsiedlung in Germany and Nieuwland in the Netherlands. ... more

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