Consumers being misled by labelling on ‘organic’ beauty products, report shows

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Many brands use the word organic on labels when their products are not certified as such, warns Soil Association

The makers of many “organic” beauty products have been accused of confusing and meaningless labelling, according to a new survey in which 76% of consumers admitted they felt misled.

According to the Soil Association’s recent market report, sales of organic health and beauty products swelled by more than 20% in 2016, with the market now worth about £61.2m in the UK.

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First steps on the stone road to Banbury

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Stamford, Lincolnshire Discovering that a footpath named the Jurassic Way not only glanced my door but set off from it, I decided to walk it piecemeal

It took 10 years of living here before I looked hard at my town’s Ordnance Survey map. There, like most who neglect study of their closest ground, I saw my daily familiar articulated in a diagrammatic, unfamiliar way. Here notable historic echoes inscribed alongside its present. And I discovered that a footpath named the Jurassic Way not only glanced my door but set off from it, travelling 88 miles from this old Lincolnshire town to the unlikely end of Banbury, traversing a ridge-seam of limestone that gave Stamford its stone and the route its name. Drawn, it presents like a diagonal scratch across the belly of England.

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Honour for environmental activist farmer, 83, surrounded by mines on three sides

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For 30 years anti-pollution campaigner Wendy Bowman has stood firm against mining giants, supporting other landowners under pressure to sell

Each morning just after dawn, if you stop at the top of the hill that separates the town of Singleton from the tiny village of Camberwell in New South Wales, says Wendy Bowman, “you’ll see this brown scud across the sky”.

“It doesn’t go over the ridges; it stays in the valley, going up and down all the time.” She mimes a slow sieving motion: up, down.

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From Congo child soldier to award-winning wildlife ranger – a life in danger

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Forced into the militia as a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rodrigue Katembo has now been awarded a Goldman prize for risking his life fighting to protect his country’s wildlife

As an enforced child soldier, Rodrigue Katembo saw his little brother die and had to carry the news to his mother. Now 41, he remains on the frontline – but today he protects the extraordinary wildlife in the national parks of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from armed militias.

It is exceptionally dangerous work: 160 park rangers have been killed protecting Virunga national park in the last 15 years, outnumbered 10 to one by militias and poachers. Around the world, about 1,000 rangers have died in the line of duty over the last decade. But Katembo, who is awarded the prestigious Goldman environmental prize on Monday, is resolute, despite the attacks he has endured and the risks he continues to run.

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Radio Monsoon aims to ensure safety reigns among fishermen in south India | Nicola Slawson

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With the rainy season approaching in Kerala state, a radio station is providing a low-tech forecast service to encourage 30,000 families to fish more safely

For the fisherfolk of India’s southern state of Kerala, risking life and limb is part of everyday life.

As fish stocks deplete in coastal waters because of overfishing and climate change, fishermen have no option but to venture ever further out to sea on small boats, flimsy canoes and catamarans. These modest craft are prone to accidents, especially during the monsoon season from June to August. The absence of navigational aids, radio communication or safety devices heightens the risks.

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Australian activist Wendy Bowman wins Goldman environmental prize – video

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Wendy Bowman, an 83-year-old farmer, has been awarded the Goldman environmental prize, awarded across six global regions for grassroots work. For three decades Bowman has fought the march of open-cut coalmines across the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, and helped organise her community to protect agricultural land and water

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UK’s rarest plants are at risk of extinction, charity warns

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Campaign group Plantlife unveils list of top 10 endangered species and calls for better management of road verges that have become habitats of Britain’s flora

Some of the UK’s rarest plants are at risk of extinction unless action is taken to look after the road verges that have become their final refuge, a charity has warned.

Species such as fen ragwort and wood calamint are now only found on road verges, with fen ragwort hanging on in just one native spot near a burger van on the A142 in Cambridgeshire, conservation charity Plantlife said.

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Spanish Gas Market Grows in 1Q

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Gas supplies to the Spanish market in 1Q2017 were up by 8.4% year on year, according to Enagas.

The gas grid operator that supplies to power generators increased by 16.5% to 13.5 terawatt-hours of gas (1.25bn m³) while those to residential and business users grew by 7.2% to 83 TWh (7.7bn m³).

Overall supplies in 1Q2017 to the Spanish market reached 96.5 TWh-gas (8.95bn m³), according to an Enagas bulletin released April 18. It noted that no LNG cargoes were reloaded at Spanish terminals in 1Q2017, in marked contrast to earlier this decade.

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Vitol Buys LNG from Gazprom

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Trading house Vitol has signed a multi-year LNG purchase agreement with Russian Gazprom Marketing & Trading for the annual supply of around 300,000 metric tons of LNG, from  2018.

The supply will come from GM&T’s diversified LNG portfolio, and was sold by Gazprom’s Singapore subsidiary, Vitol said April 20. No details of the contract terms or its duration were provided but they are likely to include delivery ex-ship as more cargoes are sold on the open water.

Gazprom has one LNG plant in operation, at Sakhalin, the capacity of which might be expanded. Gazprom’s other plans to build LNG export capacity, including at Vladivostok, also on Russia’s Pacific coast, have not been realised.

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Vitol Buys LNG from Gazprom

Trading house Vitol has signed a multi-year LNG purchase agreement with Russian Gazprom Marketing & Trading for the annual supply of around 300,000 metric tons of LNG, from  2018.

The supply will come from GM&T’s diversified LNG portfolio, and was sold by Gazprom’s Singapore subsidiary, Vitol said April 20. No details of the contract terms or its duration were provided but they are likely to include delivery ex-ship as more cargoes are sold on the open water.

Gazprom has one LNG plant in operation, at Sakhalin, the capacity of which might be expanded. Gazprom’s other plans to build LNG export capacity, including at Vladivostok, also on Russia’s Pacific coast, have not been realised.

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