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UK: IKEA to pay above living wage by 2016

IKEA has said that it is to be the first national retailer in the UK to pay all of its 9,000 workers significantly above the 'living wage' rate recently announced by the government as the new mandatory minimum.

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Bill Gates will invest $2bn in renewables in the next five years

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said that innovation will be the key to solving climate change, and has pledged to invest $2bn in developing renewable energy technologies over the coming five years. He said that he is already investing in companies working on battery storage, next-generation nuclear, solar and wind power, and carbon capture.

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Australia: Business, unions and NGOs join forces over climate change

Four of Australia's biggest business lobby groups have joined an alliance with unions, investors and campaigning NGOs to call for more robust policies to take the country towards reducing the impact of climate change.

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Papua New Guinea: Big palm oil firms investigating breach of deforestation commitments

Cargill and Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) have said that they will review allegations that a supplier, a subsidiary of Eagle High Plantations Tbk, had continued a programme of deforestation in Papua New Guinea in contravention of sustainability commitments.