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|Tax dodging is a global
scandal. Tax raises money to fund public services, to fight poverty and to
redistribute wealth in society. Yet for many multinational companies like
Amazon, Google and Starbucks, paying tax is now often simply a matter of
Despite hitting the headlines by talking tough on tax, this government is planning new changes to the UK’s tax laws to be introduced in the Budget in March which would give a green light to big business to avoid billions in tax.
Take action now and demand George Osborne scrap his plans to give a green light to big business to avoid billions in tax
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Yet our research has exposed a very different story. Rather than tackling tax avoidance, the centrepiece of the government’s plans would have had little or no impact on some of the biggest recent tax scandals, from Amazon, Google, Starbucks all the way through to Jimmy Carr. Instead it defines tax avoidance so narrowly that it would send a clear signal to big business to keep on avoiding billions in tax.
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If the money hidden from tax authorities by rich individuals in tax havens was taxed instead it could generate £180 billion a year in tax revenue. This sum is more than twice the amount all rich countries give in aid every year. The
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The Global Theft of Land: Human Rights, Dispossession and Destruction
Wednesday 6 February 2013, 6.30-8pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building,
Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE
Speakers: Megan MacInnes, Fred Pearce, Subir Sinha
The forcible expropriation of land from people by states and corporations – ‘land grabbing’ – is occurring on a phenomenal scale and affects every continent and most countries of the ‘South’. Land grabs and the forced displacement of populations, including through state and corporate violence, have been justified through economic development, human development, the extraction of natural resources, the use of land for economic growth, among many other factors. Yet deforestation and land grabs in
This event explores land grabbing as a global phenomenon that some writers have described as a new form of ‘primitive accumulation’ and ‘accumulation by dispossession’. The origins of land grabbing and its consequences for human rights, including indirect causes related to environmental destruction and climate change, are discussed.
Home, Garden & Food
40 handy lemon tips
4 March 2011
Cleaning solutions and beauty tips for natural (and cheap) recipes you can try at home.
These tips have been contributed by volunteers from Sparked.com
Friends of the Earth can't claim to have tried all of the tips ourselves, but they're based on commonly accepted wisdom. You might want to exercise caution with tips involving ingesting lemon juice or applying it to the skin, especially if you have persistent medical conditions.
Health & Beauty
1. Hair - For extra shine, dilute 1 tsp lemon juice in a cup of water, and use to rinse your hair after shampooing.
2. Hands - Remove smells and stains with a rub of lemon juice.
3. Nails - Whiten fingernails with a rub from a wedge of lemon.
4. Rough elbows - Hold your elbow in half a lemon for a few mins, then rinse.
5. Spots - Wet a paper towel with lemon juice and apply to help treat spots and blackheads.
6. Hand wash - Make your own liquid handwash
7. Exfoliating body scrub - Mix chopped lemon peel, half a cup of sugar and olive oil into a paste. Use to exfoliate rough areas of skin such as feet.
8. Minor wounds - Dab with lemon juice to disinfect scratches and scrapes. It might sting a bit!
9. Travel sickness - Suck on a slice of lemon to help you stop feeling nauseous.
10. Laxative - Mix 2 tbsp of lemon juice and warm water, then drink.
11. Sore throat & coughs - Mix 2 tsp of lemon juice with half a tsp of honey and drink. Or mix juice and honey with hot tea.
12. Wasp stings - apply lemon juice for relief.
13. Dandruff - Mix 2 tbsp lemon juice in 2 cups of water and rinse after shampooing
14. Stained plastic - Rub plastic containers or tupperware with lemon juice to help shift food stains.
15. Stains - Remove stains from wooden chopping boards and cloths. Mix lemon juice with water, apply and rinse.
16. Mirrors - Mix 2 tbsp lemon juice with half a gallon of water for an effective mirror cleaner.
17. Grease - Straight lemon juice acts as a general degreaser.
18. Stains - Clean copper and brass with salt and lemon juice (three parts salt to one juice).
19. Microwave - Add lemon slice to small bowl of water, then microwave for 5 minutes and wipe clean.
20. Grater - Remove dried food from your grater by rubbing with the pulp side of a cut lemon.
21. Polish - Make furniture polish from 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts cooking oil.
22. All-purpose cleaner - mix equal parts lemon juice and water in a spray bottle.
23. Taps - Cut lemon into slices and leave on limescale stains around taps for 10 mins (or as long as overnight). Scrub with old toothbrush and rinse.
24. Toilet - Use lemon juice to help clean dirty toilets.
25. Windows - Make your own eco friendly window cleaner.
26. Dishes - Instead of washing up liquid, try soaking a cloth / sponge in lemon juice, give them a scrub, then rinse in warm water.
27. Mildew - Rub stained clothes with a lemon and leave in the sun for 12 hours or more.
28. Rust - Remove stains from clothes by applying lemon juice and dry under a hot sun.
29. Whiter whites - Mix lemon juice with water to whiten whites.
30. Fresh smell - A tsp of lemon juice added to your wash will make clothes smell fresher.
31. Firelighters - After cooking, use residual oven heat to bake discarded orange or lemon peels until they darken. These create natural, fragrant firelighters.
32. Pot pourri - Dry peels to add to your pot pourri.
33. Fridge - Cut lemon in half and let it absorb fridge smells.
34. Bins - Throw lemon peel in the bin from time to time to keep it smelling fresh.
35. Odour - Neutralise the smell of vinegar-based cleaning products with a small amount of juice.
Food and drink
36. Cut waste #1 - Waste less of your lemon by cutting into quarters / slices, and freeze until you need them.
37. Cut waste #2 - 'Massage' your lemon or roll it in your hands before you squeeze it to get more juice out.
38. Make food last longer - Add a squeeze of lemon to cut fruit, home made juice and salads to help them stay fresh longer.
39. Salad - For a simple, cheap and healthy dressing, blend lemon juice and olive oil.
40. Lemonade - Put juice from 3 lemons and water in blender and liquidise. Add sugar to taste. Strain, add ice and serve.
Discover practical uses for lemons, including:
- skin and hair care;
- natural remedies;
- A-Z of ailments that respond to lemons;
- eco friendly cleaning tips.
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Green your workplace
23 February 2012
Energy efficiency and sustainable consumption are key to greening your workplace.
Try our handy tips to reduce the environmental impact of your business.
Set up a Green Action Team
- Establish a project team of 3-5 staff members.
- Agree a realistic target, like increased recycling rates or switching off monitors and lights.
- Get support from management through one-to-one meetings.
- Launch your initiative with a green quiz or fun activity at a staff meeting.
- Put up posters with interesting green facts and tips.
- Ask staff to volunteer as a 'green ambassador' for their floor or team.
- Use meetings or a newsletter to regularly update staff.
- Use launch momentum to drive the next action.
- Run green inductions for new staff and volunteers. Offer a green incentive eg cloth bag.
- Extend inductions to existing staff.
Easy ways to cut waste
- Keep bins away from desks.
- Organise a simple recycling system.
- Buy recycled goods such as stationery, toilet paper, etc.
- Replace disposable products with reusable equivalents - eg drinking cups, handtowels, cutlery etc.
- If you can't avoid disposables, recycle them - Save a Cup recycles vending cups.
Think before you print
- Use recycled paper. Paperback sells lots of green office products.
- Set double-sided printing and photocopying as the default.
- Consider whether you need to print every document.
- Put up signs to make people think before they print.
- Reuse paper that's only been used on one side for printing or scrap paper.
- Recycle paper products. Organisations like Paper Round and local authorities can help set up collections.
- Reuse envelopes. Try our envelope reuse labels.
- Set up recycling facilities on each floor.
- Use separate containers for white paper, mixed paper, glass, cans and aluminium foil.
Energy - use less, use renewable
- Switch off lights when you leave rooms and the office.
- Turn off your monitor when you leave your desk.
- Make sure the last person out turns off the photocopier.
- Brainstorm other energy-saving ideas - get some inspiration from Energy Saving Trust.
- Use energy-saving bulbs. Choose more energy efficient appliances - search Sust-it.
- Switch to a green energy supplier like Good Energy.
Consider your travel needs
- Inspire your staff to find the greenest way to work.
- Offer loans for season tickets or bicycles.
- Get memberships to Barclays Cycle Hire for London business trips.
- Provide a shed or other safe place for bikes.
- Review your travel policy and ensure that travel for meetings is low-carbon.
- Use 'green' taxi firms like Green Tomato Cars.
- Encourage travel by train or bus.
- Use video or call conferencing to avoid trips and save money.
- If you need to travel, take the train to Europe instead of flying short haul.
- Heat only as much water as you need for tea and coffee.
- Mark kettles to show how much water is needed per cup.
- Put 'hippos' in cisterns to reduce water used in non-dual flush toilets. Thames Water provides these for free.
- Alternatively, fill a plastic bottle and put it in the cistern.
- Opt for dual-flush systems if replacing toilets.
- Replace taps with low-water-flow controls such as spray taps.
- Consider waterless urinals - try Eco-works.
Cut plastic and chemicals
- Consider greener supplies for cleaning products - try Friends of the Earth Shop.
- Order refillable containers wherever possible.
Carbon Trust - specialist advice to green your company.
Envirowise - manage your waste better.
Ethical Property Foundation - sustainable property management.
Global Action Plan - cut your emissions at work.
The Green Desk - everything for the greener office.
Waste Online - information on resource use and waste.
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February 15, 2013 | News covering the UN and the world
Security Council is studying climate change's link to security
The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to meet today about the effects of climate change on global security. Joachim Schellnhuber of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research will brief members on a "reality that cannot be washed away" that is likely to spawn "all kinds of unrest and revolutions, with the export of angry and hungry people to the industrialized countries." Bloomberg (2/14)
- Police have told Sadiq Khan he should review the security around him and his family following the Commons vote
- Officers in his Tooting constituency in London have been put on high alert
- Khan was among 400 MPs, five Muslim, who voted in favour of the bill
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