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Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

>> Jonathan Deal, a South African anti- fracking campaigner is one of six winners of this year’s Goldman Prize, a prestigious environmentalist award. Fracking is a controversial technique of pumping high pressure fluids into shale rock to recover gas.

>> The World Meteorological Organization has retired “Sandy” from its rotating list of hurricane names because of the devastation it caused in Jamaica, Cuba and the northeastern US, said forecasters. Atlantic and Pacific storm names are retired “if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of the name would be insensitive or confusing”, they added.

>> Four explorers, including actor Ezra Miller, have planted a flag on the seabed at the north pole and demanded the region be declared a global sanctuary. The expedition saw the flag lowered in a time capsule that contained signatures of three million people calling for a ban on exploitation in the region.

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