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California's healthcare industry can lead the way on stronger climate change regulation

Last week, dozens of businesses wrote letters to California lawmakers to urge passage of bills that would regulate emissions. Susan Vickers of Dignity Health explains why her company was one of them

The health care industry is focused on providing high quality care for its patients. But making and keeping people well involves more than just treating individuals: it requires an environment that enables people to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Today, that environment is under siege.

The effects of climate change are already being felt and could have a devastating impact on the health of everyone around the globe. A leading medical journal, The Lancet, recently stated that warming temperatures could erase 50 years of health advances.

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Bwin takeover secured as GVC beats 888 Holdings

Bwin says announcement marks final decision after protracted bidding process, with takeover likely to lead to job cuts

FoxyBingo owner bwin.party has jilted suitor 888 Holdings in favour of a £1.1bn cash-and-shares offer from Sportingbet owner GVC after a protracted takeover wrangle.

888 appeared to have won the battle earlier this year, despite the higher valuation offered by its rival, when bwin agreed to its proposal. But GVC doggedly pursued its goal, ironing out potential snags in its offer.

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SABMiller and Diageo could benefit from a merger, say analysts

Nomura says a deal could boost profits and see off any ABInbev bid for SAB

Markets may be plunging again ahead of the US jobs data – the FTSE 100 is currently down 1.6% – but that does not mean that takeover speculation has gone away.

Analysts at Nomura have looked at the drinks sector and examined the prospect of a merger between SABMiller and Guinness owner Diageo as way to overcome slowing growth. The bank said:

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Iluméxico to bring solar energy to 300,000 Mexicans

Iluméxico will bring its solar home systems to 50,000 off-grid rural homes by 2020 and will create 180 new jobs

Iluméxico, the Mexican social enterprise focused on solar power, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to bring its solar home systems to 50,000 off-grid rural homes – approximately 300,000 people – by 2020. This commitment includes the creation of 180 new jobs, of which 90 will be designated for women and 70 will be based in rural communities.

The company plans to increase its “ILU Centros” support network from five to 50 locations nationwide and strengthen alliances with both public and private institutions. Anticipating up to 70% growth within the next five years, Iluméxico also plans to expand its business into two new Latin American countries by 2020.

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Fewer than 50% of CEOs say Paris deal would make them act on climate change

New poll reveals most business leaders are failing to get to grips with long-term implications of global warming

Fewer than half (46%) of the chief executives of the world’s largest companies say a binding agreement on climate change at the UN’s climate summit in Paris will push them to prioritise the issue, according to new research by PwC.

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Paul Krugman: Australia can weather a Chinese economic downturn

In an interview with Guardian Australia, the Nobel prize-winning economist expresses scepticism about the China free trade agreement and a GST increase

Australia is resilient enough to weather the weakening of the Chinese economy, the Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has said, but he poured cold water on the benefits of the free trade agreement between the two countries.

Related: Confused about the China free trade deal? Here’s what you need to know

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UK summer washout means mixed news for business

While rain and cold put a damper on clothes and food sales, holiday firms such as easyJet profited from dank season

The chilly August that just capped off the coldest British summer in three years meant mixed fortunes for businesses. It was a washout for clothes retailers but sunny times for cut-price airlines. Bookings slumped for campsites in some parts of the country, but crowds flocked to some indoor attractions.

The soggy bank holiday in many parts of the country ensured it was the wettest end to the summer in 50 years in Dorset, Hampshire and Guernsey, according to the Met Office. Cornwall and the south coast had to cope with up to three times the average rainfall for August.

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In the future, the best chemistry practices will be green

Gathering for a summit on green chemicals, industry leaders and academics discussed how to solve the problems that threaten to stall 20 years of good intentions

Chemistry is having “an innovation crisis”, according to John Warner, co-author of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. “We need to ask if the way we’re training future scientists is fitting the need of society.”

The push for green chemistry began over two decades ago, and Warner has been part of the movement the whole time. On Wednesday, he presented one of two keynote speeches at a Guardian conference on green chemistry.

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European Central Bank's gloom suggests QE2 may be on the horizon

Mario Draghi has plainly been rattled by China’s economy, and as a result the bank’s €1.1tn quantitative easing scheme may need shoring up

The European Central Bank (ECB) launched its €1.1tn (£800bn) quantitative easing programme only in January. Now, with a full year left to complete the bond-buying spree, QE2 is being prepared.

Related: ECB press conference: Markets jump as Draghi hints at more QE – as it happened

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