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UK greenhouse gas emissions fell 8% in 2014

Greenhouse gas emissions across the UK fell by more than 8% in 2014 thanks to a combination of greater energy efficiency, burning less coal and increasing renewable power generation, government figures suggest. Statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate change show overall emissions fell by 8.4%, when compared...


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Davey: low-carbon economy within reach

In a new report published by the government, energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has described the UK’s low-carbon economy ambitions of being “within reach”. The paper aims to show how the low-carbon economy has developed over the last five years and highlight further opportunities for those interested...


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Carbon price should increase up to 200% to avoid tipping point, says study

In order to avoid dangerous levels of climate change and crossing irreversible tipping points in the future, the price of carbon should be increased by up to 200%, according to a new study. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter, Zurich, Stanford and Chicago have urged policymakers not to discount...


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Prince Charles calls for action to clean up oceans

The heir to the throne is making his 20th official visit to the United States. He attended a conference concerning the rule of law in the 21st century entitled ‘The Magna Cart of the Future’, at the National Archives in Washington D.C. In a speech he described ocean waste as, “one...


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Budget 2015: What the papers say

We take a look at what the newspapers and financial papers says about the last budget of this government. The Telegraph categorised the Budget speech as a triumph for the “lucky” chancellor where he put, “electioneering over economics”. They concluded that, “It’s a great tragedy: had Mr Osborne cut...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 19 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Budget 2015: summary Report calls for next government to prioritise climate change and environment Fossil fuel investments ‘risky’, says Ed Davey Budget...


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Budget 2015: what we want versus what we’ll get

As today’s review of previous budget statements shows, we’ve not been that impressed with the Chancellor’s annual statement on plans for government revenues and expenditures. The final budget of Mr Osborne’s before the general election will focus on giving the Conservatives some momentum in their deadlocked poll position with...


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Report calls for next government to prioritise climate change and environment

Ahead of the General Election in May, a new report has been published calling on the next government to prioritise climate change and the environment, arguing it is needed to promote the UK’s health, wealth and security in the long-term. The report – Environment: Priorities for the next government – has...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 16 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Poll: UK government failing to encourage circular economy UK set to offer climate expertise to developing countries Global energy emissions stalled last...


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UK set to offer climate expertise to developing countries

The UK has announced a new initiative by which it intends to provide developing countries with its “world-leading climate and adaptation expertise” in an attempt “successfully tackle climate change”. The programme, launched by energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey, combines the knowledge from leading UK organisations and government...


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Poll: UK government failing to encourage circular economy

A survey has found that sustainability professional believe that the UK government is failing to encourage businesses to improve resource efficiency and move towards a circular economy. The poll comes from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), a network of environment and sustainability professionals, and asked 400...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 13 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Shale gas should play a role in low-carbon future, say MPs London assembly backs fossil fuel divestment Parliament backs plain packaging. Big...


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Parliament backs plain packaging. Big tobacco fights back.

Despite securing the overwhelming support of the British people and Members of Parliament in a vote yesterday, big tobacco is looking to fight the introduction of plain or standardised packaging. Yesterday in Parliament 367 MPS voted for plain or standardised packaging with 113 against. This follows a similar vote...


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Energy saving smart meters could be ‘costly failure’, warn MPs

Plans to install energy saving smart meters in every UK home and business by the end of the decade are at risk of “veering off-track”, according to the Energy and Climate Change Committee. In a report, MPs on the committee raise concerns about technical, logistical and public communication issues...


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Government rejects MPs’ plans for air pollution inquiry

The government has rejected MPs’ calls for a public inquiry into the impacts of air pollution and a change in legislation to prevent schools and care homes being built in pollution hotspots. The move has been labelled as a “failure” to act on an opportunity to address the issue....



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