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S&P compares independent Scotland with Iceland

Scotland could see a banking system similar to that of Iceland just before the financial crisis if it votes for independence in September, according to ratings agency Standard & Poor (S&P). The warning comes after analysts at the firm calculated that the assets of Scottish lenders would be more...


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Conservatives pledge to end onshore wind subsidies

Tories have pledged to end subsidies for onshore wind turbines if they win the general election next year. Energy minister Michael Fallon has argued that there are now enough wind farms in place to meet renewable targets without the need for subsidies. Projects that have not been granted planning...


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46% of executives say climate change demands ‘urgent’ action

Just under half of senior executive worldwide believe the effects of climate change call for ‘urgent and immediate’ action from governments, business and civil society, according to a poll from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Some 46% of the 2,324 respondents said urgent action was required, with an additional...


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Eight renewables projects given go-ahead in ‘green energy investment boom’

The government has given eight major renewable projects the go-ahead as part of its electricity market reforms. The developments have been described as a significant part of the coalition’s plans to provide cleaner and more secure energy to the UK. It is anticipated that by 2020, the projects will...


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Vince Cable calls on FTSE 100 to create sustainable remuneration packages

Business secretary Vince Cable has warned the remuneration committees of FTSE 100 companies to curb excessive pay packages or risk further action. He argued that more sustainable deals and a focus on long-term goals were needed. Cable’s comments come ahead of this year’s annual general meeting (AGM) season, which...


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St George’s Day: England, adversity and the environmental crisis

St George is believed to have been a soldier in the Roman army, born to Greek Christians in around 275AD. His story is shrouded in myths and legends – some suggest he disobeyed an imperial order to kill Christians, to his own demise, while it is doubtful that he...


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RBS needs to run, not walk, to become an ethical banking leader

After the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) released its Sustainability Review last week, Scotland’s Herald newspaper reported that the state-owned bank “aims to lead from the front on ethical banking” – although it admitted that it could take up to five years to get there. This is quite an ambition...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 23 April 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. Energy supplier switching times to be halved Urbanisation and ‘green cities’ on the agenda for Earth Day 2014 ‘Freedom to frack’ on...


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More research needed into health impacts of fracking, experts warn

Much more needs to be done to investigate the impacts of fracking on human health to ensure that industry regulation will adequately protect the British public, experts have warned. Writing in an editorial piece for the British Medical Journal, experts from the multi-disciplinary group Physicians Scientists and Engineers for...


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Locals receive ‘windfall’ payments from Good Energy after wind farm performs well

Residents living near renewable energy supplier Good Energy’s Delabole wind farm have received a £50  ‘windfall’ payment after the turbines at the site performed better than expected. Delabole was the UK’s first commercial wind farm after Good Energy invested £11.8m to redevelop it in 2010. Those living in the...


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UKSIF rebrands National Ethical Investment Week as Good Money Week

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has revealed that National Ethical Investment Week, the industry’s flagship event for the past seven years, is to be rebranded as Good Money Week for 2014. UKSIF explained that the change was a reflection of how sustainable investment and finance had...


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RBS takes top spot in renewable lending and sets out sustainability plans

The Royal Banks of Scotland (RBS) was the leading lender to renewable energy projects in 2013 and now aims to build on this to improve trust and sustainability within the company. It also says it plans to meet customer demand to build a “stronger, values-based culture” in its 2013...


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Green gas could provide renewable heat to 30,000 UK homes by 2015

By the end of 2015, 30,000 homes could be heated by biomethane, after eight biomethane projects committed to the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS) following a government incentive. Biomethane, also known as green gas, can be produced from a number of sources including biogas from anaerobic digestion, landfill gas...


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The latest IPCC report: it’s time to ramp up mitigation efforts

A recent review of climate science is further proof that we need to back those companies finding real solutions to global warming, says Ashden’s Anne Wheldon. On Sunday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary of its latest review of global scientific research. This time it...


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Civil Service has ‘real and visible’ diversity issues

The Civil Service has “real and visible” diversity issues, according to an analysis that finds women and ethnic minorities are under-represented in higher paid roles. The diversity of civil servants has been brought into the spotlight in recent weeks after Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher promised to...


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