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Green Deal £24m fund runs out in just a day

The government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme, Green Deal, has seen a £24 million fund that offers householders cash for taking out solid wall insulation has been exhausted in just a day. The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund aims to offer householders an incentive to improve their home. Energy customers...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 11 December 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. UN’s Ban Ki-moon: we must act on climate change now IEA: oil price slump ‘golden opportunity’ to put price on carbon Government infrastructure...


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Government infrastructure plan could ‘lock in’ greater fossil fuel dependency

Analysis of the UK’s infrastructure pipeline indicates that fossil fuel projects are expected to exceed that of low-carbon energy, potentially locking in a greater dependency on fossil fuels and cutting the chances of the UK meeting carbon emission targets. The infrastructure plan was updated by the Treasury this month...


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Denmark, Sweden and UK top Climate Change Performance Index

Whilst global emissions have reached a new peak, developments suggest a new readiness for action on climate change protections, according to a new index, with Denmark, Sweden and the UK toping rankings. The Climate Change Performance Index, published by Germanwatch and CAN Europe, ranks the performance of the 58...


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Air pollution deemed a ‘public health crisis’ by MPs

MPs have called for new schools, hospitals and care home to be built away from ‘air pollution hotspots’ after describing the UK’s air quality as a “public health crisis” on par with smoking. In a report the Environmental Audit Committee notes that tens of thousands of deaths are caused...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 5 December 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. Autumn Statement: banks and multinational to ‘pay their fair share’ Government ‘serious’ about tidal potential, says Ed Davey Norway’s oil fund will...


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Norway’s oil fund will continue to invest in fossil fuels

A government panel has rejected calls for Norway’s $870 billion (£555bn) wealth fund to divest from polluting fossil fuels, instead advocating an engagement approach. The Government Pensions Fund of Norway is the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. The fund owns around 1.25% of the world’s stocks, with 10-15% of...


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Government ‘serious’ about tidal potential, says Ed Davey

The inclusion of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon in the National Infrastructure Plan shows that the government is serious about the potential of the sector, according to energy secretary Ed Davey.  The £850 million project will see a six-mile horseshoe shaped sea wall enclose 11.5 sq km of water....


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Global day of action for fossil fuel divestment announced

The Fossil Free campaign, which is calling on institutions to divest from fossil fuel companies, has announced a global day of action beginning on February 13 2015. The divestment campaign launched in 2012 and has seen success across the globe over the last two years. Institutions are being urged...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 3 December 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. Sustainable fuel could cut aviation emissions by 24% by 2050 E.ON to focus on renewables and spin off fossil fuels Government unveils...


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Government unveils £15bn road building plans

The government announced Britain’s “biggest and boldest” road building programme in a generation on Monday, unveiling plans to spend £15 billion over the next five years. The plans have been met with some criticism due to their lack of focus on sustainable transport. More than 80 new road schemes...


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UN Green Climate Fund nears $10bn after Spanish pledge

Spain has committed €120 million (£95m) to the UN Green Climate Fund, which is designed to support counties adapting to climate change, taking the total to almost $10 billion (£6.3bn). So far 22 nations have committed finance to the fund, now worth $9.7 billion (£6.1bn). The Green Climate Fund’s...


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Fracking could present potential risks equivalent to asbestos and thalidomide

The UK government’s chief scientist Mark Walport has warned of the need to thoroughly look at the potential risks of innovations, including fracking, or risk unforeseen impacts if they are adopted too quickly. The report – Innovation: managing risks, not avoiding it – is the first annual report of...


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UN climate talks get underway in Lima

As governments meet in Lima, Peru, to discuss an international climate change agreement, the UN is confident that the talks will be a success and pave the way for the climate conference to be held in Paris late next year, where a new universal UN-backed treaty on climate change...


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MPs call on government to promote recycling

A committee of MPs has warned that the UK could fail to meet the EU target of recycling 50% of household waste by 2020, unless the government takes action and shows leadership on the issue. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please...



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