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MP’s expenses and bills far higher than in 2009

As the parliamentary expenses scandal of 2009 has begun to slip from the public’s consciousness, a new survey has confirmed that MP’s expenses and bills are now £5 million higher than in 2009. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. The total claims...


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Government’s capacity market could increase electricity bills and emissions, warn MPs

MPs on the energy select committee have warned that the government’s capacity market, which aims to ensure energy demand is met at peak times, could increase greenhouse gas emissions and electricity bills. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. The capacity...


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Renewable industry calls for next government to make series of commitments

Trade bodies from the renewable energy industry have joined together to call for political parties to commit to clean energy ahead of next year’s general election. The group has launched six ‘key tests’ in a renewable manifesto statement and campaign hosted by Action for Renewables. The group of renewable...


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Public opposes fracking in national parks and under private land

A new poll has found the controversial possibility of fracking operations coming to UK national parks and private land is opposed by the majority of the public. In July, the government revealed that British national parks would be open to fracking “under exceptional circumstances”. Energy companies can now apply...


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Ban Ki-moon: world must act on climate change now

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concern that the world is not acting fast enough to mitigate climate change, ahead of a UN climate summit set to be attended by world leaders this month. The secretary-general said that climate change has been one of his top priorities since...


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Government launches badger vaccination scheme

The government has launched a scheme to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis, to prevent its spread to cattle. Last year the government faced criticism for allowing culls to go ahead in a bid to control the spread of the disease. Last month a second controversial badger cull was given...


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Charities and businesses asked to submit ideas for Autumn Statement

Charities and businesses have been invited to tell the Treasury what they want from the chancellor’s upcoming Autumn Statement. George Osborne will deliver the economic statement the parliament on December 3, updating MPs on the government’s latest plans for spending and taxation. As one of only two such statements...


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Education needed to cut water use amongst smallholder cotton farmers

Smallholder cotton farmers are facing major challenges as climate change increases water scarcity, a report from Cotton Connect has warned. In order to prepare the industry, the organisation advocates education and the implementation of effective agricultural techniques, ahead of World Water Week. The report – More Crop Per Drop...


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Activists to be chosen to speak at UN climate summit

Today more than 500 members of the public will hear whether they have been chosen to attend the UN Climate Summit in September. Environmental activists from 115 countries put forward their names to be considered to address issues of climate change to world leaders at the summit. The competition...


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Small business lending under flagship scheme falls

Figures from the Bank of England have revealed that lending to small and medium sized enterprises (SME) through the government’s flagship Funding for Lending (FLS) scheme fell again in the second quarter of 2014. Lending under the scheme fell by £435 million after banks collectively drew down £3.2 billion...


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Urgent action needed on climate change to cut health risks, warns WHO

The world must act to curb and adapt to the impacts of climate change or it will face serious health challenges, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned, as over 300 experts gather at a conference to discuss health and the climate. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said, “The evidence...


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Tackling climate change could address economic and social challenges, says report

Addressing climate change could deliver better living standards and shared prosperity, according to a report from thinktank IPPR. Whilst tackling climate change is an important goal in its own right, the report argues it could solve some of the economic and social challenges the UK faces. The report notes...


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Poll: three quarters of MPs don’t understand how money is made

Some 80% of MPs lack basic understanding of where the UK’s money comes from, according to a new poll. The survey, commissioned by the reform campaign group Positive Money, found that 71% of MPs believe that only the government has the power to create money. A further 9% said...


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UK energy bills rising faster than most of the developed world

Household energy bills are rising faster in the UK than in most other countries in the developed world, according to new research. Between 2010 and 2013, electricity prices rose by 23.5% while gas prices soared by 33.8%, according to new analysis by the House of Commons Library.  Though electricity...


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Government survey finds support for fracking has fallen to 24%

A survey released on Tuesday by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has contradicted findings from a trade body earlier this week. The new poll found less than a quarter of Brits said they support shale gas extraction, a decline since the previous survey in March. The...



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