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Poll: two-thirds of Britons favour wind power over fracking

A new survey has revealed that almost two-thirds of Britons would choose to live near a wind farm over a fracking site. The findings have led to the government being accused of ignoring public opinion. The YouGov poll, commissioned by renewable energy firm Ecotricity, found that 62% of participants...


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Wind farms impact on house prices disputed in contradictory studies

Two separate studies looking at how wind farms affect house prices have drawn contrasting conclusions. The impact of wind farms on communities has been debated, with government proposing giving locals more say on developments. One of the pieces of research from the London School of Economics (LSE) suggests that...


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Independent Scotland could face higher energy bills, government warns

Scottish households and businesses could see energy bills rise if they vote for independence, according to a government forecast. Secretary of State Edward Davey added that Scotland benefits from being part of the UK “right across the energy mix”. The paper also added that the UK would not need...


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Renewable heat incentive to boost ‘financially attractive’ alternatives to oil

Homeowners could receive financial incentives for using renewable heat in their homes, after the government has launched a new scheme. The renewable heat incentive (RHI) is the first of its kind in the world but has faced repeated delays. The scheme aims to provide long-term financial support for renewable...


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Adapting London’s energy ‘vital’ to for economic growth and future demand

Significant investment in London’s power supply network will be needed in the coming decades if the capital is to meet future energy demands, according to a new report. Failing to act could hamper economic growth, it added. The report – The Future of London’s Power Supply – from the...


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Food inspection changes might put infected meat on UK tables

Meat inspectors have warned that changes wanted by the European Commission might cause sick animals to enter the food chain. Inspectors that have to ensure that meat consumed in the UK is suitable for consumption have claimed that changes in legislation, asked by the European Union and backed by...


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Last chance: join 6,700 others in taking our sustainable democracy survey

Wednesday is your final chance to take our short survey on sustainable democracy, which we’re running alongside our friends at Vote for Policies. Do you think there should be fewer MPs? Should the House of Lords be reformed? Should manifesto promises be legally binding? We’re asking those questions and more,...


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Lord Lawson’s thinktank criticised over claims schools are ‘brainwashing’ kids with environmentalism

The government and campaigners have moved to reject claims that children are being “brainwashed” with green propaganda by their schools. In a new report, the climate denying thinktank the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) describes that the teaching of climate science in schools as “disturbing”. It adds that “activist...


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Businesses call for stronger policy to avoid ‘trillion tonne’ carbon milestone

A coalition of global businesses has called on world leaders to prevent a trillion tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere, by promoting clear low-carbon policies. The Trillion Tonne Communiqué, a coalition of 70 companies including Mars, Unilever, Adidas and EDF, and co-ordinated by the Prince of Wales’s Corporate...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 7 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. Why is the ‘greenest government ever’ reportedly curbing onshore wind? Norway’s oil fund commits to increasing green investment New tourism report: hotel...


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Why is the ‘greenest government ever’ reportedly curbing onshore wind?

A source close to the Conservatives this week said that David Cameron could pledge to cut back on onshore wind farms in the party’s next election manifesto. Such claims have received fierce opposition. We should be extremely worried that a mainstream political party has decided to condemn turbines as a blot on...


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Government sets out plans for ‘solar hubs’

The government has set out plans to turn factories, supermarkets and car parks into ‘solar hubs’ in its new Solar Strategy. In a report, the government describes the potential benefits solar power can bring to the UK economy. The government said it wants to move the emphasis for growth...


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Badger cull will not be rolled out – but will continue in pilot areas

The government has confirmed that the badger cull, which aimed to reduce the threat of bovine tuberculosis in cattle, will not be rolled out nationwide. However, the cull will continue in the two pilot areas – Gloucestershire and Somerset. The cull has faced strong opposition from environmental groups and...


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Leading organisations call for energy efficiency standard in private rented sector

A coalition of than 30 leading organisations have called on the government to set a minimum energy efficiency standard for the private rented sector (PRS). It had previously been expected that regulation would be laid out in parliament in late 2013 or early 2014, but a public consultation is...


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Unprecedented pollution, fines and wind farms

Just as the UK is hit by unprecedented smog and a £300m fine for not meeting air pollution targets, it is leaked that the Conservatives are thinking about weakening their commitment to onshore wind farms. This is a prime example of shortsightedness. For all the arguments about manmade climate change, the fundamental...


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