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Almost two-thirds of European households concerned about rising energy bills

Rising energy bills is the biggest concern among European homeowners, a survey from the Kingfisher Group, which includes retailers such as B&Q and Screwfix, has revealed. The findings come as an inquiry into the UK energy market is launched and figures show fuel poverty is on the rise. Some...


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IMF calls for ‘smarter’ taxes for polluting fossil fuel industry

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for policymakers to implement a “smarter” energy tax system that takes into account the damage fossil fuels do to the environment. In a new book, the organisation sets out to address what policymakers can do to strike the right balance between the...


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Renewable energy accounted for 15% of UK electricity in 2013

According to the latest statistics published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, renewable energy contributed 15% towards the national grid last year, a rise of 30% overall. The report shows a steady increase, with a 3.6% rise since 2012 – primarily from onshore and offshore wind farms....


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Geoengineering could make climate change’s impacts worse

A professor from Washington University, Seattle, has warned that climate engineering, or geoengineering, could have unknown consequences in decades to come and has said there needs to be a debate on the ethical issues around the practice. Speaking to the Guardian, Professor Stephen Gardiner said that geoengineering was currently...


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Campaign calls for tourism VAT to be cut

In order to encourage Brits to take holidays at home and attract more international visitors, a campaign is calling for the UK government to cut the rate of tourism VAT and bring it in line with competing destinations within the EU. The campaign explains that there are a limited...


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Colorado residents go ‘untold’ as oil spills occur twice a day

An analysis conducted by the Denver Post in the US state of Colorado has concluded that oil spills have dramatically increased since last year, often happening twice a day, and without residents being notified, regardless of state law. With 52,000 active oil drills in the US mid-western state, increases...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 29 July 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 investors have solid and diversified options in today’s funds market Another year, another Forum for the Future scholar graduation EU organic...


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Councils could be paid to consider storing nuclear waste

The government has launched a new long-term plan to deal permanently with the country’s radioactive waste, including paying councils up to £1 million each year for five years just for considering storing the waste in their area. The plans follow a consultation on improving the process of finding a...


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Success for green deal as vouchers worth £43m are issued in just six weeks

A green deal initiative relaunched by the UK government in June this year has seen an impressive response, with vouchers worth more than £43 million issued in the first six weeks to help people make their homes more energy efficient. The scheme will run for one year and already 7,925...


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Environmental regulation to slow demand for coal, says report

A new report warns investors that the coal industry could suffer a slump in demand in the medium term as governments seek to cut carbon emissions and focus on cleaner sources of energy. The report – Carbon Constraints Cast A Shadow Over The Future Of The Coal Industry –...


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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: MPs slam UK government over increased Russian arms sales

MPs have accused the UK government over double standards as figures reveal UK arms sales have skyrocketed to Russia, while Britain criticises French military exports to Moscow. Political rhetoric between EU nations has increased recently, as common ground is yet to be found over whether Russia should be held...


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UK government launches plan to tackle fuel poverty

In an attempt to tackle the wide bearing issue of fuel poverty, the government has announced legislature to upgrade coldest homes to lower energy bills for the UK’s poorest. Low income households will now receive support to improve heat insulation. Within practicality, the government will improve as many houses...


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Royal Mail shares slump after decline in parcel revenues

Recently privatised Royal Mail has seen a serious fall in share prices after renewed fears of declining parcel delivery revenues resurface. Privatised last year in October, Royal Mail now faces a 4% decline in share pricing, at 447p per share, compared to 455p when it began trading as a...


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Pensioners to receive free and impartial guidance, government says

The government has confirmed that independent organisations, rather than pension schemes and providers, will provide the guaranteed guidance for all retirees announced in this year’s budget. The changes are part of plans to give pensioners more flexibility whilst encouraging people to save and think about the long term. In...


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Government commits to fourth carbon budget in boost for renewable energy investors

The UK government has announced today that its fourth carbon budget – which sets emission reduction targets in the mid 2020s – will remain unchanged despite pressure to the weaken the measures. The UK has in place a number of targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building towards the...


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