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Government announces £140m ‘funding boost’ for flooded road repairs

The Department for Transport has said an additional £140m will be given to local councils in order to help them repair roads damaged by the recent floods. The measures were announced by the transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin on Sunday after some councils expressed worry about whether they could afford...


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Energy, pensions and banks: can we fix our broken markets for the long-term?

Exposing the secrets of Britain’s energy giants and forcing them to put things right is suddenly in vogue, it seems. Even Ofgem is at it. The regulator – described only recently as a “toothless tiger” by MPs – last week ordered the big six to hand back over £400m accumulated over...


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UKSIF chair Martin Clarke appointed next government actuary

Martin Clarke, who took over as chair of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) in 2010, is set to become the next government actuary. Clarke will take up the post later this year for a five-year fixed tem. An actuary is a person who compiles and analyses...


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Ecotricity: Eric Pickles has ‘double standards’ on fracking and wind power

Renewable energy firm Ecotricity has accused Eric Pickles of having “double standards”. The company argues the communities secretary prioritises local voices in wind farm planning decisions but fails to do so when it comes to fracking. The controversial method of fracking to extract shale gas has led to protests...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 6 March 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. Heritage sites at risk of going under water as sea levels rise 1 in 10 financial  services firm have risky incentive features...


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WWF: Soco’s oil drilling in Congo national park could ‘threaten investor returns’

Campaign group WWF has warned shareholders in oil and gas exploration firm Soco that they could see increased risk because of drilling plans in the Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The plans are coming under “increased scrutiny”, the WWF has said. The organisation claims that...


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Quarter of financial services firms expect to pay bigger bonuses in 2014

A new study into the financial services industry has found that 28% of firms expect to pay higher bonuses in 2014. The study, which surveyed 100 chief financial officers (CFOs) and chief operational officers (COOs), found that 37% of firms reported an increase in resignations since the 2013 bonus...


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Environmental NGOs failing to address ‘blindingly obvious’ issues of population growth

Environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are “failing the population challenge”, according to research from environmentalist and writer Jonathon Porritt and the charity Population Matters. Porritt argues that population and environmental issues go hand in hand but that the majority of environmental NGOs are failing to recognise this and take the action...


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Scotland ‘on the cusp’ of establishing world’s first ethical finance hub

Scotland may be “on the cusp” of establishing the world’s first ethical finance hub, according to experts in the field. The comments come ahead of a meeting taking place on Thursday between the financial services industry and John Swinney MSP, cabinet secretary for the Scottish government. The Islamic Finance...


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Michael Gove: ‘conservative instinct’ helps safeguard the environment

“Conservative instinct” is at the heart of environmental stewardship, the education secretary Michael Gove said in a speech at Westminster on Wednesday. He added that conservatism was about “passing on what we’ve inherited to the next generation”, and that his role at the Department for Education was not only...


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RBS reports losses of £8.2bn – and employee bonuses of £576m

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which remains 81% owned by the government, has reported a pre-tax loss of £8.2 billion for 2013. The losses are a result of restructuring costs and misconduct fines. Despite the losses, RBS’s bonus pool is still £576m – a 15% decrease on the...


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Green building industry: zero-carbon buildings have ‘vast economic benefits’

The green building industry has urged the government to push ahead with zero-carbon non-domestic buildings, warning that a failure to do so could result in a “loss of global export opportunities”.  The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) said there was a need for clarity in definition on the term...


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EU tobacco regulations proposals ‘a victory for public health’

The European Union has issued new guidance to member states on tobacco regulation, including a clamp down on e-cigarettes and packaging. It said that the current directives, which were issued in 2001, needed to be enhanced to strengthen public protection. This follows developments in new scientific evidence and the...


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David Cameron: ‘climate change one of the most serious threats this world faces’

Manmade climate change is one of the greatest threats to humanity, David Cameron said during prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, after he was grilled over climate deniers in his party. After opening the questioning on the subject of flooding, the leader of the opposition Ed Miliband accused Cameron of...


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No link between wind farms and health problems, study finds

Australia’s leading medical research body has found that there is no credible evidence to suggest that wind farms are harmful to human health. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released a draft information paper on Monday that concludes, “There is no reliable or consistent evidence that wind farms...


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