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The sole purpose of investment is profit. All other considerations are secondary

In a recent debate at a team get-together, Blue & Green Tomorrow’s founder and publisher Simon Leadbetter was asked to adopt the role of a red-in-tooth-and-claw, unfettered investor. With 18 years’ experience in financial services, he has worked with people whose profit-at-any-cost mentality would make Gordon Gekko proud. This...


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Tony Benn, 1925-2014: some of his best quotes

The tragic death of the great parliamentarian Tony Benn, and the untimely death of trade union leader Bob Crow at 52 on Tuesday, has robbed the left in the UK of two its most powerful and eloquent champions. Benn was a Labour MP for over 50 years, and a prolific diarist...


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Leading wildlife and countryside groups call for frack-free zones

A group of six wildlife and countryside groups have called on the government to protect wildlife areas, nature reserves and national parks from fracking activity. A report published by the organisations argues that there needs to be greater regulation across the industry to ensure safe operations. The report –...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 13 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. Investing in sustainable transport, and not destroying the world Not just unethical, tobacco is a financially unsustainable investment Natural capital committee calls...


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Green Investment Bank could move to private ownership, says chair

The chairman of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has said the government-owned bank should eventually be owned by the private sector. Speaking at the National Association of Pension Funds’ investment conference in Edinburgh last week, Lord Smith of Kelvin said he would like the GIB to ultimately diversify...


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Thyroid cancer cases rise among Fukushima children – but link to nuclear disaster contested

The number of people under the age of 18 living in the Japanese region of Fukushima with suspected thyroid cancer has risen to 75, compared to 59 in September last year – though experts say that the cause is unlikely to be the 2011 nuclear disaster alone. Of the...


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Cameron announces £45m investment into ‘Internet of Things’

The UK government has announced that it will invest an extra £45m into the development of the so-called Internet of Things. Speaking at a technology trade fair in Hannover, Germany, prime minister David Cameron said that by researching such technology, the host nation and the UK could lead a...


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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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