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Scottish government lays out green benefits of independence

The Scottish government has set out how the country would benefit environmentally if it were to become an independent country, ahead of Scots taking to the polls on September 18 to decide if they want to remain part of the UK. The paper – Scotland’s Future and the Environment...


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Wales’ first full-scale tidal energy device unveiled

Ahead of its installation in Welsh waters, a tidal energy device developed in Cardiff was unveiled on Thursday. The device will help Wales produce clean and predictable energy in order to meet its low-carbon energy generation goals. Tidal Energy Ltd’s DeltaStream device is the first private marine project to...


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Shares in Drax fall 8% following subsidy appeal

Drax group has lost its legal battle with the government over one of its projects’ eligibility for subsidy scheme Contract for Difference (CfD), resulting in the firms shares falling by more than 8%. The Court of Appeal ruled the government could exclude one of Drax’s coal-to-biomass conversions from the...


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Critics warn pension shake up could lead to £3.86bn tax trap for pensioners

New research has found that forthcoming pension freedoms could come with tax implications that mean savers have to pay a lot more than expected. In what is being called a potential “mis-selling scandal”, experts are worried pensioners could enter the higher tax bracket if they take out their money...


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Government needs to up support for green start-ups, say MPs

The government is “punching below its weight” when it comes to supporting businesses operating in the green economy, according to the Energy and Climate Change Committee. In a new report, MPs are critical of the government’s progress in working with low carbon start-ups and entrepreneurs. A 2010 report from...


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Subsidy loophole to be closed for dirty fossil fuels

The UK government has announced it will close a legal loophole that could have given billions of pounds to old coal power plants. However, the news has reopened the debate over why subsidies for fossil fuels are continuing to undermine carbon reduction policies. The loophole was found in the...


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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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