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Campaign group calls on Scottish government to address air pollution

Friends of the Earth Scotland has called on the government to treat air pollution like the “public health crisis it really is” after analysis revealed some areas are breaking EU air quality standards and are getting worse. The environmental campaign group measured levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate...


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Ed Davey voices concerns over likelihood of strong climate change agreement

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has revealed that the UK will be seeking a legally binding climate change agreement at negotiations later this year. However, he has also voiced concerns that the deal will not go far enough to avert dangerous levels of climate change. Davey’s comments...


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Labour seeks fracking restrictions to protect drinking water

The Labour Party is seeking to ban fracking for shale gas on land that collects Britain’s drinking water in proposed amendments to the government’s infrastructure bill. A campaign group has said such a move is “basic common sense”. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is gradually becoming more widespread in the...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 8 January 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. UK lagging behind Europe on social impact investing UK government loaned £1.7bn to fossil fuel projects abroad since 2010 Green Party pledges to...


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UK government loaned £1.7bn to fossil fuel projects abroad since 2010

Despite publicly criticising fossil fuel subsidies, research has revealed that the UK government has pledged £1.7 billion in financial support to dirty energy projects aboard in the last five years. Analysis by environmental campaign group Greenpeace, discovered that the total support for fossil fuel industries amounts to £1.76 billion-worth...


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UK lagging behind Europe on social impact investing

Despite government incentives and research suggesting appetite for social impact investing, the UK is lagging behind European counterparts in the area, according to a survey. In an article published on Politics Home, Monica Middleton, national director of Oikocredit UK, explains that it is a lack of understanding and readily...


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Met Office: 2014 UK’s warmest year on record

Provisional full year figures have confirmed that 2014 was the UK’s warmest year, according to the Met Office. Despite this, awareness of the effects of climate change on the UK remains low amongst the public, leading to one expert calling the government’s communications on the issue a “colossal failure”....


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Wheat yields estimated to fall 6% for every 1C temperature increase

Globally wheat yields will see a 6% decrease for every 1C temperature increase, according to new research. The study highlights the impact climate change will have on the global food system and could push prices higher. Leaders have agreed to try and limit global warming to 2C, above which...


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International Climate Fund progressing well but still room for improvement

The UK’s £3.87 billion International Climate Fund (ICF) is progressing well but there are still some areas that need improvements, according to a report from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI). The report gives the fun a green-amber rating meaning that it performs “relatively well” against the criteria...


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10% of wildlife havens have been lost or damaged in last five years

Since 2009 more than 10% of wildlife havens have been lost or damaged, according to analysis from the Wildlife Trusts, which added the findings highlight some “worrying trends”. The report – Secret Spaces: The statues of England’s Local Wildlife Sites 2014 – has been published by the Wildlife Trusts....


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 19 December 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. UK energy consumption falls Study: microplastics accumulating in deep sea EU approves import of tar sands oil —————————————————————————————————————————————— 19 December headlines UK...


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UK energy consumption falls

Despite coming out of a recession and entering economic growth, the UK’s energy consumption has decreased, new analysis shows. Typically increasing wealth leads to increased energy usage but energy efficiency measures appear to have rebuked this trend. Analysis of government figures for the BBC News found that the average...


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Green Deal £24m fund runs out in just a day

The government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme, Green Deal, has seen a £24 million fund that offers householders cash for taking out solid wall insulation has been exhausted in just a day. The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund aims to offer householders an incentive to improve their home. Energy customers...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 11 December 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. UN’s Ban Ki-moon: we must act on climate change now IEA: oil price slump ‘golden opportunity’ to put price on carbon Government infrastructure...


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Government infrastructure plan could ‘lock in’ greater fossil fuel dependency

Analysis of the UK’s infrastructure pipeline indicates that fossil fuel projects are expected to exceed that of low-carbon energy, potentially locking in a greater dependency on fossil fuels and cutting the chances of the UK meeting carbon emission targets. The infrastructure plan was updated by the Treasury this month...



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