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Britain revealed to have sold sarin gas ingredients to Syria

Chemicals and components that were used to manufacture sarin, a deadly nerve agent, in Syria were sold by Britain, a leaked Foreign Office document obtained by the BBC’s Newsnight has revealed. The documents focus on British companies selling supplies during the 1980s and the government has argued that over...


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National Grid: UK can meet climate and renewable energy targets with the right policies

The UK can meet its decarbonisation targets and successfully go green if the government delivers strong policies, according to a cautious report from the National Grid that acknowledges the uncertainty over our energy future. The report presents four scenarios, each providing very different visions of the UK’s future, but...


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British Gas to spearhead community energy push to put solar on 8,000 roofs

A new community solar partnership worth £60m has been announced between British Gas and a range of social enterprises, with the aim to deliver cleaner, cheaper energy to schools, councils and community buildings across the UK. In the first project of its kind, British Gas has teamed up with...


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DECC offers £1m grant to promote energy saving

Charities and community organisations across the UK have been offered a share of a £1 million government grant, to fund efforts advising consumers about the benefits of saving energy. The government hopes the money will help vulnerable households, struggling to deal with rising energy bills, cut their spending.  From...


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Focusing on green homes could save the UK over £12bn, says report

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) released its election manifesto on Monday, claiming that investing in greener homes for the UK could save up to £12.1 billion annually. The manifesto, which uses the government’s own online calculator to make the predictions, says policymakers should focus on insulating buildings and helping...


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Wales future generations bill ‘falls short’ in enforcing sustainability

A pioneering bill that would require public bodies in Wales to consider sustainability in all decision-making has been criticised for its vagueness and lack of ambition. The wellbeing of future generations bill was formally introduced to ministers at the National Assembly on Monday and will now begin its legislative passage....


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Businesses urge PM not to drop support for solar industry

As the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) closes its consultation on financial support for solar farms, companies are urging the government to rethink its plans. Some 150 businesses from the solar industry have signed a letter urging David Cameron to protect the solar rooftop market above 5...


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Climate change biggest concern for future generations in Wales

Climate change is the biggest issue that the future generations of Wales will have to face, according to a survey released as the government reads a new bill that will embed sustainability into the heart of policymaking and legislation. Some 69.5% of respondents from a variety of networks, NGOs...


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Government predicts an overcrowded planet riddled with conflict by 2050

A new report forecasting the future of the planet, published by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), has described a world overpopulated and undernourished, with a high probability of consistent conflict. The report, entitled ‘Global Strategic Trends’,also warns that ageing populations will become the burden of the young, as the...


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Study: climate change policies could have positive effect on UK economy

Policies to tackle climate change could have a positive effect on the UK economy, according to a new report that challenges those that say sustainability will harm economic growth. A range of studies and lobby groups have previously criticised climate change policies for harming the economy because of the...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 7 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. Buy one, give one free: the rise of philanthropic business Fracking could pose risk to almost half of UK’s drinking water –...


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Government taskforce outlines plan to up community renewables investment

The government’s shared ownership taskforce has set out draft proposals to improve community investment in renewable projects and make this approach the norm by 2015. The taskforce is made up of representatives from the renewables industry, such as the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Solar Trade Association (STA),...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 3 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. Big Potential fund will help charities and social enterprises diversify income Sustainability as a business benefit in the commercial property sector EU...


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Voters ‘duped’ by government on recall bill, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs have come together to formulate an alternative to the government’s long-awaited recall bill, calling for voters to have the final say in the sacking of MPs. All three of the main political parties promised to introduce a recall bill ahead of the last general...


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Government urged to uphold ban on bee-killing pesticides

A coalition of campaigners have urged prime minister David Cameron to uphold a ban on bee-killing pesticides, as his cabinet decides whether to grant an emergency exemption for one of the controversial chemicals. On Tuesday, the government is expected to rule on an appeal from the pesticide manufacturer Syngenta...


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