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John Prescott to David Cameron: Let’s work together on climate change

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has urged David Cameron to take a leading role in efforts to broker an international climate change deal ahead of UN talks next year. In an open letter to the prime minister, published in the Sunday Mirror, Prescott talks about the role he played...


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UK floods: long-term water management requires ‘clear strategy’, say experts

Some of the worst impacts of the recent floods could have been avoided if the government had used a more forward-looking water management strategy, a group of experts have said. In an open letter to the Daily Telegraph, 17 water management professionals from environmental and planning organisations urge the...


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UK flooding: military to support ‘urgent’ flood defence inspections

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has said that the military has joined forces with the Environment Agency to help it assess damage caused to structures and flood defences caused by the bad weather. The army has already begun looking at the impacts in some parts of the UK that...


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Welfare system failing, say Church of England bishops

The Church of England has made one of its biggest political interventions in recent decades, openly criticising the prime minister for presiding over cuts to the welfare system that it says have pushed hundreds of thousands into poverty. In an open letter to the Daily Mirror, bishops from the...


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Fossil fuel divestment ‘builds capacity and resilience’, says Mary Robinson

Former Irish president Mary Robinson has said the fossil fuel divestment campaign is a “shining example” of what must be done in the fight against climate change. Robinson, the first female president of Ireland and a former UN high commissioner for human rights, also set up the Mary Robinson...


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Campaign groups call for halt to transatlantic trade deal

Campaign groups have claimed that a transatlantic trade deal between the EU and the US will impact on democracy and give corporations more power over a range of issues such as climate change and the environment. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a proposal to create a trade free area covering...


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How do we involve the most vulnerable in flood protection decisions?

The UK floods prove we should move beyond emergency response and build institutions and infrastructure to create enduring resilience across all social groups, says Clare Downing. If you talk to anyone who has been affected by a flood, they would no doubt have a long list of questions and complaints...


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Tax energy use, say retailers

A consortium of retailers is calling on the government to conduct major reforms of how business rates are paid, recommending taxation on energy usage. The Business Retail Consortium (BRC) made the recommendation in a report published on Tuesday, which also calls for a major shift in the way property...


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China sets up $1.65bn fund to solve air pollution

China is set to offer financial rewards to companies in an effort to encourage them to clean up their operations, after setting up a $1.65 billion (£990m) fund. Air pollution, driven by industrial growth and low environmental regulation, presents a huge challenge for the country. According to local news...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 10 February 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. Urban sustainable tourism: being responsible in the city In extinction level event movies and books, the powerful hide the truth Church of...


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Demand for renewables to drive wind turbine towers market

As the demand for renewable sources of energy and wind power technology increases, the wind turbine towers market will grow by more than $7 billion (£4.2 billion) globally in the next six years, according to research. However, insufficient grid structure could hamper growth. According to figures from GlobalData the...


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Fuel-efficient cars driving automotive market’s growth

Industry figures show fuel-efficient cars are driving the automotive market, as consumers look to cut the costs of motoring by purchasing alternative fuel vehicles such as electric hybrids. The whole industry saw growth of 7.6% in January, when compared to the same period in 2013. In comparison, alternative fuel...


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UK weather: rain shows ‘no signs of abating’ as military moves to Somerset’s aid

Heavy rain and strong winds are set to continue into the weekend in parts of Britain, according to the Environment Agency, as the military is drafted in to assist flood-hit communities in Somerset. Flood risk manager Paul Mustow said over 160,000 properties had been protected by the Environment Agency in...


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UK weather: south-west braced for torrential downpours

The extreme weather is showing no let-up for some parts of the UK, as the Met Office forecasts further heavy rain and strong winds. The south-west of England is expected to be the hardest hit. Some residents have been forced to leave their homes to escape the torrential conditions....


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Investment conundrum: solar panels or a pension?

Listen to Blue & Green director Mark Hoskin, a financial adviser at London-based Holden & Partners, speak to BBC WM about the benefits of investing in solar panels. The energy minister Greg Barker said on Tuesday that installing solar panels on your roof could well be a better long-term...


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