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Amount saved in ISA accounts sees largest fall in 15 years

The amount of money held in cash ISAs fell in April at the fastest monthly rate since the accounts were introduced in 1999, according to figures from the Bank of England. Low interest rates and incoming reforms are thought to be responsible. ISAs, or individual savings accounts, allow individuals...


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On this day in 1989: Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests

On this day 25 years ago, the Chinese Communist party sent 200,000 soldiers to suppress a peaceful student-led demonstration calling for political reform. The move caused numerous casualties among the demonstrators, led to a crackdown on other protests and placed strict restrictions on the media. Pro-democracy protesters went to...


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Renewables industry calls for boost to hydroelectric pumped storage

Scottish Renewables has called on the UK and Scottish governments to collaborate in an effort to boost potential and investment in hydroelectric pumped storage. The organisation argues that the technology can help the UK transition to a low-carbon future. Pumped storage effectively acts like a giant battery. The method...


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Future sustainability leaders: Andrew Adam

What will business look like in the future and who are our future leaders? This is the fifth instalment in a new feature, in which we speak with a group of young people who are making waves in sustainability. All 12 are scholars on Forum for the Future’s renowned master’s...


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An investment you can touch beats dealing with pure numbers

Investments can sometimes seem pretty remote from real life. If we’re not careful, we can regress into dealing with pure numbers. Several investment websites seem to talk about companies as if they were machines for making money, focusing on PEs, ROCE, EPS and Capex with no mention anywhere about...


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Reform and uncertainty sees UK slip down EY renewables investment index

The UK has fallen to sixth place in consultancy firm EY’s renewable energy Country Attractiveness Index, after the prospect of solar market reforms sparked more uncertainty for developers and investors. The quarterly index, which began in 2003, ranks 40 countries on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and...


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7,000 businesses compelled to report energy use and potential energy saving strategies

Cutting energy consumption is clearly concentrating government minds, as more than 7,000 businesses will soon be compelled to produce detailed reports on energy use or face fines. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is finalising the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to be announced in next couple...


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Queen’s speech to include ‘collective pensions’ plans

Government plans to introduce ‘collective pensions’ are to be unveiled in the Queen’s speech in the House of Lords on Wednesday. The move is expected to be unveiled by the Queen in the new pensions bill, in an attempt to bring further control to the pensions industry. Ministers are...


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Christiana Figueres’s nine essential climate actions for individuals

At a recent event at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres invited individuals not to simply leave the grand building with inspiring words, but to instead take concrete action to help fight climate change. “Because we cannot ask others to do what we have not...


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To create a sustainable democracy, we need greater transparency on policies

A sustainable democracy is transparent, accountable and representative. We can change ours by voting for policies at elections – and not personalities. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Democracy 2014. A sustainable democracy adapts to the changing demands of an active electorate. In a...


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Contrasting reports on cost of Scottish independence

Two reports looking at how much Scottish independence will cost have come up with contrasting views. Whilst the Scottish government claims its citizens would be better off, the UK government suggests it will cost £2.7 billion for an independent Scotland to set up the public bodies needed. The report...


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Biofuels to put ‘unparalleled and unsustainable’ pressure on resources, claims campaign group

The growing demand for bioenergy will exert “unparalleled and unsustainable” new pressures on the world’s land and forests, according to campaign group Friends of the Earth (FoE) Europe. However, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has refuted these claims, saying bioenergy done in the right way is vital for mitigating climate...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 28 May 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. Future sustainability leaders: Rebecca Trevalyan Is responsible voluntourism possible? ‘Yes, but it’s very hard’, says expert Capitalism needs to change and reduce...


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Pfizer drops AstraZeneca takeover bid

US drugs giant Pfizer has withdrawn its attempt to takeover British firm AstraZeneca after having its final offer rejected. The company will now have to wait six months before making a new bid, or three months if AstraZeneca wants to agree to a deal. At the beginning of May,...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 27 May 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. Positive politics for the 21st century Green deal changes put pressure on carbon reduction Decentralisation is a question of ‘why?’ not ‘how?’ Government...


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