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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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Cuadrilla unveils new fracking exploration sites in Lancashire

Energy company Cuadrilla has announced that it intends to apply for planning permission to drill for shale gas at two new sites in Lancashire, in order to determine whether they are appropriate for fracking. The firm, which ceased operations at an exploratory drilling site in West Sussex in January, has identified...


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McIntosh and Yeo’s deselections leave Tories in a worse place environmentally

In the space of four days, the chairs of both the environment and energy committees, Anne McIntosh and Tim Yeo, have been deselected as members of parliament. The government’s locker of sustainability credentials is becoming increasingly bare. McIntosh has served her Yorkshire constituency of Thirsk and Malton since 1997....


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Government should encourage SME lending, says thinktank

The government should do more to encourage lending to small businesses, and building societies should be allowed to buy TSB bank, according to a leading thinktank. In a report published on Monday, ResPublica suggests a number of measures the government could implement that would bring about greater competition by...


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Lloyds Banking Group sets aside further £1.8bn for PPI claims

Lloyds Banking Group’s bill for mis-selling payment protection insurance (PPI) has almost reached £10 billion, after it announced it would be setting aside an additional £1.8 billion to compensate customers. In a statement, the bank said, “The PPI provision increase is principally based on the group’s revised expectations for...


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Government sets out social enterprise support in Social Investment Roadmap

Social enterprises could receive a boost in 2014, after the government laid out its plans to extend tax relief benefits to social enterprises in a bid to increase investment. The Social Investment Roadmap builds on a formal consultation on social investment tax relief, which was published in summer 2013....


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Radioactivity fears at Sellafield nuclear site quashed after evacuation

Fears over a possible radioactive leak at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria have been quashed. Officials say initial radioactivity readings that led to staff being evacuated were “not attributable” to any problems. All non-essential personnel were forced to leave the site on Friday morning, when Sellafield monitors detected...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 31 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. Major philanthropic foundations add backing to fossil fuel divestment drive Treasury looks to extend ISA reach to peer-to-peer finance and crowdfunding Government...


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Survey: public support for fracking weakening

A series of surveys tracking the awareness of and support for shale gas shows that public backing for the industry has slipped following several protests and concerns around water contamination. The University of Nottingham asked over 3,000 members of the public for their opinion on shale gas between January...


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Maintaining our flood defences: the policy remains to cut now, pay later

The government is cutting flood spending in real terms, just as the country is hit by even more damaging floods. Blaming the Environment Agency for the spending decisions of government and MPs who voted them through is a clever distraction tactic. It ignores facts and the resultant suffering on...


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Public shows renewables interest ahead of Community Energy Strategy unveiling

Campaign group 10:10 is calling on the government to match public enthusiasm for local renewable energy projects ahead of the publication of the Community Energy Strategy next week. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) called for evidence from community energy groups and intermediaries in the summer last...


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The pensions timebomb: 11m at risk of poverty in old age

A leading thinktank has warned the government that most Britons are not saving enough for their retirement, calling the issue a “pensions timebomb”. Policy Exchange claims that around 11 million people are saving six times less than they should for their retirements, and is calling on the government to...


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HS2: opponents to high-speed rail link defeated in Supreme Court

A legal bid to put the controversial HS2 high-speed rail plans under further scrutiny in government has been rejected by the Supreme Court. Objectors to the plans say that the government’s transport department had breached an EU directive, failing to properly carry out environmental impact assessments. Advocates for the...


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Npower publishes ‘misleading’ figures on energy costs

The energy regulator Ofgem has said that a report published by one of Britain’s largest energy companies contains “incorrect and misleading” data about the cost of transporting gas and electricity. Npower later corrected the figures, which initially said that network cost of energy would rise from £295 per customer...


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