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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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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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