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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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Business needs to focus on the long-term to restore faith in capitalism

The business sector needs to look past the bottom line and consider the long term in order to solve society’s problems and restore faith in capitalism, according to Lynn Forester de Rothschild, chief executive of EL Rothschild and founder of the Conference on Inclusive Capitalism 2014. She argues that...


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Sustainable thinking: how do we make our democracy sustainable?

Three prominent thinktanks explain their ideas on how to make sustainability and environmental issues a greater part of political thought. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Democracy 2014. Thinktanks, research and policy institutes can provide an unparalleled level of expertise and analysis on political...


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Greens push Lib Dems into fifth place ahead of European election

The Green party has pushed the Liberal Democrats into fifth place ahead of the European election on Thursday, according to the latest poll of voting intentions. The ComRes survey, conducted for the Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror, said 7% of people are “absolutely certain to vote” for the...


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S&P 500 companies experiencing increasing climate change risks

The impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events such as hurricanes, droughts and floods, are increasingly threatening the operations of the US’s biggest companies, a new report has revealed. In a new survey, CDP collected climate-related disclosures from companies listed on the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 index...


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Defra’s badger sett-gassing trials condemned by campaigners

The government has confirmed it is currently examining how the poisonous gases carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide flow through complex badger setts – with a view of using them as potential culling methods. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed the tests in a freedom of...


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Philippines builds first large solar park in bid to curb fossil fuel reliance

Benigno Aquino III, president of the the Philippines, has opened the country’s first large-scale solar park, six months after the devastation caused by the super-typhoon Haiyan. The 22 megawatt (MW) project, built by solar firm Conergy, represents a defining moment in the restructuring of the Philippines’ energy market. In an...


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