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UK Valentine’s cards could be contributing to deforestation

Purchasing a Valentine’s card for your loved one on the UK high street could contribute to illegal logging and deforestation, the WWF has warned, due to loopholes in EU regulation. WWF purchased a number of cards from high street retailers and found that three, from Card Factory, Clintons and...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 9 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. CDP: Japanese carmakers best prepared for stricter emissions regulation Norway’s pension fund divests from risky assets Survey: businesses look to embed sustainability...


autumn tree by Tim Sackton via Flickr

Survey: businesses look to embed sustainability in 2015

Over the next year almost half of businesses and organisations have made it a top priority to embed sustainability throughout operations, according to a survey. Additionally 25% of respondents labelled sustainability as a key driver. The survey, conducted by Ethical Corporation, primarily compromised of global brands but also included...


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Branson and Polman among business leaders calling for tough emission targets

Business leaders, including Richard Branson and Paul Polman, of Virgin and Unilever respectively, have called for tough emission targets to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. The B Team, which is made up of international business leaders, wants to see a net-zero emissions target for 2050. In a letter...


Wind turbines by Janie.hernandez55 (flickr name)

Public support for renewables remains high

A government public poll has revealed that despite the government supporting the fracking industry, Brits still prefer renewables, with over three-quarters supporting clean energy generation. In the 12th survey of its kind questioning UK adults, some 76% support the use of renewables to generate electricity, fuel and heat in...


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Sustainability pressures threaten investment and development, warns report

Competition for key resources and converging sustainability pressures in developing countries could “trigger far-reaching instability” in the global economy, according to a report that calls for governments and businesses to look at the bigger picture on resilience. The report, from the Earth Security Group, argues that resource pressures in...


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Green Investment Bank announces £50m waste and recycling fund

The UK Green Investment Bank has launched a new £50 million fund that will target smaller-scale, innovative, recycling and waste projects across the UK. The Green Investment Bank was created by the government with that aim to use its finance to back green projects on commercial terms and mobilise...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 2 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. Shell backs shareholder resolution on climate risk UK solar power almost doubled in 2014 Frequency of heatwaves in urban areas on the...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 29 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. World can meet climate targets and live well, finds government initiative Countdown to Election 2015 Decline of UK’s natural environment ‘costly’ to...


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World can meet climate targets and live well, finds government initiative

The world can cut carbon emissions and limit global temperature increase to 2C whilst still prospering and maintaining lifestyles, according to new online tool the Global Calculator, a project led by the UK government. The initiative uses data reviewed by over 150 international experts and concludes that the world...


Polling station By Martin Bamford via Flickr

Countdown to Election 2015

As we prepare for the launch party of voteforpolicies.org in February, here’s a short time line of the key events taking place in the lead up to a pivotal general election. UK Polling Report currently puts Labour agonisingly one seat short of an overall majority with 325 (50%) seats from 33%...


woodland river by Robert Pittman via Flickr

Decline of UK’s natural environment ‘costly’ to economy and wellbeing

The UK’s natural capital is in decline and must be safeguarded, according to a report from the Natural Capital Committee. The study warns that a declining natural environment is proving “costly” to our wellbeing and economy. The committee argues that England’s natural capital, which is defined as elements of...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 28 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. Government forced to U-turn on fracking plans Prince Charles: climate agreement should be ‘new Magna Carta for the Earth’ US north-east cost...


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Government forced to U-turn on fracking plans

The government has been forced to change plans on where fracking can occur across the UK after conceding to Labour’s calls to close 13 environmental loopholes in the industry’s regulation. Energy secretary Ed Davey accepted amendments to the infrastructure bill put forward by Labour. The amendments include an outright...


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Government faces calls to raise Zero Carbon Homes standards

MPs are being urged to back amendments to the infrastructure bill today to “restore” the government’s Zero Carbon Homes standards, which are set to come in next year. The UK had been on track to deliver “genuinely zero carbon homes for new build in 2016”. However, according to a...



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