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Ecotricity saves wind firm from administration

Renewable energy firm Ecotricity has bought a small wind firm out of administration, while blaming government policies for leaving “investors spooked”. Small wind firm Evance has been working on an innovative new windmill design, which was 90% of the way through development and nearing production stage when government policy...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 15 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. One size doesn’t fit all: democracy is not always the best form of government Climate change a ‘catalyst for conflict’ Third sector...


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Parliament moves forward with plans to ban unpaid internships

MPs have given the green light to plans to ban unpaid internships, in what has been called a “positive step forward” for graduates who cannot afford to work for free. The plans to legislate against the exploitation of university graduates were supported by 181 votes against 19, after the...


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One size doesn’t fit all: democracy is not always the best form of government

The Intelligence Squared democracy debate took place at just the right time for Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Democracy. Held in London’s Cadogan Hall in front of a sold out audience, the debate explored whether democracy is always the best form of government.  This article originally appeared...


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DECC plans to scrap solar farm subsidy will ‘undermine investment’

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed plans to stop subsidies through the renewables obligation (RO) scheme for large-scale solar farms. The plans have received strong criticism for singling out solar and putting investment at risk. Under the plans, solar farms that generate more than 5...


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IGas takes over Dart Energy to create mega fracking firm

UK fracking firm IGas has agreed to take over its Australian rival Dart Energy in a £117m deal that will create Britain’s largest shale gas explorer. Announced last week, the deal is expected to conclude in September, creating a company with an equity value of almost £400m and a portfolio...


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‘Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain?’

So said Tony Hancock (who would have turned 90 today) in 1959′s 12 Angry Men, a brilliant spoof of Henry Fonda’s 1957 film of the same name. Magna Carta, King John’s grudging attempt to appease rebellious barons and clergy, celebrates its 800th anniversary in 2015. This article originally appeared...


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€70m Irish energy efficiency investment fund unveiled

The Irish government has announced it will work with leading investment manager Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL) to launch a new €70m (£57.2m) fund for energy-saving initiatives. It is hoped that the National Energy Efficiency Fund will lead to a new wave of energy efficiency projects in the Irish market,...


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Social Investment Scotland secures £16m to create new fund

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has successfully bid for £8m in funding from Big Society Capital, which will be matched by the Scottish government. The money will be used to create the Social Growth Fund that will aim to deliver measurable social impacts. SIS is a leading funder in the...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 9 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. The power is in your hands: the benefits of solar energy ‘Alternative’ finance no more: Crowdfunder on why it’s eyeing up the...


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House of Lords urges government to ‘go all out for shale’

A House of Lords report has supported the government’s commitment to “go all out for shale” and has urged fracking to be made a “national priority”, despite public opposition to the practice and concerns around its impacts. The House of Lords economic affairs committee argues that the UK has...


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The Guide to Sustainable Democracy 2014

How do we make democracy sustainable? That’s a question we set out to answer in The Guide to Sustainable Democracy 2014, which is published exactly a year to the day until the 2015 general election takes place. Providing answers are politicians from the major parties, as well as leading reform...


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Ban Ki-Moon calls for widespread action to tackle climate change

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has called on everyone, from business leaders and politicians to investors and citizens, to work together to tackle climate change. He argues that no one can afford for the world to continue as business as usual. His call for action comes ahead of the climate...


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Momentum for social investment is building, says Big Society Capital chair

Harvey McGrath, chairman of the Big Society Capital, has described social investment as a genuine “alternative and sustainable” way to fund work that benefits communities and wider society. He added that social investment is gathering momentum and could soon make a discernable impact. Over the course of 2013, Big...


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Rising house prices fuelling inequality, says Legal & General

Rapidly increasing house prices that are far outstripping wage increases are driving inequality in the UK, according to the leading insurance and investment firm Legal & General. Since the mid 1990s, house prices have doubled in real terms due to the amount of houses being built failing to keep...


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