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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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Official wealth figures outline ‘grotesque’ inequality in Britain

New data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that Britain’s wealthiest 1% now holds as much wealth as the poorest 54%. The findings have been described as “grotesque” by an equality campaign. Total household wealth in Great Britain topped £9.5 trillion in 2010-12, an increase of 12%...


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Political parties on the spot: how do we make our democracy sustainable?

The challenges that the 21st century world faces demand a 21st century democracy. Four parties say how they would reshape politics. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Democracy 2014.  With falling voter turnout revealing the growing body of people failed by modern politics, the...


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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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