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Government sets out plans for ‘solar hubs’

The government has set out plans to turn factories, supermarkets and car parks into ‘solar hubs’ in its new Solar Strategy. In a report, the government describes the potential benefits solar power can bring to the UK economy. The government said it wants to move the emphasis for growth...


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Badger cull will not be rolled out – but will continue in pilot areas

The government has confirmed that the badger cull, which aimed to reduce the threat of bovine tuberculosis in cattle, will not be rolled out nationwide. However, the cull will continue in the two pilot areas – Gloucestershire and Somerset. The cull has faced strong opposition from environmental groups and...


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Leading organisations call for energy efficiency standard in private rented sector

A coalition of than 30 leading organisations have called on the government to set a minimum energy efficiency standard for the private rented sector (PRS). It had previously been expected that regulation would be laid out in parliament in late 2013 or early 2014, but a public consultation is...


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Unprecedented pollution, fines and wind farms

Just as the UK is hit by unprecedented smog and a £300m fine for not meeting air pollution targets, it is leaked that the Conservatives are thinking about weakening their commitment to onshore wind farms. This is a prime example of shortsightedness. For all the arguments about manmade climate change, the fundamental...


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Two UK coal mines risk closing down

Two of the three deep mines left in Britain are about to shut down amid lack of funds and coal-hostile environment, leaving 1,300 workers unemployed. UK Coal runs the sites, which are located at Kellingley in Yorkshire and Thoresby in Nottinghamshire. Kellingley is the largest deep mine left and...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday April 3 March 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. 21st century leadership: from business as usual to business as a force for good International Tourism Partnership: the hotels that are shaping...


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Government and BBC failing to communicate climate change, say MPs

Both the government and the BBC must improve their communication of climate science and the risks of climate change to the public, according to a new report by a committee of MPs. Publishing its findings on Wednesday, the science and technology committee said it had discovered little evidence of...


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IMF: banks ‘too important to fail’ are taking bigger risks

Despite reforms in recent years, banks that are deemed ‘too big to fail’ are still taking bigger risks because of the expectation that governments will support them, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The issue has arguably intensified in the wake of the financial crisis. Analysis from the...


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Shock, horror! Energy companies have ‘let us down’

Energy companies have admitted they have let us down in a hard-hitting new report for a conference on Thursday in London called Energy, Politics and the Consumer. The admission has only been given in the lead up to to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation, but we did already...


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Gender equality on boards improving – but pace is too slow

The third annual review tracking the progress of increasing the number of women on the boards of top companies shows encouraging signs. However, the pace of change means the government could miss its target. A 2011 government-commissioned review led by Lord Davies of Abersoch recommend a target of women...


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Active ownership: investing as ‘responsible stewards, not absentee landlords’

Alex Blackburne explores the long-term financial benefits of active ownership. There was a time when investors at both an institutional and retail level would be almost entirely disconnected from what their assets were doing. The norm was to invest, sit back and collect the (hopefully healthy) dividend each quarter....


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 25 March 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. Will Oulton plans top slot for First State responsible investment Which? says impartial advice ‘critical’ to protecting pensioners Labour urged to take...


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Government to map potential of water-source renewables to reduce reliance on gas

Energy secretary Ed Davey has said his department will explore the potential of water-source heat in providing clean energy to the UK, describing the technology as “game-changing”. He also highlighted how energy security is a critical issue amid tensions in Ukraine. Speaking to the Independent on Sunday, Davey said...


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New green deal energy efficiency plans reduced to a ‘trickle’

The government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme the green deal has been criticised again after official figures showed that the initiative is continuing to disappoint. The green deal was officially launched at the beginning of 2013 and aims to tackle barriers relating to the take-up of energy efficiency measures. The...


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How do we make democracy sustainable? Tell us your views

Do you think there should be fewer MPs? Should the House of Lords be reformed? Should manifesto promises be legally binding? We’re asking those questions and more in a new survey ahead of our forthcoming Guide to Sustainable Democracy, which is set for release in April. Alongside our friends...


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