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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...


The Guide to Sustainable Democracy

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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Social media boosts awareness and philanthropy in China’s non-profit sector

Technology and the use of social media has reportedly boosted China’s third sector by engaging with the public, building trust and improving transparency, according to the Asia Foundation. The organisation explains that whilst Chinese culture has historically encouraged charity, an extensive welfare system led to it becoming less commonplace....


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Government announces £30m social impact bond for vulnerable young people

The government has announced a new social impact bond that it hopes will lead to innovative solutions to tackling unemployment among young people. The £30 million package aims to help improve the prospects of up to 20,000 people. A social impact bond is a contract with the public sector...


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Lisa Nandy MP: saying goodbye to ‘antisocial’ business

Lisa Nandy, Labour MP for Wigan and chair of the all-party parliamentary group on international corporate responsibility, speaks to Alex Blackburne about the role of government in encouraging sustainable business. More than 1,000 workers died when a Bangladeshi garment factory – the Rana Plaza – collapsed on April 24 last...


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MPs criticise government’s short-termist national energy security plan

A report by the joint committee on national security strategy has criticised the government’s failure to deliver plans that offer a secure, long-term energy supply, given the recent events in Ukraine and the likelihood of more frequent extreme weather. The committee said that the government should use the effects...


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Renewable energy sector set for £64bn investment by 2020

The renewable energy industry now accounts for 4.2% of the UK’s energy mix following £29.8 billion of private investment since 2010. This figure is set to grow to £64.4 billion by 2020, according to a new report published by the trade body the Renewable Energy Association (REA). Almost two-thirds...


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Treasury’s climate modelling ‘deeply flawed’

The model used by the Treasury to assess the economic impact of climate change and the UK’s carbon budgets has been described as “deeply flawed” and “widely misleading”, by Harvard economist Dr Frank Ackerman and Joseph Daniel of Synapse Energy Economics. In a report commissioned by Friends of the...


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Private sector could become involved in government scientific research

Private sector organisations may soon be able invest in the government’s Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera), according to reports. The potential of a joint venture has received criticism. Fera is responsible for scientific research across a wide range of issues, covering agriculture and the food supply chain. It...


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HS2 vote: project to go ahead despite Tory revolt

MPs have voted against a proposal to scrap the controversial HS2 rail project, with construction now expected to begin in 2017 after a group of Tory rebels failed to stop the scheme. Ministers rejected the proposal from former cabinet minister Cheryl Gillan for the project to be shelved by...


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New Energy & Cleantech Awards company seeks to cut transport emissions

The seventh annual New Energy & Cleantech Awards, to be held on April 30, will see clean energy companies looking for growth finance present to an investor audience. For the second consecutive year a cleantech forum will precede the evening awards ceremony. Each company will tell the crowd why...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 29 April 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. Pressure on energy bills rises as national renewable power policy gets a makeover Report calls for businesses to move from ‘doing less...


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