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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 2 July 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. Green and gullible: how tree investment schemes aren’t always what they seem Hitting a bullseye in investing for impact – and sometimes...


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Blue & Green holiday cottages: Katy’s Cottage, Brechin

At the heart of Glenprosen, one of the renowned ‘Glens of Angus’, lies the Balnaboth Estate, on the edge of the Caringorms National Park, Scotland, where six holiday cottages are located, available to book now through cottages4you. The cottages were once occupied by shepherds, gardeners and other staff of...


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The Church of England’s Wonga investment is a prequel for our own embarrassment

Giles Fraser, priest-in-charge at St Mary’s Newington in south London, delivered Tuesday morning’s Thought for the Day on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. He chose to tackle the Church of England’s recent review of its ethical investment strategy, and the below is a transcript of what he said. What...


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Hitting a bullseye in investing for impact – and sometimes aiming off-centre

Whether it’s climate change, renewable energy or water scarcity, we all have areas we want to invest in – but it’s not always possible to hit that sweet spot straight away. Suzanne Biegel writes about the investment bullseye, and why aiming slightly off-centre is not always such a bad thing....


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Green and gullible: how tree investment schemes aren’t always what they seem

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Many people seem to forget this maxim when investing. In recent years, there has been a spate of unregulated ‘green’ investment schemes. These ‘guarantee’ returns of 13% per annum or more, and claim to save the planet, but how...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 1 July 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. You can get a healthy return by investing sustainably – and here’s the proof UK’s Biological Records Centre celebrates five decades of...


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Your chance to sponsor Sustainable September

While we have two announced supporters and will be announcing further support in the coming weeks, there are still Sustainable September sponsorship opportunities available for all budgets. If you want to put your business in front of an affluent, senior audience, then this could be an ideal solution. Sustainable...


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You can get a healthy return by investing sustainably – and here’s proof

You don’t have to look 30 years and beyond to be rewarded for a responsible investment. There are some extremely powerful factors that suggest investing this way now makes financial sense. This article is an extract from Richard Essex’s 2014 book, Invest, Feel Good and Make a Difference, which is available...


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On this day in 1860: Oxford debates evolution after Darwin’s seminal text

One hundred and fifty-four years ago today, seven months after the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, a group of British scientists and philosophers debated the theory of evolution at the Oxford University Museum.  The implications of Darwin’s theory had caused uproar within the church and...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 30 June 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. Philanthropy is about giving ‘a hand up, rather than a handout’ The Crowd’s Green Corporate Energy conference – review Bill Gates: ‘miracles’...


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10 articles you may have missed this week

This week on Blue & Green Tomorrow, financial adviser Richard Essex explained how sustainable investment has already changed the world. We also discussed the role of negative screening – excluding ‘sin stocks’ like tobacco and weapons – in sustainable investment and heard from Marks & Spencer’s chief executive on...


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TED talks: Investing as if the future matters – Graham Sinclair

Investors should look to the long-term and help create a future that looks a lot different to today, says Graham Sinclair in this week’s featured TED talk. Sinclair is a sustainable investment strategist at consultancy firm SinCo and co-founder of the not-for-profit Africa Sustainable Investment Forum project. Speaking at...


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The Crowd’s Green Corporate Energy conference – review

The Crowd, formerly Green Mondays, has been putting on excellent events since 2008. Bringing together senior business leaders, thought leaders, academics and policymakers, this year’s Green Corporate Energy conference was no exception. The Greek Revival-style block of Portland stone that is the home of the Royal College of GPs...


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Philanthropy is about giving ‘a hand up, rather than a handout’

David Krantz from the Centre for Responsible Travel (CREST) speaks with Blue & Green Tomorrow about its Travellers’ Philanthropy programme – where tourism businesses and travellers are going to extraordinary lengths. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Philanthropy 2014.   How would you define philanthropy?...


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Film review: Everything’s Cool (2007)

Everything’s Cool is a film about the US’s perception of global warming, highlighting the knowledge gap between scientific understanding and what the general population believes is happening and causing climate change. The filmmakers take a look at what has been said in the climate debate on both sides and...


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