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Sustainable transport: to fly, or not to fly?

One side argues that the green movement can be enriched by air travel; the other says environmentalists must stay grounded. But who’s right? This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Transport 2014. Innovations that will reduce passenger planes’ considerable environmental impact may be possible, but...


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My budget 2014 wishlist: Julian Parrott, ethical financial adviser

Julian Parrott, a partner at Edinburgh-based specialist sustainable financial advice firm Ethical Futures, reveals his wishlist for Wednesday’s budget statement. I’d like to see strategies that would start to focus fiscal policy on creating a more sustainable and socially just society. So, in no particular order: - Maintain increase...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 18 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. Resonance: matching social enterprise with investment Corporate careers with a conscience: challenge, success, making a difference – can you have it all?...


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Investment term of the day: Enterprise Investment Scheme

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offers tax relief to investors buying shares in smaller high-risk trading companies. It is designed to encourage investment n companies that are not listed on a stock exchange. Investors can invest up to £1m in any tax year and receive 30% tax relief. However,...


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St Patrick’s Day: Ireland’s sustainability credentials at a glance

Today is St Patrick’s Day, the annual holiday that celebrates the life of Ireland’s patron saint – and kicks off 24 hours of Guinness-fuelled merriment around the world. At Blue & Green Tomorrow, we’re celebrating by wearing shamrocks and rounding up all of our Irish-themed stories and features. Energy Renewable...


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Corporate careers with a conscience: challenge, success, making a difference – can you have it all?

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has held the above conference for its students for the last few years. Heavy snow prevented me from being a panellist in 2013, so I wasn’t going to miss out this year. The economist Nick O’Shea was in the chair...


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Resonance: matching social enterprise with investment

As interest in social enterprises continues to grow, social impact investment firm Resonance represents an innovative way to connect social organisations with responsible investors. It aims to match social enterprises with investors who share their values and want to invest in sustainable, well-planned projects. The organisation is currently working...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 17 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. Sustainable Shipping Initiative: a maritime sea change The sole purpose of investment is profit. All other considerations are secondary The ‘nude food’...


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Sustainable Shipping Initiative: a maritime sea change

According to the European commission, emissions from the global shipping industry amount to around 1 billion tonnes a year, accounting for 3% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Though the maritime industry can make a case for being among the most energy efficient forms of freight transport, its...


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Solving the beauty problem

Laura Sanchez, founder of Lypsso, writes about providing solutions to solve the ‘beauty problem’. My greatest passions are: beauty, helping SMEs to grow their businesses and finding ways to make people’s lives easier. When I reached a turning point in my professional career, I decided to change direction and...


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Infographic: the Internet Of Things – yesterday, today and tomorrow

Almost 25 years to the day since Tim Berners-Lee invented the internet, the UK government announced that it would be investing an extra £45m into the development of the so-called Internet of Things. This generally refers to networks of physical objects – from kettles to pacemakers – that are  equipped...


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The ‘nude food’ revolution: an investment for our future

Down in a quirky bar in the hippy, trippy surf town of Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast, another artist got to the stage. I am pretty arty and open-minded, but this night had been more hippy and trippy than most, so when a man climbed up carrying a...


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TED talks: the 3 agencies with the power to make or break economies – Annette Heuser

Ratings agencies rate financial products, companies, banks and even countries. We need to change the way they are run, Annette Heuser says in this week’s featured TED talk. When a ratings agency rates a country, it is rating that country’s ability and willingness to repay its debt. The very nature...


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The sole purpose of investment is profit. All other considerations are secondary

In a recent debate at a team get-together, Blue & Green Tomorrow’s founder and publisher Simon Leadbetter was asked to adopt the role of a red-in-tooth-and-claw, unfettered investor. With 18 years’ experience in financial services, he has worked with people whose profit-at-any-cost mentality would make Gordon Gekko proud. This...


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Film review: Black Gold (2005)

Black Gold follows the manager of an Ethiopian coffee union attempting to save his 74,000 struggling farmers from bankruptcy. As the farmers strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans, Tadesse Meskela travels the world seeking buyers who will pay a fair price. Coffee is one of...


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