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Book review: The Future – Al Gore (2014)

Al Gore, the former US vice-president behind An Inconvenient Truth, explores the political, social and economic forces that are shaping the world in The Future. He examines the ‘drivers of change’ and sets out the potential dangers of each. Six themes are identified as driving change, including communications, the...


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Tony Benn, 1925-2014: some of his best quotes

The tragic death of the great parliamentarian Tony Benn, and the untimely death of trade union leader Bob Crow at 52 on Tuesday, has robbed the left in the UK of two its most powerful and eloquent champions. Benn was a Labour MP for over 50 years, and a prolific diarist...


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Growing Underground: London’s secret garden

Many curious things are buried beneath London’s busy streets. The list includes disused tube stations, 17th century plague pits, and – if you believe that sort of thing – the ghost of an ancient Egyptian priestess. The future of farming may be another. Growing Underground is a carbon neutral...


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A convenient truth: the role of cycling in a sustainable transport system

Investing in improving cycling infrastructure is a no-brainer for the economy, the environment and our health, writes Alec James of cycling charity Sustrans. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Transport 2014. Let’s get straight to the point – cycling is arguably the closest to...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 14 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. The 2014 budget we want to see Why tourism can be a force for good in the developing world, and why it...


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Sustainable holiday destinations: Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are an adored tropical paradise in the Pacific Ocean. Their survival lays inevitably in their ability to conserve the local ecosystem through strict controls of movement and responsible tourism. Officially known as the Archipelago de Colon, the islands are located 500 miles west of Ecuador. To...


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Blue & Green holiday cottages: Beck Mill Cottage, Langwathby

Beck Mill Cottage is positioned above a mill pond and set within two acres of grounds offering uninterrupted views of the Pennines. It is available to book now through cottages4you. Although a traditional style of cottage the property is totally modernised to a high standard and is ideal for...


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Pope Francis: a year in the life of an environmental pope

Josè Bergoglio has been Pope Francis I for exactly one year. In that time, he has shed light on many issues, both within the Catholic church and elsewhere, such as corruption, greed and humanity’s disrespect for the natural environment. Advocating a “poor church for the poor” upon his election,...


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The 2014 budget we want to see

Blue & Green Tomorrow has been writing about chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne’s budgets and economic statements since 2010. We detect a slight change of tone towards environmentalism, post-floods, in Osborne. His budget will demonstrate whether he’s really a shy green and a practical environmentalist, or whether it...


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Why tourism can be a force for good in the developing world, and why it isn’t

Tourism can bring about positive change, but bad practices within the industry tend to make it part of the problem, rather than part of the solution. Felipe Zalamea of Sumak Sustainable Travel explains why tourism could be a force of good in the developing world, but isn’t. As one of the...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 13 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. Investing in sustainable transport, and not destroying the world Not just unethical, tobacco is a financially unsustainable investment Natural capital committee calls...


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Sustainability in the city: Bogotá, Colombia

As recently as the 1990s Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, was associated more with violence, drug wars and murder than sustainability. Foreigners saw the city as one the world’s most dangerous places to visit and cocaine was one of its most famous exports. Its journey towards redemption gathered momentum...


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Spending term of the day: overconsumption

In the spending context, overconsumption refers to the act of consuming resources, goods and services at a level exceeding that which is necessary. It also means consuming at a rate that is unsustainable in terms of resource capacity and availability and the generation of waste. Overconsumption


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Ethical retailer of the week: Smart Solar

Smart Solar provides decorations and tools for the garden that are powered by clean sunlight. The firm has experienced steady growth since its launch in 2004. It says this prosperity reflects the demand from customers for products that have a smaller impact on the environment. Based in Oxford, it...


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Not just unethical, tobacco is a financially unsustainable investment

It may be unethical and immoral to profit from companies that sell addictive, cancer-causing drugs to children in places with little or no public health or education, but it is also financially unsustainable in the long-term, writes Alex Blackburne on No Smoking Day. Smoking is responsible for one in...


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