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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 10 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. 2014: the year of women’s investment? Crimea, the carbon bubble and climate change Coal mining’s lasting legacy in West Virginia: cancer and...


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Energy, pensions and banks: can we fix our broken markets for the long-term?

Exposing the secrets of Britain’s energy giants and forcing them to put things right is suddenly in vogue, it seems. Even Ofgem is at it. The regulator – described only recently as a “toothless tiger” by MPs – last week ordered the big six to hand back over £400m accumulated over...


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Coal mining’s lasting legacy in West Virginia: cancer and birth defects

Recent studies suggest that coal mining affects the health of everyone who lives nearby — not just those who work in the mines, writes Erin L McCoy. In the middle of a sentence, Gary Bone has to stop and gasp. “I lose my breath”, he tells me through the...


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Crimea, the carbon bubble and climate change

Two seemingly unrelated events suggest we might be at a tipping point for discussions about climate change. What does Russia’s effective capture of Crimea and a report from British MPs about a potential ‘carbon bubble’ in investment have in common? Russia is able to flex its considerable muscles in...


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2014: the year of women’s investment?

The investment world has too long ignored the needs of women, often to its own detriment. As part of International Women’s Day, Lynne Ford of Calvert Investment Distributors asks whether 2014 could be the year of women’s investment. The investing world at large has a long history of missing the boat when...


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TED talks: we need money for aid. So let’s print it – Michael Metcalfe

Can the lessons learned from saving the financial system be used to help us overcome poverty? Michael Metcalfe says yes, and in a fascinating TED talk explains why printing money for international aid is a no-brainer. Metcalfe, a British senior director at State Street Global Markets in the US, outlines...


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Book review: 10 Billion – Stephen Emmott (2013)

Stephen Emmott, head of computational science at Microsoft Research, clearly and simply spells out some of the world’s most pressing problems in 10 Billion. Emmott has previously lectured on the subject of climate events and population, which was one of the Guardian’s best theatre events of 2012, demonstrating how...


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Film review: H2Oil (2009)

H2Oil weaves together a collection of compelling stories from people who are on the front lines of the biggest industrial project in human history: Canada’s tar sands. The film asks the question: what’s more important – oil or water? The documentary offers a unique look at the struggle Alberta...


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Video: Ecotricity launches anti-fracking film as part of new campaign

Leading green energy firm Ecotricity has premiered a short film as part of its new anti-fracking campaign. This comes after it criticised communities secretary Eric Pickles for having “double standards” when it came to planning decisions. Don’t squeeze the last gas out of Britain, as the film is called, follows...


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The government’s admission at Ecobuild hides bigger issues with energy strategy

The government admission at Ecobuild this week of the abysmal first year for its flagship green deal programme hides bigger issues with energy strategy. Ed Davey, energy and climate change secretary, chose the high-profile sustainable design, construction and energy event at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London to confirm...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 7 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. Give as you Live: combining online shopping with charitable giving 63% of MPs recognise renewable energy benefits for UK economy ExxonMobil unveils...


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Blue & Green holiday cottages: Gylly Beach View, Falmouth

Gylly Beach View offers uninterrupted views across the expanse of Falmouth Bay, Cornwall, and is available to book now through cottages4you. This contemporary third and fourth floor holiday penthouse will always provide something to catch the eye. It overlooks the sub-tropical Queen Mary Gardens and Gyllyngvase Beach and the...


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World Book Day 2014: six essential sustainability reads

If you’re looking to broaden your knowledge of sustainability – or simply want a page-turner to read on holiday – any of these six essential reads would be good places to start. - Capitalism as if the World Matters By Jonathon Porritt Capitalism as if the World Matters argues...


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Give as you Live: combining online shopping with charitable giving

If you were told that you could be giving to charity without actually parting with a penny more than you would otherwise, you would be forgiven for asking what the catch is.  Everyclick Ltd’s Give as you Live is an easy to install and even easier to use tool...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 6 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. Heritage sites at risk of going under water as sea levels rise 1 in 10 financial  services firm have risky incentive features...


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