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Fairtrade Fortnight: the great banana ‘price war’ uncovered

Bananas are one of the world’s favourite fruits. In the UK, we eat 100 bananas per year on average and spend hundreds of millions of pounds on them, usually buying them from supermarkets. The average price for a loose banana today is 11p. If we think about it, it...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 24 February 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. London Fashion Week: ‘fashion and sustainable fashion can be one and the same’ John Prescott to David Cameron: Let’s work together on...


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Sunday money pages: February 23

A rundown of the top money and personal finance stories from this Sunday’s national newspapers. RBS review puts focus on customers and UK economy Ross McEwan is to place transparency, customers, and an end to bureaucracy at the centre of the Royal Bank of Scotland as he delivers the...


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London Fashion Week: ‘fashion and sustainable fashion can be one and the same’

A range of leading fashion brands are now adopting sustainability. Morwenna Kearns reports on the recent London Fashion Week. For the first time since its foundation in 2006, the Estethica exhibition at London Fashion Week AW14 escaped from its self-contained room in Somerset House and spread throughout the building. Ethical...


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TED talks: does the media have a ‘duty of care’? – David Puttnam

It has to be possible to balance freedom of expression with wider moral and social responsibilities, argues David Puttnam in this week’s featured TED talk. Does the media have a “duty of care” to create informed citizens? Puttnam, an award-winning filmmaker who is now a member of the House of...


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Sustainable holiday destinations: Belize

Belize is a rich tropical paradise full of eco-friendly resorts, beautiful protected forests and hidden archaeological Mayan treasures. It is situated on the east coast of Central America, with the Caribbean Sea to the east, the Mexican border to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. In...


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Film review: A Crude Awakening: the Oil Crash (2008)

A Crude Awakening sets out predictions for an oil crash and the implications it would have, as well as looking at what alternatives the world has to offer and how they fare in comparison. The eye-opening documentary demonstrates the central role oil has in our lives and our dependency...


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Book review: Globalisation and Its Discontents – Joseph Stiglitz (2003)

Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz looks at the consequences of economic policy and offers up solutions in Globalisation and Its Discontents. As the former senior vice-president of the World Bank, the author offers a unique insight into the workings of institutions and markets. Rather than taking a negative...


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20 questions with… Peter Ainsworth

Peter Ainsworth answers 20 questions on life, sustainability and everything. A former director of corporate finance in the City of London, Ainsworth was a Conservative MP for 18 years and shadow environment secretary for four. He is now chairman of the Big Lottery Fund, a founder member of the Robertsbridge environmental consultancy...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 21 February 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 good, the bad and the ugly: what are pension funds doing about climate change? Sustainable tourism: ‘going green’ doesn’t just mean...


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Blue & Green holiday cottages: High Lowscales Farm, Whicham Valley

High Lowscales Farm is a traditional Cumbrian hill farm situated in the south-western lakes in Cumbria and is available to book now through cottages4you. The detached, Georgian farmhouse is set in 17 acres and has spectacular views down to the Irish Sea and the Duddon Estuary. Public footpaths across...


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Sustainability in the city: Vancouver, Canada

So far, this series has been unfairly Europe-centric. That will change today, because one city far from the continent has ruthless plans to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. Vancouver, a coastal city in British Colombia, Canada, is a green city visionary. Its Greenest City 2020...


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The good, the bad and the ugly: what are pension funds doing about climate change?

They have the power to fight climate change and change the world, but some of them need to get a move on. Bex Hay of ShareAction writes about how pension funds are doing in tackling the biggest environmental threat of all. In the last three months, the Pension Power...


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Sustainable tourism: ‘going green’ doesn’t just mean a splash of colour

Green has become cool. Show me a hotel, restaurant or travel company that doesn’t have a green policy or environmental statement and I will eat my organic hat. This is, of course, fantastic: the more places that commit to recycling or saving water, the better for us and our...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 20 February 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. Put out the bunting for big oil: it’s International Petroleum Week Markets for the Many: reviewing ResPublica’s report launch How do we...


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