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Brazil vs. Netherlands: the sustainability World Cup

As Brazil and the Netherlands prepare to battle for the prestigious title of third place, we at Blue & Green Tomorrow have been warming up ourselves. Pitching the two nations together we ask which is the most sustainable. It has, for all the enthusiasm, samba and investment, been a tournament to...


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Top articles of the week: July 12

This week on Blue & Green Tomorrow, a study found that bee-killing neonicotinoids have been linked to a decline in farmland insectivore birds. We also discussed how Wadham College, University of Oxford reversed its decision to serve vegan-only meals on campus for five nights a week, and reported on...


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Nothing ‘soft and fluffy’ about sustainable business

Jemma Collins speaks with Jill Poet, whose network encourages small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to act more responsibly and ethically – simply because it is a “good way to do business”. Jill Poet is the managing director of the Organisation for Responsible Businesses (ORB), which she set up...


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TED talks: Is ‘responsible investor’ an oxymoron? – Andrew Canter

Investors need to start engaging with their money and thinking about how it is being deployed, says Andrew Canter in this week’s featured TED talk. Canter is director and chief investment officer of Futuregrowth Asset Management, based in South Africa. Speaking at the independently-organised TEDxTableMountain, he issues a rallying...


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20 questions with… Mark Powell

Mark Powell answers 20 questions on life, sustainability and everything. Powell, who leads the power and utilities practice at consulting firm AT Kearney will be joining the Sustainable September Energy Debate on September 16 as part of Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long sustainability event. He will debate in favour of the motion...


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Book review: The Nature of Investing – Katherine Collins (2014)

The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies Through Biomimicry is constructed on the foundations of extensive knowledge and experience in the field of investing. Author Katherine Collins makes the interesting connection between natural laws and the manmade world of investment. Collins calls for a change in the approach towards...


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Film review: Flow (2008)

Flow is an award-winning documentary that investigates the global water crisis and examines how the resource is becoming increasingly privatised, asking the question, ‘Can anyone really own water?’ As the effects of climate change continue to be felt around the world, water is increasingly becoming a vital resource that...


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World Population Day: UNFPA calls for investment in young people

To mark World Population Day, UNFPA, the UN’s population fund, is calling for investments in support of the largest-ever generation of young people. Rapid population growth means that there are now around 1.8 billion people aged between 10 and 24 – roughly a quarter of the world’s population. World...


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From commodity to asset: how conversations about workers are changing in China

The conversation among Chinese businesses on how they view their workers is slowly shifting from commodity to asset, says Carmel Giblin, CEO of Sedex. In June 2014 we held our fifth annual Sedex conference in Shanghai. With tickets sold-out weeks before the event it was our biggest China conference...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 11 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. The end of sustainability Archbishop joins F&C at event to mark 30 years of ethical investment 207 global cities say climate change...


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On this day: the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior

On this day, June 10, in 1985 the Greenpeace campaign ship Rainbow Warrior was sank in the port of Aukland, New Zealand, by French foreign intelligence services. In an operation codenamed Operation Satanique, the ship was sank by French special operatives posing as campaign supporters to prevent it from...


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The end of sustainability

We need to reexamine and move past the concept of sustainability, argues Melinda Harm Benson, associate professor at the University of New Mexico, and Robin Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law at the University of Utah. This article originally appeared on Ensia. The time has come for us to collectively...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 10 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. Philadelphia Quaker group divests $2m from fossil fuels UK’s flood defence ‘not adequate’ to face climate change, says government advisor University of...


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Ethical retailer of the week: Quagga

Quagga is an Italian fashion firm producing quality winter coats and jackets, made with consideration for the environment and respect for its workers, as well as being made with materials that do not involve animal exploitation. The company, based in Turin, says it adopts the 4 Rs’ principles: reduction...


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Meet the Blue & Green Tomorrow team: Simon Leadbetter

With Sustainable September drawing closer, we thought we’d open a window into the world of Blue & Green Tomorrow. First up, founder and publisher Simon Leadbetter tells us about his background, his interest in sustainability and what the future might hold. Tell us briefly about your background and your current role....


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