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Ethical retailer of the week: U- Konserve

U- Konserve produces reusable, safe and waste-free storage products for food to be used by families, which are also sustainably made and aim to reduce the amount of trash we produce. U- Konserve and its sister company Kids Konserve were founded in the US in 2008 by two mothers,...


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Ethical investment: using negative screens to avoid ‘sin stocks’ is a thing of the past

Regina Schwegler and Judith Reutimann, of Switzerland-based sustainability rating agency Inrate, discuss the role of exclusion screenings in sustainable investment. Excluding certain stocks from an investment universe due to violation of minimum standards is a widely used practice for socially responsible investments (SRI). It can be valuable for financial,...


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Three simple reasons why climate change is real, and humans are causing it

David Waltham, reader in mathematical geology at Royal Holloway, lays out three compelling reasons why climate change is real – and it is manmade. This article was originally published on the Conversation. Read the original here. Dire warnings of imminent human-induced climate disaster are constantly in the news but predictions of the...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 25 June 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. Future sustainability leaders: Alice Goodbrook Ecosystem services: if they are so important, why did no one notice them before? Nuclear power: small...


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Blue & Green holiday cottages: Lane Foot Barn, Cumbria

This peaceful converted barn, surrounded by beautiful countryside, is perfect for getting away from it all and is available to book now through cottages4you. This wonderful centuries-old barn has been carefully converted to create two character eco-friendly holiday cottages with their own patios, giving stunning views over open farm...


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Nuclear power: small isn’t beautiful, safe or cheap

Justin McKeating, a Greenpeace blogger, has a message for the US, where the Obama administration has pledged to waste money financing the small modular reactor (SMR): nuclear power is not beautiful, safe or cheap. SMRs are supposed to be small and prefab – constructed from parts made in a central...


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Ecosystem services: if they are so important, why did no one notice them before?

Claire Wansbury and Veronica Lawrie, from consultancy firm Atkins, write how ecosystem services – the things that the nature does for us for free, like pollination – are not disconnected from the economy. Ecosystem services are the benefits that people obtain from the natural environment. There is growing recognition by...


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Future sustainability leaders: Alice Goodbrook

What will business look like in the future and who are our future leaders? This is the penultimate instalment in our series speaking with a group of young people who are making waves in sustainability. All 12 are scholars on Forum for the Future’s renowned master’s course in leadership for sustainable...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 24 June 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. Smart cities don’t add complication, they allow society to thrive Longitude Prize 2014: how can we fly without costing the Earth? How...


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Wimbledon 2014: serving strawberries and sustainability

Far away from the histrionic opera of the Brazil World Cup, the Wimbledon championships opened on Monday in the refined, mild-mannered way it always does. As the years go by, few things change at Wimbledon. Britain (usually) doesn’t win much, Andy Murray doesn’t smile, Roger Federer refuses to age...


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How sustainable investment has already changed the world

It’s fair to say that the vast majority of us do not want to harm our planet for our children and grandchildren. Yet the investment decisions we make today can have that impact. This article is an extract from Richard Essex’s 2014 book, Invest, Feel Good and Make a Difference,...


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Longitude Prize 2014: how can we fly without costing the Earth?

“If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes”, remarked the former aviator and later conservationist Charles Lindbergh. He spoke in the 60s, when scientists were only just figuring out the impact jet-fuelled flight has on the climate, but even now his words resonate. It is not...


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Smart cities don’t add complication, they allow society to thrive

I still have in my head the notion that sustainability means green, green means countryside, and countryside means something nostalgic – a remote unreality for most of us, other than at weekends when we might consider a break from the urban or suburban areas in which we live. Technology...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 23 June 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 Giving Pledge: the world’s billionaires and their philanthropic promise UK ‘sharing economy’ gaining widespread momentum – report Obama promises measures to...


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The Giving Pledge: the world’s billionaires and their philanthropic promise

Can we really get all of the world’s billionaires to give away half of their wealth to charity? This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Philanthropy 2014.  Since the Giving Pledge was made public four years ago, some 127 of the world’s wealthiest individuals have...


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