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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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Investing in sustainable transport, and not destroying the world

Leading investors reveal the drivers behind investing in sustainable transport. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Transport 2014. There was something different about last year’s Frankfurt Auto Show. As the world’s largest motoring event, it is a chance for car manufacturers to show off...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 12 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. Financial value of carbon in world’s forests may be underestimated by £481bn Report: trust in banking sector yet to be rebuilt after financial...


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Evan Davis’s Mind the Gap series highlights division between London and the rest

Evan Davis’s excellent two-part documentary, Mind the Gap: London v the Rest, which concluded on Monday night, explored the growing economic gap between London and the rest of the UK – an economic gap that is accelerating. The swooping shots of London’s skyline felt like an extended introduction to The...


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Urban integration: key issues in building sustainable cities

What is being done to drive the transition toward a more sustainable society? Nicky Stubbs recently went to the Urban Integration conference held in Sheffield to find out. The number of people living in urban environments globally surpassed the number of people living in rural areas in 2006, according...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 11 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. Observer Ethical Awards 2014: a look inside the ‘green Oscars’ Trust in UK banks stabilises – but still lags behind rest of world...


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Investment term of the day: beta

In finance the beta of an investment is a measure of the risk arising from exposure to general market movements. It can be used to measure the volatility of a single security or a portfolio in comparison to the market as a whole. If a measure of one is...


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Observer Ethical Awards 2014: a look inside the ‘green Oscars’

Listing names as varied as Sir David Attenborough, Joanna Lumley, Caroline Lucas and Lenny Henry among its winners, the Observer Ethical Awards are back for a ninth year. Few events in the sustainability space can match the Observer Ethical Awards for impact. Nine years and eight ceremonies since their...


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The road to nowhere: a call to arms for sustainable transport

We should be looking to increase the efficiency of our transport network, rather than building more infrastructure, says James MacColl from the Campaign for Better Transport. This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Transport 2014. Decent transport is so central to our lives that we...


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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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