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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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Blue & Green holiday cottages: Little Edstone Farm, Yorkshire

Standing amidst wonderful countryside close to the North Yorkshire Moors, Little Edstone Farm is a magnificent location for a combined sea and country holiday, it is available to book now through cottages4you. Secluded and tranquil, guests are free to explore the woodland and landscaped grounds, which are home to...


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TED talks: hackers: the internet’s immune system – Keren Elazari

Most internet hackers are trying to create a better world for society, says cybersecurity expert Keren Elazari in this week’s featured TED talk. Elazari, an analyst at the technology blog GigaOM, says hackers expose vulnerabilities, fight corruption and advocate for our rights. Some might use their skills for darker means, but the...


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Film review: Dirty Energy (2012)

Dirty Energy tells the story of the Deepwater Horizon disaster from a personal point of view, demonstrating that in the years after the event occurred, those living in the local area continue to be affected. On April 20 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which at the time was...


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Book review: The Dream of the Earth – Thomas Berry (2006)

The Dream of the Earth was first published in 1988 and since then has come to be considered as a foundational volume in ecological thought. Author Thomas Berry, who was a Catholic priest, demonstrates why it is important to consider the needs of the planet both for the environment...


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Royal Ascot: what is horse racing doing around sustainability?

As the Royal Ascot enters its fourth day of races and people put on their gladrags in preparation – with the hope of coming home with some winnings – Charlotte Malone looks at whether horse racing is moving towards sustainability. Each year, Royal Ascot welcomes 280,000 people over the...


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