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12 Years a Slave wins Oscar for best film – but the struggle against slavery is far from over

12 Years a Slave won best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. The film highlights the relentless cruelty perpetrated in 19th century America. However, slavery stubbornly persists today and the film brings into sharp focus the struggle against modern day slavery. Steve McQueen’s film is a dramatic...


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Healthy Planet UK conference: is climate change bad for your health?

Ilaria Bertini reports on a recent conference in London that sought to uncover the health effects of climate change. Is climate change bad for your health? This question was discussed at University College London (UCL) on Saturday during an event co-ordinated by student network Healthy Planet UK. As explained...


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Sustainable financial advice: IFA Tanya Pein on investors having a ‘moral compass’

Tanya Pein, investment specialist for charities and private clients at In2 Consulting, gives advice to clients on sustainable, responsible and ethical investment. She is also co-chair of the Ethical Investment Association, and tells Blue & Green Tomorrow that the vast majority of people are pleased and interested when such options...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 3 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. Why the Treasury makes it hard to invest sustainably The return of the airship: under the bonnet of the world’s longest aircraft...


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UK and EU need massive renewables pushes to meet 2030 carbon targets

Back in 2008 the then French president Nicholas Sarkozy used his country’s presidency of the EU to secure agreement for 20% of Europe’s energy to come from renewables by 2020. It was a move that kickstarted the mass deployment of renewable technologies across our continent. So what should we...


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The return of the airship: under the bonnet of the world’s longest aircraft

The world’s longest aircraft has been unveiled – a unique, helium-filled hybrid airship that, it’s designers say, can offer environmentally friendly and sustainable flight. Its development signals a return to vogue for an often forgotten mode of travel, completing a story almost 100 years in the making. The first...


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Book review: When Corporations Rule the World – David Korten (2001)

When Corporations Rule the World argues that economic globalisation has concentrated the power to govern global corporations and financial markets and detached them from accountability to the human interest. David Korten questions the free market model and explains how corporations have reconstructed values and institutions to serve their own...


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Film review: Boiler Room (2000)

Boiler Room, starring Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel and Giovanni Ribisi, is inspired by the life of Jordan Belfort, whose story has recently been adapted in The Wolf of Wall Street, and is based on interviews the writer conducted with numerous brokers. The film centres on a 19-year-old New York...


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TED talks: paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore: Leyla Acaroglu

With a rising global population, greater demand in consumerism and many tightly-held green myths, ecological systems are expected to face grave pressures in the coming decades. Leyla Acaroglu, designer and sustainability strategist, discusses how we can rethink environmental folklore in this week’s featured TED talk. “Everything at some point...


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20 questions with… Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon answers 20 questions on life, sustainability and everything. Chairman of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest social venture capital firm, Solomon is a compelling speaker on ethical and responsible investment. He was interviewed by Blue & Green Tomorrow in 2013 and has since become a valued contributor. His 2013 TED talk on morality and...


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Why the Treasury makes it hard to invest sustainably

Canary Wharf is a surreal place. Part theme park, part Alcatraz, it sits on top of a subterranean network of luxury shops: conspicuous consumption underpinning the heart of our financial sector. If you haven’t been, I’d recommend it, if only to experience the lingering sense of removal from reality....


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 28 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. Owen Paterson should get with the conservation programme Fairtrade Fortnight and the environment: fair is the new green Report welcomes progress as nearly...


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Sustainable holiday destinations: Fjords, Norway

The Fjords of Norway are a collection of unique, stunning and diverse natural landscapes, from mountains to waterfalls. Its Viking heritage can be experienced through active holidays and national designated wildlife routes. Situated in the western part of the country, the Norwegian Fjords are broken down into four main...


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Blue & Green holiday cottages: Cuckoo Springs Cottages, Newcastle Emlyn

Cuckoo Springs is a haven of peace and tranquillity and is available to book now through cottages4you. Set in 20 acres of fields and bluebell woods Cuckoo Springs offers guests a beautiful place to relax. The property is just four miles from award-winning beaches and the historic market town...


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Owen Paterson should get with the conservation programme

Climate change is real and human activity is a significant contributor to it. Our unenvironmental secretary rejects this simple truth. Just as the majority of people accept the scientific consensus on medicine for our health, and engineering for our built environment, the majority should accept the scientific consensus on...


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