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We have lift off: 108% growth in readership

Blue & Green towers has been buzzing as we look back at September. We took off again with more than twice as many people reading us as did in August. Thank you, to each and every one of you, new readers and old.

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This is what you/they read in September. The wisdom of the Blue & Green crowd:

Scottish Air Pollution Death Toll Almost Double Previous Estimates

As revealed in yesterday’s Sunday Herald the number of people being killed of by air pollution every year in Scotland may be nearly twice what was previously thought. Read more.

On this day 1935: Hoover Dam dedication ceremony

The Hoover dam was built between 1931 and 1936 and dedicated on September 30 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Controversially named after President Herbert Hoover (Boulder Dam was the project’s name) the construction cost 112 lives and involved thousands of workers. Read more.

TUC Congress: Unions to consider change of voting system for UK elections

Trade unions have made a major step today in agreeing to consider electoral reform, just two days after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour leader. Read more.

B Corp UK launches to redefine success in business

Today sees the launch of the B Corp community in the UK.  This is a global movement that is redefining success in business. 61 companies have now been awarded B Corp status in the UK – representing the biggest initial community of certified B Corps yet seen globally. Read more.

Kickstarter is now a Benefit Corporation

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter Inc. has re-incorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation. In their announcement they say they’re spelt out exactly what it means. Read more.

Good Money Week: Money for Positive Change (03 Oct)

This event has been organised by the Church of Scotland’s Society, Religion and Technology Project. The event hopes to provide you with an opportunity to consider how your faith, values and finances interact and how you, and your Church, can make positive decisions about how your money is used in the future. Read more.

Scientists alarmed by ‘seismic blasting’ by oil industry in the Arctic Ocean

Firing seismic airguns to find new oil reserves in the Arctic Ocean is ‘alarming’ and could seriously injure whales and other marine life, according to a new scientific review. The oil industry is increasingly looking towards the region as climate change melts large areas of Arctic sea ice. Read more.

Emma Thompson joins Greenpeace celebration as Shell announce end of Arctic oil drilling

Emma Thompson joined Greenpeace UK Executive Director John Sauven to deliver a celebratory speech outside Shell’s London head offices this morning. Yesterday, the Anglo-Dutch oil major announced it was pulling out of Arctic oil drilling. Read more.

Dieselgate: other car manufacturers ‘on the same line’ as Volkswagen

The International Council on Clean Transportation issued a report in 2014, building on original findings in 2012 and 2013, saying the gaps between official and real-world fuel consumption and CO2 emissions “grow at an accelerated pace.” Read more.

“Biggest conservation commitment by any government ever.” UK Overseas Territories ‘Blue Belt’

Britain once ruled the waves and used its naval might to end the transatlantic slave trade. One of the positive legacies of that imperial past, is that Britain can take a lead in changing the world for the better – creating the world’s largest marine protected areas around our Overseas Territories – the Blue Belt. Read more.

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