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Community shares: Manchester firm seeks investment to use wood waste for clean energy

A Manchester social enterprise has launched a community share offer to fund its efforts to use local timber resources that would otherwise be wasted as low-carbon fuel. TreeStation, a co-operatively run not-for-profit, is hoping to raise £230,000 to buy an on-site biomass boiler, to lower its own carbon footprint...


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Thomson Reuters predicts solar and electric transport to grow rapidly

In 2025, solar will be the largest source of energy on the planet, electric air transport will be a mainstream consideration and food shortages will be a thing of the past, according to predictions by made Thomson Reuters. In a report – The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 2 July 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. Green and gullible: how tree investment schemes aren’t always what they seem Hitting a bullseye in investing for impact – and sometimes...


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Investment trustees should consider ESG factors, concludes Law Commission

In its final report on fiduciary duty the Law Commission has acknowledged that the current law on the issue is “confusing and inaccessible” and clarified that trustees can take environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into account. The commission closed its consultation on fiduciary duty in January, after receiving...


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The Church of England’s Wonga investment is a prequel for our own embarrassment

Giles Fraser, priest-in-charge at St Mary’s Newington in south London, delivered Tuesday morning’s Thought for the Day on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. He chose to tackle the Church of England’s recent review of its ethical investment strategy, and the below is a transcript of what he said. What...


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Policy uncertainty risks required £375bn of infrastructure investment

The UK’s ageing infrastructure needs £375 billion of investment to ensure that it is up to the task of meeting the needs of a growing population and achieving climate change targets, such as emission reductions, according to the public accounts committee. However, despite the vast amount of investment needed,...


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Hitting a bullseye in investing for impact – and sometimes aiming off-centre

Whether it’s climate change, renewable energy or water scarcity, we all have areas we want to invest in – but it’s not always possible to hit that sweet spot straight away. Suzanne Biegel writes about the investment bullseye, and why aiming slightly off-centre is not always such a bad thing....


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Green and gullible: how tree investment schemes aren’t always what they seem

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Many people seem to forget this maxim when investing. In recent years, there has been a spate of unregulated ‘green’ investment schemes. These ‘guarantee’ returns of 13% per annum or more, and claim to save the planet, but how...


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‘Land grabbed’ areas could feed up to 550m people

If areas that have been ‘land grabbed’ in developing countries were cultivated for the benefit of the local population, the produce could feed up to 550 million of the world’s poorest people, according to new research. Land grabbing involves businesses purchasing large pieces of unused land, often to grow...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 1 July 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. You can get a healthy return by investing sustainably – and here’s the proof UK’s Biological Records Centre celebrates five decades of...


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Sex tape starring former executive worsens GSK China corruption scandal

British pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has confirmed one of its former executives does appear in a sex tape – news that places further pressure on a firm already battling allegations of corruption. A video of the former head of the business’s Chinese operations, Mark Reilly, was emailed to senior...


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Legal & General: ‘fundamentally wrong’ that CEOs are rewarded for share buybacks

Institutional investor Legal & General has criticised companies for rewarding chief executives for hitting earnings per share targets when share buybacks are involved. Instead the firm said it wanted companies to invest in the real economy. Using excess capital to purchase the company’s own shares was described as “unfair”...


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You can get a healthy return by investing sustainably – and here’s proof

You don’t have to look 30 years and beyond to be rewarded for a responsible investment. There are some extremely powerful factors that suggest investing this way now makes financial sense. This article is an extract from Richard Essex’s 2014 book, Invest, Feel Good and Make a Difference, which is available...


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On this day in 1860: Oxford debates evolution after Darwin’s seminal text

One hundred and fifty-four years ago today, seven months after the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, a group of British scientists and philosophers debated the theory of evolution at the Oxford University Museum.  The implications of Darwin’s theory had caused uproar within the church and...


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Nestlé agrees to pay employees and contractors living wage

Food giant Nestlé has become the first major manufacturer to agree to pay the living wage to all employees. The announcement follows increasing calls from campaign groups for more firms to pay a ‘fair wage’. The living wage is calculated according to the cost of living and employers choose...


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