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Like Brits, Americans want a clean energy revolution

Like Brits, Americans want a clean energy revolution

We reported earlier this week on how a Friends of the Earth poll had found 85% of Britons favoured renewable energy over overseas gas. Well, it appears we’re not alone in this mindset. It has emerged that our cousins across the Atlantic are also in the pro-renewables camp, after...


M&S launch “shwopping” with Joanna Lumley

M&S launch “shwopping” with Joanna Lumley

Every five minutes, 10,000 items of clothing are taken to landfill sites, taking up precious land and contaminating water supplies. Marks and Spencer’s aim for 2012 is to ensure that none of their clothing or packaging ends up in the ground. In partnership with Oxfam, Marks and Spencer have...


Sustainability report is grim reading for US businesses

Sustainability report is grim reading for US businesses

A report by Ceres and Sustainalytics, called The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability, has found that “most” US companies are lacking strong sustainability measures. “While there are encouraging pockets of sustainability leadership in the US business community, far too many companies are only taking small, incremental steps”,...


South West Water receives consecutive pollution fines

South West Water receives consecutive pollution fines

Last week, South West Water was ordered to pay over £25,000 in fines over two consecutive days—firstly for discharging poor quality sewage into the Tamar estuary, and secondly for polluting a stream near a popular Cornish tourist beach. Andrew Blewett of the Environment Agency said the company had received ”sufficient...


National Trust launch legal action against wind turbines

National Trust launch legal action against wind turbines

The National Trust, English Heritage and East Northamptonshire Council have jointly launched legal opposition against planned wind turbines to be built within a mile of Lyveden New Bield—a 17th century Elizabethan lodge. Last month, National Trust chairman, Simon Jenkins, called wind power a “public menace“, but the organisation’s official line...


Pot of green—not gold—at end of rainbow

Pot of green—not gold—at end of rainbow

The Irish have ditched gold for green in a new survey conducted by Clear Financial. Given four long-term investment options, 58% of Irish adults favoured renewable energy versus the 22% who thought gold would hold its value. Property managed a meagre 10% and confidence in shares was a rock...


Helping our mammals survive climate change

Helping our mammals survive climate change

A new US study has revealed valuable information about the ways in which mammals can survive climate change. Over the last 400 years, an increasing number of land mammals have become extinct. To that end, researchers at Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, examined mammals from 56 million years ago through to...


UK doubles global water pledge

UK doubles global water pledge

The UK will double the scope of its global water, sanitation and hygiene education, so that it now reaches out to some 60 million people worldwide. The commitment was revealed by international development secretary Andrew Mitchell at a meeting in Washington last week. “The UK commitment represents a significant...


L’Oreal & sustainable innovation

L’Oreal & sustainable innovation

A new buzz phrase—‘sustainable innovation’—has found its way to cosmetics company L’Oreal. The beauty industry is undergoing a sustainablity driven transformation echoing most other industry sectors. Huge controversy has surrounded animal testing for cosmetics for years; it has long been a common negative screen for ethical investment and is...


China and Iceland: an unlikely renewable energy partnership?

China and Iceland: an unlikely renewable energy partnership?

Asian country’s Premier, Wen Jiabao, recently finished a tour of the Arctic state to hash out an agreement to share intellectual resources on renewable energy development. Iceland’s volcanic geography means it has one of the most thriving geothermal energy sectors in the world, and China—a country whose renewable commitment...


Eco Extreme

Eco Extreme

Our readers in the “Rich Coast” are few, but it would be remiss for us not to announce the fabulously named Costa Rica Extrema, which cannily balances ecotourism and extreme sports on April 21 & 22. Those of you that speak Spanish will gain more insight from the event’s...


Deepwater Horizon disaster: two years on

Deepwater Horizon disaster: two years on

Two years ago today, 20m gallons of oil from 4.9m barrels spilled into the Gulf of Mexico following an explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig. Humanity is still counting the cost. It was an environmental disaster that truly highlighted the dangers of our unhealthy addiction to oil and gas, and...


What’s that got to do with the price of beef?

What’s that got to do with the price of beef?

In a recent article by Paul West of the Global Landscapes Initiative at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment, an interesting fact emerged: “Eating one less portion of beef a week reduces greenhouse gases more than buying only local food all year round”. Shetland helicopter coastguards somewhat...


Green Investment Bank to be “fully operational” by 2013

Green Investment Bank to be “fully operational” by 2013

The Green Investment Bank (GIB) – a £3 billion scheme set up to help the UK’s transition towards a green economy – will be “fully operational by the end of the year“, according to executive director Oliver Griffiths. The news comes after German bank KfW was confirmed as an advisor to...


Anti-wind campaign falls at first hurdle

Anti-wind campaign falls at first hurdle

There’s a new anti-wind campaign roaming the streets. It’s called National Opposition to Windfarms (or NOW), and was launched earlier today at an event at the Houses of Parliament. It’s been set up ”to oppose windfarms by tackling policy“, and “will also be a source of collective knowledge and strategic...



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