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Renewables largest power source in Scotland

The first half of 2014 saw renewables become the largest power source in Scotland, beating nuclear and fossil fuels, according to figures from the National Grid. The news has been described as an “important milestone”. In total, the renewables sector generated a record 10.3 terawatt-hours (TWh) in the first...


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World Responsible Tourism Awards highlight best in industry

The best players in the responsible tourism industry have been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony that aims to encourage and inspire the tourism industry to consider its impact. The World Responsible Tourism Awards were announced earlier this month to mark world responsible tourism day. The awards were presented...


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Report: climate change to impact severity and frequency of extreme weather

Both the severity and frequency of extreme weather events are likely to increase because of climate change, according to a report from the Royal Society. The study argues that action needs to be taken now to reduce future vulnerabilities. The report – Resilience to extreme weather – highlights the...


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Pension savers urged to oppose Helge Lund’s £25m pay package at BG

Pension savers are being urged by responsible investment charity ShareAction to call on their pension funds to vote against Helge Lund’s, the incoming chief executive of oil and gas producer BG, pay package. The energy firm has offered Lund a £25 million pay deal, consisting of a £13 million...


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Current renewables won’t solve climate crisis, say Google engineers

Today’s renewable technologies alone will not be able to cut greenhouse gas emissions enough to halt climate change, Ross Koningstein and David Fork, both engineers at Google, have commented. In an article written by the two engineers for IEEE Spectrum they note that climate scientists have “definitively” shown that...


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Responsibly invested assets reach $6.57tn in US

Sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investing assets have grown by 76% in the US between 2012 and 2014, a report from the US SIF Foundation, the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in the US, has revealed. The biennial report – US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2014...


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Parasite linked to climate change a threat to honey bees

New research from the Queen’s University Belfast has found that the spread of an exotic parasite that threatens the UK’s honey bee population could be speed up by climate change and rising temperatures. The study was funded by the Insect Pollinators Initiative and published and the journal Proceeding of...


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Helen Mirren and Michael Palin amongst celebrities backing #GivingTuesday

Celebrities, businesses and charities have signed up as partners to the UK’s first #GivingTuesday, part of a global campaign designed to promote giving in the run up to the festive period. #GivingTuesday falls directly after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, days that are associated with pre-Christmas consumerism. The global...


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Thank you crowdfunder and our crowdfunders

In August I had the painful task of telling our readers, supporters and the team that we faced an existential crisis. Everyone rallied and we put together a last ditch crowd funding appeal with the excellent people at crowdfunder. Our mission, to raise enough money to survive a cash flow problem....


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Research finds Antarctic ice thicker than previously thought

A research team has used a robot to create a 3D map of previously inaccessible areas of the Antarctic and found that sea ice is thicker than previously thought. The team, which consists of scientists from the UK, US and Australia, has so far mapped three locations around the...


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UN ethical tourism efforts praised

During a meeting in Rome, Italy, last week the World Committee on Tourism Ethics praised UN efforts to promote ethical behaviour in the travel industry, including initiatives on accessible tourism, trafficking and illegal trading. Minister for Culture and Tourism of Italy, Dario Franceschini commented, “In these difficult times, characterised...


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INEOS bids to become biggest player in UK shale with $1bn investment

Chemical giant INEOS has announced its intentions to become the biggest player within the UK’s growing shale gas industry with an investment of $1 billion (£640 million). Shale gas has become a highly debated energy source. Whilst supporters argue that shale gas can be used as an effective transition...


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Responsible investment still being viewed as detrimental to returns

Fiona Reynolds, managing director at Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), has commented that whilst the responsible investment community is making the case for wealth creation whilst considering sustainability it is not translating into the amount of action needed. Sustainable investment has gradually been gaining ground and research suggests that...


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And we’re back – Blue & Green Tomorrow has a tomorrow, from today

Just under a month since we succeeded in our crowdfunding campaign and took a break to regroup, we’re back. It’s been a busy few weeks but we’re looking forward to getting back into the game, amplifying the work of sustainable individuals and organisations and pointing a spotlight on the...


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A man in the arena: the end of the beginning

1,454 days after the first Blue & Green word was published on November 5th 2010, we fade to grey. Not black, because there is still a flicker of hope. We’re taking a break while we regroup. It may be next month, it may be in 2015. Yes, we have...



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