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Renewables to compete for £300m subsidies but solar industry penalised

The government has unveiled plans to increase support for renewable energy from £95 million to £300 million but the industry fears the system would harm solar development and provide little value for money. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. The renewable energy sector...


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Norway the best country for elderly, study says

The Global AgeWatch Index has found that Norway is the place where the elderly enjoy the best quality of life for income security, health, personal capability and ‘an enabling environment’, as figures suggest that 21% of the global population will be over 60 by 2050. Blue & Green Tomorrow...


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90% of CEOs believe businesses should have a social purpose

A survey led by Coca-Cola Enterprises has found that nine out of ten CEOs believe companies should fully integrate sustainability into their business, with future leaders showing more willingness to employ corporate social responsibility (CSR) practices. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival....


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Responsible tourism: Virgin to ditch partners that capture wild whales and dolphins

Virgin’s CEO Richard Branson has announced that Virgin Holidays will now require that its partners and suppliers do not capture wild cetaceans for the entertainment industry, but wildlife charities have complained the plea falls short of protecting captive animals. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to...


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Oil and gas industry calls for tax incentives as operating costs rise by 60%

The UK oil and gas industry’s economic outlook has revealed rising costs for the sector, prompting calls for the government to provide more tax incentives to retrieve £1 trillion investment and fully exploit the country’s declining offshore reserves. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure...


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IEA: solar could be largest electricity source by 2050

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has said in a new report that the falling cost of photovoltaic (PV) technology is likely to make solar power the greatest source of electricity by mid-century, with China and the US taking the lead. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder...


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Conservative party conference: Osborne criticised for welfare cuts and inaction over climate change

Chancellor George Osborne has promised new reforms on benefits to eradicate a “culture of welfare dependency” and pledged to encourage the exploitation of shale gas reserves if the Conservatives are re-elected. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. Speaking at the...


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Lloyds fires eight staff and withholds bonuses over Libor scandal

Lloyds Banking Group has dismissed eight employees for their role in the manipulation of currency and the Libor rate, forfeiting bonuses worth £3 million. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. Lloyds, which is 24% owned by the government after its bailout, said...


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IBM’s ‘sunflower’ device to improve efficiency of solar technology

IBM, together with Airlight Energy, has launched a new 10-meter-high ‘sunflower’ device, able to move in order to catch as much sunlight as possible, which can concentrate the sun’s radiation 2,000 times and convert 80% into electricity and heat. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to...


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Chile enforces South America’s first carbon tax

Chile has become the first South American country to introduce a tax on carbon, in a pioneering effort to tackle climate change. On Friday the Chilean government ratified legislation that levies a new tax on energy companies, targeting the firms operating fossil fuel-powered plants with installed capacity equal to or...


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Banks and schools close down amid Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Some banks, including HSBC and Standard Chartered, have shut down their branches in Hong Kong after thousands of citizens took the streets on Sunday protesting against the strict electoral system enforced by the Chinese government. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge....


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Sustainia Award finalists announced

An annual award recognising initiatives that are working towards building a more sustainable future has announced this year’s finalists. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. The international Sustainia Award is given to a solution, technology or initiative with significant potential...


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Obama signs to create vast Pacific marine reserve

The US president has officially signed a memorandum to expand a marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean, banning all kinds of commercial-scale activities such as fishing and mining, in order to create the largest network of protected oceanic space in the world. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running...


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Barclays tops customer complaint table, but overall complaints fall

Barclays received the most complaints from UK banking customers in the first half of 2014, while overall complaints decreased, new figures have revealed. Statistics released on Thursday by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) show that complaints fell by 5%, down to 2,358,732 from the 2,493,729 received in the previous...


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Labour Party Conference: Ed Miliband promises to increase tax on big tobacco to fund NHS

Labour party leader Ed Miliband has vowed to increase taxes on tobacco giants to boost NHS funding at the annual Labour party conference this week, placing health care at the centre of his election manifesto. As part of his ten-year plan, the NHS will gain substantial funding from a...



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