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PM leads the charge to make the UK a global financial technology hub

As the UK strives to become the leading financial technology (FinTech) centre in the world, the Prime Minister embarked on a trade mission to south-east Asia, taking with him FinTech specialists from across the UK. Companies such as Blockchain, Pennies and Earthport were amongst the 31-strong delegation hoping to...


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Poisoning risk highlighted from recycling older electronic equipment

The disposal and recycling of electronic devices has increased exposure to lead and other toxicants and created “an emerging health concern”, according to a leading pediatrician. In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Nick Newman, who directs the Environmental Health...


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Official figures reveal Energy Ministers’ error over onshore wind

RenewableUK, the wind and marine energy trade association, says new Government statistics released today show that onshore and offshore wind energy is playing a crucial role in securing clean energy supplies for British homes, offices and factories. The Department of Energy and Climate Change has published its key annual...


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Virgin Media announces Digital for Good sustainability strategy

Virgin Media has announces a set of new sustainability goals that will see the UK’s internet provider do more good with digital, while growing responsibly and sustainably. As part of its new sustainability strategy, Virgin Media is committed to achieving five ambitious goals in the next five years. They...


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Green Technology: An Added Cost or a Money-Saver?

Small and Medium Enterprises are always worried about the heavy costs of actually going green, but adopting green technology and environmental responsibility could prove to be a money-saver in reality. SMEs Going Green A recent study by the Federation of Small Businesses highlighted the fact that small and medium...


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Zero Waste Scotland Fund opens for businesses to boost remanufacturing

The remanufacturing sector presents a fantastic economic opportunity for Scotland, and Zero Waste Scotland is focused on getting the right infrastructure and supply of products and materials in place for Scotland to reap the rewards. Remanufacturing in Scotland has the potential to grow rapidly from its current value of...


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Articles of note: best in sustainability

Here we round up all the trending news in climate change and sustainability. We’re planning to relaunch with original content in September so please complete our readership survey to tell us what you’d like us to cover. Climate change costing airlines millions of dollars in extra fuel and flying time. Scientists...


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UK Govt study releases climate change risk assessment

An international group of scientists, energy policy analysts, and experts in risk from finance and the military have released a new independent assessment of the risks of climate change, designed to support political leaders in their decisions on how much priority to give to the issue. The ‘Climate Change:...


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Getting ready for September relaunch

We’re taking a short break over the summer weeks while we prepare for our relaunch in mid-September. Please complete our readership and relaunch survey so we can include all of your excellent thoughts with ours. We’ll still be posting ‘articles of note’ from other publications at blueandgreentomorrow.com and putting up features periodically. We’ll also be summarising...


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Summer budget 2015: benefit cuts to affect 13m families

Thirteen million families are expected to be affected by the welfare change announced in Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget yesterday, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The Chancellor announced the Summer Budget yesterday, the first Conservative-only Budget since the 90s. In it he set out reforms to the welfare...


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Summer Budget 2015: renewables Climate Change Levy exemption to be scrapped

Chancellor George Osborne has delivered the first majority Conservative government Budget since 1996, including plans to scrap an “out-dated” Climate Change Levy exemption on renewable electricity. Presenting his Budget, Osborne said the plans set out put “security first” and was for “working people” who have worked hard and sacrificed...


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Report: economic growth and achieving emissions targets possible

A new report has set out ten key economic opportunities that could help close the emissions gap while allowing economies to continue growing. The paper, from the Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate, calls for stronger cooperation between governments, businesses, investors, cities and communities. The report –...


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‘Unprecedented level of cooperation’ needed to tackle climate change, says Prince Charles

In order to “rewire the economy” and build synergy between ecological, social and economic goals there must be an “unprecedented level of cooperation and integration”, Prince Charles has said. Speaking at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership ‘Rewiring the Economy’ dinner, Charles said that governments will have...


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Markets dip after Greece rejects bailout

Share prices dipped today after Greece voted ‘no’ to a bailout deal. Greeks took to the polls over the weekend to register their vote in the referendum. The outcome has lead to fear that the country could be forced to exit the eurozone. The final result of the referendum,...


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Standard Chartered joins 9 other banks in pledge to cut deforestation

Standard Chartered has joined nine other banks in committing to helping prevent deforestation by cutting out businesses whose operations drive the practice by 2020. The Soft Commodities Compact aims to align the banking industry with the Consumer Goods Forum’s resolution to help achieve zero net deforestation in their supply...



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