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Obama announces climate change initiatives to improve sustainability

US president Barack Obama has announced initiatives aimed at sustaining the nation’s infrastructure, and in particular its energy supply and coastal and flood protection, as well as better predictions regarding rising sea levels. The president’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness, made up of 26...


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Australia smoking rates drop as plain package cigarette laws take effect

The Australian government has recently announced a 15% reduction in the amount of people smoking, as recent policy measures enforce plain cigarette packaging laws. Figures show that in 2010, smoking was as high as 15.8%. This has dropped by 15%, to 12.8%, in 2013 among people 14 and older...


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UK calls for changes to EU emissions system to boost low carbon investment

The UK government published reform measures in a blueprint on Wednesday, which are aimed at helping the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) improve and encourage a more low carbon economy. The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is the largest greenhouse gas emissions trading system in the world, which...


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Australia first country to ‘irresponsibly’ scrap the carbon tax

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s repeal bill to abolish tax on the country’s biggest polluters has been passed in the senate, with opposition and scientists deeply worried that the move will leave Australia behind in the race to a low-carbon future. The tax – which has been opposed by...


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‘Financial innovation’ critical to renewable energy’s success – ex-minister Greg Barker

The government’s former energy and climate change minister has called for a “relentless and remorseless” push to drive down the costs of renewable energy technologies – in what proved to be one of his final public engagements in office. Speaking in London last Thursday at a breakfast meeting organised...


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Carney: Bank of England taking steps to avoid ‘mortgage risks’ and increased ‘indebtedness’

The Bank of England (BoE) governor Mark Carney has expressed steps the bank will take in order to prevent another mortgage crisis. Giving evidence to the treasury select committee, Carney said in some cases high ratio mortgages were necessary, especially for first time buyers, who’s wages were developing. He...


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Tidal lagoon renewable energy plants could add £27bn to UK economy

A new wave of six tidal lagoon power plants could contribute £27 billion to the UK economy over a 12-year period starting in 2015, according to a new study. Plans for the world’s first tidal lagoon – a proposed £850 million project in Swansea Bay – are currently going through...


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Croydon Council announces move to ethical pension funds

Croydon Council’s pension committee has decided to move the pension funds of council employees from tobacco to a socially responsible fund, after saying they will get a better investment deal. The council has said they will move away from investing in tobacco as it isn’t in line with their...


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Vote for Polices launches crowdfunding campaign to back sustainable democracy

As the general election in May 2015 draws nearer, parties and policies are already hitting the headlines but deciphering the spin from the genuine can be difficult. This is an issue that Vote for Policies aims to tackle and this year the organisation is crowdfunding in order to reach...


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Germany pledges $1bn to UN Green Climate Fund

The German government has allocated $1 billion (£590m) – the largest donation so far – to the UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF), which aims to help low-income countries face climate challenges and promote a green economy. The fund, officially opened in South Korea in December last year, is hoping...


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£1m fund announced for Oxford sustainable transport

Oxfordshire county council has announced a boost to green transport in the county thanks to a £1 million investment through the local sustainable transport fund. The UK government created the sustainable transport fund after the ‘creating growth, cutting carbon’ white paper in 2011, which aimed to cut carbon emissions...


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UK losing £1.7 billion from reusable waste going to landfill – report

A new report highlights the lack of organisation within UK waste management, saying a more circular economy could also bring £2 billion in private investment to Britain. The study by the Green Alliance backed Circular Economy Task Force shows recycling rates only rose 0.2% between 2012 and 2013. Although...


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Social enterprise: Politicians launch Social Saturday awareness day

Politicians from each of the major parties will come together to launch the UK’s first Social Saturday in a reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday. Social Saturday, a nationwide event that will take place on September 13, will work to raise awareness of social enterprises and encourage...


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Reader survey 2014: tell us what you think to win an iPad mini, Kindle Fire or a charity donation

We want to keep writing what you want to read – whether that’s investment, energy, tourism, travel, banking, spending or other ethical and environmental issues. Our readership has quadrupled since we last conducted the survey and we’re keen to see what’s changed. We are calling on you, our readers,...


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Experts from across the globe meet to discuss sustainable tourism

The sixth International Conference on Sustainable Tourism took place from July 8 – 10 in Opatija, Croatia, where 32 scientists and experts presented their research on a multitude of topics around the challenges faced in tourism. The conference has been taking place since 2004 and is run by the...


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