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1/3 Workers Set for a Pay RIse in National Living Wage UK Hotspots

Up to a third of workers in some areas of Britain are set for a pay rise as a result of the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW), the new legal wage floor of £7.20 an hour that comes into effect this Friday for employees aged 25 and over, according to...


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Friends of the Earth Trustees Say Carry on Campaigning on the EU

Friends of the Earth Trust will continue to campaign in favour of the UK remaining in the EU, the charity’s Trustees confirmed today. The announcement follows the welcome publication today of clarified and updated guidance by the Charity Commission, following strong criticisms by lawyers and charities on their earlier...


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Global Cleantech Summit opens with launch of ‘Accelerator 100’ project to support China’s Five-Year Plan

The Global Cleantech Summit in Beijing, China, hosted by The Climate Group, opened today with the launch of the ‘Accelerator 100′ project. Over 300 financial institutions, policymakers and leading clean technology firms from China, Europe, North America and beyond have gathered for the two day Summit aimed at driving...


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Oekom Research Publishes 2016 Annual Review of Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility

In its 2016 Corporate Responsibility Review, independent  sustainability rating agency, oekom research, continues to see only slow progress in the areas of corporate environmental and social responsibility. An opportunity to improve sustainability performance could lie in the UN-endorsed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if these are grasped as guiding principles ...


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Fashion Designer Armani Goes Fur-Free

World renowned Italian fashion designer, Giorgio Armani, has pledged to go 100 percent fur-free across all his labels from the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection onwards. Armani’s no-fur promise follows hot on the heels of a similar commitment by Hugo Boss last year, and comes after the designer worked closely with...


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New figures: Scotland Rules Hydro Sector

The UK’s hydro industry is now 100% Scottish, with new research showing ALL projects with planning permission are north of the border. Twenty-seven schemes totalling 58.5MW – enough to power 42,000 homes – have planning consent, from Stirlingshire to Sutherland. Research by Scottish Renewables ahead of the industry body’s...


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Govt Says it Won’t Increase VAT on Solar – Friends of the Earth Reaction

Reacting to news that the government will not oppose an amendment to the Finance Bill on Tuesday that would block a VAT increase on solar panels and insulation, Friends of the Earth renewables campaigner Alasdair Cameron said: “This looks like good news – a VAT hike so soon after the...


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Progress Update on Implementing the GIB Special Share

On 2 February the UK Government announced that the UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) would create a ‘Special Share’ as part of the process to introduce private capital to the organisation. The Special Share will preserve GIB’s commitment to its green purposes without compromising its independence or ability...


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How the 5p Carrier Bag Charge has Transformed Scotland’s Shopping Habits

The Scottish Government introduced the 5p single-use carrier bag charge to retailers across the country in October 2014. Now, more than one year on, I don’t think anyone could have predicted quite how successful the charge has already been. Data from major grocery retailers, gathered over the first year...


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Zero Waste Scotland Launches £18m Circular Economy Fund for Business

Scotland’s circular economy experts Zero Waste Scotland on Friday (18th March) launched an £18m fund to help small and medium-sized enterprises explore and pioneer ways to develop a circular economy. The launch takes place in collaboration with Scottish Enterprise at a special session of the Scottish Council for Development...


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Lawyers tell Australian Regulators: Investigate Peabody over Bankruptcy Calls

Environmental Justice Australia and Greenpeace International have alerted the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to a number of Australian creditors who would be at risk should Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal company, file for bankruptcy. Many of Peabody’s senior lenders are calling for the company...


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Shetland Tidal Array First Turbine Goes Live – WWF comment

Commenting on news that first power has been exported to the grid from a tidal power project on Shetland, WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “It’s great to see power exported to the grid from this tidal power project. With some of the most powerful tides in Europe, Scotland is well placed...


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EU Departure Would Leave British Environment Vulnerable – Friends of the Earth Reaction

Commenting on a new report from the IEEP, published today by the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts and WWF, which concludes that “it is likely that a UK departure from the EU would leave the British environment in a more vulnerable and uncertain position than if the country...


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Owning a Home Set to Become a Pipe Dream for Young Workers on Modest Incomes

Owning a home set to become a pipe dream for young workers on modest incomes. Over-45s now account for three-quarters of all home owners. The housing ladder is disappearing for most young working households on modest incomes. For this group home ownership is projected to be approaching just one-in-ten by 2025,...


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Guerilla Projection Throws Spotlight on Wellcome Trust’s Harmful Investments

Following the Wellcome Trust’s decision to increase its investments in coal and other fossil fuels, divestment campaigners last night projected figures about the harmful impacts of climate change on health onto the Wellcome Trust’s buildings in central London. The projections aimed to highlight the contradictions between the Wellcome Trust’s...