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Obama administration gives the nod to Arctic oil drilling

The US Interior Department has given its approval to the oil giant Shell to begin drilling in Arctic waters, subject to safety conditions being met. But pressure groups have responded with criticism over Shell’s ability to overcome safety concerns. After a long review into the procedures, American officials referred to...


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Australia announces corporate tax crackdown

A crackdown on multinational corporations by Australian authorities has been described as “the first of its kind in the world”, with Google, Apple and Microsoft firmly in their sights. Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey announced the plans on the eve of the Australian budget, saying that it was “pretty evident”...


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Sea level rise accelerates, say scientists

Sea level rises across the planet have been accelerating over the past two decades, not declining as previously thought. A new study has found that sea level rise has accelerated in recent decades, countering claims that total sea level rise is lower than previously estimated. Previous research had predicted...


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Apple to boost forest protection and green energy in China

Tech giant Apple has announced new measures to increase responsible forest management in China and expand clean energy projects across its manufacturing facilities in the country. Apple has partnered with the WWF to protect up to one million acres of responsibly managed working forests to supply fibre for pulp,...


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Elizabeth Truss: Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Elizabeth Truss MP was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 15 July 2014. She was elected as the Conservative MP for south west Norfolk in 2010. She will remain in post. Elizabeth studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford. Elizabeth entered Parliament...


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Amber Rudd appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change: the reaction

Newly-elected Prime Minister has appointed Amber Rudd as the new Energy and Climate Change Secretary, with many praising continuity with previous climate commitment.   Maria McCaffer, RenewableUK’s chief executive “We wish Amber Rudd well as Energy Secretary. We are pleased to see continuity at the Department following her role...


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Amber Rudd: Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Amber Rudd was appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 11 May 2015. She was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change from July 2014 until May 2015. She was elected Conservative MP for Hastings & Rye on 6...


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EU to propose quota scheme for member countries to take in refugees

The European Commission is set to discuss a new proposal that would require EU member states to equally share immigrants who come to Europe through the Mediterranean. The scheme is a direct consequence of the indignation and political controversy that arose after more than 900 people who were crossing...


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#GE2015: Renewable energy industry and campaigners ‘worried’ about future government plans

Following the Conservative party’s victory in the 2015 General Election, members of the clean energy sector and environmental campaigners have urged David Cameron not to break promises on climate targets. The renewable energy industry has called on the newly-elected government to support national clean power and keep promises on...


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Blue & Green Tomorrow goes live on Crowdcube

After six months of planning, research, testing and due diligence, we’ve launched our funding round on Crowdcube and are raising £260,000 for 13% of Blue & Green Communications. Investors can register with Crowdcube, then see our pitch and request our business plan today. #investaware Crowdcube is the world’s leading investment crowdfunding...


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Report: single smartphone requires 13 tonnes of water to produce

A new report has revealed the amount of resources, including water and land use, that is required to make the everyday products we often take for granted. The report was commissioned by environmental group Friends of the Earth and aims to explore the environmental footprint of everyday products, measured...


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Consultation set to look at air quality impacts of airport expansion

A public consultation is set to assess the impact expansion at Heathrow and Gatwick airports could have on air quality, one of the issues that have been flagged up by environmental groups. Gatwick and Heathrow both put forward plans for expansion to the Airport Commission in order to increase...


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#GE2015: Greens retain seat but criticise voting system

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has retained the party’s only seat in Brighton Pavilion and the party has recorded a record number of votes. However, the party has criticised the current voting system, labelling it “unfair and outdated”. Lucas has grown her majority in Brighton Pavilion by 11% and...


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#GE2015: Vote for Policies ‘exit poll’

The BBC’s exit poll gives the election to a minority Conservative Party (316 MPs). Meanwhile, the Vote for Policies results are in. It’s a coalition between the policies of Labour (23.9%), Liberal Democrat (20.6%) and Greens (20.5%). In Scotland, Green policies (27%) come ahead of the SNP (24.8%). The BBC exit...


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Last chance to vote for Britain’s national bird

Today is the last chance for the British public to vote for the national bird. Voters can select one of the ten short-listed birds that they think best personifies what Britain represents. The poll will close at midnight on May 7. Included in the list is the popular Robin,...



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