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Subsidy loophole to be closed for dirty fossil fuels

The UK government has announced it will close a legal loophole that could have given billions of pounds to old coal power plants. However, the news has reopened the debate over why subsidies for fossil fuels are continuing to undermine carbon reduction policies. The loophole was found in the...


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Sustainable September: full-day conference moves to Royal Geographical Society

Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September full-day sustainability conference has changed venues, moving to the Royal Geographical Society. The event, which will run from 8am to 6pm on September 30, was originally due to be held at Central Hall Westminster. The change of venue will instead see the conference take...


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400,000 in Toledo without drinking water due to pollution and climate change

The US city of Toledo, in Ohio, has been dramatically affected by a widespread contamination of its drinking water, now proven to be the direct result of a man made algae boom – caused by agricultural chemicals and climate change. The aggressive toxin, known as microcystin, is caused by...


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Lloyds Bank predicts increased issuance of responsible bonds

Lloyds Bank has predicted that the issuance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) bonds will continue to grow, after seeing huge demand for its own green bond. According to the Financial Times, Lloyds’ ESG bond raised over £250 million, but could have raised considerably more based on initial demand....


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Ed Davey faces judicial review over alleged illegal solar policy U-turn

Four of the largest solar industry operators have this week announced plans to formally request a judicial review into the government’s plans to end state support for solar farms. Solar developers Solarcentury, Lark Energy, TGC Renewables, and Orta Solar Farms, with a combined 800 megawatt (MW) supply chain worth...


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Competition inquiry into energy companies should also investigate wholesale gas market, warns MP

Tim Yeo, chairman of the House of Commons’ Energy Committee, has written to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) urging it to investigate the wholesale gas market as part of an inquiry into the UK energy sector. In June, energy regulator Ofgem announced an 18-month investigation into competition in...


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Lights Out event marks centenary of the outbreak of World War One

A campaign marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is asking everyone in the UK to turn off their lights at 10pm on Monday, and share a national moment of reflection. The Lights Out campaign requests all homes to leave just a candle, or a...


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Almost two-thirds of European households concerned about rising energy bills

Rising energy bills is the biggest concern among European homeowners, a survey from the Kingfisher Group, which includes retailers such as B&Q and Screwfix, has revealed. The findings come as an inquiry into the UK energy market is launched and figures show fuel poverty is on the rise. Some...


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Co-operative Group voted most ethical company of past 25 years by Ethical Consumer readers

The Co-operative Group has been named as Ethical Consumer magazine’s most ethical UK company, with readers voting for the firm despite its recent troubles. The Co-op came out on top of a readers’ survey marking the 25th birthday of Ethical Consumer magazine. Also among the top 10 are cosmetics...


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DNA sequencing project to receive £300m investment

The UK has announced its ambitions to become a world leader in the field of medical DNA research, with a series of investments worth £300 million. The combination of public and private investment will be spread across a number of initiatives as part of the 100,000 Genomes Project. The...


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Science fiction could be influencing peoples view on climate change

A sub-genre of science fiction that explores the possible effects of climate change has been gaining popularity and could influence how people view climate change and its impacts. A New York Times debate explored the subject and asked six people to share their views on so called ‘cli-fi’ films...


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Sustainable forestry project supporting 900 families

After five years of earlier research and development, the Cochabamba Project has been supporting almost 900 families in Bolivia since 2009, providing them with sustainable land use alternatives to slash and burn farming in the Amazon. The project has established 1,400 hectares of commercial tree plantations on around 2,600...


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Integrated sustainability key to business resilience, according to new report

Long-term thinking and integration is key when it come sustainability and making business strategies more resilient, a report from consultants Corporate Citizenship argues. The report – Creating Resilient Strategies – addresses the current strategy debate and considers if strategies are sufficiently far-sighted and robust enough to cope with a...


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Conference set to explore human rights and businesses

A conference that will look at the practical implications and challenges of implementing the human rights guiding principles across business is set to take place in London on 10 November. The conference, which is organised by the Innovation Forum, aims to bring together key players to look at the...


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July eighth consecutive month of above average temperatures

July was the eighth month in a row where temperatures have been higher than average or the UK Last month was both sunnier and warmer than usual, according to the Met Office. Figures show that temperatures were 1.2C above the 1981-2010 average, making July 2014 among the top ten...


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