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Government to map potential of water-source renewables to reduce reliance on gas

Energy secretary Ed Davey has said his department will explore the potential of water-source heat in providing clean energy to the UK, describing the technology as “game-changing”. He also highlighted how energy security is a critical issue amid tensions in Ukraine. Speaking to the Independent on Sunday, Davey said...


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London and south-east most vulnerable to heatwave-related deaths

Residents in London and the south-east of England will be more likely to suffer the deadly effects of warmer summers caused by climate change than people from the rest of the country, scientists have found. In a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers from Imperial...


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Consumers and businesses call for ‘radical changes’ in the energy market

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and consumer group Which? have called on Ofgem to fix the broken energy market and investigate the monopoly held by the ‘big six’ suppliers. In a letter to the energy regulator, the pair write, “It is clear that the energy market is broken...


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Legal & General backs Social Enterprise Assist scheme in Croydon and Sussex

Social enterprises based in the London borough of Croydon have been invited to apply for a support package, which includes an interest free loan, from a government-backed scheme launched last week.  After a successful pilot in Brighton and Hove in 2013, the Social Enterprise Assist (SE-Assist) scheme is seeking...


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Which? says impartial advice ‘critical’ to protecting pensioners

Changes to the pensions industry, announced by George Osborne in last week’s budget, must be backed up by robust measures, which include independent and impartial support and guidance, according to the consumer group Which? The chancellor announced what is being called the most radical shake-up of the pensions system...


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1m people sign petition to ban SeaWorld’s ‘whale imprisonment’

An online petition set up to force SeaWorld to release orcas from captivity has attracted support from over 1m people. But the Californian marine park chain has hit back after reportedly hiring a former BP lobbyist to help fight its corner. If successful, the Orca Welfare and Safety Act will ban Californian marine parks from...


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We need three more planets to sustain human life, says NASA scientist

If the human race continues expanding, fuelling climate change, and using resources at its current rate, it will eventually need to colonise three more planets to sustain itself, a NASA scientist has claimed. “The entire ecosystem is crashing”, Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist of NASA’s Langley Research Centre, said on Thursday. ...


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M&S among four UK firms named on world’s ‘most ethical’ companies list

Marks & Spencer is among four UK firms named on the annual World’s Most Ethical (WME) companies list, published by the Ethisphere Institute thinktank. Companies must have robust compliance and corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies in order to be included. The WME list recognises companies that go beyond making...


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‘Energetically sustainable’ wind power can provide surplus clean electricity

Wind farms can provide enough surplus energy to develop energy storage technology capable of stockpiling three days’ worth of uninterrupted power, a new study has found. Poor energy storage capability is one of the key obstacles to the rise of renewable energy. While wind and solar technologies provide limitless...


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World Water Day: increased energy usage puts ‘pressure’ on water, says UN

Climate change and the continued use of polluting fossil fuels will “exacerbate water stress and scarcity” in many places, according to the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. Speaking in a video message to a Tokyo event ahead of World Water Day, Ban added that water and electricity must be used...


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China: supply chain progress made, but major problems still exist

China faces fresh criticism over its lack of progress on ending corruption, tackling pollution and improving poor working conditions. The claims come from a briefing by Sedex, a membership organisation that aims to bring buyers and suppliers together in order to reduce and mitigate risks within the supply chain....


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Manchester event to kickstart social economy campaign to ‘benefit the 99%’

Local councillors and MPs will be asked to support the social economy on Tuesday, when the Social Economy Alliance prepares to kick off a campaign to grow the UK economy “from the bottom up”. The organisation will launch the initiative at an event in Manchester, with national journalists and...


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Investors call for ‘low-carbon commitment’ after EU delays energy and climate decision

The decision from European leaders to delay an agreement on the EU’s climate and energy targets will threaten investment in low-carbon technology, a group that represents some of Europe’s wealthiest investors has warned. As a two-day European Council summit draws to a close in Brussels, heads of state and...


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Osmosis takes ‘resource efficiency’ investment approach to the US

US investors are set to benefit from an investment approach that assesses resource efficiency, as UK-based Osmosis Investment Management delivers its Model of Resource Efficiency (MoRE) strategy across the pond. Osmosis says MoRE utilises unique and distinguishable insights to indentify values in well-run global businesses. It argues that markets...


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New green deal energy efficiency plans reduced to a ‘trickle’

The government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme the green deal has been criticised again after official figures showed that the initiative is continuing to disappoint. The green deal was officially launched at the beginning of 2013 and aims to tackle barriers relating to the take-up of energy efficiency measures. The...


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