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Over 80% of consumers value sustainability

The majority of consumers value sustainability and are more likely to purchase products from responsible brands, according to a new report. However, the survey also revealed that companies aren’t doing enough to showcase their sustainability initiatives. The report – Sustainability Matters – asked over a thousand UK residents about...


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Permafrost carbon release to have similar impact as deforestation

As permafrost soils thaw the greenhouse gases stored are likely to be released gradually and over a prolonged period of time, having a similar affect to topical deforestation, according to research from the US Geological Survey. Permafrost soils contain twice as much carbon as there is currently in the...


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Vote for Policies: most popular #GE2015 voting-decision tool

Our friends over at VoteforPolicies.org.uk have seen more than 330,000 surveys complete, which helps you decide which party’s policies you have the greatest affinity with. At this point in the election last time they had garnered 69,828 votes. Of the three available tools, voteforpolicies.org.uk, votematch.org and positiondial.com, Vote for Policies has the highest traffic and the highest number...


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World Responsible Tourism Awards nomination deadline extended

The deadline to submit nominations for consideration to the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 has been extended to 20 April. The prestigious awards celebrate the most inspiring and innovative examples of responsible tourism, with categories ranging from best for engaging people and culture to best for innovation in carbon...


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Renewables poised for ‘transformative year’ in US

This year could prove to be a “watershed year” for renewables and decarbonising the energy sector in the US, according to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The study suggests that coal-fired capacity will fall while renewable and natural gas will make gains. The shift is expected to result...


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Warmer weather leads to rise in air pollution

While many are enjoying the warmer weather across the UK, it has led to air pollutions rising across many parts of England and Wales. The government has previously been criticised for failing to bring down air pollution levels. According to UK Air, warm sunny conditions and light winds, from...


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Major investors support BP climate resolution

Ahead of oil giant BP’s annual general meeting next week, a number of major investors have announced their support for a shareholder resolution on climate change resilience. Among those backing the move are Dutch pension fund APG, BNP Paribas, the Pension Trust and Kames Capital. The Aiming for A...


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‘These companies can afford to pay the living wage.’ Boris Johnson

Low wages and zero hour contracts aren’t issues that will go away after the general election, writes professor of responsible tourism Harold Goodwin. Boris Johnson is the Mayor of London, his personal vision of “moral purpose” in business and politics may make disquieting reading for London hoteliers.  Boris is a...


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Obama links climate change to health risks

US president Barack Obama has linked climate change and human health risks, arguing that human health is “deeply tied” to the health of the environment. In a proclamation, Obama states, “America’s public health is deeply tied to the health of our environment. As our planet becomes more interconnected and...


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Shell seeks injunction as Greenpeace activists board Arctic oil rig

Oil giant Shell is seeking an injunction after six Greenpeace activists boarded an oil rig to protest Arctic drilling. The demonstration comes as Shell agrees to but rival oil and gas exploration firm BG Group for £47 billion. The demonstration from Greenpeace follows the US government approving Shell’s drilling...


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Academics urge universities to join fossil fuel divestment movement

A group of academics from around the world are urging all universities to join the fossil fuel divestment movement. Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) argues that universities have a “special duty” to take a stand on the issue and continuing to profit from fossil fuels is unethical. ASAP is...


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Western Canada could lose 70% of glaciers by 2100

By the end of the century up to 70% of the glacier ice in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, could be lost, according to researchers. The study argues the long-term melting trend could create “major problems” for ecosystems, power supplies and water quality. Researchers from the University of Northern...


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Prince Charles calls for action on deforestation

Prince Charles has called for urgent action on tropical deforestation, arguing that the forests are essential for life on Earth, in a report published by his International Sustainability unit. The report, notes that despite some success in reducing deforestation in some countries there are no signs yet that overall...


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Scottish universities criticised for arms and fossil fuel investments

Scottish universities have been criticised by NUS Scotland after it was revealed that many have investments in arms and fossil fuel companies. NUS Scotland argues that the educational institutions should work to benefit wider society and such investments hinder this. Between them Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon...


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Own a share in Blue & Green’s tomorrow

At last, we’re in the final countdown to the launch of our share offer. It’s been a steep learning curve. It took longer than planned because we only ever wanted to launch when we were absolutely ready, with every i dotted and every t crossed – not least having...



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