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Sustainability-minded Lib Dems call for party to adopt ‘green backbone’

A group of Liberal Democrat MPs and activists have published proposals for policies their party must campaign on if it is to appeal to green-minded voters at next year’s general election. Formally launched at an event in Westminster on Tuesday, the Green Manifesto suggests that policies geared towards encouraging ‘green...


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Bristol ethical investment adviser wins Fairtrade award

Bristol-based financial advisory firm Stewart Investment Planning has been recognised for its involvement with the Fairtrade movement at the South West Fairtrade Business Awards 2014. The green and ethical investment specialist received the award for best south-west Fairtrade office, after participating in a local ethical money conference, called Make Your...


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Co-op Group ‘regretfully’ accepts chief exec Euan Sutherland’s resignation

The Co-operative Group has accepted the resignation of its chief executive Euan Sutherland, who departs what he called an “ungovernable” organisation just 10 months after being appointed. Sutherland, who took up the post in May last year, said in a statement that his top priority throughout his tenure had...


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The internet at 25: creator Tim Berners-Lee says it needs its own ‘Magna Carta’

Twenty-five years to the day since he first drafted his idea, the inventor of the world wide web has called for a bill of rights to protect its users. In 1989, while working as a software engineer at CERN, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote his initial proposal for the world...


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UK chief scientist: climate change will not be beneficial to the UK

The chief scientific adviser to the government, Sir Mark Walport, has told MPs not to expect any benefits from a warmer climate, adding that the effects in the long-term will be harmful. Walport was commenting on science journalist and climate denier Matt Ridley’s book, The Rational Optimist, which argues...


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No Smoking Day: e-cigarette advert banned by watchdog

An advertising campaign by e-cigarette firm Ten Motives has been banned because of unsubstantiated claims that the nicotine product is a “healthier smoking alternative” – coinciding with No Smoking Day. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that the claims in the adverts cannot be fully substantiated, adding that Ten...


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Bulgaria, Estonia and Sweden met their 2020 renewables targets eight years early

Bulgaria, Estonia and Sweden met their 2020 renewable energy targets in 2011/12, according to new analysis from the statistical office of the European Union.  At the other end of the scale, the UK was ranked as one of the lowest renewable energy generators. It achieved just a 4.2% share...


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Natural capital committee calls for economic value on nature

The independent natural capital committee has said that too often the environment is taken for granted, and called for a 25-year-long natural capital plan so that Britain can enjoy the “economic and wellbeing benefits”. Its latest State of Natural Capital report says the environment should be taken into account...


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UK lacks experts to deal with tree and plant diseases, say MPs

The UK does not have enough expertise in the field of tree and plant diseases, according to a report by MPs on the environment, food and rural affairs committee (EFRA). As a result, they say the government is at risk of losing the necessary skills to predict, monitor, control...


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Scientists find Arctic ice melt is gaining speed

The Arctic’s ice-free season is becoming longer by an average of five days every 10 years, scientists have said. According to a new study published in Geophysical Research Letters, which analysed satellite imagery gathered over 30 years, the autumn freeze is also now arriving up to 11 days later...


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Woodland Trust to plant millions of trees as part of first world war centenary

The Woodland Trust has launched a project to create new areas of woodland as a reminder of the first world war, which began 100 years ago this year. The charity said the First World War Centenary Woods initiative will span across 1,000 acres of woodland and see 3m free...


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Green Investment Bank could move to private ownership, says chair

The chairman of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) has said the government-owned bank should eventually be owned by the private sector. Speaking at the National Association of Pension Funds’ investment conference in Edinburgh last week, Lord Smith of Kelvin said he would like the GIB to ultimately diversify...


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US Democrats do an ‘all-nighter’ in the Senate for climate change

Twenty-eight Democrat politicians in the US have taken to the Senate for an all-night session of climate change discussions, an initiative aimed at raising awareness among members of Congress and calling for action. The marathon – which has the accompanying Twitter hashtag #Up4Climate – runs from Monday evening to...


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British children eating too much salt, says study

A new study has claimed that children’s diets contain too much salt, with the majority of the intake coming from processed or manufactured foods. The research, which was published in the journal Hypertension, suggests that 70% of kids are eating much more than the recommended teaspoon of salt a...


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Co-op Group’s woes continue as chief exec Sutherland offers resignation

Euan Sutherland, the chief executive of the Co-operative Group, has reportedly offered his resignation – a tactic that has been described as a “back-me-or-sack-me” move. According to the BBC’s business editor Robert Peston, Sutherland says in a letter that the organisation is “ungovernable”. This follows a turbulent year that...


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