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power plant by Lisa Murray via Flickr

Climate change pushes doomsday clock closer to midnight

Climate change and nuclear proliferation have led to scientist deciding to move the symbolic doomsday clock closer to midnight signalling growing threats to humanity and the earth. The clock now reads three minutes to midnight. The doomsday clock was created in 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists...


Fracking in Derby - Nicholas A. Tonelli

Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking plans ‘should be refused’

Plans to frack at two sites in Lancashire “should be refused” because of noise levels and traffic, according to a report from Lancashire County Council. Energy firm Cuadrilla had applied to explore Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood for shale gas. However, planning officers ruled that the application for the...


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Bank switching increases 12% in 2014

The number of Brits switching their bank account reached 1.16 million, a 12% increase on the previous year, in 2014, as awareness and confidence in the bank switching service increases. Figures from the Payment Council now show that over two-thirds of people in the UK are aware of the...


foodbank byBirmingham News Room via Flickr

Supermarkets and government called on to encourage sustainable food

Both food retailers and the government must work to encourage sustainable food consumption and cut down on waste if the UK is to have a sustainable food supply in the face of environmental and health challenges, according to MPs. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, argues that government,...


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The year ahead for Blue & Green Tomorrow

The year ahead is set to be a busy 12 months for Blue & Green Tomorrow, after many triumphs and a small setback in 2014 we’ve finalised our business and editorial calendar for 2015 ensuring that we remain the most widely read cheerleader for all things sustainable, as well...


Tractor turbine By Alexander Boden via Flickr

Public opinion and policy priorities creating uncertainty for renewable investors

Despite the need for renewables to solve the energy trilemma of affordability, security of supply and decarbonisation investment in the sector is at risk because public opinion and policy priorities are creating uncertainty for UK investors, a report warns. Left-wing think tank Fabian Society argues in the report –...


another wind turbine by lamoix via Flickr

Amazon to use wind to power data centres

Amazon is set to use wind to power its data centres forming its giant global network after announcing a commitment to use renewables last year. Amazon Web Services has announced a partnership with Pattern Energy Group to support the construction and operation of a 150 megawatt wind farm in...


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Business leaders embracing sustainability but Europe lagging behind

Business leaders around the world are increasingly embracing sustainability and are confident of their abilities to turn challenges into opportunities, according to a new report that also found Europe is lagging behind. Whilst business leaders in China are the most optimistic, with 48% stating they can take advantage of...


Sweden wind turbine by axelivarsson via Flickr

Clean energy investment reached $274bn in 2014

New clean energy investment increased for the first time since 2011 last year, surging by 12% to reach $274.2 billion (£181bn), according to a preliminary analysis from Clean Energy Pipeline. The figures show that new investment in the global clean energy sector totalled $69.7 billion in the fourth quarter...


BP by Mike Mozart via Flickr

Shell and BP face investor calls for transparency on climate change risks

Oil giants Shell and BP are facing calls to disclose business risks associated with climate change after more than 150 investors filed a resolution ahead of the annual general meetings later this year. The Aiming for A coalition, which includes major investors, asset managers and insurers, have challenged the...


Farms By Greg Knapp via Flickr

Food diversity vital for adapting to climate change

Maintaining genetic diversity within the world’s food supply is vital to ensuring that humankind can preserve crop yields and adapt to climate change, however, a warming world places diversity at risk, a paper from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned. The paper notes that agriculture, fisheries,...


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Energy efficiency and decentralisation cuts dependence on imported fossil fuels

Demand side services, energy management measures that include decentralised generation and demand reduction, have cut the UK’s dependence on imported fuel by two-thirds and negated the need to build 14 new power stations, according to a report. The report – Invisible Energy: Hidden benefits of the demand side –...


Co-operative Bank By Felix O via Flickr

Co-op Bank extends list of companies it won’t lend to

As the Co-operative Bank re-launches its ethical policy following a customer survey on the issues, it has extended the list of companies that the bank will not finance to include companies involved in irresponsible gambling, pay day lenders and businesses that do not responsibly pay tax. The Co-operative Bank...


Fracking in Derby - Jeremy Buckingham via Flickr

Fracking jobs claims ‘overstated’, argue environmental group

A new report from environmental group Friends of the Earth argues that the fracking industry’s claims about job creation are “overstated” and calls for investment to support renewables instead. The report, which is supported by PCS Union and North West trade councils, places doubt on claims around the amount...


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Just 6 UK universities assessing climate risk on investments

A survey of the UK’s universities has revealed that whilst a growing number of the institutions recognise the impact of their investments and are publishing ethical investment policies, just six are committed to assessing the climate change risk associated with their investments. The 2015 People & Planet University League...



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