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Top articles of May 2014

The longitude prize, banned pesticides, record carbon dioxide levels and melting ice in the East Antarctic all make it into the top articles of May 2014, highlighting the range of challenges sustainability faces. Blue & Green Tomorrow’s first Guide to Sustainable Democracy also proved popular. Longitude Prize revived to...


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Top articles of April 2014

Supervolcanoes and the threat they pose to the UK was the most popular story of April 2014, followed by a scientific study stating that it is 99.9% certain that climate change is caused by human activity. Supervolcanoes the biggest threat to the UK, Cabinet Office report warns Tom Revell:...


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Top articles of March 2014

During March 2014 SeaWorld hit the headlines following claims of focusing on profit over animal welfare. The ‘carbon bubble’ investment risk also became news when oil company Shell predicted a fall in profits. Petition to ‘stop SeaWorld from imprisoning whales for profit’ passes 200,000 signatures Alex Blackburne: A petition to make...


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Top articles of February 2014

During February of 2014 the UK weather and floods continued to dominate headlines but the sustainability of Russia’s Winter Olympics takes the top spot. Sochi 2014: how Russia’s Winter Olympics have failed on sustainability Ilaria Bertini: The 2014 Winter Olympic Games start in the Russian city of Sochi on...


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Top articles of January 2014

As 2014 draws to a close we take a look back on our top articles from January, when storms and flood continued across the UK and Blue & Green Tomorrow launched its first guide of the year – The Guide to Sustainable Tourism.   Thames rubbish could devastate ecosystems,...


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Financial resilience not enough to restore confidence in banking sector, says BoE

If the banking sector is to restore confidence and trust it must have “strong, effective and well-informed” management and governance, not just financial resilience, according to the Bank of England (BoE). The comments come after eight high street banks underwent a stress test to assess how well they would...


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UNEP: universal climate change agreement must be in place by 2015

By 2015 a plan must be in place to enable countries to implement a universal climate change agreement that will help facilitate a transition to an inclusive green economy, according to Achim Steiner, executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Steiner’s comments come in the eighth edition of...


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Wheat yields estimated to fall 6% for every 1C temperature increase

Globally wheat yields will see a 6% decrease for every 1C temperature increase, according to new research. The study highlights the impact climate change will have on the global food system and could push prices higher. Leaders have agreed to try and limit global warming to 2C, above which...


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WWF: Abbot Point dredge plans raise ‘alarming concerns’

Plans to dump dredged sediment close to the Great Barrier Reef have been fast tracked leading to estimates of damage and risk being underestimated, according to a report for the WWF. The government’s proposal suggests that 1.7 million cubic metres of dredged seabed will be mixed with sea water,...


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International Climate Fund progressing well but still room for improvement

The UK’s £3.87 billion International Climate Fund (ICF) is progressing well but there are still some areas that need improvements, according to a report from the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI). The report gives the fun a green-amber rating meaning that it performs “relatively well” against the criteria...


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Christmas gadgets to raise UK energy bill by £392m

Gadgets and other electronic gifts being given over the Christmas period are set to increase the UK’s energy bill by £392 million, the equivalent of lighting 4.4 million homes for a year, analysis suggests. The research, from B&Q and the Energy Saving Trust, indicates that almost half of Brits...


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10% of wildlife havens have been lost or damaged in last five years

Since 2009 more than 10% of wildlife havens have been lost or damaged, according to analysis from the Wildlife Trusts, which added the findings highlight some “worrying trends”. The report – Secret Spaces: The statues of England’s Local Wildlife Sites 2014 – has been published by the Wildlife Trusts....


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Global 500 firms account for 10% of global emissions

The world’s 500 largest businesses are responsible for more than 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and the figure is rising despite calls for companies to cut emissions and aid climate change goals, according to new research. A report, published by Thomson Reuters and BSD Consulting, reveals that...


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UK’s largest solar farm connects to National Grid

The UK’s largest solar farm, which is capable of powering 14,000 homes, has now been connected to the National Grid. The news represents the UK’s continuing move towards low-carbon alternatives for energy generation. The 46-megawatt (MW) Landmead project is a joint venture between First Solar and Belectric and is...


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Climate change affecting coral reefs across northern Pacific

Coral reefs across the northern Pacific are experiencing a phenomenon known as bleaching because of climate change, experts have said. In recent months an El Nino weather pattern has occurred, raising temperatures and stressing delicate coral reefs. Previous studies have also suggested that climate change is causing trillions of...



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