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India announce the planting of 2 billion trees along its highways, creating 300,000 jobs

India’s Rural Development Ministry, in an attempt to both improve air quality and stimulate the job market, will potentially employ up to 300,000 youths to plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s motorways. In a meeting in New Delhi, Nitin Jairam Gadkari, the road transport, highways, shipping and rural...


The Guide to Sustainable Energy 2014

Introducing: The Guide to Sustainable Clean Energy 2014

In 1860, then-US president Abraham Lincoln described the wind as “an untamed and unharnessed force”. He continued, “Quite possibly one of the greatest discoveries hereafter to be made will be the taming, and harnessing of it.” It is anyone’s guess what Lincoln would make of the faults and possibilities...


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Confidence in charity sector on the up as value of Charity Bank loans increase

Charity Bank has announced they approved loans worth £11 million in the first half of 2014, almost double that of the same time last year. This shows confidence is growing in the economy as those in the social sector feel ready to borrow. The alternative bank has seen an...


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Australian responsible investment funds outperforming the mainstream

Responsible investment funds are outperforming their conventional equivalents in Australia, a new report has revealed. The Responsible Investment Association Australasia’s (RIAA) annual Benchmark Report finds that core responsible investment equities funds have consistently outperformed both the ASX 300 index and the large cap Australian equities fund average. “Core responsible...


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London among cities facing pressure on water resources

As more people move to urban areas, cities around the world including London are experiencing increased water stress and additional supply must be added as they continue to grow, according to a new study. A team of researchers from nine institutions, led by Rob McDonald, senior scientist with Nature...


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Public urged to photograph derelict spaces to help solve housing crisis

A campaign group has started an initiative that aims to map the extent of unused sites and buildings around the UK. Members of the public are encouraged to help create an interactive map to show the government the extent of available space that could be used to build new...


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RBS executives admit profiting from the forced closure of businesses

MPs have accused Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) executives of being “wilfully obtuse,” as they now make a U-turn on their defence – admitting to the deliberate sabotage of viable businesses in order to profit the bank. In a revival of past allegations, the bailed out RBS was accused...


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Environmental regulation to slow demand for coal, says report

A new report warns investors that the coal industry could suffer a slump in demand in the medium term as governments seek to cut carbon emissions and focus on cleaner sources of energy. The report – Carbon Constraints Cast A Shadow Over The Future Of The Coal Industry –...


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Melting Arctic ice will establish South Korea as Asia oil hub

Widening sea routes through the Arctic’s ice fields will shorten the time it takes for European oil to reach Asia – placing South Korea in the geographically perfect position for becoming the regional oil storage and trading hub. Being so closely located to China, Japan and Russia – South...


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Environmental groups and countries call for more ambitious energy savings target for EU

EU Commissioners will talk today on energy savings targets for 2030 and agree on an energy efficiency framework. However, there have been calls for the targets to be ambitious and binding in order to ensure energy security. A policy framework for climate and energy for the period up to...


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Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: MPs slam UK government over increased Russian arms sales

MPs have accused the UK government over double standards as figures reveal UK arms sales have skyrocketed to Russia, while Britain criticises French military exports to Moscow. Political rhetoric between EU nations has increased recently, as common ground is yet to be found over whether Russia should be held...


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Former fracking consultant appointed as new Environment Agency chief

Philip Dilley, the former chairman of a engineering firm that wrote environmental reports on fracking, will be the new chairman of the Environment Agency in September, prompting criticism by NGOs and the Green Party. Dilley was appointed by the environment, food and rural affairs committee for the “professional competence...


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Food waste used to boost Commonwealth Games sustainability credentials

Food and garden waste has been used in the construction of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games venues, boosting the sporting event’s sustainability credentials. The organisers have made commitments to make the games sustainable by recycling and cutting emissions. Almost 50,000 tonnes of food and garden waste have been collected from households...


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60% of Americans would support carbon tax, poll finds

Some 60% of Americans would support a carbon tax if the revenue went towards a worthy cause, such as investment in renewable energy, a new poll has revealed. The survey, undertaken by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College, finds that support for a tax on fossil fuels increases...


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‘Water cops’ to monitor water crisis and drought in California

Bay Area water agencies are considering hiring new temporary employees to keep water usage in the area under control, after residents were advised to conserve water to mitigate the effect of the worst drought on record that has been hitting the region since February. Santa Clara Valley Water District...


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