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Lady de Rothschild to sue firm behind inclusive capitalism conference

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild is to sue the organiser of a conference on inclusive capitalism, claiming it was her idea. The summit took place in London and attracted high-profile speakers, such as Prince Charles, former US president Bill Clinton, Bank of England governor Mark Carney and Christine Lagarde,...


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Activist given suspended sentence over coal divestment hoax

Australian activist Jonathan Moylan, who sent out a fake press release on behalf of ANZ bank, claiming the withdrawal of $1.2 billion (£710m) of funding from a coal project and causing a $300 million (£176m) drop in the company’s share price has been given 20 month suspended sentence. Moylan,...


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Councils could be paid to consider storing nuclear waste

The government has launched a new long-term plan to deal permanently with the country’s radioactive waste, including paying councils up to £1 million each year for five years just for considering storing the waste in their area. The plans follow a consultation on improving the process of finding a...


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Poll: UK voters think renewable energy is best way to secure energy supply

British voters from all four major parties think investing in renewable energy should be the government’s top priority for maintaining energy security, according to a new poll.  The online survey, conducted by ComRes and commissioned by the clean energy trade body RenewableUK, found that overall 48% of respondents think...


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Wildlife crisis fuelling child slavery – study

The rapid decline of wildlife as food source in poor countries means that more children are needed for cheap labour to find food, causing social tensions to rise, according to a new study. New research published in the journal Science has suggested the existence of a link between wildlife...


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MPs back circular economy and call for an end to the ‘throwaway society’

The Environmental Audit Committee is urging the government to take decisive action in a number of areas to encourage and support a circular economy, which would see an economy less focussed on consumption. The report – Growing a circular economy: Ending the throwaway society – calls for lower VAT...


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Conservationists call for Canary Islands to be protected from oil drilling

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Spain has called for the government to create a sanctuary for whales and dolphins and to stop oil exploration in the Canary Islands. The Spanish oil and gas company Repsol was given approval by the Spanish government in March 2012, meaning...


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Scotland designates 30 new marine protected areas

The Scottish government has given the green light to a proposal of establishing 30 new marine protected areas (MPAs) in the seas surrounding the country, which will help protect and restore marine wildlife, as well as the economic revenue that derives from it. The new sites will protect a...


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Women-only shortlists for boards deemed unlawful

Business secretary Vince Cable’s plan to use all-female shortlist of the boards of FTSE 100 companies has been blocked. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said the practice would be unlawful and discriminatory. It was first revealed that the government was considering all-female shortlists for FTSE 100...


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EU-US free trade deal at odds with government guidelines to ‘buy British’, say campaigners

David Cameron has come under fire from campaigners who say new guidelines for UK government and public sector organisations to commit to buying local produce, undermine the EU-US free trade deal. Earlier this week the government announced a new food and drink buying standard which means central government will...


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GSK reaffirms ‘zero tolerance’ for corruption as Chinese investigation continues

The chief executive of British drug company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Sir Andrew Witty, has repeated that the firm has a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes corruption and bribery. GSK has been accused of bribing doctors in China, the investigation is ongoing. The accusations have tarnished GSK’s reputation and impacted...


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More support for Germany’s renewable energy sector as new law gets go-ahead

The EU Commission announced their approval of Germany’s new renewable energy law in Brussels on Wednesday. The Commission thinks the new law will help the country move away from fossil fuels and will not stop competition in the single market. The German Renewable Energy Act or EEG 2014 will...


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EU approves UK’s renewable subsidy scheme and capacity market

The EU has approved the UK’s capacity market, which aims to prevent blackouts, and and the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, which will support renewables. The CfD scheme is due to be launched later this year. CfDs offer a guarantee to generators of an agreed price for electricity. If the...


The Guide to Ethical ISAs

Introducing: The Guide to Ethical ISAs 2014

Ethical Bank Triodos tells Blue & Green Tomorrow’s readers how to save and invest their money ethically in the 2014 Guide to Ethical ISAs. No-one likes to pay more tax than necessary, so it’s easy to see what makes ISAs such a popular and widely recommended choice for savers and investors. But...


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Glasgow Commonwealth Games to serve fairtrade food during the event

Athletes, officials, workers and visitors will be served fairtrade-only bananas, tea, coffee and sugar during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Fairtrade Foundation has revealed. Glasgow Commonwealth Games organisers have pledged to serve fairtrade food during the event, as part of the city’s commitment to the fairtrade circuit....


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