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Poll: UK government failing to encourage circular economy

A survey has found that sustainability professional believe that the UK government is failing to encourage businesses to improve resource efficiency and move towards a circular economy. The poll comes from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), a network of environment and sustainability professionals, and asked 400...


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Shale gas should play a role in low-carbon future, say MPs

A report from the energy and climate committee has said that shale gas should play in role in the UK’s low-carbon future. They add that the next government must address “misguided” anti-fracking and onshore wind campaigners. The interactive report looks at the committee’s work over the last five years,...


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London assembly backs fossil fuel divestment

London assembly members have voted in support of fossil fuel divestment, calling for London mayor Boris Johnson to divest the £4.8 billion London Pension Fund Authority’s (LPFA) pot from fossil fuels over the next five years. The London assembly voted on Wednesday, with a majority of 15-3 supporting taking...


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General election: public debate to explore how the internet affects voting

A free public debate is set to look at how the internet, including social media, is changing and affecting the way that people vote and think about politics ahead of the General Election. The debate is being organised by Vote for Policies, in partnership wit the Birkbeck Institute for...


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What the papers say. Dale Vince and the Supreme Court

Yesterday’s the Supreme Court decided that the ex-wife of Ecotricity founder can make a financial claim against him. Kathleen Wyatt, 55, took legal action against Dale Vince OBE, 53, in 2011. The couple were married in 1981 and divorced in 1991. Mr Vince is now reported to be worth...


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Parliament backs plain packaging. Big tobacco fights back.

Despite securing the overwhelming support of the British people and Members of Parliament in a vote yesterday, big tobacco is looking to fight the introduction of plain or standardised packaging. Yesterday in Parliament 367 MPS voted for plain or standardised packaging with 113 against. This follows a similar vote...


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Report: car emissions could be cut by half by 2030 though low-carbon transport

Low-carbon technologies could almost half the carbon emissions coming from cars and vans in the UK by 2030, according to a new report. The paper, from the Cambridge Econometrics, outlines how low-carbon vehicles can have a positive impact on the economy, environment and consumers. Carbon emissions from the car...


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Sustainable policies could support EU economic growth, says report

Sustainability should be the focus of the EU’s €300 billion (£210bn) investment plan, according to a report from WWF that sets out a five-step plan. The paper argues that the gains from investing sustainably could boost economies and generate further savings. For example, the report – From crisis to...


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UK finalists of 2015 Ashden Awards announced

Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards recognise and celebrate those working in sustainable energy. The finalists for the 2015 Ashden UK Awards have now been announced and highlight the diversity of the green energy sector. This year’s seven finalists are The London Borough of Islington’s SHINE Initiative, Beat the...


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EU-US trade deal threatens environment and health protections, MPs say

MPs have warned that the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated could risk “hard won” environmental and public health protections in a report. The report calls on the next government to ensure they are involved in discussion about the deal. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will broaden...


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Pace of climate change will speed up, warn researchers

Researchers have warned that changes to the climate that occur over several decades are now happening faster than historical levels and are continuing to speed up. They added that people will have to adapt to a warming world faster than previously anticipated. The study, which has been published in...


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Energy saving smart meters could be ‘costly failure’, warn MPs

Plans to install energy saving smart meters in every UK home and business by the end of the decade are at risk of “veering off-track”, according to the Energy and Climate Change Committee. In a report, MPs on the committee raise concerns about technical, logistical and public communication issues...


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New initiative aims to create social change

A new social enterprise initiative is inviting people to become involved in a fellowship that aims to connect people who share a vision and appetite for social change. Pioneers for Change will provide a six-month Fellowship that includes virtual mentoring and executive coaching alongside a two-day forum. The initiative...


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Jeremy Leggett: world can win the ‘carbon war’

In recent years there has been a shift in the ‘carbon war’ that means those fighting to cut emissions, avoid dangerous levels of climate change and encourage green technology could win, according to Jeremy Leggett’s new book. The book ‘The Winning of the Carbon War’ is downloadable for free....


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UN calls for investment in disaster resilience as costs reach $300bn per year

The UN is calling on countries to increase investment in risk reduction strategies after it revealed in a report that the cost of disasters worldwide has reached an average of $250 billion (£164) to $300 billion (£197bn) every year. The Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction has been...



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