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Amber Rudd: Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Amber Rudd was appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on 11 May 2015. She was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change from July 2014 until May 2015. She was elected Conservative MP for Hastings & Rye on 6...


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EU to propose quota scheme for member countries to take in refugees

The European Commission is set to discuss a new proposal that would require EU member states to equally share immigrants who come to Europe through the Mediterranean. The scheme is a direct consequence of the indignation and political controversy that arose after more than 900 people who were crossing...


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#GE2015: Renewable energy industry and campaigners ‘worried’ about future government plans

Following the Conservative party’s victory in the 2015 General Election, members of the clean energy sector and environmental campaigners have urged David Cameron not to break promises on climate targets. The renewable energy industry has called on the newly-elected government to support national clean power and keep promises on...


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Blue & Green Tomorrow goes live on Crowdcube

After six months of planning, research, testing and due diligence, we’ve launched our funding round on Crowdcube and are raising £260,000 for 13% of Blue & Green Communications. Investors can register with Crowdcube, then see our pitch and request our business plan today. #investaware Crowdcube is the world’s leading investment crowdfunding...


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Report: single smartphone requires 13 tonnes of water to produce

A new report has revealed the amount of resources, including water and land use, that is required to make the everyday products we often take for granted. The report was commissioned by environmental group Friends of the Earth and aims to explore the environmental footprint of everyday products, measured...


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Consultation set to look at air quality impacts of airport expansion

A public consultation is set to assess the impact expansion at Heathrow and Gatwick airports could have on air quality, one of the issues that have been flagged up by environmental groups. Gatwick and Heathrow both put forward plans for expansion to the Airport Commission in order to increase...


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#GE2015: Greens retain seat but criticise voting system

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has retained the party’s only seat in Brighton Pavilion and the party has recorded a record number of votes. However, the party has criticised the current voting system, labelling it “unfair and outdated”. Lucas has grown her majority in Brighton Pavilion by 11% and...


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#GE2015: Vote for Policies ‘exit poll’

The BBC’s exit poll gives the election to a minority Conservative Party (316 MPs). Meanwhile, the Vote for Policies results are in. It’s a coalition between the policies of Labour (23.9%), Liberal Democrat (20.6%) and Greens (20.5%). In Scotland, Green policies (27%) come ahead of the SNP (24.8%). The BBC exit...


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Last chance to vote for Britain’s national bird

Today is the last chance for the British public to vote for the national bird. Voters can select one of the ten short-listed birds that they think best personifies what Britain represents. The poll will close at midnight on May 7. Included in the list is the popular Robin,...


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#GE2015: 100,000+ Vote for Policies in 18 hours as UK goes to the polls

Just as there was a last minute surge in voter registration there has been a surge in people using Vote for Policies.  As Britain goes to the polls to vote, over 100,000 people have used the Vote for Policies to match their views with party policies. At 6pm yesterday we released...


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Bank of America to reduce exposure to coal to help climate change efforts

The Bank of America has confirmed that it will reduce its exposure to coal mining companies, noting that such investments are becoming increasingly risky and that the institution has a “responsibility to help mitigate climate change”. The statement was released at the bank’s annual shareholder meeting, with the new...


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Climate ‘milestone’ reached as global carbon dioxide levels surpass 400ppm

Global carbon dioxide concentrations have surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first month since measurements began, the latest results from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show. Scientists have said the record is a significant climate milestone. According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,...


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#GE2015: the People’s Manifesto 2015

It is 6pm on the May 6th, with 13 hours until the polls open. 730,800 have taken the voteforpolicies.org.uksurvey – the impartial, non-profit, policy-matching tool. Download the manifesto here. Photo: Adam Wyles via Flickr Further reading: #GE2015: Blue & Green backs a red, yellow and green policy coalition around sustainability...


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Danish pension savers vote on fossil fuel divestment

Six Danish pension funds have given their members an opportunity to vote on fossil fuel divestment. The votes come as the divestment movement continues to gather pace. According to the Guardian, academics, civil engineers and architects in Denmark voted in favour of their pension funds selling off their holdings...


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EU votes to fix carbon market in 2019

EU lawmakers have voted to start fixing the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) in 2019, two years ahead of schedule. The changes, which have been welcomed by the renewable industry, mean billions of carbon allowance will be held back. The EU-ETS covers over 11,000 factories, power stations and other...




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