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Local Authorities Learn From Bristol’s Community Energy Showcase

Bristol City Council’s showcase event shared tools, techniques and tips from Bristol’s and the country’s top community energy experts.   Local authorities face a future of austerity and budget cuts but still have ambitious carbon targets to meet. Community energy can help address both of these challenges, whilst supporting our communities...


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Campaigners Criticise Decision To Renew BP Sponsorship Of Iconic Cultural Institutions

Campaigners vow to challenge and overturn decision by British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Opera House and Royal Shakespeare Company to sign new £7.5 million 5-year BP sponsorship deal     Dr Chris Garrard, speaking on behalf of BP or not BP? said: ‘This will be a hugely unpopular move and wildly...


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New Code Of Practice To Implement Huge Boost For Responsible Investment

The Pensions Regulator has introduced a new code of practice and ‘how to’ guides for trustees of defined-contribution schemes. Significant progress has been made in boosting responsible investment in the UK with the publication of a new code of practice for trust-based defined-contribution (DC) pension schemes and six ‘how...


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ShareAction Calls On Pension Trustees To Step Up ESG Risk Management

ShareAction welcomes The Pensions Regulator’s new code of practice for defined contribution (DC) pension schemes, which has come into force today. The code applies to occupational trust-based schemes. Following ShareAction’s extensive engagement with the regulator over the past year, we are delighted that the code and supporting guides strengthen...


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Youth Groups Call On Catholic Institutions To Divest From Fossil Fuels During World Youth Day

An open letter signed by over 120 youth groups and urging Pope Francis to call on Catholic organisations to divest from fossil fuels and to continue his efforts to divest the Vatican, will be publicly shared by young Fossil Free organisers.   WHAT: Multi-faith vigil WHEN: Friday, July 29, 2016,...


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Food Lobby Rigs EU Sugar Laws While Obesity And Diabetes Spiral Out Of Control

As Corporate Europe Observatory’s new report ‘A spoonful of sugar’ illustrates, existing laws are being undermined and much-needed measures fought off that are vital for tackling Europe’s emerging health crisis. An increasing number of people in Europe are struggling with obesity, heart disease and diabetes linked to excessive sugar consumption....


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New film shows fishermen searching for ghost gear solutions

International charity, World Animal Protection, have launched a new film showing how fishermen are helping each other to protect their businesses from the blight of ghost gear Watch the film here Fishing litter or ‘ghost gear’ is used to describe nets, pots, lines and ropes that have been lost...


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Ban on US imported beef in Britain is lifted, but protection is still needed

As it is announced that the US ban on importing British red meat is to be lifted after nearly 20 years, Friends of the Earth argues that protection from US hormone treated beef must still remain in place. Responding to today’s announcement that the US import ban on British red...


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Londoners’ health threatened by City Airport expansion

City Airport expansion “terrible” news for Londoners’ health – say Friends of the Earth Commenting on today’s news that the Government has approved plans for City Airport expansion, Sophie Neuburg, Friends of the Earth London campaigner, said: “This is terrible news for communities in East London which are already badly-hit...


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UK seafood shoppers choose Sustainability over Price and Brand

According to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), UK shoppers are more concerned with preserving the oceans than price and brand when buying seafood   In fact, over half (52%) of British seafood consumers are willing to pay more for certified sustainable seafood – specifically, up to 11% more on MSC-labelled...


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World’s largest carbon producers face allegations of Human Rights

Companies responsible for the majority of fossil fuel products that have been manufactured, marketed, and sold since the industrial revolution have been ordered to respond to a legal petition that triggered the first-ever national human rights investigation concerning climate change. The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR)...


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Ashton Gate stadium joins Bristol’s solar revolution

Solar PV panels designed to reduce the stadium’s carbon emissions by 20% have been installed to Ashton Gate Stadium, The stadium is home to Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby Club, and has made a promise to deliver a modern, multi-use stadium to make Bristol proud. The solar PV partnership with the...


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‘Stop Hinkley’ Campaign writes to new Secretary of State

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has written to the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to ask him to stamp his own mark on energy policy by ditching proposals for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C.   Stop Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffery said: “Now even the financial...


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University of Cambridge to lead Protocol Application Program

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), a part of the University of Cambridge dedicated to building strategic leadership capacity to tackle critical global challenges, will lead the Protocol Application Program on behalf of the Natural Capital Coalition.   With increasing pressure on natural resources and the accompanying impact...


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Safe Houses and Jobs provided for LGBTI Refugees

Micro Rainbow International CIC selected as semi-finalist in European Social Innovation Competition supporting integration of LGBTI refugees and migrants in the UK   Micro Rainbow International CIC (MRI) has been selected from over 1,000 applicants from 36 countries as a semi-finalist in the 2016 edition of the European Social...