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General Election: sustainability professionals call for Nature and Wellbeing Act

The next UK government must implement a Nature and Wellbeing Act to rebuild natural capital, according to sustainability professionals. The survey comes ahead of the general election next month. The survey, conducted by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), asked almost 650 environment and sustainability professionals on...


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Climate will irrevocably change unless bold action is taken, scientists warn

Unless world leaders take bold climate action this year a number of tipping points could be crossed, resulting in a “vastly different climate” and far-reaching, devastating consequences, scientists have warned. In a written statement 17 scientists have set out their argument for climate action as well as eight key...


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Survey: wealthiest should donate 25% of money to good causes

The British public would like to see the wealthiest in society donate more to worthy causes, according to a new poll, with answers revealing Brits believe the rich should give away 25% of their money. The survey, conducted by Populus for the Charities Aid Foundation, asked over 2,000 UK...


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#GE2015 Election Debates: Environment and Climate Change

Andrew Neil and the BBC’s environment analyst Roger Harrabin were joined yesterday by leading politicians to debate climate change, energy prices and the countryside. You can view the debate for the next 29 days here. On the panel were Caroline Flint (Labour), Matthew Hancock (Conservative), Andrew Cooper (Green), Ed...


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#GE2015 Vote for Polices hits 502,000 surveys completed

Over half a million people have now completed the Vote for Policies survey. At this point in 2010 there were just over 150,000 survey results. With voter registration closed and postal votes starting we are now in the final stages of the general election. You still have time to match...


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Roadmap needed to ensure future water security, say World Water Forum delegates

Ensuring the world has a secure supply of water in the future is one of the many challenges associated with climate change and sustainability. Delegates of the World Water Forum, hosted by the World Water Council, have urged countries to deliver a roadmap on the issue. The seventh World...


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Opposition leaders’ debate #GE2015

Starting at 8pm last night, running through the 90 minute opposition leaders’ debate, post-debate spin room coverage, the 10pm news, Question Time and This Week, there were nearly five hours of political porn. Great for political junkies but we won’t know until 8th May if it engaged any of...


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Vote for Policies: most popular #GE2105 voting-decision tool

Our friends over at VoteforPolicies.org.uk have seen more than 330,000 surveys complete, which helps you decide which party’s policies you have the greatest affinity with. At this point in the election last time they had garnered 69,828 votes. Of the three available tools, voteforpolicies.org.uk, votematch.org and positiondial.com, Vote for Policies has the highest traffic and the highest number...


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‘These companies can afford to pay the living wage.’ Boris Johnson

Low wages and zero hour contracts aren’t issues that will go away after the general election, writes professor of responsible tourism Harold Goodwin. Boris Johnson is the Mayor of London, his personal vision of “moral purpose” in business and politics may make disquieting reading for London hoteliers.  Boris is a...


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Obama links climate change to health risks

US president Barack Obama has linked climate change and human health risks, arguing that human health is “deeply tied” to the health of the environment. In a proclamation, Obama states, “America’s public health is deeply tied to the health of our environment. As our planet becomes more interconnected and...


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General election 2015: a stark choice for voters in five weeks

Periodically voters have the opportunity to nudge the tiller of their country in a different direction. 1910 saw the election of a government to pass a radical People’s Budget against the will of the Lords. In 1945 the electorate voted for the creation of the NHS, Welfare State and...


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Health professional call for immediate ban on fracking due to health risks

Health professionals have called for an immediate moratorium on fracking to allow time for a full and comprehensive health and environmental impact assessment to be completed, arguing that there are several potential health risks. In a report, which has been supported by a letter calling for shale gas development...


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Climate change could bring exotic diseases to UK

Increasing temperatures could lead to a tropical diseases coming to the UK and the rest of Europe, public health experts have warned. Warmer weather could maker it easier for mosquitoes and other insects to spread disease to new regions. The study, which has been published in The Lancet Infectious...


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Gates and Bloomberg give $4 million to fight tobacco

It comes to something when you need two of the world’s richest philanthropists to fight big tobacco’s well-coordinated attempts to use international law to force developing countries to allow unfettered sales of a product that causes the death of half its users. The $4 million (£2.7m) Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation...


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Charity Bank backs chocolate factory set to support people with disabilities

Charity Bank, a bank that lend exclusively to charities and social enterprises, is financially backing a project that will see a chocolate factory and horticulture enterprise being run by people with autism and other disabilities to help them gain employment opportunities and new skills. Building work is set to...




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