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Former Tory minister Gregory Barker joins the Climate Group’s board of trustees

Ex- minister for energy and climate change Greg Barker has become a trustee of the Climate Group – an international organisation focused on making businesses aware of low-carbon opportunity to fight climate change. Barker served under the last conservative government but stepped down in 2014 following cabinet reshuffle and...


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May takes tough stance on Med migrants

Theresa May is on a collision course with EU leaders over a quota scheme for EU countries to take an equal share of migrants coming to Europe through the Mediterranean region. The Home Secretary said she “disagree with the suggestion by the EU’s high representative” Federica Mogherini that migrants...


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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: 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 However, the party has criticised the current voting system, labelling it “unfair and outdated”.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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General election: attention given to sustainability in campaigns criticised

Sustainability and environment professionals have criticised political parties for the lack of attention they are giving sustainability issues despite their impact on a range of areas, from health to the economy. In a poll conducted by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), 89% of respondents said they...


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Charity Bank supports organisation aiding deaf community

The East Lancashire Deaf Society (ELDS) will be able to boost its work in helping young deaf people improve their employment prospects after Charity Bank has provided a £150,000 loan. Charity Bank lends exclusively to charities and social organisations and its latest loan to ELDS will be used to...


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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 #GE2015 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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