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Wildlife crisis fuelling child slavery – study

The rapid decline of wildlife as food source in poor countries means that more children are needed for cheap labour to find food, causing social tensions to rise, according to a new study. New research published in the journal Science has suggested the existence of a link between wildlife...


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EU-US free trade deal at odds with government guidelines to ‘buy British’, say campaigners

David Cameron has come under fire from campaigners who say new guidelines for UK government and public sector organisations to commit to buying local produce, undermine the EU-US free trade deal. Earlier this week the government announced a new food and drink buying standard which means central government will...


The Guide to Ethical ISAs

Introducing: The Guide to Ethical ISAs 2014

Ethical Bank Triodos tells Blue & Green Tomorrow’s readers how to save and invest their money ethically in the 2014 Guide to Ethical ISAs. No-one likes to pay more tax than necessary, so it’s easy to see what makes ISAs such a popular and widely recommended choice for savers and investors. But...


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Success for green deal as vouchers worth £43m are issued in just six weeks

A green deal initiative relaunched by the UK government in June this year has seen an impressive response, with vouchers worth more than £43 million issued in the first six weeks to help people make their homes more energy efficient. The scheme will run for one year and already 7,925...


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Negative impacts to Great Barrier Reef hard to find in government reports, says agency

The world heritage site is already threatened by pollution and dredging, with experts now saying the Australian government has downplayed the reef’s decline with bad news hidden in the assessments of the Great Barrier Reef’s condition. The Australian Institute of Marine Science (Aims) has said the government has mainly...


The Guide to Sustainable Energy 2014

Introducing: The Guide to Sustainable Clean Energy 2014

In 1860, then-US president Abraham Lincoln described the wind as “an untamed and unharnessed force”. He continued, “Quite possibly one of the greatest discoveries hereafter to be made will be the taming, and harnessing of it.” It is anyone’s guess what Lincoln would make of the faults and possibilities...


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Confidence in charity sector on the up as value of Charity Bank loans increase

Charity Bank has announced they approved loans worth £11 million in the first half of 2014, almost double that of the same time last year. This shows confidence is growing in the economy as those in the social sector feel ready to borrow. The alternative bank has seen an...


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Public urged to photograph derelict spaces to help solve housing crisis

A campaign group has started an initiative that aims to map the extent of unused sites and buildings around the UK. Members of the public are encouraged to help create an interactive map to show the government the extent of available space that could be used to build new...


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Damp and warm weather sees increase in biting insects in UK

Recent warm and rainy weather in the UK will increase the number of biting insects, experts have warned, as certain midges, horseflies and mosquitos thrive in such conditions. June saw record-breaking high global temperatures, with land and sea surface temperatures above the 20th century average, while the Met Office...


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Lego pieces lost 17 years ago keep arriving on British beaches

With Lego still being found on beaches in Cornwall after a container was lost overboard in 1997, environmentalists are concerned about the impact of plastic on marine life. In 1997 a cargo ship, the Tokio Express, was hit by a huge wave causing it to lose 62 containers overboard...


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Islamic world’s first eco-friendly mosque opens in Dubai

Environmentalists and Muslims have welcomed the opening of the Islamic world’s first eco-friendly mosque, a pioneering green building that held its first sermon on Friday. The Dh20 million (£3.2m) Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque in Dubai welcomed a capacity crowd of some 3,500 worshipers when its doors first opened last week,...


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Global warming: another record-breaking month as June sees high global temperatures

After the warmest May since records began, new figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) have found June 2014 has set a new record for the warmest global land and ocean temperatures since 1998. Data for June has found both global land and sea surface temperatures...


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Multi-million pound boost for British food industry as public sector told to buy local

The government has announced a new and improved food and drink buying standard, which means from 2017 central government will commit to buying local produce. Overall, up to £400 million could be spent on food and drink sourced from the UK. Currently, government, hospitals, schools and other public sector...


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Park and ride schemes not as eco-friendly as first thought

Park and ride schemes in the UK can actually increase traffic and have a negative impact on the environment, according to new research. In a new series of short films from the University of the West of England, experts talk about transport issues. In one, Professor Graham Parkhurst explains...


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UK summer storms to be followed by 30C heat and sunny weather

Thunder storms, heavy rain and lightning are expected to give way to lasting sunshine as the UK recovers from a weekend of flooding and transport disruption. The Environment Agency, over the last 24 hours, had put out a total of 28 emergency flood warnings – which have now been...


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