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Zuckerberg to use ‘drones, satellites and lasers’ to connect everyone to the web

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the firm plans to use unmanned drones, lasers and satellites to hook up the planet’s entire population to the internet. The drones and satellites will aid the Internet.org initiative, set up by a number of internet-based organisations including Facebook, Ericsson, Samsung and...


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Ecology says record figures prove ‘commercial viability’ of sustainable finance

Ecology Building Society has announced record-breaking success in its latest annual report – figures that its chief executive says “prove the commercial viability of genuinely sustainable finance”. Ecology, one of the youngest building societies still in existence, unveiled record assets, gross and net lending and savings balances for the...


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Researchers call for further smoke-free legislation

The introduction of more smoke-free legislation could bring substantial reductions in premature births and hospital attendance for asthma, a study has found. Researchers say that they support further regulation in the area, which could potentially impact on investors with money in the sector. The study, published in The Lancet,...


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Prince Charles calls for affordable housing in London

The Prince of Wales has called for more affordable and better quality housing in London as he predicated the current pace of rising property prices in the capital was “unsustainable”. He said, “The National Housing Federation estimates that in only six years the average London house price will have...


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Financial advisers sought for sustainable investment bootcamps

Following the success of the first Sustainable Investment Bootcamp, Blue & Green Tomorrow will be running a series of free, Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) accredited events on sustainable investment throughout the UK. We are looking for a number of diverse financial advisers, paraplanners and network heads to participate in the...


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Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage set for live EU debate

Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg and UKIP leader Nigel Farage are set to go head-to-head in a live debate on Wednesday night to discuss Britain’s role in Europe. The hour-long debate, hosted by the LBC 97.3 radio station at 7pm on Wednesday night, will also be shown on Sky...


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World Health Organisation: 7 million people died because of air pollution in 2012

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that one in eight total global deaths in 2012 was been caused by air pollutants, which resulted in a high number of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. The organisation estimates that pollution from industries, cooking fires and auto fumes caused 7 million premature...


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F&C: responsible investment ‘continues to gather momentum’

Responsible investment “continues to gather momentum globally”, driven by investor values, risk management and the introduction of stronger codes and standards, according to asset management business F&C. The firm – which controls £83.4 billion in assets – said environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues were now “material to long-term...


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Labour urged to take ‘equal and sustainable society’ vision to next election

The Labour party has been urged to earn its place in government at the 2015 general election by adopting a bold vision for a “more equal and sustainable society”. An alliance of 19 individuals from thinktanks and other organisations, including the Fabian Society, the London School of Economics and...


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Legal & General backs Social Enterprise Assist scheme in Croydon and Sussex

Social enterprises based in the London borough of Croydon have been invited to apply for a support package, which includes an interest free loan, from a government-backed scheme launched last week.  After a successful pilot in Brighton and Hove in 2013, the Social Enterprise Assist (SE-Assist) scheme is seeking...


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1m people sign petition to ban SeaWorld’s ‘whale imprisonment’

An online petition set up to force SeaWorld to release orcas from captivity has attracted support from over 1m people. But the Californian marine park chain has hit back after reportedly hiring a former BP lobbyist to help fight its corner. If successful, the Orca Welfare and Safety Act will ban Californian marine parks from...


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We need three more planets to sustain human life, says NASA scientist

If the human race continues expanding, fuelling climate change, and using resources at its current rate, it will eventually need to colonise three more planets to sustain itself, a NASA scientist has claimed. “The entire ecosystem is crashing”, Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist of NASA’s Langley Research Centre, said on Thursday. ...


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M&S among four UK firms named on world’s ‘most ethical’ companies list

Marks & Spencer is among four UK firms named on the annual World’s Most Ethical (WME) companies list, published by the Ethisphere Institute thinktank. Companies must have robust compliance and corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies in order to be included. The WME list recognises companies that go beyond making...


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World Water Day: increased energy usage puts ‘pressure’ on water, says UN

Climate change and the continued use of polluting fossil fuels will “exacerbate water stress and scarcity” in many places, according to the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon. Speaking in a video message to a Tokyo event ahead of World Water Day, Ban added that water and electricity must be used...


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China: supply chain progress made, but major problems still exist

China faces fresh criticism over its lack of progress on ending corruption, tackling pollution and improving poor working conditions. The claims come from a briefing by Sedex, a membership organisation that aims to bring buyers and suppliers together in order to reduce and mitigate risks within the supply chain....


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