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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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Manchester event to kickstart social economy campaign to ‘benefit the 99%’

Local councillors and MPs will be asked to support the social economy on Tuesday, when the Social Economy Alliance prepares to kick off a campaign to grow the UK economy “from the bottom up”. The organisation will launch the initiative at an event in Manchester, with national journalists and...


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Study: too much salt speeds up ageing process in overweight teens

Teenagers struggling with obesity who eat a lot of salty food are at risk heart diseases and a quicker ageing process, according to a new study by the American Heart Association. Young people who are obese or overweight can see such side-effects if their sodium intake is too high....


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Gates and Snowden talk philanthropy and internet security at TED event

Philanthropist Bill Gates and whistleblower Edward Snowden both featured in a TED event in Vancouver, speaking about philanthropy and internet security respectively. Gates, along with his wife Melinda, were interviewed as part of the 30th anniversary of TED, a global set of conferences that runs under the slogan “ideas...


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Manchester to host Responsible Tourism in Destinations conference

The eighth international Responsible Tourism in Destinations (RTD8) conference is being held at Manchester Metropolitan University on April 3-5. Coinciding with both English Tourism Week and Responsible Business Week, the event is set to attract delegates from all over the world, in an effort to address the challenges of...


The Guide to Sustainable Investment 2014

Introducing: The Guide to Sustainable Investment 2014

The fourth edition of Blue & Green Tomorrow’s flagship publication, The Guide to Sustainable Investment, is here. The insight from some of the industry’s leading lights helps demystify sustainable investment. It makes a compelling case for balancing the needs of people, the planet and everyone’s prosperity through how and where we invest....


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Budget 2014: the reaction

The chancellor George Osborne has delivered his annual budget statement, a plan that he claims is “for the makers, the doers and the savers“. His full speech can be found here. Below is a selection of budget responses from people in the sustainability and finance space, updated as and...


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Wealth inequality costs ‘deeply divided’ UK £39bn a year

The wealth gap in Britain is continuing to widen and is not only having an impact on people’s quality of life but also the economy, two separate studies have found. The first report, from Equality Trust, argues that the social consequences of inequality, including reduced life expectancy, mental health...


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‘Garden city’ to provide 15,000 homes in Ebbsfleet, Kent

The chancellor George Osborne has confirmed plans for a new 15,000 home ‘garden city’ in Ebbsfleet, Kent, in an attempt to help solve Britain’s housing crisis. The government will invest £200m in a project that has been expected for some time. The area on the Thames Gateway has a...


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Lord Myners: Co-op Group needs ‘urgent’ action to become sustainable

Lord Myners, financial services secretary in Gordon Brown’s government, has said the Co-operative Group must take “urgent steps” in order to generate “sustainable economic value” in the future. In a progress update of his review of the troubled group, he called for “radical governance reform” or else risk running...


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Sustainable banks need ‘courage’ to make inroads into the mainstream

In a meeting in Melbourne, the chair of the Global Alliance for Banking Values (GABV) has called on banks to act with “courage” to drive forward the sustainable banking movement. Peter Blom, who is also CEO of Triodos Bank, said, “What it all comes back to I feel, it’s...


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