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Focusing on green homes could save the UK over £12bn, says report

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) released its election manifesto on Monday, claiming that investing in greener homes for the UK could save up to £12.1 billion annually. The manifesto, which uses the government’s own online calculator to make the predictions, says policymakers should focus on insulating buildings and helping...


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Payday loan complaints double in two years

The number of complaints made against payday lenders has more than doubled over the past two years, new figures have revealed, as a watchdog urges customers struggling with debt to seek help. The Financial Ombudsman Service has revealed that complaints it receives about the controversial short-tern, high cost loan...


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Modern slavery: cheap maids for sale in Singapore

Women from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Myanmar are being sold in shopping malls in Singapore, where people can take them home as cheap house cleaners, an investigation by Al Jazeera has found. Domestic workers are being displayed in the galleries and are advertised as if they are goods for...


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Leaked emails show World Bank could ease loans at expense of environment

Leaked emails by the World Bank, seen by the Observer, show how loans could become more readily available, potentially leading to lower environmental and social standards.  The emails show how regulations for loans could be relaxed with more than $50 billion (£29bn) available every year for power, mining, transport...


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Government predicts an overcrowded planet riddled with conflict by 2050

A new report forecasting the future of the planet, published by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), has described a world overpopulated and undernourished, with a high probability of consistent conflict. The report, entitled ‘Global Strategic Trends’,also warns that ageing populations will become the burden of the young, as the...


Sustainable September

Sustainable September: Royal Geographical Society to host Investment Debate

The Royal Geographical Society in London is to play host to a debate around the purpose of investment, as part of Sustainable September, Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long celebration of sustainability. You can book your tickets here. Four leading speakers, two on either side, will put forwards arguments for...


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Energy efficiency measures fall by 60% ‘due to government policy’

A report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy has blamed the government’s policies for the steep 60% decline in home energy efficiency installations. Research commissioned by the campaign group Energy Bill Revolution shows installations like cavity, soft wall and loft insulation had dropped to 661,000 installations in...


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A green Tour de France? Carbon Trust to measure environmental impact

The opening stage of the 101st Tour de France starts in Leeds on Saturday, with the question on most people’s lips being whether British hopeful Chris Froome can keep hold of the yellow jersey he won last year. But for those thinking about the environmental impact of the historic...


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Responsible media: Andy Coulson gets 18 months jail term for phone hacking

Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World, has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for conspiracy to intercept communications. Coulson had denied the charges, but was found guilty of conspiring to hack phones between 2000 and 2006. Coulson had to take the “major share...


Sustainable September

Leggett, Harder and Powell confirmed for Sustainable September energy debate

Three leading names from the UK energy sector have been confirmed as speakers for the Sustainable September Energy Debate, in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long sustainability event. Tickets are available here. The trio, along with one other soon-to-be-confirmed participant, will debate whether gas and nuclear power are more cost-effective in...


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West Africa in Ebola epidemic – fuelled by fear and mistrust

Sierra Leone is subject to a mass epidemic of ebola, a virus thought to be transferred through the eating of fruit bats – which are a delicacy in the West African nation. In a country still shrouded in superstition, the people of Pujeh, now considered the disease hotspot, sought...


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Voters ‘duped’ by government on recall bill, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs have come together to formulate an alternative to the government’s long-awaited recall bill, calling for voters to have the final say in the sacking of MPs. All three of the main political parties promised to introduce a recall bill ahead of the last general...


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PM: new generation of antibiotics needed to avoid ‘unthinkable scenario’

The prime minister has said time is running out and warned that action needs to be taken on a global scale to help in the battle against antibiotic resistant superbugs. There is a growing resistance to antibiotics, and scientists fear that if new treatments are not found soon huge...


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In pictures: Formula E electric racing cars speed into London

Eight electric Formula One-style racing cars drove over London Bridge on Monday for an electrifying photoshoot ahead of the inaugural Formula E championship, which starts in September.  At 6am, in front of the Houses of Parliament and a crowd of early risers – including London’s mayor Boris Johnson – the...


Sustainable September

Free trade or fair trade? Hear four leading thinkers debate at Sustainable September

Proponents of free trade and fair trade will lock horns in London later in September, in a debate around which is most effective in helping developing economies. Tickets are available here. The event forms part of Sustainable September, Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long celebration of sustainability, and takes place...


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