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Green volunteers should receive council tax rebate, says thinktank

Local authorities should consider rewarding volunteers that improve parks and green spaces with a council tax rebate, thinktank Policy Exchange has suggested in a new report. The suggestion follows an earlier report from the thinktank, that said government ministers should consider a levy on living near public spaces in...


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Sustainable democracy crowdfunding campaign reaches half way point

A crowdfunding campaign that aims to support and encourage a more sustainable democracy has reached the halfway point. Vote for Polices is seeking to raise £20,000 and must now raise just over £9,000 over the next week to be successful. Vote for Policies is an online service that allows...


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Tories ‘out of touch’ with British public on renewable energy

A new poll conducted by ComRes on behalf of REG Windpower has found that almost four out of five Conservative MPs are opposed to onshore wind, while the majority of the public say they would be happy to have offshore wind in their area. Only 12% of Conservatives said...


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More than one in ten businesses believe slavery in their supply chain is ‘likely’

Though more than one in 10 businesses say it is likely that their supply chain features slaves, supply chain risks reached an 18-month low in the second quarter, according to new research. However, concerns have been raised that increasing political and social instability could impact businesses. According to research...


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‘Poaching epidemic’ leads to fear over future of elephants in Africa

New research from Colorado State University has found that the illegal killing of elephants in Africa has seen a huge rise since 2009. The study found more than 100,000 elephants have been killed in Africa for their ivory since 2010, meaning the death toll is exceeding the species’ birth...


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Ministers consider ‘park tax’ on those living next to green spaces

Government ministers are considering a new levy on living near public spaces in order to help maintain their upkeep. The tax would be aimed at house owners who benefit from the neighbourhood’s public spaces, in the way of higher house prices, as cuts to upkeep budgets from local councils...


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Hundreds begin to arrive at anti-fracking campsite near Blackpool

Protests against energy firm Cuadrilla’s plans to drill for gas in Lancashire have begun, with campaign group No Dash for Gas seeing hundreds arrive to camp at a proposed fracking site. The Reclaim the Power camp is taking place at Preston New Road near Blackpool, holding workshops and training...


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FCA putting renewable energy co-operatives at risk, says Labour

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is blocking co-operative renewable energy projects and putting the sector at risk, Labour has said. Shadow energy minister Tom Greatrex expressed his concern over the relationship of energy co-operatives with the FCA in a letter to the authority’s chief executive, Martin Wheatly, on Wednesday....


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‘Big six’ pushed out of best buy tables by smaller companies

The ‘big six’ energy companies have failed to be in the top five best buy deals for the last six months, figures show. New MoneySuperMarket data shows smaller, alternative companies are offering cheaper deals for customers. The six companies have been under scrutiny in recent months with an investigation...


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FTSE 100 double charitable donations since recession

Since the start of the recession the UK’s biggest companies have almost doubled their donations to charities, according to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). However, research also shows that whilst companies are taking philanthropic steps, many are not communicating their work with the public. The report – Corporate Giving...


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Two-thirds of Britons with mental health problems get no treatment

Some two-thirds of Britons with common mental health problems, such as depression, receive no treatment, according to the incoming president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Prof Simon Wessely of King’s College London, in an interview with the Guardian, said that there is an “appalling” treatment gap because of...


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Government survey finds support for fracking has fallen to 24%

A survey released on Tuesday by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has contradicted findings from a trade body earlier this week. The new poll found less than a quarter of Brits said they support shale gas extraction, a decline since the previous survey in March. The...


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Thousands plan to protest against Cuadrilla fracking in Lancashire

Environmental campaign group No Dash for Gas is organising a protest against energy firm Cuadrilla’s plans to drill for shale gas in the area, with hundreds expected to attend. The organisation will be holding an action camp near Blackpool from August 14 – 20. The group will run a...


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London Mayor Boris Johnson tips MP Zac Goldsmith to replace him at City Hall

Environmentalist and Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has been urged by the outgoing Mayor of London Boris Johnson to run for the position, as Johnson bids to return to the Houses of Parliament. The MP for Richmond Park, Goldsmith is one of Westminster’s wealthiest members. The outspoken MP has a...


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Clare Lissaman to moderate Sustainable September retail debate

Clare Lissaman, ethical and fair trade consultant and co-founder of organic menswear brand Arthur & Henry, will moderate Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September’s retail debate. The event, which will take place at the Royal Geographical Society on September 10, will bring together some of the leading thinkers on international trade and...



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