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crowd by Espen Sundve via Flickr

FCA Calls for Input on Rules for Crowdfunding

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is soon to review the rules and regulations surrounding both equity-based and debt-based crowdfunding. It is seeking input on the areas to be examined. In 2015 an estimated £2.7 billion was invested on regulated crowdfunding platforms, up from £500 million in 2013, with more...


investment by Nazir Amin via Flickr

Tax Relief for Social Investors Generates £3m for Good Causes

A new report from think-tank NPC and Big Society Capital says £3.4 million has been provided to charities and social enterprises thanks to two years of Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR). South Bristol Sports Centre is one of the most recent social enterprises to benefit from the tax break, having...


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Support for Indigenous Community Fighting Amazon Dam Reaches 1m

Greenpeace International is supporting the Munduruku Indigenous People to fight a mega-dam on their lands. Bunny McDiarmid, Executive Director, is in the Amazon basin. Bunny McDiarmid joins the Munduruku community this week as the global campaign to stop the São Luiz do Tapajós (SLT) mega-dam swells to more than one million...


Greepeace by carrotmadman6 via Flickr

New CCC Report on Fracking: Greenpeace and ECIU Respond

A long-awaited report written by the Climate Change Committee has finally been released, following accusations that it was being “sat on” to help the oil industry. The report written by the Climate Change Committee says that fracking on a significant scale is not compatible with the UK’s climate change...


London Congestion Charge via mariordo59 via Flickr

Action Plan to Battle London’s Toxic Air Unveiled by Sadiq Khan

On the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, Sadiq Khan has announced plans to tackle the worst polluting vehicles in London. It is the biggest crackdown by any major city around the world. A £10 charge for the most polluting vehicles and an extended Ultra-Low Emission Zone will be part...


%22El Cerro%22 windfarm by germanborrillo via Flickr

UK Green Economy Award Names Burges Salmon Law Firm of the Year

Burges Salmon, an independent legal firm in the UK, has been named Law Firm of the Year at the 2016 BusinessGreen Leaders Awards. 500 executives from across the green economy gathered at The Brewery in London on Wednesday 6 July to recognise the achievements of the finalists and winners...


trash mountain by woodleywonderworks

Recycling London’s Food Waste: A Campaign For Change

A campaign and report that was launched today to build pressure on London councils to drastically improve food waste separation and recycling rates aiming to reduce the amount sent to incineration and landfill. The Tackling London’s Food Waste report, published by Bio Collectors, lays out the issues around food waste...


Yorkshire Moors by James Elliman

Council Taken To Court Over Fracking By Campaigners in Ryedale

Frack Free Ryedale, consisting of Friends of the Earth and members of a local residents’ group, have today applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the decision made my North Yorkshire County Council to allow fracking near the North Yorks Moors National Park. The key reasons...


European Commission by Sébastien Bertrand via Flickr

European Climate Action Must Be Addressed by EU Budget Review

Friends of the Earth Europe, CEE Bankwatch Network and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe have demanded that the European Commission lists to the European Parliament calling for an EU budget that supports both people and the planet. The demand follows the adoption of a report by the European Parliament...


sustainability by Michael Coghlan via Flickr

Emerging Market 70 Ranking Published by Vigeo Eiris

The 70 best performing companies, out of 800 indexed, have been ranked in the Emerging Market 70 Ranking by Vigeo Eiris. The index looks at companies across 31 emerging economies. This ranking is based on the analysis of companies, using the Equitics* methodology, which was developed in 2004 by...


Doug Belshaw, Druridge Bay Northumberland

Go-Ahead For Opencast Coal Mine In Northumberland Beauty Spot Is Slammed

Friends of the Earth have today criticised the decision made today by Northumberland County Council to give allow permission for a large and highly controversial opencast coal mine in a Northumberland. Over 10,000 people have objected to the planning application by Bank’s Mining for a surface mine next to Druridge Bay,...


Howard Lake Greenpeace at Lattitude

Distrust In Mainstream Politics Would Increase In Rush For EU-Canada Trade Deal

Distrust would increase in mainstream politics and threaten environmental protection and democracy, Greenpeace warned today, as a result of  the application of an EU-Canada trade deal (CETA) proposed today by the European Commission. Before national parliaments are allowed to take a vote, the Commission is pressing for a quick application of...


Open Data Challenge Series - Energy & environment creation weekend by UKODI via Flickr

More than 7000 Jobs to be Created by Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs

A 5 year Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs programme will have supported over 1300 social entrepreneurs by 2017, creating over 7000 jobs and supporting over 1.1 million beneficiaries in the process. With the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme entering its fifth year, recent research commissioned by the BIG Lottery Fund...


Green energy by PROChristian Reimer Follow via Flickr

Institution of Mechanical Engineers Responds to National Grid Report

A National Grid report, which states that the UK is very likely to miss its EU 2020 targets for renewable energy use, has been responded to by Dr Jenifer Baxter, Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. “This confirms that the recent cut in renewable...


George Osborne 0486am by altogetherfool via Flickr

Chancellor’s Corporate Tax Cut Plans Challenged by WWF

Karen Ellis, Chief Adviser on Economics and Development at WWF-UK, has made a statement following the recent announce by George Osborne MP, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on his plans to reduce Corporation Tax. She stated: “Reducing corporation tax will not address the most important issues facing the competitiveness and...