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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 29 January headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. World can meet climate targets and live well, finds government initiative Countdown to Election 2015 Decline of UK’s natural environment ‘costly’ to...


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World can meet climate targets and live well, finds government initiative

The world can cut carbon emissions and limit global temperature increase to 2C whilst still prospering and maintaining lifestyles, according to new online tool the Global Calculator, a project led by the UK government. The initiative uses data reviewed by over 150 international experts and concludes that the world...


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Countdown to Election 2015

As we prepare for the launch party of voteforpolicies.org in February, here’s a short time line of the key events taking place in the lead up to a pivotal general election. UK Polling Report currently puts Labour agonisingly one seat short of an overall majority with 325 (50%) seats from 33%...


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Decline of UK’s natural environment ‘costly’ to economy and wellbeing

The UK’s natural capital is in decline and must be safeguarded, according to a report from the Natural Capital Committee. The study warns that a declining natural environment is proving “costly” to our wellbeing and economy. The committee argues that England’s natural capital, which is defined as elements of...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 28 January headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Government forced to U-turn on fracking plans Prince Charles: climate agreement should be ‘new Magna Carta for the Earth’ US north-east cost...


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Government forced to U-turn on fracking plans

The government has been forced to change plans on where fracking can occur across the UK after conceding to Labour’s calls to close 13 environmental loopholes in the industry’s regulation. Energy secretary Ed Davey accepted amendments to the infrastructure bill put forward by Labour. The amendments include an outright...


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Government faces calls to raise Zero Carbon Homes standards

MPs are being urged to back amendments to the infrastructure bill today to “restore” the government’s Zero Carbon Homes standards, which are set to come in next year. The UK had been on track to deliver “genuinely zero carbon homes for new build in 2016”. However, according to a...


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MPs: fracking incompatible with climate change targets

A group of MPs have called for the UK’s fledgling fracking industry to be put on hold because the method is incompatible with climate change targets and presents “significant localised” environmental risks to public health. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, involves drilling and injecting fluids into the ground at a...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 23 January headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Public opinion and policy priorities creating uncertainty for renewable investors Supermarkets and government called on to encourage sustainable food Bank switching increases...


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Supermarkets and government called on to encourage sustainable food

Both food retailers and the government must work to encourage sustainable food consumption and cut down on waste if the UK is to have a sustainable food supply in the face of environmental and health challenges, according to MPs. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, argues that government,...


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Public opinion and policy priorities creating uncertainty for renewable investors

Despite the need for renewables to solve the energy trilemma of affordability, security of supply and decarbonisation investment in the sector is at risk because public opinion and policy priorities are creating uncertainty for UK investors, a report warns. Left-wing think tank Fabian Society argues in the report –...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 19 January headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. It’s impossible for big oil and gas to adapt to decarbonisation, says environmentalist Pope Francis: climate change is mostly man’s fault Axa:...


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Report: renewables to grow faster than fossil fuels in 2015

Growth in renewable energy consumption is set to significantly outpace the growth seen in fossil fuels this year, according to a report. However, it also warns that non-fossil fuels lack the policy needed to progress fast globally. The report – Industries in 2015 – is from the Economist Intelligence...


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Allow building on green belt land to ease housing crisis, says report

A new report from think thank The Adam Smith Institute argues that the housing crisis in metropolitan areas, and particularly London, should be solved by reforming England’s planning system to allow new homes to be built on green belt land. The report – The Green Noose: An analysis of...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 14 January headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Energy consumption in cites to triple by 2050 without sustainable planning Wave energy has potential to be cheaper than wind Second-biggest carbon market...



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