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46% of executives say climate change demands ‘urgent’ action

Just under half of senior executive worldwide believe the effects of climate change call for ‘urgent and immediate’ action from governments, business and civil society, according to a poll from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Some 46% of the 2,324 respondents said urgent action was required, with an additional...


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Eight renewables projects given go-ahead in ‘green energy investment boom’

The government has given eight major renewable projects the go-ahead as part of its electricity market reforms. The developments have been described as a significant part of the coalition’s plans to provide cleaner and more secure energy to the UK. It is anticipated that by 2020, the projects will...


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Vince Cable calls on FTSE 100 to create sustainable remuneration packages

Business secretary Vince Cable has warned the remuneration committees of FTSE 100 companies to curb excessive pay packages or risk further action. He argued that more sustainable deals and a focus on long-term goals were needed. Cable’s comments come ahead of this year’s annual general meeting (AGM) season, which...


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St George’s Day: England, adversity and the environmental crisis

St George is believed to have been a soldier in the Roman army, born to Greek Christians in around 275AD. His story is shrouded in myths and legends – some suggest he disobeyed an imperial order to kill Christians, to his own demise, while it is doubtful that he...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 23 April 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 supplier switching times to be halved Urbanisation and ‘green cities’ on the agenda for Earth Day 2014 ‘Freedom to frack’ on...


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More research needed into health impacts of fracking, experts warn

Much more needs to be done to investigate the impacts of fracking on human health to ensure that industry regulation will adequately protect the British public, experts have warned. Writing in an editorial piece for the British Medical Journal, experts from the multi-disciplinary group Physicians Scientists and Engineers for...


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Locals receive ‘windfall’ payments from Good Energy after wind farm performs well

Residents living near renewable energy supplier Good Energy’s Delabole wind farm have received a £50  ‘windfall’ payment after the turbines at the site performed better than expected. Delabole was the UK’s first commercial wind farm after Good Energy invested £11.8m to redevelop it in 2010. Those living in the...


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RBS takes top spot in renewable lending and sets out sustainability plans

The Royal Banks of Scotland (RBS) was the leading lender to renewable energy projects in 2013 and now aims to build on this to improve trust and sustainability within the company. It also says it plans to meet customer demand to build a “stronger, values-based culture” in its 2013...


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Green gas could provide renewable heat to 30,000 UK homes by 2015

By the end of 2015, 30,000 homes could be heated by biomethane, after eight biomethane projects committed to the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS) following a government incentive. Biomethane, also known as green gas, can be produced from a number of sources including biogas from anaerobic digestion, landfill gas...


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Civil Service has ‘real and visible’ diversity issues

The Civil Service has “real and visible” diversity issues, according to an analysis that finds women and ethnic minorities are under-represented in higher paid roles. The diversity of civil servants has been brought into the spotlight in recent weeks after Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister Michael Dugher promised to...


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Poll: two-thirds of Britons favour wind power over fracking

A new survey has revealed that almost two-thirds of Britons would choose to live near a wind farm over a fracking site. The findings have led to the government being accused of ignoring public opinion. The YouGov poll, commissioned by renewable energy firm Ecotricity, found that 62% of participants...


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Wind farms impact on house prices disputed in contradictory studies

Two separate studies looking at how wind farms affect house prices have drawn contrasting conclusions. The impact of wind farms on communities has been debated, with government proposing giving locals more say on developments. One of the pieces of research from the London School of Economics (LSE) suggests that...


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Independent Scotland could face higher energy bills, government warns

Scottish households and businesses could see energy bills rise if they vote for independence, according to a government forecast. Secretary of State Edward Davey added that Scotland benefits from being part of the UK “right across the energy mix”. The paper also added that the UK would not need...


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Renewable heat incentive to boost ‘financially attractive’ alternatives to oil

Homeowners could receive financial incentives for using renewable heat in their homes, after the government has launched a new scheme. The renewable heat incentive (RHI) is the first of its kind in the world but has faced repeated delays. The scheme aims to provide long-term financial support for renewable...


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Adapting London’s energy ‘vital’ to for economic growth and future demand

Significant investment in London’s power supply network will be needed in the coming decades if the capital is to meet future energy demands, according to a new report. Failing to act could hamper economic growth, it added. The report – The Future of London’s Power Supply – from the...


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