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UK government ordered to take ‘immediate action’ on air pollution

The UK government today appeared in Supreme Court and has been ordered to deliver plans to cut illegal levels of air pollution by the end of the year. Areas of the UK are breaching EU limits for nitrogen. Under previous plans several areas would still be over the limit...


woodland river by Robert Pittman via Flickr

General Election: sustainability professionals call for Nature and Wellbeing Act

The next UK government must implement a Nature and Wellbeing Act to rebuild natural capital, according to sustainability professionals. The survey comes ahead of the general election next month. The survey, conducted by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), asked almost 650 environment and sustainability professionals on...


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Renewable investors face growing risks as policies evolve

Investors that back renewable energy projects in Europe are being urged to gain an deeper understanding of the market and its value as many existing government supports are winding down or being replaced. Globally $270 billion (£182bn) was invested in and committed to renewables last year. Despite the challenges...


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We must not let the Mediterranean turn into a mass grave

Another boat capsizes and 800 people drown. Many of those who died were children, trapped deep in the hold of the boat. Their final moment would have been one of utter terror, being torn at by those around them, as water rose around their necks and the horrific certainty...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 20 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. Poll: government planning system not equipped for sustainable economy transition Ethical spending up 9% as UK consumer awareness increases Roadmap needed to...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 17 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. UN’s Ban Ki-moon calls for sustainable investment Car emissions ‘significantly below’ 2015 target No sustainable vision in party manifestos —————————————————————————————————————————————— 17 April...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 15 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. World Bank president calls for fossil fuel subsidies to be scrapped Renewable investment falls 15% in 2015 Warming temperatures could take haddock...


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Sustainability: how far have we come?

Since 2011 what changes have taken place in the realm of sustainability and politics? The ‘Greenest Government’ supposedly stepped into Downing Street, and as a young professional in the industry, it was looking very positive, writes Hayley Williams. The overarching emissions reduction target has been to achieve an 80%...


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Onshore wind could deliver cheapest electricity by 2020

With the right policies onshore wind could deliver the cheapest electricity of all power by the end of the decades, driving down fuel bills across the UK, according to a new report. The industry-led report has been published by the Onshore Wind Cost Reduction Taskforce, which was set up...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 31 March 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. UK and Scottish governments commit £4.2m for carbon capture research United Reformed Church of Scotland to divest from fossil fuels —————————————————————————————————————————————— 31...


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UK and Scottish governments commit £4.2m for carbon capture research

The UK and Scottish governments have jointly committed to providing £4.2 million for industrial and feasibility research for a carbon capture storage coal-gasification power plant located in Grangemouth, Scotland. Carbon capture and storage involves capturing emissions at power plants and burying the gases. The technology could help make the...


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UK greenhouse gas emissions fell 8% in 2014

Greenhouse gas emissions across the UK fell by more than 8% in 2014 thanks to a combination of greater energy efficiency, burning less coal and increasing renewable power generation, government figures suggest. Statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate change show overall emissions fell by 8.4%, when compared...


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Davey: low-carbon economy within reach

In a new report published by the government, energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has described the UK’s low-carbon economy ambitions of being “within reach”. The paper aims to show how the low-carbon economy has developed over the last five years and highlight further opportunities for those interested...


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Carbon price should increase up to 200% to avoid tipping point, says study

In order to avoid dangerous levels of climate change and crossing irreversible tipping points in the future, the price of carbon should be increased by up to 200%, according to a new study. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter, Zurich, Stanford and Chicago have urged policymakers not to discount...


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Prince Charles calls for action to clean up oceans

The heir to the throne is making his 20th official visit to the United States. He attended a conference concerning the rule of law in the 21st century entitled ‘The Magna Cart of the Future’, at the National Archives in Washington D.C. In a speech he described ocean waste as, “one...