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UKSIF chair Martin Clarke appointed next government actuary

Martin Clarke, who took over as chair of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) in 2010, is set to become the next government actuary. Clarke will take up the post later this year for a five-year fixed tem. An actuary is a person who compiles and analyses...


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Ecotricity: Eric Pickles has ‘double standards’ on fracking and wind power

Renewable energy firm Ecotricity has accused Eric Pickles of having “double standards”. The company argues the communities secretary prioritises local voices in wind farm planning decisions but fails to do so when it comes to fracking. The controversial method of fracking to extract shale gas has led to protests...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 6 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. Heritage sites at risk of going under water as sea levels rise 1 in 10 financial  services firm have risky incentive features...


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WWF: Soco’s oil drilling in Congo national park could ‘threaten investor returns’

Campaign group WWF has warned shareholders in oil and gas exploration firm Soco that they could see increased risk because of drilling plans in the Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The plans are coming under “increased scrutiny”, the WWF has said. The organisation claims that...


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Scotland ‘on the cusp’ of establishing world’s first ethical finance hub

Scotland may be “on the cusp” of establishing the world’s first ethical finance hub, according to experts in the field. The comments come ahead of a meeting taking place on Thursday between the financial services industry and John Swinney MSP, cabinet secretary for the Scottish government. The Islamic Finance...


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Michael Gove: ‘conservative instinct’ helps safeguard the environment

“Conservative instinct” is at the heart of environmental stewardship, the education secretary Michael Gove said in a speech at Westminster on Wednesday. He added that conservatism was about “passing on what we’ve inherited to the next generation”, and that his role at the Department for Education was not only...


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RBS reports losses of £8.2bn – and employee bonuses of £576m

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which remains 81% owned by the government, has reported a pre-tax loss of £8.2 billion for 2013. The losses are a result of restructuring costs and misconduct fines. Despite the losses, RBS’s bonus pool is still £576m – a 15% decrease on the...


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Green building industry: zero-carbon buildings have ‘vast economic benefits’

The green building industry has urged the government to push ahead with zero-carbon non-domestic buildings, warning that a failure to do so could result in a “loss of global export opportunities”.  The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) said there was a need for clarity in definition on the term...


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EU tobacco regulations proposals ‘a victory for public health’

The European Union has issued new guidance to member states on tobacco regulation, including a clamp down on e-cigarettes and packaging. It said that the current directives, which were issued in 2001, needed to be enhanced to strengthen public protection. This follows developments in new scientific evidence and the...


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David Cameron: ‘climate change one of the most serious threats this world faces’

Manmade climate change is one of the greatest threats to humanity, David Cameron said during prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, after he was grilled over climate deniers in his party. After opening the questioning on the subject of flooding, the leader of the opposition Ed Miliband accused Cameron of...


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No link between wind farms and health problems, study finds

Australia’s leading medical research body has found that there is no credible evidence to suggest that wind farms are harmful to human health. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) released a draft information paper on Monday that concludes, “There is no reliable or consistent evidence that wind farms...


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‘Mixed signals’ lead to UK fall in renewable investment rankings

The UK has fallen from fourth to fifth in the latest report from consultancy firm EY showing how attractive a country is for renewable energy investment. Political uncertainty and “mixed signals” have led to a decrease in investor confidence and potentially puts £330 billion of investment at risk. The...


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Green economy ‘fragmented’ despite rising support

Differences in the way governments, businesses, investors and others interpret the green economy poses barriers to sustainable development, according to a new report. This fragmentation means that the benefits are not being felt across the whole of society, the study suggests. The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)...


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John Prescott to David Cameron: Let’s work together on climate change

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has urged David Cameron to take a leading role in efforts to broker an international climate change deal ahead of UN talks next year. In an open letter to the prime minister, published in the Sunday Mirror, Prescott talks about the role he played...


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UK floods: long-term water management requires ‘clear strategy’, say experts

Some of the worst impacts of the recent floods could have been avoided if the government had used a more forward-looking water management strategy, a group of experts have said. In an open letter to the Daily Telegraph, 17 water management professionals from environmental and planning organisations urge the...


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