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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 13 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. Shale gas should play a role in low-carbon future, say MPs London assembly backs fossil fuel divestment Parliament backs plain packaging. Big...


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Parliament backs plain packaging. Big tobacco fights back.

Despite securing the overwhelming support of the British people and Members of Parliament in a vote yesterday, big tobacco is looking to fight the introduction of plain or standardised packaging. Yesterday in Parliament 367 MPS voted for plain or standardised packaging with 113 against. This follows a similar vote...


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Energy saving smart meters could be ‘costly failure’, warn MPs

Plans to install energy saving smart meters in every UK home and business by the end of the decade are at risk of “veering off-track”, according to the Energy and Climate Change Committee. In a report, MPs on the committee raise concerns about technical, logistical and public communication issues...


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Government rejects MPs’ plans for air pollution inquiry

The government has rejected MPs’ calls for a public inquiry into the impacts of air pollution and a change in legislation to prevent schools and care homes being built in pollution hotspots. The move has been labelled as a “failure” to act on an opportunity to address the issue....


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 2 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. Stranded assets and climate change on Bank of England agenda Carbon Tracker launches new tool to manage carbon investment risks Prince Charles:...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 27 February 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. Investor coalition calls on companies to report human rights risks Report: tackling food waste should be a priority Government awards £315m in...


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Government awards £315m in renewable contracts

The government has awarded contracts worth more than £315 million to renewable energy projects. The allocations have been labelled a “milestone” by the renewables industry but the outcome has also faced criticism for the amount awarded to solar. Contracts for difference (CfD) are long-term contracts that help provide stable...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 26 February 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. Global sustainable investment reaches $21.4tn UN: world must address water challenge or risk conflict Technology will solve our water problems — if...


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Report: UK will need to import half of food to meet 2040 demand

Farming leaders have warned that by 2040 the UK will need to import almost half of its food to meet demand as the population rises. A report from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) warns of “serious implications” for the economy and food security if the country does not improve...


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George Osborne urged to deliver a green Budget

Greater resilience and benefits for the UK economy could be achieved through a green Budget, that considers that the natural environment and responds to global challenges, according to environmental group WWF UK. Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his final Budget before the General Election on 18 March. In a...


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Fossil fuel industry challenged as part of Global Divestment Day

The fossil fuel divestment movement is using its increasing momentum to pressure institutions, from universities to pension funds, to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies in its global day of action, taking place over February 13-14. The day of action will see events and campaigns occurring across...


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World needs to act now to close ‘emissions abyss’, says WWF

As world leaders move towards a climate change agreement, that is set to be signed at the end of year, WWF is calling on countries to act now to close the “emissions abyss”. In a report – Crossing the Divide: How to Close the Emissions Abyss – WWF points...


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Countries call on IPCC to make reports more accessible

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) should alter the way it communicates and publishes reports to make them more accessible and user friendly, according to governments. The IPCC publishes reports on the current state of scientific knowledge and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts, which are used by...


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Dropping public building energy rating ‘beggars belief’

The government is facing criticism after proposing to scrap Display Energy Certificates (DECs), the energy ratings for public buildings, with the UK Green Building Council labelling it “simply beggars belief”. Since 2008, all public buildings over 1,000 meters squared have been required to have a DEC that shows the...


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Shell chief exec calls on industry to engage in climate debate

The head of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, Ben van Beurden, is set to urge the fossil fuel industry to actively engage in the climate change debate as international talks on a universal climate treaty continue. The chief executive will speak on Thursday evening at the International Petroleum Week...