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NAO questions government’s £16.6bn renewable energy contracts

The government’s spending watchdog has questioned whether the early contracts awarded to eight renewable energy projects, collectively worth £16.6 billion, have overpaid energy firms at the expense of the taxpayer. In April, the government stepped in to offer contracts to the projects – five offshore wind farms, one biomass...


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Badger vaccinations to be rolled out across England

Badger vaccinations could mean an end to culling as the government announces plans to roll out such schemes across England. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a devastating disease for the farming industry, with 314,000 infected cattle slaughtered in the last decade. This year it is expected to cost the taxpayer...


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Government estimates electricity market reforms will lead to £100bn investment

Investment in the renewable energy sector will be boosted due to low-carbon electricity incentives leading to an additional £100 billion investment by 2020, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). The secondary legislation of the government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR) has been pushed forward, taking one...


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Alstom accepts bid for energy business from General Electric

The board of directors at French rail and energy company Alstom has unanimously decided to issue a positive recommendation for an offer from US engineering firm General Electric (GE). GE’s bid valued the company at €12.35 billion (£9.86 billion). The French government, which has the power to block acquisitions...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 23 June 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. The Giving Pledge: the world’s billionaires and their philanthropic promise UK ‘sharing economy’ gaining widespread momentum – report Obama promises measures to...


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MPs: government is ‘watering down’ rollout of marine conservation zones

The UK government has been accused of failing to adequately protect marine life and being too slow to designate and enforce new marine conservation zones (MCZ) by a panel of MPs. In a report published on Saturday, the environmental audit committee questions the government’s commitment to its MCZ programme....


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Study finds 33% of UK households are multiply deprived

Action groups have warned the government that it cannot afford to be complacent about rising poverty in Britain. This comes after results from the largest study of poverty ever conducted in the UK showed how many people in paid work are also considered poor. There are many findings from...


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UK has ‘most advanced’ social investment market, says government

The government has described the UK as the “most advanced social investment market”, in its 2014 progress update which looks at how the market is growing and being supported. The update unveiled an investment of £60m to help high potential social ventures that struggle to access finance to become...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 19 June 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. Is generation Y becoming generation right? We need ‘lobbying for good’ for successful climate action Government rejects MPs’ greener vision for HS2...


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Government rejects MPs’ greener vision for HS2 rail project

The government has rejected calls from MPs to better protect the environment during the construction of the controversial HS2 rail project. In April, the environmental audit committee urged the government to provide greater “environmental compensation” for sites of natural value and areas of ancient woodland destroyed by the line....


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Is generation Y becoming generation right?

We begin our youth as left-wing idealists with little focus on self-enrichment. As we age, however, we become progressively right-wing – with a focus on individual goals. Today, people in generation Y are on the political right of where their parents and grandparents were as youngsters, representing a change...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 18 June 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. Environmental philanthropy: a gift from you to the future Future sustainability leaders: Kate Beattie UK and Chinese governments issue ‘ground-breaking’ climate change...


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UK and Chinese governments issue ‘ground-breaking’ climate change pledge

The UK and Chinese governments have agreed to co-operate to tackle the issues around climate change and energy security, further signalling that UN climate talks next year will be more successful than previous opportunities. The UK government described the statement as “ground-breaking”. The governments have signed a civil nuclear...


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Pope Francis calls on governments to create ethical investment markets

Pope Francis has urged governments to take action to create a more ethical investment market that has a positive impact on people lives, rather than benefitting a minority. He also described speculation on food prices as a “scandal”. Speaking at a seminar on ethical investing, the pope said, “It...


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Which? criticises renewable energy subsidy scheme

Consumer group Which? has argued that the government’s proposed renewable energy subsidy scheme does not offer value for money because offshore wind could be prioritised ahead of cheaper alternatives. In a letter seen by the Guardian, the organisation says that whilst it supports the move to a green economy...



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