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IGas takes over Dart Energy to create mega fracking firm

UK fracking firm IGas has agreed to take over its Australian rival Dart Energy in a £117m deal that will create Britain’s largest shale gas explorer. Announced last week, the deal is expected to conclude in September, creating a company with an equity value of almost £400m and a portfolio...


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‘Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you? Did she die in vain?’

So said Tony Hancock (who would have turned 90 today) in 1959′s 12 Angry Men, a brilliant spoof of Henry Fonda’s 1957 film of the same name. Magna Carta, King John’s grudging attempt to appease rebellious barons and clergy, celebrates its 800th anniversary in 2015. This article originally appeared...


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€70m Irish energy efficiency investment fund unveiled

The Irish government has announced it will work with leading investment manager Sustainable Development Capital (SDCL) to launch a new €70m (£57.2m) fund for energy-saving initiatives. It is hoped that the National Energy Efficiency Fund will lead to a new wave of energy efficiency projects in the Irish market,...


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Social Investment Scotland secures £16m to create new fund

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) has successfully bid for £8m in funding from Big Society Capital, which will be matched by the Scottish government. The money will be used to create the Social Growth Fund that will aim to deliver measurable social impacts. SIS is a leading funder in the...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 9 May 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 power is in your hands: the benefits of solar energy ‘Alternative’ finance no more: Crowdfunder on why it’s eyeing up the...


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House of Lords urges government to ‘go all out for shale’

A House of Lords report has supported the government’s commitment to “go all out for shale” and has urged fracking to be made a “national priority”, despite public opposition to the practice and concerns around its impacts. The House of Lords economic affairs committee argues that the UK has...


The Guide to Sustainable Democracy

The Guide to Sustainable Democracy 2014

How do we make democracy sustainable? That’s a question we set out to answer in The Guide to Sustainable Democracy 2014, which is published exactly a year to the day until the 2015 general election takes place. Providing answers are politicians from the major parties, as well as leading reform...


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Ban Ki-Moon calls for widespread action to tackle climate change

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has called on everyone, from business leaders and politicians to investors and citizens, to work together to tackle climate change. He argues that no one can afford for the world to continue as business as usual. His call for action comes ahead of the climate...


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Momentum for social investment is building, says Big Society Capital chair

Harvey McGrath, chairman of the Big Society Capital, has described social investment as a genuine “alternative and sustainable” way to fund work that benefits communities and wider society. He added that social investment is gathering momentum and could soon make a discernable impact. Over the course of 2013, Big...


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Social media boosts awareness and philanthropy in China’s non-profit sector

Technology and the use of social media has reportedly boosted China’s third sector by engaging with the public, building trust and improving transparency, according to the Asia Foundation. The organisation explains that whilst Chinese culture has historically encouraged charity, an extensive welfare system led to it becoming less commonplace....


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Government announces £30m social impact bond for vulnerable young people

The government has announced a new social impact bond that it hopes will lead to innovative solutions to tackling unemployment among young people. The £30 million package aims to help improve the prospects of up to 20,000 people. A social impact bond is a contract with the public sector...


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Lisa Nandy MP: saying goodbye to ‘antisocial’ business

Lisa Nandy, Labour MP for Wigan and chair of the all-party parliamentary group on international corporate responsibility, speaks to Alex Blackburne about the role of government in encouraging sustainable business. More than 1,000 workers died when a Bangladeshi garment factory – the Rana Plaza – collapsed on April 24 last...


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MPs criticise government’s short-termist national energy security plan

A report by the joint committee on national security strategy has criticised the government’s failure to deliver plans that offer a secure, long-term energy supply, given the recent events in Ukraine and the likelihood of more frequent extreme weather. The committee said that the government should use the effects...


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Renewable energy sector set for £64bn investment by 2020

The renewable energy industry now accounts for 4.2% of the UK’s energy mix following £29.8 billion of private investment since 2010. This figure is set to grow to £64.4 billion by 2020, according to a new report published by the trade body the Renewable Energy Association (REA). Almost two-thirds...


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Treasury’s climate modelling ‘deeply flawed’

The model used by the Treasury to assess the economic impact of climate change and the UK’s carbon budgets has been described as “deeply flawed” and “widely misleading”, by Harvard economist Dr Frank Ackerman and Joseph Daniel of Synapse Energy Economics. In a report commissioned by Friends of the...


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