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Study: climate change policies could have positive effect on UK economy

Policies to tackle climate change could have a positive effect on the UK economy, according to a new report that challenges those that say sustainability will harm economic growth. A range of studies and lobby groups have previously criticised climate change policies for harming the economy because of the...


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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 7 July 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. Buy one, give one free: the rise of philanthropic business Fracking could pose risk to almost half of UK’s drinking water –...


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Government taskforce outlines plan to up community renewables investment

The government’s shared ownership taskforce has set out draft proposals to improve community investment in renewable projects and make this approach the norm by 2015. The taskforce is made up of representatives from the renewables industry, such as the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Solar Trade Association (STA),...


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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 3 July 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. Big Potential fund will help charities and social enterprises diversify income Sustainability as a business benefit in the commercial property sector EU...


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Voters ‘duped’ by government on recall bill, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs have come together to formulate an alternative to the government’s long-awaited recall bill, calling for voters to have the final say in the sacking of MPs. All three of the main political parties promised to introduce a recall bill ahead of the last general...


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Government urged to uphold ban on bee-killing pesticides

A coalition of campaigners have urged prime minister David Cameron to uphold a ban on bee-killing pesticides, as his cabinet decides whether to grant an emergency exemption for one of the controversial chemicals. On Tuesday, the government is expected to rule on an appeal from the pesticide manufacturer Syngenta...


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Policy uncertainty risks required £375bn of infrastructure investment

The UK’s ageing infrastructure needs £375 billion of investment to ensure that it is up to the task of meeting the needs of a growing population and achieving climate change targets, such as emission reductions, according to the public accounts committee. However, despite the vast amount of investment needed,...


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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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