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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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Derby city council puts fracking decision on hold

Derby city council has decided to put its decision on fracking on hold in order to investigate the environmental impact of the controversial extraction method before making a formal decision. The comments follow a proposal made in the council’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday to make Derby a...


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Government says it is ‘here to help’ victims as modern slavery bill is published

A historic bill that aims to stamp out modern day slavery has been published. The modern slavery bill is one of the first in the world and is designed to address the issues of slavery and trafficking in the 21st century. The Home Office argues that the bill will...


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‘Community environmentalism’ can push climate change up policy agenda, says thinktank

Environmental campaigners and local and central government must do more to encourage activism at home, according to a new report that calls for “a revolution in the culture of environmentalism”. In Pride of Place, research from the thinktank the Fabian Society reveals that most people actually think of the...


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Government’s draft child poverty strategy set to fail, says report

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission has released a response to the government’s draft child poverty strategy 2014-17, describing it as a “missed opportunity”. Chair of the commission and former health secretary Alan Milburn said, “The government’s approach falls far short of what is needed to reduce,...


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British businesses urged to ‘show leadership in charity work and philanthropy’

UK businesses need to place charity and philanthropy at the heart of company cultures and could benefit economically as a result, according to a report from the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). The report – Creating an age of giving – sets out a series of recommendations for encouraging charitable...


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Oil firms divided on possible impact of Scottish referendum

Nearly a fifth (18%) of oil firms think Scottish independence will have a positive impact on the sector, while 12% think it will be negative, according to a new survey. But questioning 700 companies, the Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce poll found the majority were indifferent towards the referendum’s impact....


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Buy Social Directory launched to make ethical choices ‘easy’

The Buy Social campaign has moved another step forward in its aim to increase the amount of trade between the private sector and social enterprises, with the launch of a new directory. The Buy Social Directory is a free online resource where over 10,000 UK-based social enterprise suppliers can offer...



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