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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 25 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. The Secret Environmentalist: Exit, pursued by a (Green) Blob Row between ABTA and responsible travel operator over orca circus EU commissioners announce...


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Key industry leaders to discuss responsible tourism opportunities

World Travel Market (WTM) 2014’s Responsible Tourism Programme has attracted some big names and industry leaders, demonstrating how responsible travel is now entering the mainstream and becoming a more important issue. The event stretches across four days, beginning on Monday 3 November, with Tuesday’s programme including some of the...


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Reader Survey 2014: your opportunity to win a prize and buy a share in Blue & Green Tomorrow

Join 450 readers who have already told us what they think we should write about and get your chance to win an iPad mini, Kindle Fire or a charity donation. Having moved from 8,400 to 84,000 readers in just two years, we want to keep doing what our readers...


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Sainsbury’s store first in the UK to be powered entirely by food waste

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has announced this week that its Cannock store, in the West Midlands, will be solely powered by energy from anaerobic digestion – with no reliance on the National Grid. The ground-breaking project, launched in partnership with waste recycling company Biffa, will ensure the retail store is...


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Typhoon Rammasun: 118 dead as typhoon hits Vietnam

Typhoon Rammasun has already killed eight people in Vietnam as the storm creates flooding and storm surges, leaving the Philippines devastated in its wake – with over 100 dead across Asia. Some 94 lives were claimed in the Philippines as the storm wreaked havoc across the pacific islands –...


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Yates, Brackenbury and Watson confirmed for Sustainable September Tourism Debate

Three leading authorities on the tourism industry have been confirmed as speakers for the Sustainable September Tourism Debate, in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long celebration of sustainability. Tickets are available here. In the Oxford-style debate, two sides will speak either for or against the motion “Growth in tourism is undesirable: it is...


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Sustainable September to be supported by Charity Bank

Charity Bank – a bank that exclusively serves the social economy – is one of the partners of Blue & Green Tomorrow’s month-long sustainability celebration, Sustainable September. During the month of September visionaries and thought leaders will be brought together to discuss all aspects of sustainability.  An Oxford-style debate...


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Sustainable transport: growth of UK car industry driven by climate change policies

Policies focused on cutting carbon emissions have played a crucial role in getting the UK’s stalling automotive sector back on the road, according to a new report. Published on Tuesday, the study shows how consistent government policies and stakeholder involvement could result in both green achievements and sustained growth....


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Heathrow or Gatwick expansion plans will compromise climate change targets

The UK cannot expand its airport capacity with a new runway if the government is to meet its climate change targets, according to two new reports from environmental groups. The government currently holds controversial ambitions to build either a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick or a new airport...


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Sustainable tourism industry needs third party certification

As tourists are becoming increasingly conscious of their carbon footprint and the impact they have on the destinations they visit, the industry has been placing more emphasis on sustainability. However, knowing which claims are authentic and which are ‘green wash’ can be difficult. Dr David Randle, director of sustainable...


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Sustainable September: Retail Debate to be held at Royal Geographical Society

Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September Retail Debate – where leading thinkers will debate the benefits and negatives of free trade and fair trade – will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, London, on September 10. The Royal Geological Society, the UK’s learned society and professional body for...


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Video: Jane Ashton, Tui Travel, on the future of sustainable tourism

Tui Travel, which owns leading travel brands Thomson and First Choice, revealed in its Sustainability Report last month that it had saved £28m in two years because of environmental improvements to its business. The company, which operates in 180 countries, has 55,000 employees, boasts turnover of £15 billion and...


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Sustainable wildlife tourism is a positive force for conservation and economies, says expert

If done correctly wildlife tourism can have a positive influence on the way economies develop and view their wildlife and biodiversity, according to Dr Michael Hutchins, who has extensive experience in the wildlife industry and is an expert on conservation and science education. Hutchins argues that if wildlife tourism...


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Amazon now targeted in EU tax avoidance crackdown

Joining Apple, Fiat and Starbucks, the online retail giant Amazon is next in line to be investigated for tax avoidance, where countries like Luxembourg are used to side-step paying regular corporation tax. The EU’s competition commission, currently charged with investigating the financial arm of the leading tax avoiders, has...


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Museum of London to host Sustainable September Tourism Debate

The Museum of London is to host Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Sustainable September Tourism Debate, bringing together leaders from the industry for a competitive discussion about the future of travel. The Oxford-style debate, which will take place on September 3, at 6-9pm, will put forward the motion “Growth in...


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