I remember February 2013. That was the month when…



Another month has been and gone in 2013, as we move from February to March. Just in case you missed what happened, here’s a round-up of last month’s most popular articles from Blue & Green Tomorrow.

February kicked off with the encouraging news that eight out of 10 British people supported renewable energy. Our infographic, created using figures from by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), highlighted the extent of the British public’s support to renewable energies.

The same day, Sir Adrian Montague, deputy chair of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), announced that he would be stepping down from his role in April.

On February 12, we reported on The Good Investora guide launched by Big Society Capital and Deutsche Bank, and commissioned to provide impact investors with advice on the best companies that fit social and environmental criteria

We also wrote about how Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins intended to restore the banks’ founding principles of honesty, integrity and plain-dealing, asking, “Will Barclays become the world’s first ethical banking superpower?“.

On February 13, we launched our first report of the year: The Guide to Sustainable Tourism 2013, which aims to inspire people to think about making more responsible, sustainable and informed choices when planning future holidays.

We also interviewed Joel Solomon, president of Renewal partners, who explained to Blue & Green Tomorrow readers that “We need investment that prioritises long-term wellbeing for people and planet.

Past the halfway mark in February now, and James Howard, director at Emerald Knight, a company which specialises in socially responsible investment, laid out eight tips for investors looking for ethical, sustainable and responsible ways to invest their money.

This was followed shortly after by the New Energy & Cleantech Awards shortlist, which included Triodos Bank, Julian Patrick and Abundance Generation. The winners will be announced in London on March 21.

The following week, energy giant EDF put in a £5m civil claim against No Dash for Gas protesters,  who halted operations at a Nottinghamshire power station during a seven-day occupation during October last year.

A day later, Lawrence Carter, a protester with No Dash for Gas, wrote a piece on how EDF’s action should concern us all, which was followed by the launch of a petition, calling on EDF to drop its action against the activists, which received over 12,000 signatures in 24 hours.

We went on to summarise the outraged reactions against EDF’s claim, highlighting how protesters that drive progress could be jeopardised in the future.

Later that week, a study found that mosquitoes were now able to ignore the wide use of insect repellent Deet, due to their receptors becoming less sensitive.

Our feature towards the end of the month entitled Responsible investment terms: what is sustainable investment? aimed to familiarise readers with the term, and show them how the needs of the people and the planet can be balanced whilst becoming part of a great financial opportunity.

International Polar Bear Day was on February 27, a day organised by the world’s leading polar bear conservation group, Polar Bear International (PBI). We encouraged readers to participate in PBI’s thermostat challenge.

The day also offered a great opportunity to call for conservation of the Arctic, which researchers from NASA and European Space Agency have shown to be in great decline. We covered how data between 2003 and 2012 represented regional declines of 36% in the autumn and 9% in the winter.

That’s our round-up of the most talked-about and popular articles from February. Let’s see what March brings!


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