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Find out more about the latest environmental news and green business news in your region from London, South and East England to Scotland, Wales and the North of England, regional funding and regulations to green technology and resources

Crown Estate green roof initiative attracts wildlife to London's West End

London’s West End may not seem the ideal habitat for wildlife, but wrens, thrushes and bats are making it their home.

Most London boroughs fail EU pollution target

All but two of London’s boroughs are exceeding EU limits for a toxic gas linked to respiratory problems, ministers have admitted.

Commercial solar rooftop: Kingspan looks to engage with other utilities following ESB joint venture

Leading insulation manufacturer Kingspan has signalled its intention to work with utility firms in other territories to accelerate the take up of commercial solar rooftop, following yesterday’s joint venture deal with Ireland’s largest energy company, ESB.

Boris Johnson told to divest £4.8 bn City Hall pension fund from fossil fuels

Boris Johnson has been told by the London Assembly to pull City Hall’s £4.8 billion pension fund out of coal, oil and gas investments, after assembly members voted on Wednesday on a motion in support of the fossil fuel divestment movement.

Record hot weather in 2014 is "clear evidence" of climate change, experts say

Figures released yesterday by the Met Office reveal that 2014 was the UK’s hottest since records began.

Community Shop opens first 'social supermarket' in London

The UK’s first full-scale social supermarket starts its national rollout on Monday, selling surplus food and drink to people on the verge of food poverty for up to 70 per cent less than high street prices.

Adnams bosses to forego bonuses as part of sustainability drive

Bosses at Adnams, the environment-friendly Southwold-based independent brewer, are to forego some of their bonuses in an effort to raise the salaries of the lowest paid workers in the company.

6.1MW solar array to power M&S Castle Donington warehouse

One of the UK’s largest solar rooftop installations is being built at a giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) distribution centre in the East Midlands, it was announced today.

Scottish retailers start charging for carrier bags

Scotland is joining Wales and Northern Ireland in charging shoppers for carrier bags , in an attempt to encourage sustainable behaviour among shoppers.

Dutch green retrofit scheme could insulate 100,000 UK homes with EU funding

More than 100,000 homes across the UK could be given a carbon neutral retrofit by 2020 if the EU approves funding for a ground-breaking green social housing project this month.

£60m graphene centre to be built in Manchester

A £60 million innovation centre to develop commercial and environmentally friendly applications of 'wonder-material’ Graphene is to be built in Manchester.

UK's biggest coastal flood management scheme completed in Somerset

An ambitious and controversial coastal realignment scheme – billed as the largest in the UK in modern times – has been completed, with sea water pouring on to the Steart peninsula in Somerset for the first time in centuries.

Capita Symonds to deliver Mayor of London's £50m energy efficiency programme

Property and infrastructure specialist Capita Symonds is to deliver a £50 million programme to improve the energy efficiency across more than 175,000 London homes.

£10m tide and wave simulator opens in Edinburgh

A £10.5 million marine research centre has opened in Edinburgh, featuring the world’s most sophisticated tide and wave simulator.

UK summer ranking as one of the warmest on record

There may be showers and slightly cooler weather due across much of the UK this weekend, but even that should not dampen the hopes of those wondering if the recent warm weather makes this summer one of the hottest on record.


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Crown Estate green roof initiative attracts wildlife to London's West End
The Wild West End initiative will include a green roof with 20 species of flowers to attract butterflies and bees
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