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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.

'Toxic triangle' trapping us into a warming world, Oxfam warns

Political inertia, financial short-termism and vested fossil fuel interests have formed a "toxic triangle" that threatens to push up global temperatures, putting 400 million people at risk of hunger and drought by 2060, Oxfam said on Friday, a week before a European Union summit to finalise a new climate and energy policy framework.

Ecotricity and Skanska form £500m onshore wind joint venure

UK green energy company Ecotricity and construction giant Skanska have entered into a £500 million joint venture to build onshore wind farms in Britain.

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.

Tougher energy efficiency targets would boost UK GDP by £62bn

A 40 per cent cut in energy use by 2030 through efficiency measures would increase the UK’s GDP by £62 billion and create 40,000 new jobs, according to unpublished EU figures.

Bigger renewable subsidy budget for CfDs won't help solar or SMEs, says industry

The Government on Thursday outlined plans to provide £300 million worth of support subsidies to the renewable power industry this autumn but has angered the solar industry and been accused of not providing value for money.

Weak financials and exposure to flooding putting thousands of UK SMEs at risk

Tens of thousands of small businesses in the UK are at potential risk of failure because they face a double-headed danger of weak financials and increased risk of flooding, new research shows.

Green policy all but ignored at last Conservative Party Conference before election

David Cameron skirted away from the environment, today, as he addressed the final Conservative Party conference before next year’s General Election, instead pledging for new oil-rigs to be built on the Tyne while promising tax cuts to millions of people.

Future leaders put sustainability ahead of profitability when defining business success

Change is underway in business management, with a new generation of leaders pulling away from the old guard to place social and environmental purpose as a crucial factor to future success, according to a report released today by Coca-Cola, Cranfield University and The Financial Times.

WWF report issues “wake up call” to businesses over “alarming” biodiversity loss

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called on businesses, politicians and people to urgently solve humanity’s increasing demand on the planet’s natural resources, as it publishes today new findings obtained by the WWF and the Zoological Society of London that show wildlife populations globally have halved in the last 40 years.

Tories 'starter homes' would be exempt from zero carbon standard

Up to 100,000 new homes are to be offered to first-time-buyers under the age of 40 at a discount of 20 per cent if the Tories win the next election, David Cameron has pledged.

Cleantech start-up hits crowdfunding target on Crowdcube in record time

A world record has been set for cleantech funding by UK start-up, Powervault, which secured funding on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube to develop its innovative domestic energy storage devices.

Nissan LEAF lights up London skyline with electric car-powered graffiti

Electric-car powered graffiti has hit the streets of London to highlight the capital's pollution problem caused by vehicle exhausts fumes.

Solar could contribute more than nuclear to UK economy

Solar has the potential to create 60 gigawatts of generation capacity by 2030, supporting 50,000 green jobs and contributing £25.5 billion to the UK economy, according to major new research released today.

UN Climate Summit criticised for not going far enough

The widow of Nelson Mandela punctured the self-congratulatory mood of the UN summit on Tuesday, saying world leaders had failed to rise to the challenge of climate change.

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