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Election 2015: Tories right to buy is bad news for our sustainable homes crisis

Ignore the mudslinging. The problem with right to buy is that it’s a distraction we can ill afford from the real housing crisis – creating enough affordable, energy efficient homes in Britain – argues Andrew Eagles, managing director of Sustainable Homes.

Election 2015: can we trust Ed Miliband on the green economy?

Ed Miliband wants to convince the voting public that he can be trusted to reduce the deficit, but can he be trusted to steer a green, as well as stable, economy if he becomes Prime Minister, Louise Bateman asks?

How SME hotels can make big energy efficiency savings fast

Hospitality sector pathfinder shows how much can be saved to benefit the bottom line and cut carbon, says Mark Sait, ceo of SaveMoneyCutCarbon.

Communicating climate change: why pictures of polar bears don't cut it anymore

Climate change has an image problem. And it’s not socks, sandals and floral pattern hemp shirts. Typical depictions of the issue, such as homeless polar bears, steaming smoke stacks and swirling storms, are failing to provoke meaningful engagement. Work needs to be done to find a new generation of images that can switch people on and encourage them to take action.

Business sustainability: has corporate sustainability reporting stalled?

What could be less sustainable than reams of reporting that no one reads? asks Jeff Leinaweaver, principal of Global Zen Sustainability.

Caroline Lucas: the Infrastructure Bill threatens our environment and ignores energy efficiency

What will £15 billion spent on roads do for air pollution? I’m tabling an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill because it’s time to start legislating for the common good, says Green Pary MP Caroline Lucas.

Why UKIP is the 'great game-changer' in the unpopular Tory campaign to end onshore wind

David Cameron once fixed a turbine to his roof. Now his government is blocking the cheapest clean energy, says the Guardian's Polly Toynbee.

Facebook: is the social media giant guilty of hypocricy on climate change?

The stench of hypocrisy is wafting around social networking giant Facebook over its approach to climate change, writes the Guardian's Jo Cofino.

George Osborne: the burier of good news on the green economy

As the Government scraps its green economy statistics, the Chancellor lauds hi-tech industries of the future but then puts fracking first, writes the Guardian's Damian Carrington.

New York Climate Summit: it’s time foundations used their endowment might to trigger meaningful action

A week before the New York Climate Summit, 160 leading environmentalists from 44 countries are calling on the world’s foundations and philanthropists to use endowments worth billions of dollars to turn the tide on global warming. Jeremy Leggett, chairman of Carbon Tracker and coordinator of the declaration, sets out five options for foundations to accelerate climate work.

Energy efficiency: small businesses need more help and incentives to go green

Rising energy costs are barrier to growth for most small businesses, so why aren't they getting more help and support from Government and energy companies to go green, asks Mike Cherry is Federation of Small Businesses national policy chairman.

Peabody Energy 'clean coal' ad campaign ruled misleading

WWF on why it stood up to the world’s biggest private coal company over an advert that claimed 'clean coal’ technologies would help developing countries.

Why supply chain risk is something that should concern us all

The supply chain risk index shows that while risks have fallen businesses are still exposed to disruptions such as the Ebola outbreak and the Middle East crisis.

Will renewable energy be able to sustain an independent Scotland?

As September 18th – the day Scottish nationals vote whether to stay in or leave the UK – draws closer, Peter Rolton, ceo of the Rolton Group and former government advisor on the UK’s Renewables Advisory Board, considers what the clean energy landscape may look like in a post-referendum, independent Scotland.

Renewable energy supply chain toolkit will help local SMEs

SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) could get a boost to their business with the launch of a toolkit to encourage the use of local supply chains for renewable energy and low carbon retrofitting projects, says Terry McGivern, head of resource efficient buildings at the Institute for Sustainability.

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