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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.

IPCC report: now is not the time to abandon green policies to win votes

Scientists are gathering in Berlin this week ahead of the publication of a report by the IPCC on how best to address the emissions that drive global warming. Paul McCullagh, ceo of Glasgow-based UrbanWind, argues that given the dire situation the world faces from climate change, now is not the time to be abandoning green policies in order to win votes.

Giving it away: a new type of exit strategy for entrepreneurs?

I have just announced that I am giving away my international communications agency.

Why is the sustainability community so bad at sharing data?

Last month, tech companies got together and within 48 hour notice over 200 leading developers unlocked collaboration and innovation to share data and find the best and most efficient ways to tackle the UK flood crisis. Tyler Christie, ceo of big data firm Amee, asks why the sustainability community is so bad at sharing intelligence that could benefit both it and the rest of society.

Electric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits

With new models, new technology, improvements in infrastructure, and Government subsidies, more and more consumers are realising the cost and carbon benefits of electric vehicles – it’s time businesses did too, says Andreas Atkins, head of Electric Vehicle Services, British Gas.

UK flooding: dredging rivers is a policy with dubious benefits

Across the country, we have seen our neighbours' homes and farms devastated by the floods. We understand their anger and frustration.

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