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Chancellor aiming to reveal structure of green investment bank by Christmas

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Chancellor aiming to reveal structure of green investment bank by Christmas

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George Osborne said today he hoped to outline structural details of the government's green investment bank before Christmas, insisting that he wanted to "get it right" to ensure it was a success. The chancellor to...

Call to stop fossil fuel subsidy

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Call to stop fossil fuel subsidy

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A global energy think tank has urged nations to stop subsidising fossil fuels as soon as possible. It says that last year governments, mainly in the developing world, spent $312bn subsidising coal oil, gas and coal...

Bangladesh: Cabinet okays draft law to conserve forests

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Bangladesh: Cabinet okays draft law to conserve forests

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The government is going for a tougher law to clamp down on rampant tree-felling in an effort to conserve forests. The cabinet yesterday approved in principle the draft of Forest Act (Amendment) 2010, prescribing ...

Quality of life not happiness should measure our well-being, says university academic

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Quality of life not happiness should measure our well-being, says university academic

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The Government's survey into well-being should focus on quality of life rather than happiness, an academic has suggested. From April, the Office for National Statistics will ask people to rate their own well-being...

UN to create panel of biodiversity experts

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UN to create panel of biodiversity experts

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The UN General Assembly agreed to form a panel of international experts on biodiversity in a resolution approved on Monday. The resolution is an important step towards the implementation of the Intergovernmental P...

One group Obama’s kept his promises to: Native Americans

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One group Obama’s kept his promises to: Native Americans

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WASHINGTON — Speaking to 500 people representing 320 tribes, President Barack Obama pledged last month that he wouldn't forget his campaign trail promise to give native communities a greater voice in the White Hous...

English forest sell-off put on hold

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English forest sell-off put on hold

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Government postpones sale of 40,000 hectares of public forest to allow for a review of woodland protection

Flying less is more, say businesses – WWF

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Flying less is more, say businesses – WWF

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New research published today by WWF suggests that, following the recession, businesses are making a permanent commitment to fly less. Nearly half of UK businesses said that they had cut business flights over the...

Good news for the environment: Government advisor Natural England halves its carbon emissions

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Good news for the environment: Government advisor Natural England halves its carbon emissions

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It's the government's wildlife and conservation advisor, so it makes sense perhaps that Natural England, has successfully reduced its carbon emissions by 50%. Over four years, it's delivered a series of carbon-sa...

Impact Investing: $4.1 Trillion to Save the World

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Impact Investing: $4.1 Trillion to Save the World

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The world now faces dramatic cuts in government spending and no shortage of pressing social and environmental challenges. On Monday, asset owners and managers of an impressive 4.1 trillion dollars gathered in San Fr...

In tragedy, Japan impresses the world

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In tragedy, Japan impresses the world

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The Associated Foreign Press carried this story, which PTV though worth relaying to you... WASHINGTON — Despite the horrific scenes of destruction, Japan may emerge from its quake-tsunami disaster with a stronger ...

London to become ‘electric car capital’

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London to become ‘electric car capital’

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Mayor Boris Johnson has announced he wants London to become the “electric driving capital of the world.” The London Mayor was speaking at the launch of the first city-wide electric vehicle charging network, provi...

India’s top court imposes ban on ‘toxic’ pesticide

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India’s top court imposes ban on ‘toxic’ pesticide

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NEW DELHI — India's top court on Friday temporarily banned use of the pesticide endosulfan, which the government has resisted blacklisting despite curbs imposed in 60 other countries over health concerns. India ...

Shell case echoes call to eradicate ecocide

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Shell case echoes call to eradicate ecocide

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After years of struggle, Shell is finally being held legally accountable for the damage it has caused in the Niger delta where it is estimated up to 10 million gallons of oil has been leaked. ...

Hug a Government Worker Day

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Hug a Government Worker Day

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Ten years ago this week, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California and he appointed me to be the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Until then, neither of us had given serious ...