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January 2008

1st National Ethical Investment Week gets website support 31 Jan 08

Participating in the UK’s first National Ethical Investment Week was made easier today with the launch of a new website and suite of support tools to help raise awareness and understanding of green and ethical investments.

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71% of Brits have now bought organic food 31 Jan 08

A new report from MINTEL into the British organic food market, shows that despite impressive sales, growth has been hampered by supply problems, as British producers struggle to satisfy our growing appetite for home grown organics.

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Actually CO2 emissions have gone up 6% says Friends of the Earth 31 Jan 08

The Government figures released today will not show Britain’s real carbon dioxide emissions, according to Friends of the Earth. The environmental group claim the figures would be 6 per cent higher if pollution from international flights was included and is calling on the Government to include these missing emissions in the Climate Change Bill.

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UK emissions figures down by 0.5% says Defra 31 Jan 08

Greenhouse gas emissions fell again in 2006, putting the UK in an even stronger position to exceed its Kyoto Protocol commitment, new figures DEFRA show. The final figures for all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK in 2006 show that total greenhouse gas emissions were down 0.5 per cent on 2005 levels, while carbon dioxide (CO2), which makes up about 85 per cent of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions, stayed virtually the same (a 0.1 per cent fall).

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Virgin Money Climate Change Fund launched 31 Jan 08

Climate Change Funds are sprouting up across the range of financial institutions. While being fundamentally different from classic ethical investments funds they seek to invest in companies involved with mitigation of or adaptation to global climate change.

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Cowen Climate Change Fund launched in UK 30 Jan 08

Cowen Asset Management, the subsidiary of the US-listed investment bank, has launched the Cowen Climate Change Fund, targeted at pension funds and multi managers. The fund is benchmarked against the HSBC Global Climate Change Index .

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Co-op saves £120,000 with Green tills 30 Jan 08

Turn off your computer at night is a common tip to save energy, but supermarket tills are left on all night. Which is a huge cost when you have 45,000 of them like the Co-op has. Now in a partnership with IBM at last they can be turned off.

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Top 10 tips for greener skiing 21 Jan 08

The mountain tops are snow covered, the skis are rattling restlessly in the basement, knees are being flexed and the old salopettes are being squeezed into after a Christmas of excess. It’s that time of the year again- ski time. So how do you cut down on the impact of this mountain passion.

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Having Kids Can Turn You Green – says Arabella Miller 17 Jan 08

A recent survey from UK organic children’s clothes company, Arabella Miller, found that 62% of parents said that they made greener choices after having children and 80% now defined themselves as a “green parent.”

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Brits say they are planning to Spend £13 Billion on Green Home Improvements 17 Jan 08

New research by Co-operative Bank Mortgages has revealed that Brits are planning to spend over GBP13 billion making their homes greener, with over two thirds of people (68%) claiming they have already taken steps to reduce the carbon footprint of their homes over the last year alone.

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Barclays backs Catalyst Social Venture Capital Fund with £5 million 17 Jan 08

Barclays has today (17 January) announced that it will invest £5 million into a pioneering £25+ million social investment fund managed by Catalyst Fund Management & Research.

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12 reasons why going green is more talk than action 16 Jan 08

‘A Framework for pro-Environment Behaviours’ is the latest report from DEFRA identifying why going green is more talked about than actually done. Identifying 12 activities the report highlights 6 groups and why each one does or doesn’t act. It misses out the crucial role Government must play to set the pace.

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Co-op Fairtrade Smoothies hit the shelves on 28th January 16 Jan 08

The Co-op which has lead the UK retail movement into Fairtrade has done another first with its latest range of Fairtrade sourced smoothies. The two delicious brands, Pink Guava and Mango and Orange will be in the fridges on the 28th January at a highly competitive £1.95 a litre.

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When it comes to energy compliance Britannia waives the rules 16 Jan 08

The forthcoming Climate Change Bill is the second piece of energy legislation with legally binding targets. But will the Government comply with its own law? The omens are not good if its record on fuel poverty is examined argues the Association for the Conservation of Energy’s Andrew Warren.

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Tescos to ban Uzbek cotton over child labour abuse 15 Jan 08

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) applaud Tesco’s breakthrough decision following ongoing discussions with the campaigning group to place a ban on all cotton sourced from Uzbekistan for its clothing range, homeware and corporate purchases.

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Don’t skimp on the price of shrimp 15 Jan 08

Making the right food choice – the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) discusses why it is important to ask questions about your prawns. With all the recent news about eating food that is sustainable and ethical, many of us are feeling the need to do more. But with all the myriad of choices out there, where does one start?

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Halifax launches 2 green competitive mortgage deals 10 Jan 08

Halifax, the UK’s largest mortgage lender, has announced the launch of two new products exclusively available to customers buying their home from selected homebuilders. The products feature some of Halifax’s most competitive rates.

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Organic beef- farmers loose 40p a kilo 10 Jan 08

A new report from the Soil Association shows British organic beef producers are getting short-changed by their processors and some key supermarkets who are not paying enough to cover the costs of production, and choosing to import organic beef even though there could easily be enough supply in the UK.

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ASA slams ’sustainable’ palm oil adverts 09 Jan 08

Friends of the Earth has today welcomed a decision by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in which palm oil described as "sustainably produced" was ruled to be false advertising. The verdict followed a Friends of the Earth International complaint against an advert by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council.

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Soil Association calls for 100% organic chickens 09 Jan 08

The Soil Association applauds the campaigning efforts of celebrity chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver to improve the welfare standards of chicken production. A general shift towards more ‘free range’ production would certainly be a positive step forward.

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Organic Gardening 12 months for only £29.95 08 Jan 08

So you have made the Resolution to make that backyard, window sill, allotment work harder, and in the process make you healthier. Now you need some practical advice on what to do when- there is no better place to start that the Organic Gardening magazine.

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4 key actions can extend life by 14 years 08 Jan 08

We have all known it to be true, if you don’t smoke, take regular exercise, drink in moderation and eat five fruit or veg a day then you will be healthier. Scientists from Cambridge have now shown how much healthier- 14 years of extra life.

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Top 10 Green Wheels To Watch In 2008 03 Jan 08

Those brilliant guys over at What Green Car have come up with the hottest green cars to be looking for in 2008 for a cooler planet. Every one would be a great step forward for those of us who can’t use public transport all the time, from zero emissions Th!nk City to the heaviest in the list the Vauxhall’s New Agila at 120 gms per kilometer.

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100 Million Re-cycled Christmas cards is Woodland Trust’s target 03 Jan 08

The Woodland Trust with Recycle Now is aiming to raise enough money from recycled Christmas cards to plant 24,000 trees in the UK. They hope that 100 million old cards will be handed in at recycling points at Tescos, WH Smiths, M&S and TK Maxx before the 31st January.

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13 Million make New Year’s resolutions to be greener 02 Jan 08

We’ve used enough wrapping paper to cover over two thirds of Britain, we’ve sent approximately 858 million Christmas cards, and we’ve wasted bin liners upon bin liners of food. But with the New Year in tow Brits are planning to turn their conscience green, according to new research by Friends Provident.

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RSPCA launches a campaign to end £2 chickens 02 Jan 08

The RSPCA launches a new campaign as celebrity chefs move chicken into the spotlight. Shoppers are being urged to upgrade to higher welfare chicken and sign a new online petition calling for retailers to ditch ’standard’ chickens as part of a new RSPCA campaign.

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Go Green for a great 2008 with Friends of the Earth’s New Year’s Resolutions 02 Jan 08

Save cash and save the planet by taking up some of Friends of the Earth’s suggestions for green New Year’s resolutions. Friends of the Earth is calling on the UK government to make the changes we need in 2008 to start cutting the UK’s carbon emissions.

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10 Green New Year resolutions from WWF 02 Jan 08

Forget the usual New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or stop smoking - make one which will really make a difference by pledging to help save the planet in 2008. "No-one can go green overnight but by taking on a couple of our New Year’s resolutions you know that you will be part of a global movement to tackle climate change," said Colin Butfield, head of campaigns at WWF.

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72% demand private housing developers should meet green targets 02 Jan 08

The majority of people surveyed in a new poll by the National Housing Federation want the Climate Change Bill to require private developers to drastically cut the carbon emissions of their new homes.

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