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The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has welcomed the new report ‘Saving for a sustainable future: increasing public benefit from UK tax relief for savings’ by think tank Green Alliance, supported by the Co-operative

Defra today announced the launch of the 2012/13 air quality grant programme, with funds of £2 million to support local authorities in tackling air pollution, in particular, reducing Nitrogen Dioxide emissions

Labour's Ken Livingstone is the greenest of the two main candidates to be London Mayor, an independent analysis by Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace reveals today

 

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Professor Ian Boyd has been appointed by Defra to be its new Chief Scientific Adviser.Professor Boyd, who is the current Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews and the Sea Mammal Research Unit, will join Defra in September on a three year contract

 

Some of Scotland’s most important assets in the fight against climate change are badly damaged, but can be repaired, a new report says

 

The National Trust has launched a nationwide campaign to encourage sofa-bound children to take to the outdoors and enjoy classic adventures from skimming stones to building dens

 

Britain’s forests contain an estimated 336 million cubic metres of coniferous timber, according to a report just published by the Forestry Commission

 

Fishermen have radically cut the amount of fish they discard following the success of the Government’s ‘Catch Quota’ trials, Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon has announced today.

 

A new National Trust report has found that evidence of a long-term and dramatic decline in children's relationship with the outdoors is 'overwhelming' and urgent action is needed to bridge this growing gap before it's too late

 

Despite the upcoming introduction of legislation to halt the import of illegally sourced wood products, more than half of local authorities still don't have a legal and sustainable timber procurement policy and only 16 are implementing the policy effectively, a report by WWF-UK has found

 

Following the release of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) today, the Countryside Alliance has praised the Government for listening to the concerns of countryside groups and making many of the necessary changes to the document...

 

We will scrutinise the full NPPF statement prior to issuing more detailed reaction but Emmalene Gottwald, senior planning advisor at WWF-UK has given the following initial comments..

 

A new, simplified planning framework that better supports growth and helps creates the homes and jobs that the country needs, puts unprecedented power into the hands of communities, and helps protect and enhance our natural and historic environment was published by Planning Minister Greg Clark today

 

In advance of the release of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) today at 12.30, the Countryside Alliance has reiterated its call for the Government to produce guidance that gives rural communities, as opposed to developers, the power to revive their local areas

 

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners have launched a new international initiative to promote the role of law towards achieving environmental sustainability and the transition to a low carbon, resource-efficient green economy

 

Responding to the publication of the Habitats Regulations review by Defra today, WWF said that George Osborne was completely wrong to describe the regulations as a ‘burden on business’.

 

A new cross-Government unit is to be set up to help developers deliver large infrastructure projects that promote sustainable development by supporting growth and protecting our most valued habitats and species, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announced today.

 

In adopting a new proposal on accounting of greenhouse gases emissions, the European Commission has taken a first step towards incorporating removals and emissions from forests and agriculture into the EU's climate policy

 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will open discussions on March 22 in a high-level forum for development experts, government ministers from both North and South, business executives, and top UN officials to examine the global policy changes required to ensure a sustainable future for people today and for generations to come

 

A coalition of charities today set out ‘red lines’ for the Government’s controversial reform of the planning system, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). 

 

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