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Environmental issues

The Greenest Games?

One of the most galling aspects of the London bid campaign was the rush of support from establishment environmentalists and political ecologists, predicated on a statement underpinning Olympic development proposals of a low and renewable energy principle, intensive recycling of waste, low emissions, and 'sustainable' procurement. Jonathan Porritt, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), Groundwork, the London Wildlife Trust, and the BioRegional Development Group have all pinned their colours to the Olympic mast in the hope of grabbing chunks of Olympic funding.


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Grilled about McDonalds

Britain's Olympic bosses have been grilled over a major sponsorship deal with McDonald's. The London Green Party said the deal flouted a bid promise to use "local, seasonal and organic" food at the London 2012 Games.

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Hackney 'slammed'

London's district of Hackney has been slammed as the worst place to live in the UK, according to a poll.

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Rising Flood Risk Cover

BRITISH homeowners are facing a house-insurance crisis as global warming and a surge in house building and conversion raises the risk of flood damage.

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Sustainable Procurement Strategy still being planned

The Olympic organising committee has been “inundated” with enquiries from waste and recycling companies wanting to be involved with the 2012 games environmental project manager Phil Cummings said. But he added that a sustainable procurement strategy did not yet exist for the 2012 games as it was “in planning at the moment”.

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