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Headlines 18 July
Investment in UK renewable energy sector almost £8bn in 2013
Almost £8 billion was invested in renewable energy in the UK last year, according to a report by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The report showed that £45 billion has been invested in the UK’s power generation networks since 2010, supporting thousands of jobs, with an average of £7 billion a year in renewables, which now produce 15% of the country’s electricity. Guardian.
Warm seas bring in exotic species
Increasing numbers of exotic species, such as bluefin tuna, will appear off the Cornish coast amid warmer sea temperatures, scientists predict. Temperatures are hitting 18C in Devon and Cornwall, nearly 2C more than normal for this time of year. Plymouth Marine Laboratory said warmer water species, such as sunfish, could also be migrating into English waters. BBC.
UK banks to face full industry inquiry
The shape of British high street banking will be thrown into doubt on Friday when the competition regulator is set to recommend a full-blown inquiry into small business lending and current accounts. Amid growing frustration among politicians, consumers and small businesses at the lack of competition between the big four banks, the Competition and Markets Authority is to launch a formal investigation in the autumn. Financial Times.
Global inequality risks spread of military conflicts, Cameron warned
David Cameron is warned today by Graca Machel, widow of the late South African statesman Nelson Mandela, that unless world leaders made 2015 a year for development, the consequences would not just be poverty but also growing military conflicts from which the rich would be unable to protect themselves for decades to come. The letter to Cameron has also been signed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the rock star Bono, Nobel peace prize winner Muhammad Yunus, billionaire entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai. Guardian.
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