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21 March headlines
Green deal plans ‘reduce to a trickle’
The UK government’s flagship home energy efficiency programme, the green deal, has all but ground to a halt, with just 33 plans signed in February. The latest figures for the policy, once vaunted as the biggest home retrofit since the war aimed at cutting energy bills for 14 million homes, are by far the worst since the scheme began. Guardian.
Banks would take big hit, stress tests find
Federal Reserve stress tests on the biggest US banks found that Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs would suffer massive losses in a financial crisis, threatening their ability to return capital to shareholders. Financial Times.
Tidal lagoon power ‘cheaper than wind’
Three tidal lagoons could be in operation around Britain by 2021 producing large-scale low carbon power at a cheaper price than offshore wind, according to their developer, Tidal Lagoon Power. This month, plans for the world’s first tidal lagoon power plan in Swansea Bay were accepted. Guardian.
Friends of the Earth call for island energy investment
Environmental charity Friends of the Earth has called for the Isle of Man government to invest in renewable energy. The charity said the island has the perfect opportunity to become a “shining beacon to the world”. The government said there were currently no plans to invest in renewable energy although it has a carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050. BBC.
Linking storms to climate change a ‘distraction’, says experts – University of Manchester
Is Ireland throwing in the towel on climate change? – Irish Times
How to change minds about climate change: Bloomberg opinion – The Oregonian