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Blue & Green Daily: Monday 13 October round up

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Today on Blue&Green Tomorrow, we covered the crucial decision by the Australian National University to divest from fossil fuels and controversial claims by former environmnent secretary Owen Paterson to scrap UK’s climate targets.

We also reported on the launch of a new crowdfunding scheme by Triodos Renewables to broaden investors’ base and heard from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network about the economic implications of new findings on climate change for developing countries.

Blue & Green Daily: Monday 13 October headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow.

The New Climate Economy Report: Does it go far enough?

The report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is measured, well-researched and optimistic: technically rich and politically astute. But what is new? And what are the implications for developing countries? – asks Simon Maxwell of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).

Triodos Renewables launches crowdfunding scheme to make investment more accessible

Clean energy arm of ethical bank Triodos has launched a £5 million share offer to allow people to invest as little as £50 into renewable energy projects, in an effort to reach a wider public.

Australian National University divests from fossil fuels amid government criticism

Australian National University (ANU) has become the first Australian university to divest from fossil fuels on ethical grounds, gaining support from the public and its students but facing criticism from the country’s powerful industry.

Ten years of supply chain’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) – infographic

From the Morcambe Bay tragedy in 2004, to the Guardian’s investigation into the Thai prawn industry earlier this year, numerous high profile events have put the spotlight on global supply chains in the last ten years, writes Sedex.

82% of ‘generation fairtrade’ teens want companies to behave responsibly

Young Britons who have grown up in the era of a flourishing fairtrade market are highly sensitive to global issues and want to see businesses taking action to end poverty, inequality and climate change – according to a new analysis from the Fairtrade Foundation.

Scottish wind energy sector boosted by four new farms

Four offshore wind farms with the capacity to power 1.4 million homes have been given development consent by the Scottish government, in a project expected to add between £314 million and £1.2 billion to the economy.

Neonicotinoids ‘5000 times more toxic’ than DDT for bees

A UK academic at the annual conference of the Soil Association has strengthened the case for the EU-wide ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, revealing mounting evidence of their deadly effects on essential pollinators.

Owen Paterson’s proposal to repeal Climate Change Act ‘stupid’

Owen Paterson has been slammed by politicians and experts, after reports emerged that the former environment secretary will call for the government’s climate change targets to be scrapped.

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