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2 June headlines
Queen’s speech: infrastructure bill to let developers off zero-carbon pledge
The coalition has effectively abandoned a pledge to make all new homes ‘zero-carbon’ by 2016, as new legislation in the Queen’s speech would not apply to housing in small developments and companies would be allowed to buy exemptions from new green standards. Ministers have repeatedly watered down the goal of making sure all new housing does not create any carbon emissions. Guardian.
US carbon curbs raise hopes for Paris deal
Us president Barack Obama will put limits on the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted by American power plants, setting a goal to a cut of up to 30% from 2005 levels by 2030, according to reports. There is widespread interest in the move outside the US, which raises hoped that a new global climate deal can be finalised in Paris next year. Financial Times.
Oxford university academics support fossil fuel divestment
Fifty-nine University of Oxford academics have signed an open letter urging the institution not to invest in fossil fuel companies. They are supporting the student-led Fossil Free campaign, which held a protest march in Oxford over the weekend. The university is undertaking a consultation on fossil fuel divestment. BBC.
Search for shale gas heads east as IGas plans fracking in East Midlands
Fracking will take place in the East Midlands next year for the first time, under plan from shale gas explorer IGas. The company is preparing to submit planning application to drill and frack to test the flow of gas at two new locations, one either side of the Pennines. Telegraph.
George Osborne accused of making climate change worse with tax breaks
Friends of the Earth has accused the chancellor George Osborne of exacerbating climate change by handing out £2.7 billion of incentives to energy company to fuel North Sea oil and gas production. The organisation said he was too focused on propping up oil companies at the expense of making renewable energy cheaper. Guardian.
The surge in investing by conscience – New York Times
Can GM and organic farms coexist? – Guardian
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