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7 July headlines
Insurers to cover withdrawal of solar and wind subsidies
Insurers are developing plans to protect investors in solar and wind power projects against the sudden withdrawal of crucial state subsidies that have battered that European renewable energy industry. Willis, the world’s third largest insurance brokers, it in advanced discussions with insurers to put together such a policy and hopes to begin offering it next year. Financial Times.
World Bank email leaks reveal internal row over ‘light touch’ $50bn loans
Environmentalists and human rights campaigners have sounded the alarm at radical plans to ease conditions for World Bank loans, enabling more than $50 billion (£29 billion) of public money a year to be made available for large power, mining, transport and farming projects. Leaked emails reveal that senior figures at the bank feared that light-touch regulation would lead to an increase in “problem projects”. Guardian.
Dashwood: Fracking company makes friends with £17,000 rugby deal
With 5,000 residents “strongly opposed” to its plans to carry out fracking at multiple sites on Lancashire’s Flyde coast, Cuadrilla could do with some friends. It’s certainly making progress. The shale gas explorer, which has already donated £10,000 to refurbish the bar at a local theatre, is poised to announce a £19,000 sponsorship deal with Flyde Rugby Club. Telegraph.
Green Deal complaints lead to Tivium refunds
People who said they were let down by a firm offering services under a government energy saving scheme are to get refunds after a BBC investigation. Gateshead-based Tivium Limited charges up to £299 to assess homes for improvements, including new boilers, as part of the government’s Green Deal. However, there have been delays. BBC.
The era of the traditional bank branch is dead, says BBA
The head of the group, which represents Britain’s biggest banks, has called time on the traditional high street branch in the wake of the continued rise of online banking. In a landmark series of comments, Anthony Browne, chief executive of the British Bankers Association, has admitted “branch numbers will continue to fall”. Telegraph.
Everyone contributes to climate change: IPCC – Bloomberg
BBC has lost is balance over climate change – The Times
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