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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 20 February headlines

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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.

Put out the bunting for big oil: it’s International Petroleum Week

Markets for the Many: reviewing ResPublica’s report launch

How do we involve the most vulnerable in flood protection decisions?

Fossil fuel divestment ‘builds capacity and resilience’, says Mary Robinson

Campaign groups call for halt to transatlantic trade deal


20 February headlines

Offshore wind expansion scrapped by concerns about birds

Three utilities scrapped plans to extend the world’s biggest offshore wind farms, saying they had doubts thy could satisfy concerns about how the facility would affect the habitat of a bird in the estuary east of London. Bloomberg.

Iberdrola chief ‘shocked’ by Davey’s political interference

The head of Iberdrola owner of Scottish Power, has sharply criticised the UK coalition government for “interfering” in the work of Ofgem, saying it was undermining the energy regulator’s independence. The comments come two week after energy secretary Ed Davey attacked the profits made by UK gas suppliers. Financial Times.

Scout Moor Wind Farm expansion plans proposed

Proposals to double the size of a wind farm on the Lancashire moorland have been unveiled. The area currently has 26 turbines in the area and already has “a proven track record of high energy output,” according to one of the companies behind it. BBC.

Uneconomic US nuclear plants at risk of being shut down

More US nuclear power plants are at risk of closure because they are no longer economic, industry leaders have warned, jeopardising the administration’s hopes that the reactors can help support energy security and limit greenhouse gas emissions. Financial Times.

Ecuador pursued China oil deal while pledging to protect Yasuni, papers show

The Ecuadorian government was negotiation a secret $1bn deal with a Chinese bank to drill for oil under the Yasuni national park in the Amazon while pursuing a high-profile scheme to keep oil under the ground in return for international donations, government documents show. Guardian.


Interesting picks

Air pollution: how big a problem is it for cyclists? – Guardian

Spare a thought for the floods’ wildlife victims – Telegraph

Climate change deniers have grasped that markets can’t fix the climate – Guardian

Investors push for positive change – Financial Advisor Magazine

Climate change has finally returned as a mainstream issue – New Statesman

Can fracking survive the 2015 general election? – Ecologist

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