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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 4 March 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.

Sustainable financial advice: IFA Tanya Pein on investor having a ‘moral compass’

Healthy Planet UK conference: is climate change bad for your health?

12 Years a Slave wins Oscar for best film – but the struggle against slavery is far from over

Apple chief exec says profit-driven investors not welcome at tech giant

EU urged to adopt ‘renewables-first approach’ to policymaking


4 March headlines

European support for climate change action ‘not dented by financial crash’

The financial crisis and recession across Europe have not put people off fighting climate change, a new poll for the European Commission has shown. It found the number of people supporting a “green economy” has risen in the past three years. At least two thirds of all EU member states said that transforming the economy onto a green footing would boost the economy. Guardian.

UK floods will cost industry £1.2bn

The damage caused by the wettest winter on record will be “manageable” for Britain’s insurers, according to Fitch. The rating agency said that while the UK flood were estimated to cost the industry £1.2bn, it expected a “limited negative effect” on earnings. Telegraph.

Green Party vows to be ‘vocal and visible’

The Green Party believes that the recent extreme weather, concerns around David Cameron’s “fracking fantasy” and the ongoing financial austerity means that voters are more receptive to their message than ever before. As a result, the Greens intend to become more vocal and more visible. BBC.

Fuel prices ‘to rise by up to 5p’ due to Ukraine crisis

Petrol and diesel prices are set to rise by up to 5p per litre in the UK due to uncertainty arising from the crisis in Ukraine, the RAC has warned. Fuel traders fearing potential conflict in the region have begun buying up stock in bulk, sparking an increase in prices due to a squeeze on supply. Telegraph.

Crop diversity decline ‘threatens food security’

Fewer crop species are feeding the world than 50 years ago – raising concerns about the resilience of the global food system, a study has shown. The authors warned a loss of diversity meant more people were dependent on key crops, leaving them more exposed to harvest failures. BBC.


Interesting picks

Norway’s oil fund caught between the devil and deep blue sea – Financial Times

Currency to incentivise solar energy – Green Futures

Insurers have huge role as clean energy investors – Forbes

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