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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 17 September round up

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Today on Blue & Green Tomorrow, we reported on extreme weather events displaced 22 million people – three time more than conflict – and the Financial Reporting Council unveiled changes to the corporate governance code to focus businesses on the long term.

Google reveal data requests from governments up 150%

Internet search engine giant Google has confirmed that it is facing increasing pressure from governments across the globe to provide user information in criminal investigations, among serious ongoing revelations regarding national surveillance programs.

Extreme weather displaced three times more people than war in 2013 – report

The number of people forced to leave their home last year because of natural disasters is higher than those displaced by wars and conflicts – with 87% of people affected living in Asia, according to a report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

World could save more than $100tn and cut emissions by expanding public transport

A new report suggests that more than $100 trillion (£61tn) in cumulative public and private spending, and 1,700 megatons of annual CO2 – a 40% reduction of urban passenger transport emissions – could be eliminated by 2050 if the world expands public transport, walking and cycling in cities.

Urgent ban on fracking in the US needed, says US actor Mark Ruffalo

Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo has joined a group of scientists calling on the US to ban hydraulic fracturing because of its possible negative consequences on the climate and the environment.

Whale marine sanctuaries opposed by Japanese whaling lobby

A proposed 50m sq mile sanctuary for migratory whales has been opposed by a Japanese led commercial whaling lobby during the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) biennial conference – with a real chance of succeeding.

Australian properties worth $226bn at risk of rising sea levels

The Climate Council has warned that more than $226 billion (£125bn) of properties and infrastructure are at high risk of coastal flooding, as sea levels in Australia are expected to rise between 0.4m and 1m over the next century.

Companies set to justify executive pay

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has unveiled a series of updates to its UK Corporate Governance Code, including explaining how executive pay packages align with the company’s long-term goals.

Scottish Independence: 76% of UK financial advisors would vote for Scotland to stay in the union – poll

Blue and Green Tomorrow’s Voice of the Advisor results have shown a consensus for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom, with only 24% of advisors voting to leave.

MSCI launched series of low carbon indexes for investment decisions

MSCI, a provider of investment decision support tools, has announced the launch of the MSCI Global Low Carbon Leaders Indexes. The new index will consist of companies with significantly lower carbon exposure than the broad market.

UK at all-time low in attractiveness for renewable energy investment

The UK has fallen to 7th place in the renewable energy attractiveness index for the first time since December 2009 due to instability in government legislature and the emergence of more attractive, foreign markets.

Ethical retailer of the week: Colin Leslie Eyewear

Colin Leslie Eyewear produces popular and eco-friendly glasses and sunglasses that are made ethically and are becoming a must-have among celebrities.

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