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20 August headlines
Solar farm may be first step to greenbelt housing
Campaigners fear that vast swathes of the British countryside will soon be green in name only after being paved with solar panels. Solar farms were intended to plug a gap in the government’s renewable energy policy. They attracted generous subsidies for landowners prepared to sacrifice their fields. The Times.
UK regulator ‘comfortable’ with fund managers earning millions
Fund managers are entitled to be paid millions of pounds if they’re delivering high returns for investors, the UK markets regulator said, the first sign it won’t seek to impose wage caps on the industry. Regulators around the world have introduced measures to rein in bankers’ pay after risky bets by traders and executives were blamed in part for causing the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers. Bloomberg.
Clean up your local part and get a council tax rebate, suggests thinktank
“Green guardian” volunteers who clean up and maintain local parks, allotments and cemeteries should be rewarded with council tax rebates, a thinktank has recommended. Policy Exchange put forward the idea in a paper with other proposals to improve local green spaces amid warnings that Britain’s parks are close to crisis because of spending cuts. Guardian.
Iceland raises Bardarbunga volcano alert to orange
The risk of an eruption at Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano has increased, with signs of “ongoing magma movement“, Iceland’s meteorological office says. The risk level to the aviation industry has been raised to orange, the second-highest level, the met office said. BBC.
Carbon divestment: the SRI dilemma – Environmental Finance
Why scientists need public backing to engineer the climate – The Carbon Brief
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