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9 April headlines
Conservatives give strongest sign yet they will halt windfarm expansion
The Tory chairman, Grant Shapps, has given the first public signal that the conservatives will seek a moratorium of onshore windfarms and will draw a dividing line with the Lib Dems, who he says love them. The senior minister appeared to confirm that the Tories will pledge at the next election to cap the output of onshore wind farms from 2020. Guardian.
Berlin secures energy concessions from EU
Germany’s heavy industry will continue to be largely exempted from paying for the country’s switch to renewable energy, under the terms of a deal agreed between Berlin and the European Commission. The agreement is part of a blueprint to reform energy policy in Germany, where a decision to exit from nuclear and reduce reliance on fossil fuels has led to an expensive boom in renewable energy. Financial Times.
Scottish independence may undermine low-carbon energy, UK says
Scottish independence risks undermining investment in low-carbon energy because the smaller nation wouldn’t be able to afford the same level of subsidies as the UK, the department of energy and climate change said. Scots would also have to fork out £3,800 per person to match the £20bn the UK has pledged toward decommissioning oil and gas facilities in aging North Sea fields. Bloomberg.
World ‘needs Plan B’ on climate – IPCC report
The world needs a Plan B on climate change because politicians are failing to reduce carbon emissions, according to a UN report. It warns governments if they overshoot their short-term carbon targets they will have to cut CO2 even faster in the second half of the century to keep climate change manageable. BBC.
El Nino odds seen at more than 70% as Pacific warms
An El Nino weather pattern, which can parch parts of Australia and Asia while bring rains to South America, will probably develop in the next few months as the Pacific Ocean warms, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says. It added that the chances of El Nino developing during the southern hemisphere’s winter are more than 70%. Bloomberg.
We must all play a part in abolishing slavery – Telegraph
Investment firms and corporates embrace sustainable bonds – Institutional Investor
Building the impact investing market in sub-Sahara Africa and south Asia – Thomson Reuters Foundation
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