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North Sea nations key to Europe’s low-carbon transition, says report

North Sea nations, including the UK, have the skills and storage capacity to deliver a carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry that is capable of transforming Europe’s industry and power sectors, according to a report from Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS).  The report argues that CCS technology can...


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Clean energy investment reached $274bn in 2014

New clean energy investment increased for the first time since 2011 last year, surging by 12% to reach $274.2 billion (£181bn), according to a preliminary analysis from Clean Energy Pipeline. The figures show that new investment in the global clean energy sector totalled $69.7 billion in the fourth quarter...


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Wave energy has potential to be cheaper than wind

Wave energy could be cheaper and easier to integrate into current energy systems than other forms of renewables because of its relative consistency, according to new analysis. The study, a collaboration between researchers at Oregon State University, the University of Victoria, and private industry, estimates that the cost of...


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Ed Davey voices concerns over likelihood of strong climate change agreement

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey has revealed that the UK will be seeking a legally binding climate change agreement at negotiations later this year. However, he has also voiced concerns that the deal will not go far enough to avert dangerous levels of climate change. Davey’s comments...


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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 9 January headlines

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. Labour seeks fracking restrictions to protect drinking water Low-carbon technologies and social impact both investment trends to watch Study: majority of fossil...


Numbers And Finance

Low-carbon technologies and social impact both investment trends to watch

Institutional investors increasingly moving towards low-carbon technologies and social investment are both amongst the environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment trends to watch in 2015, according to MSCI. Written by MSCI’s global head of ESG research, Linda-Eling Lee, the paper notes that 2014 suggested there is a shortening lag...


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Royal Society guide aims to remove bias from climate science

The Royal Society has produced a 60 second video and guide on climate change and its effect in an effort to remove bias and spin from climate science, instead focusing on what the experts say. The guide and the questions and answers on the Climate Change: Evidence & Causes...


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Fracking could present potential risks equivalent to asbestos and thalidomide

The UK government’s chief scientist Mark Walport has warned of the need to thoroughly look at the potential risks of innovations, including fracking, or risk unforeseen impacts if they are adopted too quickly. The report – Innovation: managing risks, not avoiding it – is the first annual report of...


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Current renewables won’t solve climate crisis, say Google engineers

Today’s renewable technologies alone will not be able to cut greenhouse gas emissions enough to halt climate change, Ross Koningstein and David Fork, both engineers at Google, have commented. In an article written by the two engineers for IEEE Spectrum they note that climate scientists have “definitively” shown that...


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Plants absorbing more carbon than previously thought

Scientists may have underestimated the beneficial impact plants have had while absorbing carbon out of the atmosphere, according to a new study. However, experts have warned that the finding will make little difference to future climate change. [Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please...


the-sun

‘Solar storm’ centre opens to protect UK economy

The Met Office will today open the UK’s first space weather forecast centre, in an effort to protect the nation’s economy and infrastructure from solar storms. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. The Space Weather Operations Centre, based at the Met Office’s...


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Abandoned Lincoln asylum could become global science centre

A run down 19th century former mental asylum in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, may be reinvented as an international science centre under new £4 million plans. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a crowdfunder to ensure its survival. Please pledge. The Lawn, a Greek revival complex comprised of several buildings, was build...


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Two thirds of scientists advising EU on dangerous chemicals have industry links

Two thirds of scientists advising the EU on four controversial and potentially dangerous chemicals have links to industries that are affected by their assessments. That is the finding of a new report from the Corporate Observatory Europe, which calls into question whether the three Scientific Committees under DG SANCO,...


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World population expected to grow to 11bn in 2100

The number of people on the planet is projected to keep rising to the end of the century to 11 billion individuals without stabilising, putting enormous pressure on natural resources, societies, health services and the environment, a new study has said. Blue & Green Tomorrow is currently running a...


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Greenpeace warns of ‘long road ahead’ for truly green gadgets

Ahead of Europe’s largest consumer technology show, to be hosted in Berlin this week, Greenpeace has analysed the environmental progress being made by companies attending the IFA 2014. The report, titled ‘Green Gadgets: Designing the future’, evaluates the progress and subsequent future challenges facing 16 leading consumer technology companies....



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