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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 5 March 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.

Sustainable transport: why it matters

Green buildings study to investigate business case for sustainable workplaces

Quarter of financial services firms expect to pay bigger bonuses in 2014

Government considers all-female shortlists for FTSE 100 companies

Fairtrade fortnight: 884% of Britons willing to pay more for ‘fair’ bananas


5 March headlines

UN climate deal at risk without set targets, Bangladesh says

Nation risk repeating the failure of climate talks in 2009 unless they sign up to mandatory emissions reductions in a treaty to succeed Kyoto Protocol, according to Bangladesh’s climate envoy to the United Nations. Bloomberg.

BHP chief warns of shale gas reliance

Relying on shale gas would be a “very expensive” solution to meeting the world’s growing demand for energy, the chief executive of BHP Billiton, the mining, oil and gas group, has said. He also called for a price to be put on greenhouse gas emissions to address the threat of global warming, Financial Times.

Financial Ombudsman deluged by new complaints

The Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) was deluged last year by new complaints about banks and other financial companies. It received 576,000 complaints, which was a 38% increase on 2012, though the number eased off in the second half of the year. BBC.

Ministers urge Europe to agree green energy goals

Thirteen ministers have urged the European Union to reach agreement on the main elements of its 2030 environment and energy policy this month or risk deterring investors and delaying efforts to get a global deal on climate change. Guardian.

Scottish independence: dwindling North Sea oil revenues mean country faces tough challenge to balance books

Scotland will miss out on the short-term benefits of Britain’s recovery and fail to balance its book before the end of the decade of it votes for independence, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said. The organisation expressed concern over an independent Scotland’s likely borrowing commitments. Telegraph.


Interesting picks

Why we are losing the battle to save wildlife – Guardian

Norway spurs rethink on fossil fuel companies – Financial Times

Big firms could make a mint from sustainable practices – New Scientist

Britain’s last miners face up to an uncertain future – Guardian

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