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Blue & Green Daily: Friday 14 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.

The 2014 budget we want to see

Why tourism can be a force for good in the developing world, and why it isn’t

Shell ‘reinforces’ priorities as campaigners warn of investor risk

UK told to back Arctic protection after EU parliament votes for greater restrictions

Leading wildlife and countryside groups call for frack-free zones


14 March headlines

‘Boring’ energy efficiency is biggest CO2-cutting tool

Energy efficiency is the best tool for cutting greenhouse gases and must shed its “boring” image to stimulate spending, the International Energy Agency said. The agency’s head explained because energy efficiency is perceived as boring and intangible it makes the measures more difficult to understand. Bloomberg.

Bank of England proposes six-year bonus clawback rule

UK bankers would be hit by what appears to be the world’s toughest rules for clawing back bonuses under proposals from the Bank of England aimed at preventing a repetition of the mis-selling and rate manipulation scandals that have hit the sector. Financial Times.

BP contract ban lifted by US government

BP will once again be allowed to bid for new contracts with the US government, ending a ban, which has cost the company billions of dollars in lost business. The US Environmental Protection Energy had barred BP from bidding for government contracts after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Telegraph.

GM crops: UK scientists call for new trials

A new report on genetically modified (GM) crops, commissioned by the prime minister, calls for more UK field trials and fewer EU restrictions. It adds that GM crops should be assessed individually – like pharmaceuticals – taking potential benefits into account. BBC.


Interesting picks

Best bits: can co-operatives compete with big business? – Guardian

Seafloor wave-to-energy ‘carpet’ absorbs 90% of wave energy – Green Futures

Russian nuclear power in the UK? We might want to rethink that – Guardian

GM crops: Q&A – Telegraph